The Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula has spewed an ash column to a height of 4.5 kilometres above sea level. There is no danger to nearby settlements, the Kamchatka branch of the Geophysical service of the Russian Academy of Sciences told Itar-Tass on Saturday.

A surge of seismic activity in the area of the volcano has been registered.

Karymsky at present is the most active of 28 burning volcanoes of Kamchatka. It has been erupting for over 11 years already - from January 1996. Scientists are permanently monitoring the volcano. The largest populated locality of Kamchatka - Petropalvovsk-Kamchatsky - is situation some 100 kilometres from Karymsky. The Milkovo settlement district centre is located 90 kilometres from the volcano.