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In Kamchatka, the eruption of the volcano

September 24 2005

In Kamchatka, the eruption of the northernmost active volcano peninsula - Shiveluch. The first powerful gas-ash explosions from the crater of the volcano have been recorded on Thursday night and reached 7.5 km above sea level.

According to data located in the vicinity of the volcano field unit of the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, immediately after the first ash emission light gray fell in the river Baydarnoy, and by Friday morning - in located at a distance of 30 kilometers from the village of giant Keys Ust-Kamchatsky district.

At noon Friday local time (3:00 GMT) from the slopes of the volcano came fresh pyroclastic flow (an avalanche of gas, ash and debris of magmatic material temperature about 800 degrees Celsius) with a length of 15 kilometers above the old stream.

Satellite imagery provided by the Alaska Volcano Observatories, clearly seen ash clouds 18-20 km in diameter at a height of 3-6,5 thousand meters above sea level.

Senior Fellow, Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Alexey Ozerov said that at the present time, the volcano is extremely dangerous for those in his area of people and aircraft. To nearby settlements can be dangerous ash falls. Volcanic ash, which is a particle of magmatic material to 2 millimeters in diameter, can cause poisoning and other adverse effects in humans and animals.

The last powerful eruption Shiveluch occurred in February this year. During the eruption from the slope of a giant (the height of the 3000 283 meter) went pyroclastic flow, which is over 22 kilometers, which destroyed the building base volcanologists and seismic stations.

The latest eruption - February 27 - the western part of the dome Shiveluch completely collapsed. The ash cloud spread to 700 kilometers to the west of the volcano, covered with a strip width of up to 150 kilometers Peninsula and adjacent waters of the Okhotsk Sea, RIA Novosti news agency.

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