Volcano spews ash cloud on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula

MOSCOW — A volcano spewed out ash for a second day Wednesday on Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, throwing clouds of dust high into the sky and blanketing wide areas.

Shiveluch, one of Kamchatka’s most active volcanoes, started erupting early Tuesday, spewing dust more than 300 miles northwest and engulfing several villages in gray volcanic dust in the largest fallout in nearly 60 years.

The Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Geophysical Survey said the eruption continued Wednesday, spewing clouds of dust more than 6 miles into the sky.

Since the start of the eruption, the area has been closed to aircraft and residents have been advised to stay indoors.

The villages, about 30 miles from the volcano, were covered by an 8-inch layer of dust. Residents posted videos showing the ash cloud plunging the area into darkness.

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Shiveluch has two parts — 10,771-foot Old Shiveluch and the smaller, highly active Young Shiveluch.

The Kamchatka Peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 4,000 miles east of Moscow, is one of the world’s most concentrated areas of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes.