Nov 21, 2017 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

NASA Reveals Recent Images of Russian Volcano, Shiveluch's Eruption

Sep 01, 2017 05:13 AM EDT

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NASA images have recently depicted the eruption of the active volcano, Shiveluch, in Russia. The images show the massive stratovolcano Shiveluch is releasing the ash plume.

The ASTER satellite captured the images of Shiveluch eruptions on Aug. 20, 2017. ASTER is the Earth-monitoring satellite. Shiveluch, located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, is one of the active volcanoes in the world.

According to NASA, a number of active volcanoes are located on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and Shiveluch is one of them. The eruption of another nearby small volcano Bezymianny is also visible. This small volcano is releasing the small plume of steam.

The Shiveluch rises 3,282 meters or 10,771 feet above the sea level. Interestingly, this stratovolcano behaves similarly like the other volcanoes that are situated in nearby islands of the Alaska. The famous Aleutian Islands of Alaska extended towards the said Russian peninsula. The Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program reveals that Alaska is the key destination that produced seventy percent of the United States' historical eruptions.

Notably, the major portion of these eruptions took place in the said region. While capturing the images of the Shiveluch volcano eruption in Russia on Aug. 20, the satellite covered a huge area of twelve by fourteen miles. The location of the area is 56.1 degrees north and 160.6 degrees east.

According to FoxNews, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer or ASTER is the dual-nation project. The Japan Space System and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory operated ASTER. The satellite that recently observed the Shiveluch volcano mainly monitors the changes that take place on the Earth's surface. The satellite also provides important data to the scientists.

The satellite observes several important facts that include glacial movement, degradation of the coral reefs, thermal pollution, active volcanoes. It even monitors clouds' physical properties, surface temperature, the balance of heat on the surface. In a word, ASTER that revealed the eruption of Shiveluch volcano in Russia also performs many important works.

 

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