Kambalny volcano erupts for first time since reign of Catherine the Great

The eruption is believed to be the first since 1769, and tourist organisations have been warned not to venture towards the 2,156 metre high volcano.

It is on Russia’s famed Land of Fire and Ice, the Kamchatka peninsula, in the extreme east of the country.

A source at the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told IA Kamchatka: ‘Currently, the eruption of the volcano continues. The ash plume was recorded today at about 9 am.

‘The propagation zone is about 255 km in the direction of Cape Lopatka.

‘The trail passes south of Shumshu Island in the Kuril Island chain.

‘There are no settlements on the way.’

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