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Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:32 AM

Four at Once: Volcano Quartet Erupts on Kamchatka

Volcanic eruptions are hardly a rarity. It seems that a new one goes off every few weeks or so somewhere in the world. But a string of four volcanoes erupting in close proximity to one another is virtually unheard of.

That, though, is what has taken place in recent weeks on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far east. Four different cones and mountains, all within 180 kilometers (110 miles) of each other, have been active simultaneously since late November. Given that volcano experts don't believe that the four volcanoes are being fed from the same magma source, the parallel eruptions would seem to be the geological equivalent of winning the lottery.

And, as a photography team from the Moscow-based Airpano discovered, the phenomenon presented a fantastic opportunity to produce some awe-inspiring images and videos. Indeed, the quartet of lava and ash-spewing peaks are so close to one another -- they lie within 180 kilometers (110 miles) of each other -- that that the film crew recently visited all of them in a single day.


That volcanoes erupt in Kamchatka is, of course, hardly news. The peninsula, which has a total land mass that is slightly larger than Germany, is one of the most active parts of the infamous "Ring of Fire," the zone of volcanic and seismic activity that encircles the Pacific Ocean. Three tectonic plates -- the North American Plate, the Okhotsk Plate and the Pacific Plate -- collide beneath Kamchatka, with the peninsula's coastal range boasting 30 active volcanoes.


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http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/four-volcanoes-erupting-concurrently-on-kamchatka-peninsula-a-880777.html

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Reply Four at Once: Volcano Quartet Erupts on Kamchatka (Original post)
n2doc Feb 2013 OP
niyad Feb 2013 #1
Recursion Feb 2013 #2
2naSalit Feb 2013 #3
PADemD Feb 2013 #6
2naSalit Feb 2013 #8
Viva_La_Revolution Feb 2013 #4
KoKo Feb 2013 #5
Pedalman Feb 2013 #7
2naSalit Feb 2013 #9

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 11:52 AM

1. k and r--thank you for sharing this--amazing pics

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 12:29 PM

2. Kamchatka! The key to any successful game of Risk

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Response to Recursion (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:34 PM

3. Sure is!



Thanks for the OP, n2doc! I have been watching the Alaska volcanoes and the Alaska Volcano Observatory has a link to the Russian observatory but I haven't looked in a while. The earthquake activity over there has been pretty regular though so I have been curious about what was going on there. Thanks for that article, the pictures are amazing.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:37 PM

6. Have you checked out this site?

Earthquake-report.com

http://earthquake-report.com/category/volcanoes/daily-volcano-activity/

There are daily reports of earthquake and volcano activity around the world. Also links to USGS and other reporting agencies.

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Response to PADemD (Reply #6)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:49 PM

8. Thanks!

I have not seen that site before. I have the USGS and AVO bookmarked and check those daily, I live in very close proximity to a super volcano and am sitting on top of it's very large magma pool (though I'm a ways away from the caldera) so I like to stay informed. Bookmarked that one just now, thanks!!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 01:35 PM

4. Not that unusual really

just unusual for humans to witness it.

In the grand scheme of things, Kamchatka is cooling. The true action was during the early Quaternary, but thankfully we weren't around to witness that.

That video at your link is awesome. just like being in the chopper.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:31 PM

5. K&R..

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 02:45 PM

7. Incredible!

Thanks for this, my son is going to really enjoy the article this afternoon.
But, you must check out the media presentation of the panorama photos in this article, it is stunning

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2271934/Watch-volcano-exploding-Amazing-360-degree-interactive-panorama-shows-eruption-remote-Kamchatka-peninsula.html#axzz2Jg0OcOiS

You will see the controls in the second photo of the article.

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Response to Pedalman (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:03 PM

9. That

is totally awesome! Thanks for adding that link!

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