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Volcano erupts in Russia, sends ash cloud 12 in the sky.

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One of Russia’s most active volcanoes erupted in the far east of the Kamchatka Peninsula on Tuesday, sending a huge ash cloud into the sky that smothered villages in the volcano’s gray dust and triggered air strikes.

The Shiveluch volcano erupted after midnight, and reached its peak about six hours later, spewing an ash cloud over an area of 108,000 square kilometers (41,699 square miles), according to the Kamchatka branch of the geological survey. Science.

Flows of lava fell from the volcano, melting snow and prompting a mudslide warning on a nearby highway as villages were blanketed in ash plumes 8.5cm deep, the deepest in 60 years.

Pictures showed the cloud rising rapidly over forests and rivers in the Far East and villages covered in ash.

“The ash reached 20 km high, the ash cloud moved to the west and there was very heavy ash in the nearby villages,” said Danila Chebrov, director of the Kamchatka branch of Geophysical Research.

“The volcano was preparing for this for at least a year…and the process is continuing although it has calmed down a bit now,” Chebrov said.

About 300,000 people live on Russia’s vast Kamchatka Peninsula, which juts into the Pacific Ocean northeast of Japan.

The volcano, one of the largest and most powerful plumes in Kamchatka, may subside now, Chebrov said, although he warned that other large ash clouds cannot be ruled out. Chebrov said the lava flow is not expected to reach local villages.

There were no immediate reports of injuries, although scientists said the volcano was still erupting 15 hours after the eruption began.

DISTRIBUTION OF ASHES

The Kamchatka Volcano Eruption Response Team (KVERT) issued a red aviation notice, saying “ongoing activity may affect international and domestic flights”.

Some schools on the peninsula, about 6,800 kilometers east of Moscow, have been closed and residents ordered to stay inside, the head of Ust-Kamchatsky municipality, Oleg Bondarenko, said in a Telegraph article.

“Because of what I saw here with my own eyes, it will not be possible for children to go to school, and in general the presence of children here is questionable,” Bondarenko said.

He said the residents’ electricity has been restored and drinking water has been provided.

Shiveluch has had about 60 major eruptions over the past 10,000 years, the last major one in 2007.

It has two main peaks, the smaller of which, Young Shiveluch, has been reported to be very active in recent months, with the 2,800-metre (9,186 ft) peak rising from the 3,283-metre-high Old Shiveluch.

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