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Raikoke Volcano Continues it’s Massive Explosive Activity Today — Ejecting Ash to 38,000 feet (11.6 km)

Powerful high-level eruptions have been ongoing at Raikoke volcano, Russia ever-since the massive unexpected explosion that took place on June 21-22 (click here for more on that).

According to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo, today’s eruption sent volcanic ash to an estimated 38,000 feet (11.6 km) above sea level, which is now shifting at 20 kts in a NNE direction.

Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) –and into the stratosphere– have a direct cooling effect on the planet. 

NASA has recently released an amazing photograph of the circular eruption column during Raikoke’s reawakening on June 21-22, which topped out at 43,000 ft (13 km) a.s.l..

It majestically displays circular gravity waves in the plume head.

These waves are similar to those created on water when a small object, e.g. a stone falls into it and causes a local displacement of the water that then spreads out in expanding circles.

View of the vertically rising and expanding plume head during the peak phase of the eruption of Raikoke volcano during 21-22 June — Image: NASA Earth

Also just in, a passing ship has shed some light re the situation on the ground.

As expected, there is a lot of damage, clearly visible in these before and after pics:

Pre-eruption view of a rocky outcrop with sea lions in the foreground.
The same outcrop afterwards, showing the habitat now completely destroyed due to pyroclastic deposits extending beyond the shoreline.


Raikoke is a circular stratovolcano forming an island in the Central Kuriles, Russia.

Its last eruption was back in 1924 (solar minimum of cycle 15), which ranked as a 4 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index.

It also has two previous confirmed eruptions, one in 1778 (VEI 4) and another in 1765 (VEI 2) — both blowing just after the Maunder Minimum.

Stratovolcano:  551 m / 1,808 ft  
Central Kuriles:  48.29°N / 153.25°E 
Current statusERUPTING (4 out of 5)

Eruption list: 2019-ongoing, 1924, 1778, 1765

For more see VolcanoDiscovery.com


Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.

The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.

Check out these link for more info: 



Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift

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One Thought to “Raikoke Volcano Continues it’s Massive Explosive Activity Today — Ejecting Ash to 38,000 feet (11.6 km)”

  1. Steve Hill

    Wow, just wow

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