Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Russia's Recently Active Volcano

On November 27, the Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Russia's eastern Kamchatka Peninsula erupted for the first time in 36 years.

 The nearly two-mile high volcano was given code red on the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Alert Level due to the amount of ash it has produced. Because the ash explosions have reached up to 2 miles high with the potential of reaching 10 miles high, there is growing concern for flight traffic interruptions if the activity continues, much like what happened after the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010.

Plosky Tolbachik volcano erupts in Kamchatka

A local branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences said that lava flow has also destroyed two science camps that were over 6 miles away.

Plosky Tolbachik volcano erupts in Kamchatka

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