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Three Volcanoes Wake Up on Kamchatka
2005 02 10

Three volcanoes became active on Kamchatka on Thursday. Hot gas, steam and ashes were ejected from the craters of Shiveluch, Klyuchevskaya Sopka and Bezymyanny volcanoes, Itar-Tass was told at the Kamchatka seismology station.

The eruption of Klyuchevskaya Sopka, the highest active volcano of Eurasia, which rises more than 4.8 kilometres above the sea level, is continuing. Clouds of gas and steam, which it is spewing forth, have risen to an altitude of two kilometres over the volcano’s peak. The stream of tiny particles of volcanic dust has spread over twenty kilometres to the northeast of the giant.

Volcanic ashes have fallen on the town of Klyuchi, which is approximately thirty kilometres away from the volcano. A stream of lava from two to three kilometres long, is continuing to descend down the slope of Klyuchevskaya Sopka. It is melting all the ice on its way. There is the danger of powerful mud streams running down the slopes of the volcano. The population was recommended not to come close to the erupting volcano.

The Sheveluch volcano, located in the same district, ejected ashes to an altitude of two kilometres on Thursday. The stream of ashes is approximately twenty kilometres long. Local earthquakes were recorded in the area of the volcano.

Steam and gas was ejected 1,000 metres up from the crater of the Bezymanny volcano on Thursday.

Moreover, scientists are watching for the second day running the clouds of steam rising from the Avachinsky volcano, which is approximately thirty kilometres away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. They have risen to an altitude of some 600 metres. In expert opinion, this is due to the melting of snow on the peak of the volcano, which is continuing to be quite tranquil.

The inhabited localities, located near the Kamchatka volcanoes are not in danger. Scientists are keeping an eye on them all the time.

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