Apparently there was no monster eruption

I posted an article earlier today entitled “Monster eruption propels ash more than 13 miles into the sky” after several people sent links to me concerning the eruption.

Now, after several more readers have said they have heard nothing about such an eruption, I also question it.

I’ll check into it some more and get back to you.

Okay, I think this settles the question:

National Weather Service Retracts its Shiviluch 70k announcement

As you can see above, according to the NWS the ash plume rose to ‘only” 23,000 ft (4.37 miles).


For starters, Volcano Live by John Search does not mention it:

Volcano Discovery changes it’s tune. 

As of 7:53pm, 27 August, it says:

Latest news from Shiveluch volcano

Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka, Russia): no major eruption on 25 Aug, ash plume only to 23,000 and not 70,000 ft

The recently reported eruption on 25 Aug alerting of an ash plume as high as 70,000 ft (21300 m) did not take place. There is no data (satellite-based, direct observations etc) to confirm an eruption of this magnitude.

The report was based on an erroneous alert from the Anchorage VAAC. An eruption did take place, observed by a group of people staying nearby and who sent us images on social media, but it was “only” producing an ash column rising approx. 23,000 ft (7 km) – something not unusual for Shiveluch which has been having eruptions of this size for decades at irregular intervals.

However, says it is indeed true. They say, and I quote: “Sunday, Aug 25, 2019

Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Anchorage warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 70000 ft (21300 m) altitude or flight level 700 and is moving at 10 kts in NNE direction.”

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology agrees that there was indeed an eruption, but placed the Aviation color code at orange, which would indicate to me that we’re not talking about a catastrophic eruption.
As of 3:52 pm on August 27, NASA’s page on Shiveluch does not mention such an eruption:
“We know the media is taking us on media blackout,” says reader Brian Regan. “Scary world we living in.”


Here was the original post:

Monster eruption propels ash more than 13 miles into the sky

Video – Huge eruption could have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

A VEI 5/6 eruption rocked Kamchatka (Shiveluch) volcanoon Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula over the weekend, and there’s likely more to come.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Anchorage reported on a volcanic ash plume rising to a staggering 70,000 ft (21.3 km) into the stratosphere. Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10km), and into the stratosphere, have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

This eruption at Shiveluch produced a “huge stratospheric injection” says Diamond, of the Oppenheimer Ranch Project. “We’re talking Plinian, Ultra-Plinian — one of the largest eruptions of the last decade.”

“This baby is not over.”

Stunning picture —

Thanks to tomOmason, laurel, Dallas Schneider, Brian Regan and many others for these links

23 thoughts on “Apparently there was no monster eruption”

    • This eruption was much smaller than Raikoke and Ubinas. The Oppenheimer Ranch Project should have done but refuses to do a retraction rather than perpetuating this. After all, aren’t we different than the AGW IPC crowd that pushes fake data??

  1. I have heard the truth of this questioned on The Grand Solar Minimum channel. Could readers of your site please confirm whether there was indeed a 70 000 ft. eruption?

  2. Assuming the time of year, altitude, and quantity of ejecta, maybe this has an effect of greater-than-normal cooling in the NH this winter … or maybe it has none. The greatest effects would be felt with large quantities of ash and SO2 ejected high into the stratosphere in the tropics, where direct cooling and reflective cooling from solar insolation would be maximized, but as I’ve not read or seen anything else about this eruption (it’s just another run-of-the-mill eruption with less media fanfare than Mt. Pinatubo in 1991) then we won’t know for some time what effects it had.

    • Diamond refuses to let go of this. Raikoke was a much greater eruption. It’s a credibility issue and it is hurting his credibility.

  3. S O News showed the plume on today’s show @1:18 in .
    Even if it wasn’t to 70k, that’s still a lot of snowflake nuclei
    waiting in the wings.

  4. I have to agree with Heidi. Seems like 98% of everything on the Internet is fake, and more like 100% if it involves money. If this is a real monster eruption, I suppose we will know soon enough, but it sounds like just another bit of fake news.

  5. Let us not forget OOOFFenheimer Ranchero does do the magic mushrooms and seeks sacred knowledge in the desert. Not kidding ya’ll.
    Have a good day

  6. Here is another report:

    (2) Issued: 20190825/0528Z
    (3) Volcano: Sheveluch (CAVW #300270)
    (4) Current aviation colour code: ORANGE
    (5) Previous aviation colour code: orange
    (6) Source: KVERT
    (7) Notice Number: 2019-124
    (8) Volcano Location: N 56 deg 38 min E 161 deg 18 min
    (9) Area: Kamchatka, Russia
    (10) Summit Elevation: 10768.24 ft (3283 m), the dome elevation ~8200 ft (2500 m)
    (11) Volcanic Activity Summary: A growth of the lava dome continues, a strong fumarolic activity and an incandescence of the dome blocks and hot avalanches accompanies this process. According to video and satellite data, an ash plume on the height 4.5-5 km a.s.l. continues to drift to the north-west from the volcano.

    Explosive-extrusive eruption of the volcano continues. Ash explosions up to 32,800-49,200 ft (10-15 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
    (12) Volcanic cloud height: 14760-16400 ft (4500-5000 m) AMSL Time and method of ash plume/cloud height determination: 20190825/0510Z – Himawari-8
    (13) Other volcanic cloud information: Distance of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: 77 mi (124 km)
    Direction of drift of ash plume/cloud of the volcano: NNW / azimuth 337 deg
    Time and method of ash plume/cloud determination: 20190825/0510Z – Himawari-8
    (14) Remarks:
    (15) Contacts: Dmitry V. Melnikov, IVS FEB RAS

    Duty scientist: +79622825253
    (16) Next Notice: A new VONA will be issued if conditions change significantly or the colour code is changed. VONAs are posted at

    In Russia, KVERT, on behalf of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (IVS) FEB RAS, is responsible for providing information on volcanic activity to international air navigation services for the airspace users.

  7. I got my link I sent Robert from and theyre usually pretty good with their info
    we can all be misled , theres a few others- as Robert found -still running it too
    there is activity ongoing but not seemingly at the scale reported or the dates given
    of couse that can change pretty fast too;-)

  8. I took the story to be the real stuff. Even included that it ranked as 5/6 on the VEI –a Plinian eruption.
    So what is the real story?

  9. If the eruption did result in a 70,000 ft ejection, we we know soon enough concerning temperature drops in northern hemisphere over the next week.
    Let us watch and see, my dear Watson.

  10. It has become quite easy to believe that NASA, the media et al are lying to us about this, as they lie about so many other things.

    Diamond’s footage looks convincing. Is Himawari Japanese? The Asians are apparently being more straight with their people than our govt is.

  11. I used info as a reliable source of information. I stand corrected and now will apply the old adage verify, verify, and then verify before reporting next time.

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