Permalink: https://media.greenpeace.org/archive/Volcano-Chikurachi-Eruption-27MZIF38HG59.htmlConceptually similarScenic View in KamchatkaGP1SUJ0RCompleted★★★★★★Scenic View in KamchatkaGP1SUJ0SCompleted★★★★Scenic View in KamchatkaGP1SUJ1HCompleted★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS2Completed★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS3Completed★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS4Completed★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS5Completed★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS6Completed★★★★Kozelskiy Pesticide Storage Site in KamchatkaGP1SUFS7Completed★★★★View AllGP0STOUT7Volcano Chikurachi EruptionChikurachi, a stratovolcano in the Kuril Islands, erupted explosively after seven years of slumber spewing ash high enough to prompt volcano monitoring agencies to post a code red aviation warning for aircraft. Chikurachi rises 1,816 meters (5956 feet) above the western Pacific Ocean on Paramushir Island, just south of Kamchatka. It is made up of alternating layers of hardened lava, ash, and rocks, and it is one of the more active volcanoes in the tectonically rich area. Chikurachki had several eruptive episodes between 2002 and 2008, but has been relatively quiet since then. The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured a natural-color view of the eruption on February 17, 2015. The highest plume, up to 7.5 kilometers (25,000 feet) occurred on February 16, based on reports from the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT). Winds carried the ash as much as 275 kilometers to the west. Emissions continued on February 17 and 18, though plumes rose no higher than 3.6 to 4.5 kilometers (12,000 to 15,000 feet); as a result, aviation warnings were lowered to orange (the second highest level). By the 18th, winds had shifted and the plume was blowing east.Locations:Kamchatka Peninsula-Kuril Islands-RussiaDate:17 Feb, 2015Credit:© NASAMaximum size:5000px X 5000pxRestrictions:U.S. Government Image in the Public Domain. Okay for all Greenpeace use with credit: NASA. No SalesKeywords:Aerial view-Clouds-Earth (planet)-KWCI (GPI)-Public Domain (license type)-VolcanoesShoot:US Government 2015Images from NASA and other U.S. Government Agencies.