Russia’s largest volcano in Far East spews ash

Geophysicists have assigned the red danger level to the eruption.

Klyuchevskoy volcano in Russia’s Far East has spewed ash twice today, the local department of Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Survey said on Wednesday.

"The volcano spewed ash for the first time at 8am local time (11pm Moscow time) for eight kilometers in the air, for the second time - at 08:23am local time (11:23pm Moscow time) for 11 kilometers in the air. Volcanic plume is moving eastward, its height is unknown," a spokesman for the Geophysical Survey said.

The volcano currently continues to spew ash. Geophysicists have assigned the red danger level to the eruption. The volcano is being monitored round-the-clock with seismic stations and cameras. The Russian Emergencies Ministry said there is no threat of ash falls in local settlements.

The Klyuchevskoy volcano has been erupting since April. Four lava flows are running down its slopes, and lava is constantly fountaining in its crater. The volcano is located on the territory of the Ust-Kamchatsky district. The nearest settlement is Klyuchi, it is located in 30 kilometers from the volcano’s foot.

First published by TASS.

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