Raikoke Volcano on Russia’s Kuril Islands, south west of this volcanically active Kamchatka Peninsula, erupted last weekend to its first time since 1924 and the graphics from distance were outside of this world.
A massive plume of ash and volcanic gases shot up from the stratovolcano's 2,300-foot-wide crater about 4 local time on Saturday, June 22, ending a dormant period that had been ongoing for the last 95 years.
ISS astronauts shot the photo below, which shows the volcanic plume spreading out at a part of the plume called the umbrella place and rising in a narrow column. This 's where the density of this plume gets equal to that of their surrounding air, causing the plume NASA said.
“The ring of white clouds at the base of this column may be a sign of ambient air being drawn in to the column and also the warmth of water vapor,” Simon Carn, a volcanologist at Michigan Tech, told NASA Earth Observatory. “Or it may be a rising plume out of interaction between magma and seawater because Raikoke can be a small island and escapes likely entered the water”
This next picture was recorded by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite at the afternoon of Saturday, June 22. NASA said the ash was in the edge of this plume, above Raikoke Volcano.
Volcanic ash poses a serious danger as it contains fragments of marine and rock glass, according to NASA.
The Tokyo and Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory centers have already now been tracking the Raikoke plume, devoting aviators messages to tell them that the ash had reached an altitude of 8 kilometers. Statistics from NASA's CALIPSO satellite.