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).

Latest news:

Saturday, Nov 21, 2015
Ash plumes from the volcano drifting east at estimated 23,000 ft (7 km) altitude were reported by VAAC Tokyo yesterday. [more]
Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume at 12,000 ft (3.6 km) altitude extending east from the volcano this morning. Occasionally, the volcano has stronger than average strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions. ... [more]
Tuesday, Nov 10, 2015
Tokyo VAAC reported an ash plume from an explosion at the volcano extending southeast at estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude this morning. [more]
Monday, Nov 02, 2015
A stronger than average explosion was reported yesterday (13:10 GMT), generating an ash plume to 18,000 ft (5.4 km) altitude and extending SE(Tokyo VAAC). [more]
The pyroclastic flow (lower right) and ash plume from Shiveluch volcano yesterday morning
Friday, Oct 30, 2015
The volcano's activity seems to have picked up a bit compared to recent weeks. A partial collapse of the active dome generated a pyroclastic flow that traveled several km to the south, accompanied by an ash plume that rose to 4-4.5 km altitude and drifted east. [more]
View of the small pyroclastic flow at Shiveluch
Friday, Oct 23, 2015
A moderately sized pyroclastic flow as result of small collapse of part of the active lava dome occurred this afternoon (Kamchatka time), sending an ash plume to approx. 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude. ... [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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