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Volcano in Kamchatka spews ash to 7 km height

April 23, 2013, 17:23 UTC+3

A 5-minute earthquake was recorded on the surface of the giant mount

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, April 23 (Itar-Tass) – The Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka has spewed ash to a height of about 7 kilometres above sea level. There is no danger to nearby populated localities. No volcanic ash fall has been recorded in the settlements nearby, the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported on Tuesday.

The spew was not visible, because the volcano is closed by dense clouds. However, a 5-minute earthquake was recorded on the surface of the giant mount that could be accompanied by the emission of gases and ash in the active part of the volcano, experts say. In addition, satellites recorded at an altitude of 3.5 kilometres above sea level an ash cloud moving to the north-east of the volcano.

Shiveluch belongs to the Kliuchevskaya volcano group. There are three elements of the volcano: the stratovolcano Old Shiveluch; an ancient caldera; and the active Young Shiveluch , with an elevation of about 2,800 metres. Shiveluch is one of Kamchatka’s largest volcanic structures. It is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of solidified ash, hardened lava and volcanic rocks. Shiveluch is the northernmost and one of the most active volcanoes of Kamchatka. It is located 450 kilometres northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Its height is 3,283 m above sea level. The volcano’s eruptions are explosive. The giant mount is active since September 1980. The nearest settlement Klyuchi is located at a distance of 50 kilometres from the foot of the volcano. The volcano is under permanent monitoring of experts.


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