Eruption of Bezymianny on KamchatkaJMA Himawari-9 Ash RGB images created using Geo2Grid (above) showed the volcanic plume — which included a violent eruptive pulse that began at 0540 UTC on 07 April — from Bezymianny on the Kamchatka Peninsula of Russia during 06-07 April 2023. Signatures of ash (shades of pink to violet) were evident, along with the signature of SO2 mixed with ash (brighter shades of yellow) associated with the violent eruptive pulse.
A closer view of the volcanic cloud produced by the violent eruptive pulse is shown below, using Himawari-9 True Color RGB and Ash RGB images.
A Himawari-9 Ash Height retrieved product from the NOAA/CIMSS Volcanic Cloud Monitoring site (above) indicated that the violent eruptive pulse reached heights 10-12 km — and Ash Loading was high within that portion of the volcanic cloud (below). GOES-18 (GOES-West) “Red” Visible (0.64 µm) images from the CSPP GeoSphere site (below) provided an oblique view of the cloud produced by the violent eruptive pulse.
GOES-18 Ash RGB images (above) also showed signatures of both ash (shades of pink to violet) and mixed SO2/ash (brighter shades of yellow) as the volcanic plume moved over the far western Aleutian Islands. An aviation Volcanic Ash Advisory was issued, stating that ash was possible between the surface and 40,000 feet (12 km), moving to the east-southeast at 100 knots (below). In a larger-scale view of GOES-18 Ash RGB images (below) the brighter yellow SO2/ash feature could be followed for several more hours as it moved across the western and central Gulf of Alaska.