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Published on : Wednesday, January 20, 2016
The Russian airtraffic is likely to be affected as huge ash cloud from two volcanoes thousands of miles apart in Kupang, eastern Indonesia and Zhupanovsky on Russia’s eastern coast is spewing lava five miles into the air.
Though the volcanoes are on the edge of the same tectonic plate – the Phillippine Plate – sparking fears of a major seismic shift, more volcanic activity and even earthquakes and tsunamis are feared.
More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from within a 1.9-mile containment zone around Mount Egon in Kupang, eastern Indonesia – one of the most volcanic parts of the globe. The other eruption was of the Zhupanovsky on Russia’s eastern coast.
Thousands of gas masks were distributed in Asia to villagers in the eastern Flores Island amid fears of a major eruption as the choking fumes worsened. Residents living in the containment zone have been ordered to evacuate, while roads bringing traffic in have been closed.
Mount Egon is considered a very active volcano and is in the top ten of the potentially deadliest in the event of a major eruption.
More people living further from the volcano may have to also flee if the situation gets worse, disaster officials have warned.
An orange code has been issued by the Russian institute of Volcanology and Seismology. Aircrafts have been strictly instructed to avoid the area. The ash hasn’t reached homes yet. As the volcanoes are 42 miles from the populated area. Zhupanovsky volcano spewed ash to the height of up to five miles above sea level.
The ash column is visible with the naked eye from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and some other settlements. Ash cloud has spread 12 miles and it continues moving towards the ocean. Zhupanovsky is composed of four overlapping cones, the highest of which reaches 2,958 metres. It is the least studied volcano despite its proximity from the city.