Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Four volcanoes erupting simultaneously make for wondrous sight

That volcanoes erupt in Kamchatka, Russia is hardly news, as it boasts 29 active volcanoes . but for four to be active at any one time is the vulcanological equivalent of winning the lottery. Fearless photographers captured the terrifying beauty in Russia's remote Far East, braving searing heat to capture 360-degree panoramic views.

The peninsula has a high density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena, with 19 active volcanoes being included in the six UNESCO World Heritage List sites in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka group, most of them on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

The peninsula has a high density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena, with 19 active volcanoes being included in the six UNESCO World Heritage List sites in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka group, most of them on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

Article Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/3/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Russia, volcanoes, pyroclastic, Kamchatka, Plosky Tolbachik


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Russian film crew swooped across in a helicopter and braved roasting hot pyroclastic flows to create an immersive, interactive panorama. Plosky Tolbachik, one of four volcanoes, is all within 110 miles of each other that have been active simultaneously since late November.

Consisting of the active Plosky Tolbachik and its extinct sister Ostry Tolbachik, the Tolbachik Volcano system is the largest of the south-western sector of the Klyuchevskaya volcanic group. Formed about 10,000 years ago in the Early Holocene, the range has been host to spectacular eruptions.

Kamchatka is a 780 mile peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 100,000 sq/miles.

The Kamchatka River and the surrounding central side valley are flanked by large volcanic belts containing around 160 volcanoes, 29 of them still active.

The peninsula has a high density of volcanoes and associated volcanic phenomena, with 19 active volcanoes being included in the six UNESCO World Heritage List sites in the Volcanoes of Kamchatka group, most of them on the Kamchatka Peninsula.
 
The south zone of the Tolbachik system extends about 45-50 kilometers down to the Nikolka volcano and is called Tolbachinsky Dol. The latest eruption began there at the end of November.
 
Photographed in December by the Russian non-profit outfit AirPano, photographers and panorama enthusiasts created high-resolution 3-D aerial panoramas.

"The Tolbachik volcano eruption is classified as an unconventional fissure eruption. Fissure eruptions are known for emitting great volume of lava," Oleg Gaponyuk said. He also spoke of how the team cancelled a trip to Dubai to shoot the Burj skyscraper at the last minute to capture the spectacular eruptions.

"They are also called 'touristic' eruptions for relatively low level of danger and photogenic beauty of flowing rivers of lava.

"Weather permitting, one can fly up close to a volcanic crater or hover right above a lava stream. We knew it all in theory, but in reality we kept our fingers crossed for a good weather."

A member of the Airpano team, Stas Sedov recalled the dramatic scenes that met them as they arrived. "The volcano in front of us is covered with clouds and smoke," he wrote. "We decided to move up the lava flow. Finally there are the first red hot lava streams underneath us!

"We slow down the helicopter and shoot several spherical panoramas. We are overwhelmed - we finally saw IT!"

In the center of Kamchatka is Eurasia's world famous Geyser Valley, which was partly destroyed by a massive mudslide in June 2007.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for April 2014
Ecology and Justice:
That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick: That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Brunei to outlaw baptisms and other sacraments as nation adopts Sharia law Watch

Image of The Sultan is imposing Sharia law to tighten control over women and other religious groups.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The small, oil-rich nation of Brunei will shortly introduce Sharia law to its people, a move that may prove unpopular, at least with some. The international community has already warned that Sharia law is incompatible with international law. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Sweetening the deal: Entrepreneurs cultivate Vietnam land for chocolate cultivation Watch

Image of Marou is a gourmet form of chocolate grown in Vietnam that is sold in high-end shops all over the world.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

When it comes to Vietnam and agriculture, one usually thinks of expansive rice paddies and the odd bit of tropical fruit. What's not widely known is that Vietnam is being seen as an ideal place to cultivate cacao, which is used in the creation of the popular ... continue reading


Made to order: China's Shandong Airlines gives Boeing $4.6 billion order Watch

Image of Boeing is already bogged down with 400 orders for the C919, mostly from China, many analysts expect it to win more orders, especially from domestic carriers.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China is a nation on the move, literally. Wishing to spread its growing industrial superiority worldwide, China's Shandong Airlines has said that it has placed an order for 50 Boeing 737 aircraft, worth $4.6 billion at list prices. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


China set to become the world's largest Christian nation Watch

Image of China will soon become the world's largest Christian nation, and that's wonderful news!

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In nearly every human respect, China is the world's biggest. It's the world's most populous country, the world's largest English speaking nation, and soon, it may be the world's largest Christian nation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Chinese Christian ... continue reading


China's price for progress: One fifth of its soil found contaminated Watch

Image of China's rapid industrialization is feared to be causing irreparable damage to its environment.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China leap into an economic powerhouse has come at a very heavy price. A recent study has found that a fifth of China's soil is contaminated. According to an official study released by the government, 16.1 percent of China's soil and 19.4 percent of its arable ... continue reading


SELF TORTURE: Disregarding church, Filipino faithful flagellate themselves in bloody ritual Watch

Image of The penitents in San Fernando whip their backs as they make their way along narrow roads which lead to a dusty hill.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Their practices are not condoned by the Catholic Church - who says it takes away from the real meaning behind Lent. Regardless, Filipino men don hoods to conceal their faces, remove their shirts and whip themselves raw in city streets in atonement. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Baby born with headless twin, four hands, recovering after surgery Watch

Image of The conjoined twins weighed just over three kilograms before surgery, with the removed parasitic fetus weighing 0.6kg.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A 13-day-old baby boy now has a greater chance at a normal life after doctors have removed superfluous limbs from him. Now in stable condition, the child was born with a headless, parasitic twin. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The child was born with four ... continue reading


DON'T READ THIS if you're squeamish Watch

Image of Both men had been married with children. Their wives reportedly left them before being detained by police three years ago.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Don't read this following article if you are in any squeamish or delicate in nature. We mean it. Two Brothers in Pakistan have been arrested for cannibalism after a young boy's head was found in their squalid home. The two had run into trouble with the law ... continue reading


Indian slums switch to solar powered lamps Watch

Image of Many poor urban communities in India are forced to live by candlelight. Slum tenants also use polluting fuels like kerosene, or

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In the slums of New Delhi, India, where starvation, disease and filth run rampant, a most extraordinary thing is happening. The poor here are being given solar lamps in order to use cleaner energy. The smoke from kerosene lamps, in addition to wood burning ... continue reading


Tantalizing clues persist in Flight 370 mystery as searchers dive deep Watch

Image of The Bluefin 21 submersible will scan the seafloor for any signs of wreckage. Each mission will take about 24 hours to complete and another day will be needed to prepare Bluefin for a second mission. The search could take weeks.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

International search efforts for Malaysia Air Flight 370 continue in the Indian Ocean, over a thousand miles off the coast of Perth Australia. Although investigators believe the batteries that power the data recorders are likely dead, other tantalizing clues about the ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Acts 3:11-26
11 Everyone came running towards them in great ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 8:2, 5, 6-7, 8-9
2 even through the mouths of children, or of babes in ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 24:35-48
35 Then they told their story of what had happened on ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for April 24th, 2014 Image

St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen
April 24: Franciscan Capuchin martyr. He was born Mark Rey is Sigmaringen, ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter