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Volcano Shiveluch again spews kilometres-high ash column

October 31, 2013, 5:09 UTC+3

It creates no danger for the population

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, October 31 (Itar-Tass) - Volcano Shiveluch on Kamchatka again has spewed ash up to ten km above sea level.

It creates no danger for the population. No ash falls have been reported, the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The ash emission was reported late on October 30. Satellites recorded a cloud of ash from the volcano at an altitude of about five km above sea level. It was moving northeast 150 km away from Shiveluch over the Bering Sea.

According to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), the volcano has the "orange" alert code, next after the highest, warning about danger for aircraft. All the services concerned are informed.

Shiveluch is the northernmost and one of the most active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. It has erupted with short periods of calm for about ten years.

The volcano is located 450 km northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It is 3,283 m high. The highest active part, Young Shiveluch, is 2,8 km above sea level. The diameter is 45-50 km.

The last periods of its activity were reported in 1980-81 and 1993-95.

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