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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Volcano Spews Ashes, Steam Over Kamchatka Peninsula

A pillar of ashes and steam shot up several kilometers over an erupting volcano on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia's Far East on Wednesday, and scientists said a new volcano was being born at the site.


Kamchatka's most active volcano, Karymsky, developed stormy activity Monday after being subdued since 1982, Itar-Tass reported.


The eruption was preceded by several earthquakes Sunday, the strongest measuring a magnitude of 6 at its epicenter about 100 kilometers north of Kamchatka's main city, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky.


The Karymsky volcano itself is located 150 kilometers north of the city in an area that is unpopulated.


According to scientists, the eruption began on Karymsky's slope, rather than its crater. Wednesday, the column of ashes over the volcano reached six kilometers, and steam and boiling water shot up as high as two kilometers, Itar-Tass said.


Stanislav Balesta, the head of the local center for monitoring seismic and volcanic activity, told Itar-Tass after visiting the site that a new volcano also appeared to be emerging at the bottom of nearby Lake Karymsky, three kilometers south of the old cone.


Balesta said scientists believed the lake will likely dry out and be replaced with the new volcano. The process could take many years.


He said the volcanic events posed no danger for the population of Kamchatka as there were no settlements close to the volcano.