Monday, October 17th 2011, 8:37 AM EDT
Shiveluch volcano. © Photo: ru.wikipedia.org/NASA/JSC
Reports speak of a violent volcanic eruption of Mount Shiveluch on Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.
Smoke and ash from the volcano have climbed to 10 kilometres, sparking no-fly warnings for the surrounding area. Snow around the crater is rapidly melting, creating mudslides.
Shiveluch supports a caldera of 1.5 kilometres in diameter. Its current activity period started in 1980.