Volcano sends up steamy plume in Russian Far East

20:20, January 13, 2011      

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A volcano in the Russian Far East peninsula sent forth a plume of steam and ash, local media reported Thursday.

Volcano Kizimen, located in the Kamchatka Peninsula, had spewed towering columns of steam and debris as high as 10 km, blanketing the nearby city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky with a thin layer of ash, about 165 miles (266 km) away, according to PrimaMedia.

The volcanic ash fell in the villages Anavgai and Esso, which are approximately 136 km away from the volcano.

The ash did not pose threat to the health of local residents.

The Kamchatka Peninsula has a high density of volcanoes, flanked by large volcanic belts containing about 160 volcanoes, with 29 of them still active.

Source: Xinhua

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