Airlines have been put on alert after a massive volcanic eruption on Russia’s remote Kamchatka Peninsula.
One of Russia’s most active volcanoes erupted on the far eastern Kamchatka peninsula on Tuesday, shooting a vast cloud of ash far into the sky that smothered villages in drifts of grey volcanic dust and triggered an aviation warning.
An ash cloud from a volcanic eruption in Russia is impacting flights in the state of Alaska.
As a safety precaution, AlaskaAir has canceled some flights to and from Alaska and within the state:
- Alaska Airlines is canceling some flights from Anchorage.
- Ravn Alaska, cancels all of its flights.
The Shiveluch volcano erupted just after midnight and reached a crescendo about six hours later, spewing out an ash cloud over an area of 108,000 square kilometres (41,700 square miles), according to the Kamchatka Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences’ Geophysical Survey.