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Cloud of ash belched out by Kamchatka volcano spreading 35 km eastwards

December 30, 2014, 8:38 UTC+3 PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY
The aviation authorities have assigned the orange level of aviation risks to the eruption
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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 30. /TASS/. A cloud of ash belched out by the Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka is spreading 35 kilometers eastwards and volcanic particles are drifting with the wind to the Pacific Ocean in bypass of populated localities, spokespeople for the Kamchatka Volcano Eruptions Reaction Team (KVERT) of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Tuesday.

“The volcano has ejected cinders to the altitude of 6,000 meters above sea level,” the source said.

The aviation authorities have assigned the orange level of aviation risks to the eruption, which means that the volcanic particles ejected from the Sheveluch’s crater pose a potential menace for all types of aircraft and can put out the engines of airliners and helicopters our of operation.

The Sheveluch, which is 3,283 meters tall, is the northernmost of Kamchatka’s volcanoes. The nearest populated locality, the township of Klyuchi, is located 80 kilometers away from it.

The Sheveluch, which is also spelt as Shiveluch or Sopka Shiveluch sometimes is a hyperactive volcano. The recorded disastrous eruptions occurred in 1854 and 1956.

The current eruption started on August 15, 1999, and continues to this day.

Klyuchi is a compact township and its population can be evacuated rapidly enough in case of a major eruption.

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