Russia 03/08/05

MODIS image of Russia

MODIS true color image (bands 1, 4, 3) of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia, 8 March 2005.

Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, called the land of glaciers and volcanoes, is home to two erupting volcanoes: Klyuchevskaya and Shiveluch. Both are on the central eastern side of the peninsula, with Shiveluch to the north, and Klyuchevskaya to the south. This MODIS image shows the entire peninsula, and was acquired on March 8, 2005. Klyuchevskaya's eruptions have been intense - the lava and explosions are rapidly melting large sections of Eherman Glacier, and the volcano is sending "volcanic bombs" hundreds of meters into the air. Volcanic bombs are pieces of lava larger than 64 mm (roughly 2.6 inches) in diameter.

Text and image courtesy of NASA's MODIS Land Rapid Response Team.