Sarychev Volcano Eruption from the International Space Station

Sarychev Volcano Eruption from the International Space Station

Sarychev Peak Volcano erupted June 11-21, 2009, sending out ash plumes. As the volcano is near some of the main air routes between East Asia and North America, there was some disruption to air traffic.

During an early stage of the eruption, on June 12, 2009, the International Space Station passed overhead and astronauts were able to photograph the event. A hole in the overhead clouds, possibly caused by the shock wave from the explosion, allowing a clear view of the plume and pyroclastic flow down the sides of the mountain.

Sarychev Volcano Eruption from the International Space Station. During an early stage of the eruption, on June 12, 2009, the ISS passed overhead.

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