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Second vulcano in Kamchatka spews giant ash clouds

Second vulcano in Kamchatka spews giant ash clouds

June 3, 2011 - MOSCOW – Two volcanoes erupted Thursday on Russia's much-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, tossing substantial ash clouds miles (kilometers) into the air, forcing flights to divert and blanketing one town with thick, hefty ash.

The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia's greatest active volcano, exploded alongside with the Shiveluch volcano, forty five miles (70 kilometers) to the northeast, the Russian Unexpected emergency Scenarios Ministry's branch in Kamchatka stated, adding that flights in the area had to change system.


Ash clouds from the remote volcanoes billowed up to 33,000 toes (10 kilometers) and were spreading east across the Pacific Ocean, vulcanologist Sergei Senyukov told Rossiya 24 tv. Streams of lava flowed down the slopes of Shiveluch.

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Tammy Jones said the agency does not anticipate any impact from the eruptions on air traffic to the United States.

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center in Tokyo issued an advisory for planes to be alert for the ash cloud, even though Tokyo's Narita airport said it had no flights diverted but.

Volcanic ash blanketed the close by city of Ust-Kamchatsk, reducing visibility to only a number of toes (meters) and turning structures ghostly white. Emergency officers mentioned the town's 5,000 citizens weren't in any immediate risk but urged them to remain indoors and tightly close doors and windows to steer clear of inhaling ash particles that could lead to respiratory sicknesses and allergic reactions.

Schools and corporations in Ust-Kamchatsk speedily closed and all streets were shut down to traffic.



( via philstar.com )



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