Karymsky volcano in Russia's Far East erupts again

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PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY. December 27. KAZINFORM An active volcano on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula is currently spewing plumes of ash at a height of up to 4.3 kilometers (2.67 miles), Russian scientists reported on Monday. Kazinform refers to RIA Novosti.

The 1,486-meter (4,875-foot) Karymsky is the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone. Its activity increased dramatically in 1996 and continues with periodic eruptions until the present.

"Seismologists registered about 20 local tremors in the vicinity of the volcano in the past 24 hours," an official from the Kamchatka branch of the Geophysical Service under the Russian Academy of Sciences said.

"Several quakes were accompanied by ash eruptions to heights up to 4.3 kilometers," the official added.

So far, local authorities issued no warnings to local residents or air traffic in the area.

There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka, 29 of them active. Kazinform cites RIA Novosti. See www.en.rian.ru

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