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New spectacular ash eruption from Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 February 2013

An ash column reached 7 kilometres above sea level on Wednesday morning.

Shiveluch, pictured, is one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanoes, famed for its explosive eruptions, and under constant observation. Picture: Klyuchi Volcanology Observatory

The eruption was accompanied by an earthquake on the volcano that lasted for about 10 minutes, said the  Seismology and Volcanology laboratory of the Kamchatka branch of the Russian Geophysical Service, reported Itar-Tass.

The gas and ash plume was drifting to the south but there was no ash fall registered at the settlement of Klyucho some 50km from the foot of the volcano.

Shiveluch is one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanoes, famed for its explosive eruptions, and under constant observation. It has been active for the past three decades but poses no danger to nearby settlements.

It is 450km  northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the regional capital, and stands at a height of 3,283 metres above sea level.

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