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Two volcanoes erupt in Russia's Far East

world Updated: Jun 14, 2009 16:11 IST
Itar-Tass

Two volcanoes are erupting in the territories of the Russian Far East - the Kurile Islands and the Kamchatka Peninsula.

A powerful eruption of the Sarychev Peak volcano that began on Thursday night is underway on Matua Island.

According to the press service of the Sakhalin-based Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics, the blast-like emission spread up to eight kilometres over the crater of the 1,446-metese-tall volcano and the resulting ash now spreads some 200 km to the southwest and 105 km to the southeast of the island.

Matua is an uninhabited island, and experts at the territorial branch of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense say the current eruption does not pose any threat to population centers on other islands of the Kurile chain.

Matua is located 370 kms to the south of Severo-Kurilsk on the island of Paramushir and 513 km to the North of Kurilsk on the island of Iturup.

Several fishery ships from Sakhalin continued shipping in the environs of the island. Though, reports of the powerful eruption have been dispatched to all the organisations ensuring safe navigation of ships and aircraft, including to the Alaskan volcano laboratory.