Massive Eruption of the Raikoke Volcano Kuril Islands Russia

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A powerful high-level eruption unexpectedly started at Raikoke volcano, Kuril Islands, Russia at around 17:50 UTC on June 21, 2019 — with the massive explosive activity continuing into June 22. According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo, a near-constant column of thick volcanic ash is rising to 43,000 feet (13.1 km) above sea level, and comfortably into the stratosphere. Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) have a direct cooling effect on the planet. The ash plume is clearly visible on satellite imagery, rising high above the dense lower cloud deck.

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