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A Disturbance In The Ring

In writing about the multiple disasters in Indonesia I mentioned the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Russian Far East as part of the Ring of Fire. Today the CBC reports that Volcano eruptions in eastern Russia spread ash

Two volcanoes erupted Thursday on Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, tossing massive ash clouds kilometres into the air, forcing flights to divert and blanketing one town with thick ash.

The Klyuchevskaya Sopka, Eurasia’s highest active volcano, exploded along with the Shiveluch volcano, 70 kilometres to the northeast, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry’s branch in Kamchatka said, adding that flights in the area had to change course.

If you follow the line of the Aleutians to the Komodorsky Islands and then intersect with the Kamchatka Peninsula, you will locate the town on Ust-Kamchatsk, which was a staging area for the exploration of the area by Vitus Bering, and is the northwest corner of the Ring of Fire.

Ust-Kamchatsk isn’t simply “one town”, it is basically the only collection of people in the center of the Peninsula.