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Russian Volcano Erupts, Covers Town in Ash

28. October 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Eruptions from the Shiveluch volcano in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, a remote region in Eastern Russia, has sent giant clouds of ash into the air, covering nearby settlements and forcing officials to divert flights.

 

The ash, which has risen 33,000 feet, has covered Ust-Kamchatsky, a small town approximately 60 miles away from the blast. Though no one is in any immediate danger, poor air quality and low visibility has forced many residents to stay indoors and wait for conditions to improve. Schools and businesses are closed, and though the town's roads were also shut down, they have since been reopened.

 

Active since 2001, Shiveluch is one of the largest volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula. The last catastrophic eruption was in the mid-1960s.