A minor eruption of ash following an earthquake occurred on this part of the island in 1952.
The Lomonosov Group to the northeast (image center) includes four cinder cones and a lava dome.
Magma generated by subduction feeds volcanoes - and eventually volcanic islands - over the subduction boundary.
Paramushir Island in the northern Kurils is an example of a large island built by several volcanoes over geologic time.
Prior to 12 June, the last explosive eruption had occurred in 1989 with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows.
This detailed photograph is exciting to volcanologists because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption.However, with limited staff and resources, we simply cannot respond to all who write to us.Submit questions or comments online By postal mail: Central Intelligence Agency Office of Public Affairs Washington, D. 20505 By phone:(703) 482-0623Open during normal business hours.This astronaut photograph shows the southern end of Paramushir Island after a snowfall.The western slopes of the mountains are brightly illuminated, while the eastern slopes are in shadow.While most are not actively erupting, many are considered dangerous due to their eruptive history and proximity to population centers and air travel corridors.This astronaut photo highlights the summit crater and snow-covered slopes of Avachinshy stratovolcano (2,741 m; 8,993 ft) as it pokes above a surrounding cloud deck.The information you provide will be protected and confidential.The CIA is particularly interested in information about imminent or planned terrorist attacks.The Office of Public Affairs (OPA) is the single point of contact for all inquiries about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).We read every letter, fax, or e-mail we receive, and we will convey your comments to CIA officials outside OPA as appropriate.