20 April 2011, 13:49

Spewing volcano threatens Kamchatka reindeer

Spewing volcano threatens Kamchatka reindeer

The continuing eruption of the Kizimen Volcano in Kamchatka poses a threat to wild reindeer which are listed as endangered species. As the volcano continues to spew ash for hundreds of kilometers, reindeer are leaving their traditional habitat for lack of fodder.

The continuing eruption of the Kizimen Volcano in Kamchatka poses a threat to wild reindeer which are listed as endangered species.

As the volcano continues to spew ash for hundreds of kilometers, reindeer are leaving their traditional habitat for lack of fodder.

Reindeer moss, the animals’ only food in winter, is buried under a thick crust of ice and ash.

Experts from the Krontosky Nature Reserve warn that Kamchatka’s less than 1,000 reindeer may die out as a result of the eruption.

Kizimen, one of the 29 acting volcanoes in Kamchatka, has been spewing ash since December 2010.   

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