Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Kamchatka's Bezymianny Volcano At Highest Alert Level

(Reposted from KVERT)

Bezymianny report from KVERT:
Issued: 20120306/2332Z
Source: KVERT
Notice Number: 14-12
Volcano Location: 55°58'N, 160°36'E;
Area: Kamchatka, Russia
Summit Elevation: 9,496 ft (2,895 m)

Prognosis of Volcanic Activity: Activity of the volcano continuously increases. Strong ash explosions up to 43,000 ft (13 km) a.s.l. possible at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.Volcanic Activity Summary: Activity of the volcano remains high. Seismic activity began to grow on February 12: about 7-19 weak seismic events were registering each day till February 29; about 25-43 weak seismic events and episodes volcanic tremor were recorded each day on March 01-05. Probably there is a preparation of a strong explosive eruption of the volcano. According to satellite data, a size and a brightness of a thermal anomaly abrupt increased on March 02, and continues to increase.Volcanic cloud height: No ash cloud produced at present.Other volcanic cloud information: No ash cloud produced at present.Remarks: Bezymianny volcano is one the most active volcano of the world. In 1955, for the first time in history, Bezymianny started to erupt and after six months it produced a catastrophic eruption with the total volume of eruptive products over 3 km3. The lava dome began to grow in the explosive caldera immediately after the catastrophe and continues at now. 42 Vulcanian-type strong explosive eruptions of Bezymianny occurred in 1965-2011, while 20 of them producing ash up to 10-15 km a.s.l. Last explosive eruption occurred on April 13, 2011.

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