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Bezymianny volcano (Kamchatka): increasing activity & eruption warning

Wednesday Mar 07, 2012 16:18 PM | BY: T

The remote Bezymianny volcano in Kamchatka might be close to an eruption, as its seismic activity is continuously increasing, the Russian Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (KVERT) reported yesterday.
Strong ash explosions up to 42,640 ft (13 km) a.s.l. are possible at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.Seismic activity began to increase on February 12, when about 7-19 weak seismic events were registered each day until 29 Feb.
During 1-5 March, this number increased to about 25-43 weak seismic events and episodes of volcanic tremor. KVERT warns that the activity might signal a buildup towards a larger eruption.
According to satellite data, both size and brightness of a thermal anomaly (a growing lava dome) at the summit abruptly increased on 2 March and continues to increase.
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