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Eurasia's tallest volcano Klyuchevskoi wakes up in Kamchatka

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Klyuchevskaya Sopka
Volcanoes   The column of volcanic cinders reached 6,000 meters

Eurasia's largest volcano, Klyuchevskoi, or Klyuchevskaya Sopka, woke up in the early hours of January 20, a source at the Kamchatka volcanic observatory told TASS.

"Klyuchevskoi's volcanic activity intensified overnight to Tuesday," he said. "It disgorged a red-hot blast to the elevation of 200 meters, and the column of volcanic cinders reached 6,000 meters above sea level."

A small stream of lava about 1,000 meters long was descending down the southeastern slope at the time of reporting and the eruptions continued.

The Klyuchevckoi, which is believed to be about 7,000 years old, has a variable height and it has been 4,385 meters tall since the previous eruption that occurred on August 15, 2013.

Apart from being the largest active volcano in Eurasia, it is also the tallest mountain in Russia outside the Caucasus.

All in all, the Kamchatka Peninsula has 29 active volcanoes.

Klyuchevskaya's first recorded eruption occurred in 1697 and it has been almost continuously active ever since, as have many of its neighboring volcanoes.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka is considered sacred by indigenous peoples, being viewed as the location at which the world was created. Other volcanoes are seen with similar spiritual significance, but Klyuchevskaya Sopka is the most sacred.

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