A volcano spewed out ash for a second day Wednesday on Russia’s far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, throwing clouds of dust high into the sky and blanketing wide areas.
Shiveluch, one of Kamchatka’s most active volcanoes, started erupting early on Tuesday, spewing dust across more than 300 miles north-west and engulfing several villages in grey volcanic dust in the largest fallout in nearly 60 years.
The Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Geophysical Survey said the eruption continued on Wednesday, spewing clouds of dust more than six miles into the sky.
The villages located about 30 miles from the volcano, were covered by an 8in layer of dust. Residents posted videos showing the ash cloud plunging the area into darkness.
Shiveluch has two parts – the 10,771ft Old Shiveluch, and the smaller, highly active Young Shiveluch.
The Kamchatka Peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 4,000 miles east of Moscow, is one of the world’s most concentrated area of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes.