Shiveluch: Egg-shaped dome grows

A photo of an unusual lava dome was taken at the Shiveluch in Kamchatka (Russia). The dome looks like a grey egg and has a very smooth surface. KVERT researchers suspect that it is a dome of dacitic lava. The structure already has a name: Dolphin. Locally one associates less an egg than a dolphin back. The first signs of the formation of a new dome were already seen in May, but the dolphin experienced its greatest growth in the last 4 months. Since then it has also been unusually quiet on the Shiveluch and only occasionally a slight thermal radiation was registered. Should the egg-shaped dolphin collapse, a very strong eruption will occur along with large pyroclastic flows. Then you should not stay near the volcano!