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About our Shiveluch Volcano news

Latest news on Shiveluch (also spelled Sheveluch) volcano, which is located in the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. It is one of the most active and largest volcanoes in the region, with a height of 3,283 metres (10,771 feet).

Shiveluch is classified as a stratovolcano, which means it is built up of layers of hardened lava, pumice, and volcanic ash. The volcano has been active for thousands of years and has experienced numerous eruptions throughout history.

In recent years, Shiveluch has been particularly active, with major eruptions occurring in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2017. These eruptions have been characterised by explosive activity, ash plumes, and pyroclastic flows, which are fast-moving currents of hot gas and volcanic material that can be extremely destructive.

The Shiveluch volcano last erupted on Tuesday, 11 April 2023, sending an apocalyptic cloud of smoke 20 km into the sky. The eruption choked neighbouring villages with thick drifts of volcanic dust. The eruption also threatened aircraft as it sent an ash cloud 12 miles into the sky.

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