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Volcano with no name packs punch with ash eruption spewing 17 km high

By The Siberian Times reporter
20 December 2017

Hot ash tumbled down the mountain's southeastern slope as Bezymianny showed its power.

'I went out and saw that the volcano erupted.' Picture: Volkstat.ru

The Bezymianny volcano in Kamchatka spewed ash to a height of 17 kilometres above sea level, presaging a new eruption, its third this year,  reported the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

A rash of seismic activity was registered on 17 December before the eruption a day later. Bezymianny literally means 'no name', yet it is currently one of the planet’s most active volcanoes. 

An academic interrupted a meeting after he 'heard some rumbles'.

Bezymyanny


Bezymyanny

Its third this year,  reported the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Pictures: Volkstat.ru

He said: 'I went out and saw that the volcano erupted. And now the ash emissions can be seen. It is likely that there will be ash-fall tomorrow. And maybe even today.'

The emissions were seen as the largest since 2006. The settlements of Klyuchi and Ust-Kamchatsky were at risk.  

Klyuchi

Ash cloud seen over Klyuchi settlement. @catharina_brazhnik

The volcano burst back into life in 1955 having been dormant for a millennium. Previous eruptions in 2017 were in March and June.

The 2.882 metre peak is in Kamchatka - known as Russia’s land of Fire and Ice - due to its prolific volcanoes and glaciers. 

The volcano has been monitored daily since 1992. There were 44 strong eruptions between 1965 and 2012.

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