An active volcano on Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula kept erupting on Wednesday, a scientific institute reported, sending a 10-km-high (6-mile) plume of ash into the sky, and a hazard warning remains in place for airlines.
Shiveluch, one of Russia’s most active volcanoes, first began erupting just after midnight on Tuesday and at its peak, six hours later, sent out an ash cloud over an area of 108,000 sq km (41,700 sq miles).
Ash from the initial eruption reached 20 km into the sky, covered villages in drifts of grey volcanic dust and triggered an aviation warning. The nearest village, Klyuchi, lies 50 km away.
The latest bulletin from the Kamchatka Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Survey, issued at 1 a.m. Moscow time (2200 GMT Tuesday) said: “The eruption of Shiveluch volcano is continuing. According to satellite data, the ash emission reached about 10,000 metres above sea level.”
There were no immediate reports of casualties.