In the early hours of Tuesday, in the Kamchatka Peninsula, located in the remote eastern region of Russia, the Shiveluch volcano had a significant eruption, with its intensity peaking approximately six hours later.
This geological event resulted in the release of vast quantities of ash particles into the atmosphere, substantively influencing the delicate balance of atmospheric composition.
Subsequently, villages within the surrounding region became enveloped in a layer of volcanic dust, thereby posing a potentially hazardous situation to their inhabitants.
Shiveluch, one of Russia's active volcanoes erupts, shooting clouds of ash in the sky and leaving villages covered in volcanic dust. pic.twitter.com/8LAcLw8nDK
To ensure the safety of aviation activities within the area, a warning was issued by the relevant authorities.
The Kamchatka division of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Geophysical Survey reported that the release of ash resulted in a sizable cloud extending over a landmass of 108,000 sq km (or 41,700 sq miles).
“The ash reached 20 km (12.5 miles) high,” said Danila Chebrov, branch director. “The ash cloud moved westwards, and there was a very strong fall of ash on nearby villages.”