Shiveluch volcano, located within Kamchatka’s Eastern Range, has become highly active, which may signify an impending powerful eruption, TASS reports citing the head of the Kamchatka Volcano Station Yury Demyanchuk.
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According to Demyanchuk, Shiveluch was asleep throughout 2018, but since late December lava has been constantly flowing down its slopes. The volcano has also sent ash columns as high as 7 kilometers. Its activity is close to that observed before its previous powerful eruption in 2010. An earthquake in December may have triggered the awakening.
The specialist says that approaching the volcano right now is dangerous, as even small emissions are accompanied by pyroclastic flows of hot gases, rock and ash that move at a speed of 100 to 200 km/h, leaving no chance for survival.