WASHINGTON, October 21 (RIA Novosti) – A volcano in Russia’s Kamchatka region climaxed a week of eruptions by spewing ash 33,000 feet (10,058 meters) into the air over the weekend, forcing the US National Weather Service (NWS) to issue airspace warnings for flights to and from Alaska, the Alaska Dispatch has reported.
The “Significant Meteorological Event” (SIGMET) warning was issued Sunday after wind patterns changed, carrying the ash east over Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands, Jeff Freymueller, a scientist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, told the Dispatch.
Another eruption Sunday shot ash 26,000 feet (8,000 meters) into the air, the paper reported.
As of Monday, the SIGMET warning had passed but there was still a Volcanic Ash Advisory posted on the NWS website, while the organization was still closely monitoring eruptions according to the NWS Facebook page.
Klyuchevskoy is “part of a cluster of volcanoes that are some of the most active in the world” Freymueller told the Alaska Dispatch Sunday, adding that it was not “unusual to see three or four (different volcano) eruptions at one time.”
A total of seven volcanoes in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula and the neighboring Northern Kuril Islands were listed as active or restless Sunday, the paper reported.