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  • 2 December 2013, 17:16

Volcano Sends Pillar Of Fire 1,000m Into Sky

With a pillar of fire stretching up into the clouds, this spectacular image captures the moment a volcano erupted in remote Russia.

The stream of lava rose up to a kilometre above the summit of Klyuchevskoy, one of the active volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in the east of the country.

The volcano, which erupts around every two years, is one of the largest on-land active volcanoes, according to the US Geological Survey.

It stands at 15,584ft on the north end of a belt of 30 active volcanoes.

The dramatic picture of Klyuchevskoywas captured by photographer Marc Szeglaton October 16 at a distance of approximately 9.5 miles from its concealed cone, as the volcano erupted for the first time in three years.

The explosion triggered by the eruption could be heard from 20 miles away.

In September 1994, an eruption caused disruption after it affected airline routes across the Pacific Ocean.

The active nature of the volcano, which first began erupting in 1697, means it is still rarely a target for climbers.

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