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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).

Latest news:

Ash plume from Shiveluch volcano today (MTSAT-2 image / VAAC Tokyo)
Friday, Feb 20, 2015
An eruption today produced an ash plume that rose to estimated 25,000 ft (7.5 km) altitude, detected on infrared satellite imagery (VAAC Tokyo). ... [more]
Incandescent avalanches from an explosion at Klyuchevskoy this morning
Thursday, Feb 19, 2015
The strombolian-type activity from the summit crater of the volcano continues at moderate levels, with little changes over the past week. ... [more]
Monday, Feb 16, 2015
Kamchatka's most active volcano continues to produce ash plumes as well, generated by explosions at the dome as well as avalanches from it - Tokyo VAAC reported ash to 19,000 ft (5.4 km) altitude yesterday. [more]
Intermittent explosions and ash emissions continue. Last night Tokyo VAAC reported a plume to 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude drifting west. [more]
A stronger phase in the ongoing eruption produced an ash plume that rose to 23,000 ft (7 km) last night (Tokyo VAAC). [more]
Friday, Feb 13, 2015
Strombolian activity continues. Occasional larger explosions produce moderate ash plumes such as this morning, when Tokyo VAAC reported a plume to 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude extending N. [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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