Russia’s Shiveluch volcano erupts

VLADIVOSTOK – A volcano has erupted on Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s Far East, withash rising to an altitude of 10 km above sea level, RIA Novosti news agency reported Tuesday.

During the eruption, a crevice with a depth of about 30 meters wasformed on top of the volcano. An earthquake that lasted seven minuteswas also recorded,

a representative from the Russian Academy ofSciences was quoted as saying.

The volcano’s 10km ash column was the highest during the past month, breaking the record of8200 meters.

Currently there is no danger for local communities near the Shiveluch volcano, though theashes may spread to nearby villages, the representative said.

The activities of the Shiveluch volcano, which rises 3283 meters above sea level, haveincreased since 2009. Since the volcano first erupted in 1980, its activities have been continuously monitored by local authorities.

There are more than 150 volcanos on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and 29 of them are active.


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