Russian Volcano Sprang To Life For The First Time In Nearly 100 Years And Astronauts Captured Breathtaking Images From Space

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raikoke volcanoPhoto: NASA/Earth Observatory

On one remote island between Russia and Japan, called the Kuril Islands, a volcano erupted. To be precise, the volcano is called Raikoke Volcano and it is situated between the Kamchatka peninsula in Sea of Okhotsk and Hokkaido, and it erupted for the first time in 95 years. The last time the volcano erupted was in 1924. The International Space Station noticed the eruption and took a picture of it.
In Russia, there is a volcanic Island called Raikoke. It is uninhabited.

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NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the erupting Raikoke volcano on the morning of June 22, 2019, after the Sun had risen. At the time, the most concentrated ash was on the western edge of the plume, above Raikoke. NASA / TERRA SATELLITE / MODIS INSTRUMENT

This volcano, on June 22, 2019, started to throw out ash and volcanic glass very high in the air, and people in space noticed it. NASA released the photos, and you can see its dramatic nature. If you think that this was just a normal eruption, it was not. It was a big deal because it had nine explosions, and six happened in the first 25 minutes as reported by Smithsonian. NASA announced that the ash reached the altitude of eight miles, and the plume reached ten miles. The volcanologists are following the situation, especially for the safety of the airplanes.

What a spectacular image. It reminds me of the classic Sarychev Peak astronaut photograph of an eruption in the Kuriles from about ten years ago,” said Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Tech. “The ring of white puffy clouds at the base of the column might be a sign of ambient air being drawn into the column and the condensation of water vapor. Or it could be a rising plume from the interaction between magma and seawater because Raikoke is a small island and flows likely entered the water.”

Astronaut photograph ISS059-E-119250 was acquired on June 22, 2019, with a Nikon D5 digital camera and is provided by the ISS Crew Earth Observations Facility and the Earth Science and Remote Sensing Unit, Johnson Space Center. The image was taken by a member of the Expedition 59 crew.

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