The Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia’s far east erupted early Tuesday, and authorities issued a code red warning. The ash cloud resulting from the eruption rose to a height of approximately 15 kilometers, an altitude at which it becomes a threat to air traffic.
“The ongoing volcanic activity affects both aircraft flying on international routes and those flying at low altitude,” the specialists said.
Local authorities closed schools and ordered residents of nearby villages to stay indoors, according to the prefect of Ust-Kamchatsky region, Oleg Bondarenko.
Ash fall was measured at 8.5 centimeters, the highest level in 60 years, according to the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. The effects felt by the exposed human body are immediate and can be fatal.
“Residents are advised to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel,” Bondarenko added.
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