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Far East Russian Volcano Blasts Ash August 9, 2013
Shiveluch
Ash Plume from a June 2013 eruption soaring high over Far East Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula.
Russia’s restive Shiveluch volcano exploded with a blast of ash that soared three miles above the Kamchatka Peninsula.

RIA Novosti reports the 10,771-foot mountain has seen an increase in activity since May 2009, periodically spewing ash into the sky.

Although the latest eruption posed no immediate threat to nearby settlements, the clouds of volcanic ash could cause problems for trans-Pacific air traffic, officials told the news agency.

The Kamchatka Peninsula has more than 150 volcanoes, and up to 30 of them are currently active.

Photo: Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Russia)