Eruption: Russia: Kamchatka volcano spews ten-kilometer-high ash cloud

The Besymjanny volcano on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka has blown an ash column about ten kilometers high into the air.

Eruption: Russia: Kamchatka volcano spews ten-kilometer-high ash cloud

The Besymjanny volcano on the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka has blown an ash column about ten kilometers high into the air. Russian geologists also published photos of lava and fumes escaping from the volcano. The Besymianny with a height of three kilometers is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.

The highest level of danger, red, was declared for aviation. According to the Russian civil defense, there was no danger to inhabited areas or tourist groups. The volcano is around 350 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the capital of the peninsula.

Located about 4000 miles east of Moscow, the peninsula is one of the world's highest concentrations of geothermal activity, with some 30 active volcanoes. Because of its volcanoes, geysers and thermal springs, Kamchatka is a dream destination for many nature lovers.

The 1200 km long and up to 450 km wide peninsula of Kamchatka has around 160 volcanoes, but only very few of them are still active. The volcanic region is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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