Plane flying over Kamchatka recommended to change routes: on a peninsula just two active volcanoes, and Karymsky Kizimen woke up first and the second after 80-year break.
Pilots warn ash column are dangerous. Meanwhile, from the volcanic dust is not in the sky and on the ground — are suffering inhabitants Kronotsky reserve.
From the crater of the volcano Kizimen to a height of 10 kilometers pulled out a column of ash, gas and crushed rock plume of ash cloud stretches for hundreds of kilometers. On the slopes of a giant fire-breathing constantly ongoing earthquake — to thousands of aftershocks in the day. Volcano — in the active phase of the eruption.
Scientists have for the second time overfly the territory of the Kronotsky reserve, on which he is Kizimen. Ash everywhere. Seismologists collect its samples for analysis. The chemical composition allows to predict the possible behavior of a volcano that has not erupted for 80 years.
Ash cloud has already made adjustments to the aircraft. Pilots obtaining data of plume height and wind direction. Depending on these parameters adjust the route. While the eruption is assigned the "orange" code of danger. This means that the ash particles, trapped in the engine, can seriously impair its function. Alexander Borovsky, flight engineer of the Mi-8, explained that the ash particles and pebbles "act like sandpaper." "The particles of ash, these small stones, dust, they stick and can damage the engine, it may even happen Auto Off Engine", — he said.
Scientists say a major threat to human settlements is not a volcano. While in January, even residents of the capital of Kamchatka were able to observe the ash cloud. Petropavlovsk is located more than 260 kilometers from Kizima.
But the inhabitants of the reserve in these days live restless. Rare species of animals are suffering from constant ash falls. In such circumstances, biologists say, they are very difficult to breathe. Scientists even predict a quick migration of animals from the area of the eruption.
For continuous monitoring of the volcano, researchers discovered imagers. On infrared photography are clearly visible inside the incessant bombings. As will be further act volcano — scientists still can not give an answer. One version of events — violent eruption, which can destroy the dome Kizima. But for sure it is clear that in the coming months even pobushuet giant, throwing into the air column of ash and lava.