Russian volcano spews ash into atmosphere

April 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, April 26 (UPI) -- A volcano on Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula erupted Thursday, sending an ash cloud to an altitude of almost 7 miles, officials said.

The eruption of the Shiveluch volcano present no immediate threat to people in the region and no emissions of volcanic dust were monitored at ground level in neighboring villages, ITAR-Tass reported.

Two earthquakes were registered at the volcano over the past 24 hours, which was given a Red Aviation Code under the U.S. Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program.

A Red Aviation Code is given when an eruption is under way with significant emission of volcanic ash into the atmosphere.

The 10,770-foot Shiveluch, Kamchatka's northernmost active volcano, has been active for more than four weeks.

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