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Erupting Russian Volcano is melting Glacier

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Volcanic Alert
Photo: Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Kamien in foreground

May 5, 20o7
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, May 4 (Itar-Tass) - An almost two kilometres-long stream of lava has poured out of the crater of the Klyuchevskaya Sopka Volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. It descended down the north-western slope to the mark of three kilometres above sea level. The volcano itself is 4,750 metres high. The lava, heated up to 1,000 degrees, is melting the glacier, Chief of the Klyuchevskaya Volcanic Station Yuri Demyanchuk told Itar-Tass on Friday by telephone from the village of Klyuchi, which is thirty-two kilometres away from the volcano. This inhabited locality is closest to the Klyuchevskaya Sopka. It has a population of approximately five thousand people.

The Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the highest active volcano in Eurasia. It began to erupt on February 15. The eruption, which was quite weak at the beginning, grew notably by the end of March. Today, the volcano is very active. However, no sharp eruption changes were recorded so far, experts note. Over 100 local earthquakes are occurring daily on the volcano, and sometimes even more. The giant is periodically spewing columns of vapour mixed with a large amount of ashes. The vapour columns occasionally rise up to an altitude of 6.5 kilometres above sea level, experts of the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) report.
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