First major eruption in 600 years
Although a smaller eruption was reported 248 years ago during the reign of Catherine the Great, this is the first major eruption at the Kambalny volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula in 600 years.
“It is a pure surprise for us. We continue the monitoring and will analyze possible threats as data come in,” Olga Girina, the head of the special Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), told TASS news agency.
“The volcano is under our close supervision, but it is hard to say what will happen next,” said Girina.
The eruption, which started late Friday, March 24, 2017, continues. Ash explosions up to 6 – 8 km (19,700 to 26,200 feet) above sea level could occur at any time and could affect international and low-flying aircraft.
The nearest settlement is located some 77 km (47.8 miles) away from the volcano.
Although there are reports of an increase in activity in 1769, the last major eruption of this volcano took place in 1350.
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