Lava has appeared in the crater of the Kluchevsky volcano in Kamchatka /Russia's Far East/.
On the night of Friday there was a flash on the top of Kluchevsky, which proved appearance of new lava, the Kluchevsky seismological station informed RIA Novosti. The flashes appear at 1-10-minute intervals, however, there are no bombs over the crater.
The height of the gas and ash spews reaches a thousand meters above the crater.
The seismological station registers a great number of surface earthquakes and earthquakes 30 km below the central crater.
Experts forecast the beginning of a big eruption at Kluchevsky this year.
Kluchevsky is the highest active volcano in Asia and Europe /4,835 metres/. The last most powerful top crater eruptions combined with side convulsions were registered in 1978-1993.
The volcano poses no danger to the nearby settlements, with the town of Kluchi situated closest from it. /30 km/.
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