Volcano eruption blankets two Kamchatka villages in ash

The villages of Lazo and Atlasovo in Kamchatka's Milkovo district were coated with a layer of ash following an eruption of the Klyuchevskoy volcano, the Kamchatka Territory branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said in a press release on Friday.

The villages of Lazo and Atlasovo in Kamchatka's Milkovo district were coated with a layer of ash following an eruption of the Klyuchevskoy volcano, the Kamchatka Territory branch of the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said in a press release on Friday.

"On Friday morning, an ash cloud was seen billowing from the Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano to up to ten kilometers above sea level. The ash cloud then spread as far as 200 kilometers southwest of the volcano," it said.

The volcanic ash blanket covering Lazo and Atlasovo is about two millimeters thick, according to the press release.

The Emergency Situations Ministry has strongly advised against trips to the volcano.

Specialists have warned that airborne ash from the Klyuchevskoy volcano may pose a threat to air traffic.

The Klyuchevskaya Sopka (Klyuchevskoy) volcano, 4,850 meters high, is an active stratovolcano situated in the east of Kamchatka. It is one of the most active volcanoes of Eurasia. The villages of Klyuchi and Kozyryok are located a mere 45 kilometers from it. The current eruption began on August 16, 2013.

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