PETROPAVLOCSK-kAMCHATSKY, November 28 (Itar-Tass) — An eruption of the Plosky (flat) Tolbachik volcano has begun on the Kamchatka Peninsula, a member of the Kamchatka-based group for response to volcanic eruptions (KVERT) of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Center of the Russian Academy of Sciences has told Itar-Tass..
According to observers from Lazo and Kozyrevsk Townships, which are located in the environs of the volcano, luminescence was observed above the volcano's top on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday. This indicates that the volcano's top caldera is being filled with fresh and gushing lava. The volcano's increased seismic activity has been recorded.
The volcano condition has been given the "orange" colour code of hazard to aircraft. Discharges of ash from the crater can rise to an altitude of up to five kilometres above sea level. Ash and gas trails can pose hazard to aviation of local airlines, specialists have warned.
Plosky Tolbachik is 3,085 metres high. It is situated in the south-western sector of the Klyuchevsky group of volcanoes in Kamchatka's east, 63 km away from the Klyuchi (water-spirngs) Township and 343 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.
The volcano's latest eruption was recorded in 1975. The volcano is under a continuous monitoring.
The volcano does not pose hazard to populated areas.