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VONA/KVERT WEEKLY INFORMATION RELEASE 30-2016
Kamchatkan and Northern Kuriles Volcanic Activity

July 28, 2016, 21:29 UTC (July 29, 2016, 09:29 KST)

KVERT monitor 30 active volcanoes of Kamchatka and 6 active volcanoes of Northern Kuriles. Not all of these volcanoes had eruptions in historical time, however they are potentially active and therefore are of concern to aviation.

SUMMARY OF AVIATION COLOR CODES:

KAMCHATKA
KLYUCHEVSKOY, SHEVELUCH: ORANGE
BEZYMIANNY, KARYMSKY: YELLOW
AVACHINSKY, DIKY GREBEN, GAMCHEN, GORELY, ICHINSKY, ILIINSKY, KAMBALNY, KHANGAR, KHODUTKA, KIKHPINYCH, KIZIMEN, KOMAROV, KORYAKSKY, KOSHELEV, KRASHENINNIKOV, KRONOTSKY, KSUDACH, MALY SEMYACHIK, MUTNOVSKY, OPALA, PLOSKY TOLBACHIK, TAUNSHITS, USHKOVSKY, VYSOKY, ZHELTOVSKY, ZHUPANOVSKY: GREEN

NORTHERN KURILES
ALAID, CHIKURACHKI: ORANGE
EBEKO, FUSS PEAK, KARPINSKY, TATARINOV: GREEN


SHEVELUCH VOLCANO (CAVW #300270)
56.64 N, 161.32 E; Elevation 10768 ft (3283 m), the dome elevation ~8200 ft (2500 m)
Aviation Color Code is ORANGE


Explosive-extrusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 32,800 ft (10 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.

A growth of the lava dome continues (a viscous lava flow reveal in the northern its part), strong fumarole activity, ash explosions, hot avalanches and an incandescence of the dome blocks and hot avalanches accompany this process. Satellite data by KVERT showed a thermal anomaly over the lava dome all week.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Sheveluch

KLYUCHEVSKOY VOLCANO (CAVW #300260)
56.06 N, 160.64 E; Elevation 15580 ft (4750 m)
Aviation Color Code is ORANGE


Explosive-effusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.

Explosive-effusive eruption of the volcano continues: there are bursts of volcanic bombs to 200-300 m above the summit crater and up to 50 m above the cinder cone into Apakhonchich chute, and strong gas-steam activity of two volcanic centers with emission of different amounts of ash, and the effusing of lava flows along Apakhonchich chute at the south-eastern flank of the volcano. According to satellite data by KVERT, a large bright thermal anomaly was observed at the area of the volcano, ash plumes drifted for about 143 km to the east from the volcano on July 22-23, 26.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Klyuchevskoy

ALAID VOLCANO (CAVW #290390)
50.86 N, 155.56 E; Elevation 7672 ft (2339 m)
Aviation Color Code is ORANGE


Explosive-effusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 19,700 ft (6 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect low-flying aircraft.

A moderate explosive-effusive eruption of the volcano continues: Strombolian activity of the new cinder cone in the summit crater of the volcano and possible a lava flow effusing on the southwestern flank of Alaid. According to satellite data by KVERT, a thermal anomaly over the volcano was observed, gas-steam plume extended up to 155 km to the north-east from the volcano on July 26.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Alaid

CHIKURACHKI VOLCANO (CAVW #290360)
50.32 N, 155.46 E; Elevation 5956 ft (1816 m)
Aviation Color Code is ORANGE


Explosive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.

Explosive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash plume extended up to 176 km to the north-east from the volcano on July 27.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Chikurachki

BEZYMIANNY VOLCANO (CAVW #300250)
55.97 N, 160.6 E; Elevation 9453 ft (2882 m)
Aviation Color Code is YELLOW


A moderate gas-steam activity of the volcano continues. Ongoing activity could affect low-flying aircraft.

A moderate gas-steam activity of the volcano continues. Satellite data by KVERT showed a thermal anomaly over the volcano on July 26, the volcano was quiet or obscured by clouds during other days of week.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Bezymianny

KARYMSKY VOLCANO (CAVW #300130)
54.05 N, 159.44 E; Elevation 4874 ft (1486 m)
Aviation Color Code is YELLOW


A moderate gas-steam activity of the volcano continues. Ongoing activity could affect low-flying aircraft.

A moderate gas-steam activity of the volcano continues. Satellite data by KVERT showed the volcano was quiet or obscured by clouds all week.
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/volc.php?lang=en&name=Karymsky

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT:
Alexander G. Manevich, IVS FEB RAS
E-mail: mag@kscnet.ru
Tel.: +74152202115

Tel. Duty scientist: +79622825253

In Russia, KVERT, on behalf of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS) FED RAS, is responsible for providing information on volcanic activity to international air navigation services for the airspace users.

KVERT scientists was available in the office from 8:30 AM till 6:00 PM (KST) 7 days in week and by phone during the evenings since 2005. KVERT produces daily satellite monitoring (since 2002 till now); analyses information from remote scientific observation stations and seismic data for volcanoes: Alaid, Avachinsky, Bezymianny, Gorely, Karymsky, Kizimen, Klyuchevskoy, Koryaksky, Mutnovsky, Plosky Tolbachik, Sheveluch, Ushkovsky, Zhupanovsky (from the Kamchatkan Branch of Geophysical Survey RAS); and other information to monitor activity at Kamchatkan and Northern Kuriles Volcanoes.

KVERT web-page (the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FED RAS): http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/index_eng.php

KVERT Information Releases at the web-page of AVO (Alaska Volcano Observatory): http://www.avo.alaska.edu
Web-cameras for Kamchatkan volcanoes: http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/
 

CITATION GUIDELINES


For formal scientific citation of this VONA/KVERT Weekly Release, please use the following:
VONA/KVERT Weekly Release, July 28, 2016. KVERT, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS. URL: http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/van/index.php?n=30-2016.

Aviation Color Codes
GREEN

Volcano is in normal, non-eruptive state

   or, after a change from a higher level: 

Volcanic activity considered to have ceased, and volcano reverted to its normal, non-eruptive state.
YELLOW

Volcano is experiencing signs of elevated unrest above known background levels. 

   or, after a change from higher level: 

Volcanic activity has decreased significantly but continues to be closely monitored for possible renewed increase.
ORANGE

Volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption.

   or,

Volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.
[specify ash-plume height if possible]
RED

Eruption is forecast to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely.

  or,

Eruption is underway with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.
[specify ash-plume height if possible]



 
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