OREANDA-NEWS  The Ebeko volcano, located on the North Kuril island of Paramushir, on Wednesday morning threw out a column of ash to a height of 2.5 km above sea level, the press service of the main directorate of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation in the Sakhalin region reports.

According to her, the ash plume stretched in a northeasterly direction for a distance of more than 5 km.

"There was no ashfall in the city of Severo-Kurilsk (the only settlement in the Northern Kuril Islands). There was no smell of hydrogen sulfide. There is no threat to the life of the population. The excess of the maximum permissible concentration for volcanic gases by the gas analyzer equipment has not been recorded," the message says.

Ebeko volcano (height 1156 m) is located in the northern part of the Vernadsky ridge, 7 km from Severo-Kurilsk. It is a complex stratovolcano with several summit craters. Before that, the volcano erupted in 2012, then came a period of calm that lasted until October 2016.

An orange aviation hazard color code has been set for Ebeko, which means that ash can pose a threat to low-flying aircraft.