Kamchatka issues avalanche warning for mountainous areas

07.04.2012 10:22:08 (GMT+12)

A warning has been issued on theKamchatka Peninsula about an increased hazard of avalanches in mountainous areas.

An official at the Kamchatk avalanche control center told Itar-Tass on Wednesday that the slopes of hills in Ust-Kamchatsk, Yelizovo, Ust-Bolsheretsk, and Milkovo Districts of the Kamchatka Territory will pose an increased avalanch hazard within the period from April 5 to 7.

Specialists draw special attention to volcanoes Avachinsky, Kozelsky, Koryak and Vilyuchinsky in the suburbs of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Hazardous will be also the volcanoes of the Klyuchevsky group, which incudes volcano Shiveluch that continuousy manifests activity and periodicaly spews ash. The possibilityf of avalanching from the slopes of hills within the city boundaries is also existing, specialists at the avalanche control center point out.

Organizaions that conduct exploration in the mountains have been prescribed to take measures to ensure the safety of personnel. Tourists, hunters, and enthusiasts of extreme sports have been recommened to refrain from hiking to the mountains and from engaging in sports events there.

Specialists at the Kamchatka hydrometeocenter point out that within the next 24 hours Kamchatka will find itself under the impact of a new cyclone with snow blizzards and strong wind. The cyclone that originated in the area of the Sea of Japan (EastSea) is moving towards the southern shores of the Peninsula and bringing along a substantial deterioration of weather conditions.