One of Russia's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday spewing clouds of dust more than 65,000 feet into the sky.
The Shiveluch volcano in the Kamchatka Krai region began erupting just after midnight, the Russian Academy of Sciences Geophysical Survey reported.
A video shared on Twitter by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows massive ash clouds rain down from the volcano. The footage showed the volcano in "full eruption mode," with the government account noting ash emissions had reached 12 miles high.
🌋 The mighty #Shiveluch volcano in Russia's Kamchatka has gone full eruption mode - volcanic ash emissions has reached 20km, right into the stratosphere. #HappeningNow
Gorgeous video of the ash cloud to remind us of the beauty and the force of nature 👇 pic.twitter.com/eQ6TNgfLR1
— Russia 🇷🇺 (@Russia) April 10, 2023
An ash cloud from the eruption extended more than 300 miles northwest and engulfed several villages in grey volcanic dust.
The ash fell on nearly 42,000 square miles of territory, Russian officials reported.
It was not immediately known if anyone was injured.
Seismic activity was first reported at 12:54 a.m. local time and the department reported the volcano was still erupting about 15 hours later.
Deepest ash piles in nearly 60 years
Other videos posted across social media showed ash-covered roads and cars in Ust-Kamchatsky, a town about 55 miles from the volcano.
Lava flows tumbled from the volcano, melting snow and prompting a warning of mud flows along a nearby highway while villages were carpeted in drifts of grey ash as deep as 8.5 centimeters.
Scientists described the volcano's fallout as the biggest in nearly 60 years.
Officials closed the skies over the area to aircraft. Local authorities advised residents to stay indoors. Schools in several affected communities were shut, and two villages had their power supplies cut.
The Kamchatka Peninsula extends into the Pacific Ocean about 4,000 miles east of Moscow and is one of the world’s most concentrated area of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes.
Contributing: The Associated Press.
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