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[Geology2] Three volcanoes revolt at once in Kamchatka

23.09.2010 18:26
Karymsky volcano eruption. Photo from website

Karymsky volcano eruption. Photo from website

Three volcanoes revolt at once in Kamchatka

In Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Shiveluch, Klyuchevskoy and Karymsky volcanoes have begun to "spit" ash several kilometers up into the sky.
The branch of Geophysical Service of RAS Kamchatka has reported that several gas-and-ash emissions occurred at Shiveluch, the highest reached 5 km above sea level. A thermal anomaly was observed in the growing dome of the volcano, and more than 300 seismic events were recorded in its structure. The ash plume from Shiveluch has risen 1 km 500 meters due to gas-vapor activity.
Volcano Klyuchevskoy keeps up with its "comrade". Its ash emissions have also risen to a height of 5 km above sea level. According to geophysicists, the ash plume has stretched 190 km south-east of the volcano. As a result, the ash went down on the village of Klyuchi located not fat from Klyuchevskoy. In the darkness, the continuous glow above the crater of the volcano is clearly visible: Klyuchevskoy "throws" red-hot lava to the height of 500 meters above the crater; shining, dripping lava flows along the slope of the volcano to the level of 2,500 meters. Significant thermal anomaly has been observed in its crater.
Volcano Karymsky blew off a pillar of ash and gas. The RAS employees noted that the height of the pillar is 2,900 meters above sea level.
Russia's Academy of Sciences warns that now all three volcanoes are dangerous for planes flying in the area, as the particles of ash may cause a plane crash when they get into the engines of the aircraft. However, for settlements nearby, on the contrary, the volcanoes present no danger for the moment, but tourists still have to detour these places.

Video of the 3 volcanoes here at source

(warning; turn volume off or you will be inundated with Russian commentary).

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