PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, February 07, 7:51 /ITAR-TASS/. The Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia’s Far East, spewed ash to the height of 10 kilometres above the sea level in early hours on Friday, the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Itar-Tass.
“At 00:45 local time seismic activity started at Shiveluch,” the office said, adding that it posed no threat to the local population. “A series of quakes were registered. According to the seismic date, at 04:09 the volcano started ejecting ash from its crater. The eruption lasted almost five hours.”
Seismologists said at the moment Shiveluch stopped spewing ash.
Shiveluch is the Kamchatka Peninsula’s northernmost active volcano. It is located 450 kilometres northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The absolute height of its main peak is 3,283 metres. Its highest active part known as Young Shiveluch is 2,500 meters and its crater diameter is 1,500 meters. Young Shiveluch has been active since September 1980. Scientists have been regularly observing the volcano for over 30 years. The most recent catastrophic eruptions of Shiveluch were recorded in 1854 and 1964.