Zhupanovsky volcanic massif erupts sending ash cloud 8 kilometers in the air over Kamchatka

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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.

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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.

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The gas and ash plume reached about 7-8 km above sea level.

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The column of ash could the naked eye from Petropavloska-Kamchatsky and other settlements

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Moderate explosive eruption of the volcano continues.

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Ash explosions up to 19,700-26,240 ft (6-8 km) a.s.l. could occur at any time.

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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.

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Zhupanovsky is a volcanic massif located in the southeastern part of Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia.

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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.

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