Six Russian climbers killed in horrifying 13,000ft fall hiking up active volcano

At least six Russian climbers have died following a horror 13,000ft fall from an active volcano, according to local reports.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka, located in the Kamchatka region of Russia's Far East, is Eurasia's highest active volcano standing at 15,884ft.

As well as those who have died, it is believed that bad weather conditions have stranded another six climbers.

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Two are believed to be sheltering in a camp at 10,800ft above sea level, with another four at 13,000ft.

Of those who died, four reportedly died instantly upon impact with another two dying shortly after. They died yesterday (Saturday, September 3).

The 14-strong group (12 climbers and two guides) started their ascend to the volcano's summit on Tuesday (August 30).

The prosecutor's office of the Kamchatka region said that the accident occurred about 1,600ft below the summit, according to local media.

It is thought that one of the two guides has broken their leg. The condition of the other surviving climbers is not yet clear.

Local media confirmed that all of the climbers were Russian nationals.

Klyuchevskaya Sopka is considered to be Russia's most dangerous volcano, although some indigenous communities see it as sacred.

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It is also Siberia's highest mountain and sits roughly 4,225 miles east of Moscow.

Part of the natural Volcanoes of Kamchatka Unesco World heritage site, it was formed some 6,000 years ago.

Its first recorded eruption came in 1697. Since then there have been more than 100, according to the Global Volcanism Programme.

A major incident at the site in March 2020 saw ash clouds rise 20,000ft into the air.


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