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New ash ejection from Shiveluch volcano recorded on Kamchatka

June 01, 2012, 6:05 UTC+3

The eruption poses no danger to the local population

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, June 1 (Itar-Tass) — Another ash ejection from the crater of the Shiveluch volcano to a height of 8.5 kilometres above sea level has been registered in Kamchatka. The eruption poses no danger to the local population, the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported on Friday.

A cloud of volcanic dust, ejected from the giant mount, has moved 265 kilometres southeast of the volcano. There have been reports about volcanic ash fall the nearby settlements.

According to the classification of the Geophysical Service, Shiveluch has been assigned the highest – Red Aviation Colour Code of hazard. It warns that strong earthquake are registered on the volcano, the height of ash spews from its crater may exceed 8 kilometres above sea level.

The services ensuring safety of flights of aircraft on Kamchatka’s domestic and international airlines have been informed about the activity of the volcano. Gases and ash from the eruption may pose a danger to aircraft engines, experts warn.

Shiveluch is the northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka. It is located 450 kilometres northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. According to data of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), high seismic activity continues on the volcano. On May 19 and 20, ash spews from its crater to a height of 8 to 9.5 kilometres above sea level were registered. The ash plume during these days stretched for over 410 kilometres southwest of the volcano. The nearest settlement - Klyuchi, with a population of about 5.6 thousand, is located 50 kilometres from its foot. The giant mount has been active since 1980. The volcano is under continuous surveillance of experts. According to, experts it currently poses no danger to nearby populated localities.

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