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Videos: Volcano eruption shuts down air traffic, covers area in ash

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of an erupting volcano. (NASA/Released)
April 11, 2023

A volcano in Russia erupted early Tuesday, sending massive clouds of dust into the air that showered parts of the region with ash. Authorities closed air traffic above the eruption and told residents to stay indoors.

The eruption of Shiveluch, a volcano on the country’s eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, created an ash cloud that extended over 300 miles northwest, covering multiple villages in volcanic dust, according to The Associated Press.

Video of the eruption and ash cloud was posted on Twitter.

SpaceWeatherNews shared another view of the eruption, tweeting, “Massive volcano eruption in Kamchatka Russia. Several wavelengths views here from Himawari satellite (Geocolor, Dust, SO2, and Cloud Distinction).”

Kamchatka Gov. Vladimir Solodov said a mass evacuation was not necessary, but warned some people with health issues should consider temporarily evacuating.

The Hawaii National Guard was activated late last year as a key Big Island highway was threatened by lava from the ongoing eruption of the world’s largest active volcano, Mauna Loa.

The volcano began erupting on the island of Hawaii for the first time in nearly 40 years in December, joining the nearby Kilauea volcano, which had been erupting for more than a year. 

This was a breaking news story. The details were periodically updated as more information became available.