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Kamchatka volcano causes black ash to fall in remote village

Volcanic News: Russia
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, February 26 (RIA Novosti) - Black volcanic ash has covered a village 40 kilometers (25 miles) away from Eurasia's highest volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's Far East, local geophysicists said Monday.
The Kamchatka department of the Geophysical Services of the Russian Academy of Sciences said that the volcano had began erupting almost two weeks ago and that more than 400 earthquakes had occurred near Klyuchevskoi (15,580 ft) over the past 24 hours. With an increase in the volcano's activity, experts forecast lava descents and mud flows, which could pose a danger to those in close vicinity to the volcano.


INDONESIA - a plan to drop concrete balls into an oozing Indonesian "mud volcano" to slow its disastrous flow may be revised after they slid far deeper than expected. The balls slid 1km into the crater, roughly twice the depth anticipated, so many more than planned may be required to staunch the mudflow. The number of chains required may rise to 1000 from the initial estimate of 374. More balls were to be dropped into the 50m crater later today. The sea of mud has inundated hundreds of hectares of land and made 15,000 people homeless. It is also threatening to swamp a key railway, which is to be rerouted away from the danger zone. Experts are unsure how long the crater will spew mud if left unchecked.

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