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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:

Eruption column from Shiveluch this morning (photo: Y. Demyanchuck / www.volkstat.ru)
Thursday, Mar 26, 2015
Another powerful vulcanian explosion occurred this morning at 10:03 local time at the volcano. An eruption column rose to approx. 10 km altitude. ... [more]
Mild activity (small explosions and light ash emissions) continues at the summit crater of the volcano ... [more]
Wednesday, Mar 25, 2015
Intermittent strombolian to vulcanian explosions continue to occur at the volcano. ... [more]
A relatively large ash emission from the volcano was reported this morning by Tokyo VAAC. Based on MTSAT satellite imagery, an ash plume rose to estimated 27,000 ft (8 km) altitude and extended east. [more]
Eruption from Shiveluc this morning
Sunday, Mar 22, 2015
Activity at the volcano remains elevated. A series of moderate explosions occurred over the past days, producing ash plumes that rose to 23-27,000 ft (7-9 km) altitude (Tokyo VAAC). [more]
Friday, Mar 20, 2015
A moderate explosion occurred again at the volcano last evening. Based on the seismic signal, KVERT estimated an ash plume to 21,000 ft (6.3 km) altitude was generated. [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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