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Sarychev Peak Volcano erupts on Matua Island

Sarychev Peak Volcano erupts June 12, 2009, on Matua Island, in the Kuril Islands, just south of Kamchatka Penninsula. Photo courtesy of the International Space Station.


The Space Station just released a short VIDEO of this erpuption

  • John PRO 6y

    ... and here's a STEREO image from the International Space Station

    Get out your 3-D glasses to see this one...

    Sarychev Peak (Russian: вулкан Сарычева) is a stratovolcano covering almost the entirety of Matua Island in the Kuril Islands, Russia. It is a young, highly symmetrical stratovolcanic cone.

    This peak was named after explorer and hydrographer Gavril Sarychev of the Imperial Russian Navy (1763 - 1831).

    On 12 June 2009, the volcano erupted, sending out ash plumes. As the volcano is near some of the main air routes between East Asia and North America, there has been some disruption to air traffic.

    During the eruption, the International Space Station passed overhead and astronauts were able to photograph the event. A hole in the overhead clouds, possibly caused by the shock wave from the explosion, allowed a clear view of the plume and pyroclastic flow down the sides of the mountain. A cap-like pileus cloud is visible atop the rising column.

    Sarychev Peak previously erupted in 1760, 1805, 1879, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1946, 1954, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1986 and 1989.

    Source: Wikipedia

  • s0ulsurfing PRO 6y

    that is a mind-blowing image
  • Lisa Raz 6y

    WOW truly amazing. Thanks for sharing
  • Tony the driver 6y

    WOW! Something else! Have just watched the short video of the eruption - how utterly awesome. Glad it didn't happen over here - I could toast my marshmallows without getting out of bed!
  • Béria Lima 4y

    Hi John,

    A derivative work of this image was made a Featured Picture on Wikimedia Commons during 2010, it is now entered in the Wikimedia Commons 2010 Picture of the Year competition. You can see all the final contestasts here:

    Thanks for your contribution and good luck!
  • Chaser from the English Wikipedia 4y

    Update on Beria's post: it placed third out of several dozen photos. Congratulations!
  • YamD 3y

    Just so you know, this image is being used by a few "blogs" reporting it is from the "Popocatepetl" Volcano in Mexico which became active last week. And apparently it's even being credited to nasa.
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