Every kid knows what a volcano looks like.
…with fire and a curl of smoke coming out the top…
…and has lava streaming down its sides.
Oh my, yes!
The webcam captures that someone used to make that video come from the cameras of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) in Russia.
These scientists monitor many volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, even though there aren’t any large population centers nearby, both for scientific reasons and because of the international air traffic over the region.
Right now, it’s having a much smaller eruption, but is still capable of putting on a spectacular show, as the video above shows.
Edit: October 31, 2013, 3:40 p.m.: Huh! Just read that sulfur dioxide from Klyuchevskoy’s recent eruption made it to the US, including right here in upstate New York’s Capital Region. Привет, там, Ключевской!