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Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano on Kamchatka spews ash to 7 km

May 28, 2007

The Klyuchevskaya Sopka volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula is spewing a major ash column to a height of up to seven kilometres (more than four miles) above sea level. There is no danger to nearby settlements. Major incandescence is observed at nighttime above the volcano summit. Hot volcanic bombs are spewed from the crater every five-ten seconds. The spews height reaches 500 metres. Several lava flows heated to 1,000 degrees Celsius are descending on the slopes. “At least three such flows are clearly visible.” Lava is melting the glacier and water and mudflows are coming down the volcano slopes, but they pose no direct danger for the Klyuchi settlement. The volcano roar and explosions could be heard in this settlement. House windows have repeatedly been shaken by massive explosions from the volcano.
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