On the #Kamchatka Peninsula in #Russia, two #volcanoes are #erupting with towering clouds of ash and glowing lava, and geologists predict more significant eruptions soon. With roughly 30 active volcanoes, the peninsula, which juts into the Pacific Ocean about 6,600 kilometres (4,000 miles) east of Moscow, is one of the world’s most active geothermal regions. According to news reports, the abrupt new activity came after a powerful earthquake on Saturday.
The volcanology department of the Russian Academy of Sciences reported that #Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia’s tallest active volcano at 4,754 metres (nearly 16,000 feet), was experiencing up to 10 explosions an hour. The Shiveluch volcano is also producing lava flows and ash emissions, according to the institute.
Kamchatka has a low population density. The town of Klyuchi, which has a population of around 5,000, is situated between the two volcanoes, 20-30 miles (or 30-50 kilometers) apart. The distance between the volcanoes and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the peninsula’s only significant city, is about 450 kilometres (270 miles).
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