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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2022, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp. 302-306

Satellite monitoring of the 2022 explosive eruption of Chikurachki volcano (Northern Kuriles)

O.A. Girina 1 , D.V. Melnikov 1 , A.G. Manevich 1 , I.A. Uvarov 2 , L.S. Kramareva 3 
1 Institute of Volcanology and Seismology FEB RAS, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
2 Space Research Institute RAS, Moscow, Russia
3 Far Eastern Center of SRC Planeta, Khabarovsk, Russia
Accepted: 09.03.2022
DOI: 10.21046/2070-7401-2022-19-1-302-306
Chikurachki volcano is located in the northern part of the Karpinsky Ridge on Paramushir Island of the Northern Kuriles. Its eruptive activity is represented by explosive (vulcanian type) and explosive-effusive moderate eruptions; its rock composition is basaltic andesites. Information about fifteen historical eruptions of the volcano is known. The paper describes the eruption in January-February 2022 based on the study of various satellite data in the information system “Remote monitoring activity of Kamchatka and the Kuriles volcanoes” (VolSatView, The explosive eruption continued for three days, the explosions raised ash to 5.5 km above sea level, and ash plumes moved for 260 km mainly to the west, southwest, and southeast of the volcano. The total area of ash falls during the eruption exceeded 28 thousand km2, including 640 km2 on land. Volcanic activity was dangerous for low-flying aircraft.
Keywords: volcano, Chikurachki, Kurile Islands, explosive eruption, satellite monitoring, information system VolSatView, KVERT
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