The Kamchatka peninsula in Russia is not a safe place anymore for some of its inhabitants, as one of the country’s most active volcanoes has erupted. The Shiveluch volcano has unleashed its wrath, resulting in huge amounts of ash released into the sky and volcanic dust covering up villages, according to The Guardian.
The ash cloud resulting from the eruption covered a portion of 108,000 square kilometers. Residents of the Kamchatka Peninsula were asked to remain indoors. The terrifying event took place around midnight. An aviation warning was also triggered due to the eruption of Shiveluch.
Footage from The Telegraph shows the dreadful impact of the volcano in question:
Danila Chebrov, who is the director of the Geophysical Survey’s Kamchatka branch, stated as The Guardian quotes:
The ash reached 20km high, the ash cloud moved westwards and there was a very strong fall of ash on nearby villages,
The volcano was preparing for this for at least a year … and the process is continuing though it has calmed a little now.
Considering the huge amounts of ash lifted into the sky by the erupting volcano, air traffic is in danger.
WATCH 🚨 Massive eruption of Shiveluch volcano in Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula poses increased threat to air traffic pic.twitter.com/VXex53cSZq
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However, Shiveluch has erupted many times before already, while the first event of this kind is known to have happened almost three centuries ago, in 1739.
The Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) even claims that the volcano has frequently been erupting since the year 1999, although many of those eruptions were of moderate intensity.
Scientists estimate that for the last 10,000 years, the Shiveluch volcano has undergone a minimum of 60 large explosive eruptions.
Russia currently has a number of 117 Holocene volcanoes, meaning volcanoes that were active during the Holocene Epoch. That means volcanoes that were active for the last 11,700 years.
Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula has a population of over 289,000 people, and it stretches across an area of 270,000 square kilometers.