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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 15, 2009 – Ashfall from Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka

By SpaceRef Editor
March 15, 2009
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NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 15, 2009 – Ashfall from Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka
NASA MODIS Image of the Day: March 15, 2009 - Ashfall from Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka

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The Shiveluch Volcano is the most active of the arc of volcanoes that dot northeast Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

Lava domes build and collapse fairly regularly in the caldera, sending cascades of ash and debris down the slopes.

In the first week of March several large ash eruptions occurred at Shiveluch. Between March 8 and March 10, ash eruptions reached altitudes of 6.1–6.4 kilometers (20,000-21,000 feet) above sea level, and the clouds of ash drifted southeast. When the MODIS on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image on March 11, the ash trail was still visible on the snowy landscape.

SpaceRef staff editor.