The Zhupanovsky volcanic massif erupted on January 19, 2016 sending a giant ash plume 8 kilometers in the air.
Orange alert for international and low-flying aircraft. Travel companies are advised not to send tourists to the area.
The Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team reports an ash explosion of Zhupanovsky volcano between Avachinsky and Koryaksky volcanoes at 0436 UTC on January 19, 2015.
The gas and ash plume reached about 7-8 km above sea level.
The column of ash could the naked eye from Petropavloska-Kamchatsky and other settlements
Moderate explosive eruption of the volcano continues.
Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time.
Therefore, the alert was raised to orange and the ongoing volcanic and seismic activity could affect for international and low-flying aircraft in the area.
Zhupanovsky is a volcanic massif located in the southeastern part of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.
It consists of four overlapping stratovolcanoes.
After 54 years of inactivity, the volcano began erupting on October 23, 2013 and again in 2014, continuing nonstop into 2016.