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Klyuchevskaya Sopka Volcano’s Eruption in Kamchatka, Russia

The highest active volcano in Eurasia, Klyuchevskaya Sopka, recently erupted on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia, spewing a significant amount of ash into the air. This eruption marked the third time it erupted in the year 2023. While no injuries were reported, authorities took precautionary measures by closing schools in two nearby towns.

Eruption Details

  • The eruption sent ash clouds soaring to a height of 13 kilometers (8 miles) above sea level.
  • This was the third eruption in 2023, following earlier eruptions in April and June.
  • The eruption didn’t result in any reported injuries, but authorities closed schools in Ust-Kamchatsk and Klyuchy, two towns with populations of approximately 5,000 residents each.
  • Klyuchy is located about 30 kilometers (20 miles) from the volcano, and Ust-Kamchatsk is 50 kilometers (30 miles) away.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka Volcano

  • Klyuchevskaya Sopka is a stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Siberia, and the highest active volcano in Eurasia.
  • Its height reaches up to 4,650 meters (15,255 feet), and it first emerged approximately 7,000 years ago.
  • The volcano’s historical record shows it has been active for centuries, with its first recorded eruption dating back to 1697.
  • Geologists have documented 110 eruptions during the Holocene Epoch, which is the current geological era.
  • The volcano has been a destination for climbing expeditions, with the first successful ascent occurring in 1788.

Location of the Volcano

  • Klyuchevskaya Sopka is situated on the Kamchatka Peninsula, extending into the Pacific Ocean about 6,700 kilometers (4,100 miles) east of Moscow.
  • The entire peninsula is renowned for its collection of active and dormant volcanoes, geysers, and geothermal springs.
  • The recent eruption on November 1 was anticipated by Russian authorities after they noticed increased activity at the volcano on October 30.
  • Prior to the major eruption, strombolian-type eruptions had been ongoing since October 11, with explosive eruptions occurring around October 27-30.
  • While no immediate future eruptions are predicted, authorities have advised residents to avoid approaching the eruption site for safety reasons.

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