May 23, 2007
The Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula has spewed a major ash column to a height of up to eight kilometres above sea level. The plume is moving to the southeast. There is no danger to nearby populated localities. Klyuchi settlement is located 32 kilometres from the volcano and no fallout of volcanic dust has been registered there. However, the volcano roar and explosions can be heard in this settlement with a population of about 5,000. “House windows are trembling from them.” Two lava flows over two kilometres in length are observed on the volcano slope. They are melting the mount’s glacier at a height of about three kilometres. Phreatic explosions occur when the hot lava with a temperature of 1,000 degrees comes in contact with ice. Volcanic bombs are spewed from the crater to a height of up to 500 metres.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The hundreds of people who fled their home on Siassi Island in Papua New Guinea are refusing to return home until they get an assurance that the volanic eruption which drove them to higher ground at the weekend won’t happen again. Reports from the local disaster and emergency centre in Morobe province say up to two thousand people fled their home after the eruption on nearby Ritter Island. A resident on Siassi Island, Stella Aitova, says they’re still waiting for the experts to assess the volcano and people won’t return home until then.