The former Alaska governor hasn't done any favors for Republicans who've been trying to channel anger at President Obama in directions that might do the GOP more good.
The crater is estimated at 262 feet wide and is in the northern Siberian area of Yamal, a name The Siberian Times says roughly translates as "the end of the world."
Mass evacuations helped limit the death toll from Rammasun as it passed through densely populated areas. The government was better prepared following a killer storm last fall.
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