Acquired from orbit 800 kilometres away, this Envisat image shows two volcanoes erupting simultaneously on Russia’s snowy Kamchatka Peninsula this week.
Located in the Russian Far East, the Kamchatka Peninsula is a landscape covered with volcanoes, part of the Pacific ’Ring of Fire’. Two stratovolcanoes, Kliuchevskoi and Shiveluch are currently erupting simultaneously.
The more southerly 4835-metre-high Kliuchevskoi volcano began its latest eruption on 17 January 2005. By 7 March its consequent lava flow had reached the Erman glacier and started to melt it, causing a threat of potential mudslides. The hot volcanic material in contact with the surrounding ice and snow caused secondary explosions, hurling material as far as eight kilometres into the air.
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