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Russian Volcano Explodes with Ash Cloud May 30, 2014
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The nearest Russian settlement of Klyuchi is located about 30 miles from the foot of the Shiveluch.
Far East Russia’s Shiveluch volcano spewed a column of ash high above the Kamchatka Peninsula in a blast that prompted an alert for trans-Pacific aviation.

But the ash posed no hazard to anyone living in the sparsely populated region.

Shiveluch is the northernmost and one of the most active volcanoes of Kamchatka.

It has produced similar blasts during the past decade, according to the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT).

Other periods of increased volcanic activity at Shiveluch were between 1980 and 1981 as well as between 1993 and 1995, KVERT said.

Photo: KVERT