Minimize Plosky Tolbachik Volcano, Russia

This SPOT-5 image shows the Plosky Tolbachik Volcano as it was erupting on 08 December 2012.

Lava streams and ash plumes can be clearly seen in the image.

The eruption of the Tolbachinsky dale started in the evening of 27 November 2012, - says Olga Girina, Head of the KVERT group, RAS Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far East Territory. - A fracture of 5 km long formed running from the area of the 1941 outburst and up to the Krasny cone. In the upper and lower parts of this fracture lava started to blowout and low-viscosity lava streams started to flow onto the western slope of Tolbachinsky dale. By early December the length of both lava streams reached about 10 km. Currently the outburst stopped in the upper fracture. Cinder cones and lava stream flow are still forming in the lower fracture, which length is now about 20 km with frontal parts heights reaching 8-10 m.

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Credit: Spot Image, ScanEx RDC 2012

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