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Kamchatka’s Bezymyanny volcano eruption begins, people not at risk
2004 06 19

By Itar-Tass

PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, June 19 (Itar-Tass) -- The eruption of Kamchatka’s Bezymyanny volcano, which began earlier on Saturday, poses no risk to localities around it.

The nearest one – the town of Klyuchi – is 40 kilometers away, the officer on duty at the civil defense and emergency situations department told Tass.

The volcano (2,800 meters above the sea level) sent up a colossal column of ash ten kilometers tall at 08:40 local time.

Volcanic tremors and a series of earthquakes have been registered around.

Bezymyanny’s activity has been growing since late May. In general, the volcano’s eruptions are quite frequent. Over the past eight years they have occurred once or twice a year. The previous one was in January 2004.

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