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Tectonic map of the Kamchatka peninsula and the Kurile islands. Red triangles show active volcanoes. (Map created using the UNAVCO / Voyager map tool, featuring Face of the Earth)
Tectonic map of the Kamchatka peninsula and the Kurile islands. Red triangles show active volcanoes. (Map created using the UNAVCO / Voyager map tool, featuring Face of the Earth)
Map of Kamchatka's major active volcanoes (basemap: NASA).
Map of Kamchatka's major active volcanoes (basemap: NASA).

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Steaming from the active lava dome of Shiveluch this morning (KVERT webcam)
Thursday, Dec 18, 2014
A relatively large explosion and/or dome collapse event occurred yesterday evening (this morning in Kamchatka). An ash plume was reported to rise to 33,000 ft (10 km) altitude. ... [more]
Tuesday, Dec 16, 2014
Intermittent ash emissions continue to occur from time to time from the volcano. A plume of volcanic ash at 14,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude extending ENE was reported last night (Tokyo VAAC). [more]
Friday, Dec 05, 2014
A large eruption (but not unusually large for Shiveluch!) was reported to have occurred this afternoon (14:42 UTC), producing an ash plume to 30,000 ft (9 km) altitude. ... [more]
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014
Mild ash emissions continue. A plume at 14,000 ft (4.2 km) is drifting eastwards from the volcano. [more]
Friday, Nov 28, 2014
A moderately strong ash emission occurred this morning. A plume at 20,000 ft (6 km) drifted east. Weaker ash venting continued afterwards. (Tokyo VAAC). [more]
NASA satellite image of the ash plume from Shiveluch volcano on 23 Nov 2014 (NASA Earth Observatory)
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
A strong vulcanian explosion occurred on Sunday, sending an ash plume to an altitude of approx. 8 km above the volcano. ... [more]

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

Iettunup | Voyampolsky | Severny | Snegovoy | Ostry | Spokoiny | Iktunup | Snezhniy | Nylgimelkin | Bely | Plosky | Kaileney | Alngey | Uka | Elovsky | Mezhdusopochny | Shishel | Titila | Kinenin | Bliznetsy | Gorny Institute | Tuzovsky | Leutongey | Sedankinsky | Terpuk | Shisheika | Fedotych | Kebeney | Bliznets | Zaozerny | Pogranychny | Unnamed 56.82°N/158.95°E | Cherny | Alney-Chashakondzha | Eggella | Verkhovoy | Bolshoi-Kekuknaysky | Kekurny | Kulkev | Krainy | Geodesistoy | Anaun | Uksichan | Unnamed 55.92°N/161.75°E | Bolshoi Payalpan | Maly Payalpan | Ichinsky | Romanovka | Kozyrevsky | Cherpuk Group | Akhtang | Piip | Plosky (Bolshaya Kimitina River) | Kizimen | Vysoky | Komarov | Gamchen | Schmidt | Kronotsky | Khangar | Krasheninnikov | Taunshits | Uzon | Kikhpinych | Bolshoi Semiachik | Maly Semiachik | Karymsky | Akademia Nauk | Bakening | Zavaritsky | Kostakan | Veer | Dzenzursky | Zhupanovsky | Koryaksky | Avachinsky | Gorely

Volcanoes of Kamchatka

The Kamchatka Peninsula (Russia) is one of the most volcanically active volcanic places on earth, second only perhaps to Iceland and Hawaii. In this part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire", there are over 100 active volcanoes (the Smithsonian Institution lists 109) and about 30 volcanoes that have erupted recently, in addition to hundreds of smaller monogenetic vents (i.e. that have formed during one single eruption)
The active volcanoes form a 700-km long volcanic belt from Shiveluch in the north to Kambalny in the south. The vigorous volcanism on Kamchatka, like that of the adjacent Aleutian and Kurile island arcs, is produced by the subduction of the Pacific plate under the E margin of the Eurasian plate.
During the past 10,000 years, at least about 30 very large (so-called Plinian) eruptions have occurred in Kamchatka, i.e. eruptions that have ejected more than 1 cubic kilometer of magma. With this record, Kamchatka is by far the place on earth with the greatest frequency of large explosive eruptions.
The most active volcanoes on Kamchatka are Klyuchevsky, Shiveluch, Karymsky and Bezymianny.

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