(1) VOLCANO OBSERVATORY NOTICE FOR AVIATION (VONA)
 (2) Issued:20201229/0050Z
 (3) Volcano:Sheveluch (CAVW #300270)
 (4) Current aviation colour code:ORANGE
 (5) Previous aviation colour code:orange
 (6) Source:KVERT
 (7) Notice Number:2020-255
 (8) Volcano Location:N 56 deg 38 min E 161 deg 18 min
 (9) Area:Kamchatka, Russia
(10) Summit Elevation:10768.24 ft (3283 m), the dome elevation ~8200 ft (2500 m)
(11) Volcanic Activity Summary:The eruption of the volcano continues. Satellite data showed explosions sent ash up to 7 km a.s.l., and an ash cloud is drifting about 50 km to the west of the volcano.

The explosive-extrusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 32,800-49,200 ft (10-15 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
(12) Volcanic cloud height:22960 ft (7000 m) AMSL Time and method of ash plume/cloud height determination: 20201228/2340Z – Himawari-8
(13) Other volcanic cloud information:Distance of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: 31 mi (50 km)
Direction of drift of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: W / azimuth 270 deg
Time and method of ash plume/cloud determination: 20201229/0020Z – Himawari-8
Start time of explosion and how determined: 20201228/2340Z – Satellite data
(14) Remarks:
(15) Contacts:Dr. Olga A. Girina, Head of KVERT, IVS FEB RAS
girina@kscnet.ru +74152202044

Duty scientist: +79622825253
(16) Next Notice:A new VONA will be issued if conditions change significantly or the colour code is changed. VONAs are posted at http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/.

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

CITATION GUIDELINES


For formal scientific citation of this VONA/KVERT Information Release, please use the following:
VONA/KVERT Information Release, December 29, 2020. KVERT, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS. URL: http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/van/?n=2020-255.
Aviation Colour 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]