PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKIY (Sputnik) - A millimetre-thick ash from the Bezymianny volcano, which erupted on Thursday in Russia’s Kamchatka Territory, has covered two settlements in the peninsula, a regional branch of the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Friday in a statement.
The volcano spewed out a cloud of ash about 9,000 metres high prompting local authorities to issue the highest aviation alert level.
A video fo the volcano eruption has emerged online.
Authorities recommended locals in Lazo and Atlasovo to close windows and stay indoors. At the same time, the ministry said that the situation is not life-threatening.
Kamchatka falls within the Pacific Ocean’s Ring of Fire and regularly sees volcanic and seismic activity.