Zhupanovsky volcano of Kamchatka sends out second ash plume in a day

The Zhupanovsky volcano active in Kamchatka has sent out a second ash plume in a day to an altitude of 10 kilometers above sea level, a spokesman for the Kamchatka Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Geophysical Service told Interfax.

"The eruption occurred at 3:39 p.m. local time (6:39 a.m. Moscow time). The altitude was clear from the seismic and satellite data," the spokesman said.

The first plume of ash on Sunday reached an altitude of 10 kilometers above sea level, he said.

"Two ash clouds were formed, which have drifted to, respectively, 200 and 80 kilometers southeast of the volcano. One of them is above the Pacific Ocean and the other above the Avachinsky Gulf," he said.

The Emergency Situations Ministry's Kamchatka Department said that there are no populated areas on the clouds' way and that no fallout of volcanic dust has been registered.

Zhupanovsky erupted several times on Sunday, sending out ash plumes into the air, the largest two reaching an altitude of 10 kilometers.

The volcano is located 98 kilometers from the village of Koryaki in the Yelizovsky district, 100 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and 102 kilometers from the town of Yelizovo.

Code Red aviation alert was issued after the eruptions, although there are no air routes near the volcano.

Travel firms have been advised not conduct guided tours near Zhupanovsky.

Zhupanovsky is located in the eastern sector of the Dzenzur-Zhupanovskaya group of volcanoes, encompassing Zhupanovskaya Hill, the Dzenzur volcano and three cones - Sirenevy, Tetyayeva and Yuryevsky. The southeastern cone of the Zhupanovskaya Hill is 2,958 meters high.

The Zhupanovsky chain of volcanic cones is six kilometers long. The previous eruption occurred in late October 2013. The volcano resumed its activity in spring 2014.


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