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Saturday, 6 January 2018

Kamchatka Volcano Spits Up Ash 5-7 Kilometres High

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On Friday, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told us that Klyuchevskoy Volcano in Kamchatka Krai spewed ash for three days in a row, saying:

The volcano emitted ash as high as 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles) [above sea level.] The volcano itself is 4,750 metres (15,600 feet) high.

The ash spread 92 kilometres (57 miles) in a northwestern direction from the volcano. This is the third time Klyuchevskoy erupted in 2018. On 3 January, it spewed ash as high as 6 kilometres (3.75 miles), and on 4 January the authorities issued an orange hazard code for aircraft after a second eruption at the same height. Klyuchevskoy is Eurasia’s highest active volcano (4,750 metres in height) and one of the most active on the peninsula. In 2016, up to ten lava flows oozed down its slope simultaneously during an eruption. The nearest community is the village of Klyuchi in Kamchatka Krai, located 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) away from the volcano base. The village frequently suffers ash showers during eruptions.

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