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Russia: Shiveluch Volcano Erupts

  • Shiveluch volcano in eruption. Apr. 11, 2023.

    Shiveluch volcano in eruption. Apr. 11, 2023. | Photo: Twitter/@yenisafakEN

Published 11 April 2023

"...resulted in the release of vast quantities of ash particles into the atmosphere..."

The Shiveluch volcano situated in Russia recently manifested its eruptive activity, releasing ashes with a towering height of 20 kilometers.


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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.

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.”

The visual recording, disseminated by authorities, depicted an immense mass of ash billowing conspicuously over frigid woodlands and waterways.

Approximately 24 hours after the volcanic activity, the Geological Survey reported the occurrence of a seismological event of magnitude 5.8 in the vicinity of Kamchatka's coastal region.

 According to Russian scientists, the earthquake in question was a subsequent seismic event that followed an earlier earthquake on April 3rd.

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