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Russia's volcano could burst into ‘powerful eruption’ any time warn scientists

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 21 November 2022, 14:10 IST
Shiveluch volcano.

Exceedingly high activity was noticed in Russia’s Shiveluch volcano as the Kamchatka volcanic eruption response team forewarned of a powerful blast that could occur at any moment.

Shiveluch volcano is Russia's most active volcano and one of the biggest. It recorded a volcanic ash plume rising up to approximately 13000ft altitude on Saturday, as per the observatory.

“A growth of the lava dome continues, a strong fumaroles activity, an incandescence of the lava dome, explosions, and hot avalanches accompanies this process,” the observatory said.

“Ash explosions up to 10-15kms (9.32 miles) ... could occur at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft,” observatory added.

The dom of the volcano has become extremely hot and glows at night, Russian state media RIA reported as the observatory said, “At night, the dome glows almost over its entire surface. Hot avalanches with a temperature of 1000 degrees Celsius (1,832°F) roll down the slopes, pyroclastic flows descend.

“This state of the dome is observed, as a rule, before a powerful paroxysmal eruption," it explained.

The most powerful blast that happened last on Shiveluch was recorded in 2009, as per NASA. Shiveluch, one of Kamchatka’s biggest volcanoes, has its summit reaching 3,283m (10,771ft) and is also one of the peninsula’s most active ones, with an estimated 60 large eruptions in the past 10,000 years.

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First published: 21 November 2022, 14:10 IST