Roundup of Global Volcanic Activity
Kambalny, Russia: The Russian volcano erupted after 250 years of sleep. The last time Kambalny volcano erupted, the United States was not yet a country. But the Russian volcano awoke last week, after a nearly 250-year snooze, with a violent eruption. Kambalny is the southernmost volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula, an area about the size of California that is home to more than 300 volcanoes. In fact, the peninsula hosts the world’s highest concentration of active volcanoes, and so eruptions are common. But Kambalny surprised scientists when it shook awake on March 24 and began to erupt.
The volcano’s eruption and 60-mile-long ash plume were seen from space: