Voices from Russia

Saturday, 2 November 2013

2 November 2013. Bears 1, Russians 1, and a Drawn Contest… The Match Continues

00k Bears of Lake Kurilsk. Kamchatka. 15.11.12

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On Monday, the local MVD said that a 55-year-old resident of the Sakha Republic in Siberia stabbed a bear to death with a knife when the animal attacked him. A male bear attacked the man when he visited his horses in a remote enclosure about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from his home village. The cops said, “The bear attacked him when he was feeding his horses. The man stayed calm and resisted the attack… he took out a knife and managed to stab the animal several times and kill it”. The man sustained numerous wounds to his head and face; he went to hospital. Doctors said that his condition wasn’t life-threatening.

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On Tuesday, local officials in the Russian Far East said they had to call in the cops after someone spotted a brown bear and its cub wandering about near a sports stadium. Recently, a spike in bear activity near residential areas in the remote Kamchatka Peninsula worried authorities as it put people’s lives at risk. Locals noticed the bears at the Spartak Stadium in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky at approximately 22.30 local time Monday night. The local MVD said that there were no people in the stadium at the time. Police went to the stadium in a patrol car and blew their horn to scare away the bears. The animals retreated to a nearby hill, about one kilometre (2/3 mile) from the Kamchatka Krai local government building. There’s been a marked rise in bear activity on the Kamchatka Peninsula. Rangers at the Kamchatka Volcanoes National Park had to shoot fifteen animals dead between May and October for posing a threat to people.

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Local television reported that an elderly shepherd in the North Caucasus survived a bear attack by fighting off the animal with kicks and headbutts. Yusuf Alchagirov, 80, also tried to stab the bear when the beast approached him in a raspberry field in Kabardino-Balkaria, but he said that the animal knocked his knife away. Alchagirov told the regional affiliate of VGTRK TV that the ensuing tussle culminated in the bear, enraged by the headbutt, throwing Alchagirov off a cliff and walking away. Alchagirov was briefly in hospital with bruises, bite wounds, and four broken ribs. His family baked him three traditional pies to celebrate his survival. He said on TV, “I got off easy. It would’ve killed me if I’d chickened out”. The incident took place last week, but national media didn’t pick it up until Wednesday. Locals told the media that they didn’t hunt down the bear because they believed it was only playing with Alchagirov.

7/22/30 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131007/183980595/Siberian-Man-Armed-Only-With-Knife-Kills-Bear.html

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131022/184301757/Bear-Takes-Its-Cub-to-Stadium-in-Russias-Far-East.html

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131030/184439861/80-Year-Old-Russian-Headbutts-Bear-Survives.html

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Eurasia’s Highest Volcano Spews Ash Up to 10 Kilometres into the Atmosphere in Kamchatka

00 Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano. Kamchatka RUSSIA. 18.10.13

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On Friday morning, the MChS reported that Eurasia‘s highest stratovolcano, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, on Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, churned out ash to a height of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles), noting, “The cloud of ash travelled a distance of 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the southwest of the volcano”, adding that ash downfalls were reported in two local villages. The statement warned all tourist agencies in the region against conducting tours in the areas located near the volcano and advised all air carriers operating in the region to select alternative routes. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, which lies 220 miles north of regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, is one of the largest active volcanoes in the world, with a height of 4,750 metres (15,584 feet). It erupts every two to three years. The volcano’s most powerful eruption was between January and May of 2005. Following that eruption, the volcano “sank” by 50 metres (165 feet), from 4,800 metres (15,749 feet) to the current 4,750 metres. There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka and up to 30 of them are active.

18 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131018/184216675/Eurasias-Highest-Volcano-Spews-Ash-Up-to-62-Miles.html

 

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Kamchatka Volcano “Flexes its Muscles” in Record Lava Spill

00 Tolbachik Volcano. December 2012. 07.12.12

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On Tuesday, local seismologists reported that the erupting Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East is spilling a record 1,200 metric tons (1,323 US tons) of lava every second. The 3,085-metre-high (10,122-feet-high) Plosky Tolbachik, which is part of a volcanic complex located 343 kilometres (213 miles) from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital of Kamchatka Krai, erupted on 27 November for the first time in 36 years.

Gennady Karpov, a deputy director at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the RAN, said, “This year’s eruption is very powerful. During the Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption in 1975, the volcano spilled on average 40 cubic metres of magma per second, at present, its ‘productivity’ is about 400 cubic metres (14,125 cubic feet) or 1,200 tons per second”. The volcano has spewed lava from two fissures along its southern slope, with the upper flow descending 6 kilometres (3.75 miles) and the lower flow descending 13.6 kilometres (8.5 miles). The flow from the upper fissure has almost stopped, but it could resume at any moment as the volcano continues to produce magma, Karpov said at a meeting with local officials, adding, “If the activity at the upper fissure resumes, we’ll face a real danger”, noting that the eruption is already at Red Code status.

Lava flows spewing from the volcano earlier caused a forest fire and destroyed buildings at two research bases located 10 kilometres (6.25 miles) from the mountain. Volcanic ash fell in nearby communities forcing local residents to take shelter in their homes. The Plosky Tolbachik erupted 10 times since records began in 1740, with the most notable eruption in 1975, commonly known as The Great Tolbachik Fissure Eruption. Soviet scientists successfully predicted the eruption because a series of earthquakes preceded it. The 1975 eruption dramatically changed the local landscape; it became an ecological disaster, as the volume of lava and ashes emitted by the Plosky Tolbachik was the largest in recorded history of Kamchatka. There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 30 of them active.

11 December 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20121211/178066660.html

 

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