Tolbachik Volcano, Kamchatka, Erupts for 1st Time in 36 Years

World | November 28, 2012, Wednesday // 08:18| Views: 2193 | Comments: 0
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The 3,085-meter Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula is erupting for the first time in 36 years, according to reports of KVERT, the he volcano monitoring body for Kamchatka.

The volcano is located on the peninsula's eastern coast, 343 km from the region's capital of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.

A bulletin released Tuesday by the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), as cited by The Voice of Russia, described a significant explosive eruption with the potential for ash explosions up to 10 km.

The eruption at Plosky Tolbachik was given code orange (number three on the four-tiered USGS Volcano Alert Level), meaning it "poses limited hazards."

Scientists say the volcano is obscured by clouds at now, but lava intrusions towards the volcano's summit caldera are also probable.

An ash fall was reported in the nearby village of Krasny Yar.

The eruption will be closely monitored for its impact on air travel over the eastern Siberian peninsula.

The Plosky Tolbachik volcano erupted only 10 times since records began in 1740.

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