Shiveluch threw ash to a height of 8.5 km


Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, February 28. RIA Novosti.Samy northernmost active volcano of Kamchatka — Shiveluch — Monday threw ash to a height of about 8.5 kilometers, according to RIA Novosti, the representative of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

Increased activity of Shiveluch volcano, whose height is about 3.3 thousand meters above sea level, was launched in May 2009. Its dome is a normal eruption fissure cut through a depth of about 30 meters.

"Video surveillance of the volcano are difficult because of the weather, but the seismic station within 18 minutes recorded a series of local earthquakes that accompany powerful ash-gas explosions and gathering glowing avalanche" — a spokesman said.

He added that in satellite images can also be seen in the dense ash cloud 135 miles north-west of the volcano at a height of 6-10 thousand meters above sea level.

According to experts, for the settlements of the Kamchatka region, the closest of which — the settlement of keys, the volcano is currently no danger. However, there is a possibility ash falls: Volcanic Ash — particles of magmatic material with a diameter of up to two millimeters — can cause poisoning in humans and animals due to the complex chemical composition. Aerosol and ash plume can be hazardous to aviation.

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