The most northerly active volcano on Russias Kamchatka Peninsula is once again erupting, dusting the surrounding snow-white landscape with a wide expanse of dark ash that is visible from 800 km away in space.
This reduced resolution Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) image was acquired 11 May 2004 and shows the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russias Far East. The erupting Shiveluch volcano is located towards the right of the peninsula about two thirds of the way up - around it is a circular band of dark ash from the eruption visible over snow.
Credits: ESA 2004
This image of the Kamchatka Peninsula on Russias East Coast was acquired on 11 May 2004 by the Medium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MERIS) instrument on ESAs Envisat satellite in reduced resolution mode.
Two thirds of the way up the Peninsula can be seen a roughly circular band of ash, and at the high point of this band is located the steep-sided 3283-metre-high Shiveluch stratovolcano. An aerial cloud of steam and possibly ash originating from the peak is also faintly visible against the ocean to the east of the Peninsula.
Frédéric Le Gall | ESA
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