Volcanic Eruption Restricts Russian Airspace

The Russian Institute of Volcanology has issued a code orange alert after Russia’s Zhupanovsky volcano began erupting earlier this week, sending clouds of ash and gas to 27,000 ft. A code orange advises pilots to avoid flying near the ash cloud, reportedly moving over the North Pacific Ocean driven by prevailing easterly winds. In related news, Indonesia’s Mount Egon volcano on Flores Island, also began erupting this week. It’s classified at a level 4 (highest). Indonesian airspace is not yet restricted.