Kamchatkan volcanic eruption team celebrates tenth anniversary at Workshop



Awareness of the hazards to aviation posed by explosive volcanic eruptions worldwide increased significantly in the 1980s and 1990s. On Russia's Kamchatka peninsula, 29 active volcanoes lie beneath and upwind of the heavily used airways of the North Pacific. Systematic monitoring and timely reporting of Kamchatkan volcanic activity geared toward the aviation community was largely lacking until 1993, when a collaborative effort between the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO; a joint project of the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks Geophysical Institute, and the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys) and the Russian Academy of Science's Institute of Volcanic Geology and Geochemistry (IVGG) prompted formation of the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT).