posted on Aug, 18 2009 @ 10:59 AM
Koryaksky volcano, which is located some 28 kilometers away from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the administrative center of the Kamchatka territory, is
ejecting columns of vapor, gas and ash to the altitude of about 4,000 meters above sea level.
The trail of gas and ash extends over a distance of almost 20 kilometers. Experts from the Kamchakta Volcanic Eruption Response Team told Itar-Tass
the eruption does not pose any threat to nearby population centers.
The cloud of vapor and gas is seen perfectly well from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the trail extending westwards can be seen clearly, too. According
to the information provided by the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, seismic activity at the volcano has exceeded the background
parameters but there is no strong activation yet.
Registering equipment started sending signals of growing seismic tremors from the volcano in the night hours of Sunday and they might have been caused
by the admix of ash to the gas and vapors, experts said.
In the meantime, gas and vapor clouds containing volcanic ash may pose risks for commercial aviation flights, and that is why all the services and
departments concerned have been warned that flying through the trails extending from the volcano may be dangerous.
The Koryaksky volcano is 3,456 meters high. Its previous activation occurred in 1956 and 1957. Experts say the volcano witnessed powerful eruptions
from 7,000 to 3,500 years ago. )