Eurasia’s tallest volcano wakes up in Kamchatka, disgorges red-hot blast

Volcano Alert

Eurasia’s largest volcano, Klyuchevskoi (aka Klyuchevskaya Sopka) woke up in the early hours of January 20, a source at the Kamchatka volcanic observatory told TASS.
“Klyuchevskoi’s volcanic activity intensified overnight to Tuesday,” he said.
“It disgorged a red-hot blast to the elevation of 200 meters (above its crater), and the column of volcanic cinders reached 6,000 meters above sea level.”
A small stream of lava about 1,000 meters long was descending down the southeastern slope at the time of reporting and the eruptions continued.
The Klyuchevckoi, which is believed to be about 7,000 years old, has a variable height and it has been 4,385 meters tall since the previous eruption that occurred on August 15, 2013.
Apart from being the largest active volcano in Eurasia, it is also the tallest mountain in Russia outside the Caucasus.
All in all, the Kamchatka Peninsula has 29 active volcanoes.
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Air traffic danger warning declared in Kamchatka over volcano eruption

An air traffic danger warning was announced in Russia’s Far East over the northern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula over volcanic ash emissions to altitudes of up to nine kilometers.
Air traffic is recommended to suspend in the area of Vostochny ridge. Ash from the Shiveluch volcano spreading for 350 kilometers may get in jet engines and put them out of order.
“Overnight the volcano has discharged ash. The height of an active dome is 2.5 kilometers above the sea level,” the press service of territorial emergencies department reported. Ash plume is being swept away south-eastwards to settlements.
The Shiveluch volcano, 3,283 kilometres high, is 47 kilometres away from first nearest large settlement Klyuchi.

Orange Aviation Alert issued due to Zhupanovsky volcano spewing ash

Orange Alert

The Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences on Thursday issued a warning to all air companies about the hazard to aircraft in the area of the Zhupanovsky volcano in the eastern part of the Kamchatka Peninsula (north-eastern part of Eurasia). The orange aviation colour code has been assigned to the volcano as it spews ash to a height of six – 6.5 kilometres. Due to the hazard ash particles pose to aircraft engines, aviation services have been advised to change flight routes.

The ash plume from the volcano has stretched for 370 kilometres, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told ITAR-TASS.

Zhupanovsky is a volcanic massif with four cones. Its previous eruptions were recorded in 1959 and 2013.

7-miles high plume of ash from Russia’s Shiveluch volcano poses threat to aviation

Russia’s active volcano Shiveluch, located on the Kamchatka peninsula in the country’s Far East, spewed a series of ash emissions to a height ranging between five and 11 kilometers (3-7 miles), but the eruptions pose no threat to nearby residential areas, local volcanic research group reported on Tuesday.

However, the Kamchatka Volcanic Response Team (KVERT) warned air traffic control services of the danger, which volcano poses to aircraft issuing the “Orange” code of warning for the aviation. The service advised airlines to alter their scheduled flight routes saying ash particles are capable of choking aircraft’s engines.

The Aviation Color Codes reflect four levels of danger posed for civilian aircraft overflying areas adjacent to volcanoes and range from ‘Green’ to ‘Red’ codes. According to the International Airways Volcano Watch system (IAVW) the ‘Orange’ code stands for “Volcano is exhibiting heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption” or “Volcanic eruption is underway with no or minor ash emission.”

The cloud of ash, which the 3,283-meter (10,771 feet) Shiveluch churned out as a result of three emissions over the past 24 hours, has extended to the length of 100 kilometers (62) miles and moves in the southeastern direction towards the Pacific Ocean.

Local Emergencies Ministry’s department warned tourism companies operating in the region against holding tours in areas located near the volcano.

There are over 150 volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia’s Far East, and up to 30 of them are active.

The Shiveluch is located some 450 kilometers (280) miles to the northeast of the Kamchatka Peninsula’s largest city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchhatsky with the population of over 181,600. However, nearest residential areas are located within the distance of 50 kilometers 931 miles) from the Shiveluch, which had been regularly spewing out ash since 1980s.



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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 1800 km NE of Sapporo-shi, Japan / pop: 1,883,027 / local time: 23:32:57.2 2014-03-10
359 km N of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 02:32:57.2 2014-03-11
140 km W of Esso, Russia / pop: 1,965 / local time: 02:32:57.2 2014-03-11
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Volcano Shiveluch Again Spews Kilometres-High Ash Column
 Orange Alert
Shiveluch Volcano

Volcano Shiveluch on Kamchatka again has spewed ash up to ten km above sea level.

It creates no danger for the population. No ash falls have been reported, the Kamchatka office of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Itar-Tass on Thursday.

The ash emission was reported late on October 30. Satellites recorded a cloud of ash from the volcano at an altitude of about five km above sea level. It was moving northeast 150 km away from Shiveluch over the Bering Sea.

According to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), the volcano has the “orange” alert code, next after the highest, warning about danger for aircraft. All the services concerned are informed.

Shiveluch is the northernmost and one of the most active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. It has erupted with short periods of calm for about ten years.

The volcano is located 450 km northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It is 3,283 m high. The highest active part, Young Shiveluch, is 2,8 km above sea level. The diameter is 45-50 km.

The last periods of its activity were reported in 1980-81 and 1993-95.

Zhupanovsky Volcano On Kamchatka Spews Ash To 4 km
Zhupanovsky volcano on Kamchatka spews ash to 4 km

The Zhupanovsky volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula has spewed ash to a height of 4 km above sea level, the ash cloud has moved 75 km southwest from the volcano towards the Avacha Gulf. There are no settlements on its way, so no ash fall has been registered in populated localities on the peninsula, the press service of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s (EMERCOM) main department for Kamchatka Krai reported on Friday.

According to the classification of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), the second highest level of hazard to aircraft – the orange aviation colour code has been assigned to the Zhupanovsky volcano. All the services ensuring flight safety have been warned. However, the EMERCOM press service said that there are no air routes near the volcano.

The Directorate of the Volcanoes of Kamchatka Nature Park told Itar-Tass on Friday that an employee of the Nalychevo Nature Park was the first to register on October 23 the awakening of the Zhupanovsky volcano that has been dormant for the past 56 years. According to the expert, a powerful outburst of ash in the active part of the volcano was visible from the central part of the park at about 30 km from the foot of the giant mount. A roar could be heard there from the started eruption, and after a while after the volcano awakening there was volcanic ash fall. The ash layer on the ground was about 1 mm thick, the expert said. An inspector of the nature part said during a radio communication session on Friday that the Zhupanovsky was now spewing ash at the moment, but columns of steam are rising from it, confirming that its activity is not subsiding.

There are no tourists at present in the Nalychevo Natural Park, where the volcano is located. However, experts did not exclude that people who want to watch the eruption would appear there in the coming weekend. The park is located at a distance of some 40 km from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It is easy to get there on all-terrain vehicles by a dirt road.

The volcano itself is located about 70 km northeast of the Kamchatka regional centre. The height of the giant mount is 2,958 metres. Its age is about 50 thousand years. The previous eruption had been observed in 1956-1957.

According to the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far East branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), all known eruptions of the Zhupanovsky volcano have been relatively weak, without catastrophic consequences. The volcano currently poses no danger to settlements, experts say.



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Depth: 150 km

Distances: 2192 km NE of Tokyo, Japan / pop: 8,336,599 / local time: 10:37:36.0 2013-10-24
250 km SW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia / pop: 187,282 / local time: 14:37:36.0 2013-10-24
46 km SE of Ozernovskiy, Russia / pop: 2,615 / local time: 14:37:36.0 2013-10-24

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