Eurasia's Highest Volcano Erupts Amid Tremors

Eurasia's highest volcano 'Klyuchevskoy' erupted on Friday throwing plumes of smoke and ash high into the air amid a series of quakes in the region.

Klyuchevskoy in Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula is one of the world's largest active volcanoes towering at an altitude of 15,584 feet. It erupts every two-three years, Russian media reported.

Kamchatka Emergencies Ministry said in a statement that scientists observing volcanic activity in the region notified the authorities on Friday morning that the volcano had sent clouds of smoke and ash about 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) high in the atmosphere.

Tourists were urged to stay away from the volcano, while aviation authorities were warned about the volcano eruption which coincided with a series of quakes off Kamchatka's eastern coast. It is unclear whether the seismic events are related, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

Seismologists said five light and moderate earthquakes with magnitude ranging between 4.4 and 5.1 took place in the area during the past 24 hours with epicenter located about 110 kilometer (68 miles) east of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky at a depth of about 50-80 kilometers (30-50 miles).

The tremors went largely unnoticed by local residents, with no casualties or damage reported. No tsunami alert was also issued, the report said.

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