Category: Society / December 13, 2012 2:43 PM EST
An erupting volcano in Russia's Far East has drawn crowds of thrill-seeking tourists, eager to see the clouds of ash, lava flows, and smoking rocks for themselves.
Plosky Tolbachik, dormant for close to 40 years, has recently erupted, spewing clouds of ash up to 3 kilometers into the air, and spilling hot lava down its flanks.
The volcano, which is located in Russia erupted in an unusual way - the lava and ash flowed not out of its main crater, but from the volcano's sides.
Some tourists have approached the flowing lava to have their pictures taken on a background of molten rock and burning trees. Other tourist groups have organized outings with off-road vehicles delivering tourists to the base of fresh ash and rock deposits from the eruption.
The last time Plosky Tolbachik erupted, it was active for 5 months, but it is unknown how long its current eruption will last.