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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:

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014
New eruptions and ash emissions occurred yesterday. An ash plume rising to 17,000 ft (6 km) altitude and drifting SE was observed on satellite imagery. [more]
Thursday, Aug 21, 2014
Intermittent explosive activity continues at the volcano. Volcanic ash plumes drifting SSE were reported yesterday and Tuesday rising to 10-15,000 ft (3-4.5 km) altitude (VAAC Tokyo). [more]
Monday, Jul 28, 2014
Intermittent eruptions continue. New ash emissions occurred yesterday from the volcano. VAAC Tokyo spotted an ash plume at estimated 28,000 ft (8 km) altitude drifting north on satellite imagery. [more]
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014
Several small ash emissions occurred at the volcano during 16-21 July. The resulting plumes dissipated quickly. Aviation color code is at orange. [more]
Landsat 8 image of Zhupanovsky's ash plume this morning
Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014
A new phase of ash emissions occurred this morning and was observed on satellite imagery. An ash plume rose to 23,000 ft (7 km) and drifted north. [more]
SO2 plume from Zhupanovsky volcano this morning (ESA)
Thursday, Jul 10, 2014
Eruptions continue or have resumed at the volcano. Ash and SO2 plumes rising to approx. 6 km altitude and drifting east have been detected on satellite data this morning. [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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