Karymsky volcano

Updated: Aug 12, 2022 02:01 GMT - Refresh
Stratovolcano 1536 m / 5,039 ft
Kamchatka, 54.05°N / 159.43°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
Last update: 10 Aug 2022 (Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report)

Karymsky is the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone and a perfect symmetrical stratovolcano. Ash eruptions from Karymski can come in the way of aircraft flight routes across the N Pacific. Karymsky, the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone in one of the world's volcanoes with persistent activity and has been erupting for at least about 500 years.

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Typical eruption style: Doninantly explosive, construction of lava domes, near constant activity.
Karymsky volcano eruptions: 1771, 1830, 1852, 1854, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1915, 1921, 1923, 1925, 1929, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1938, 1940, 1943, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1955, 1956, 1960, 1965, 1967, 1970, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1990, 1993, 1996 - ongoing
Lastest nearby earthquakes: No recent earthquakes

Background

Much of the cone is surrounded by lava flows no older than 200 years. Historical eruptions have been vulcanian or vulcanian-strombolian with moderate explosive activity and occasional lava flows from the summit crater.
The cone has been constructed during the past 2000 years within a 5-km-wide caldera that formed about 9,000 year ago within a complex system of overlapping calderas. The caldera cuts the south side of the older Dvor volcano and is located outside the north margin of a large, still older caldera (the mid-Pleistocene Polovinka caldera), which contains the smaller Akademia Nauk and Odnoboky calderas.
Most seismicity preceding Karymsky eruptions originated beneath Akademia Nauk caldera, which is located immediately south of Karymsky volcano.
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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution

Karymsky Photos

Karymsky Volcano glowing at dusk. (Photo: mlyvers)
Karymsky Volcano glowing at dusk. (Photo: mlyvers)
The summit cone of Karymsky with parts of the Karymsky caldera walls behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The summit cone of Karymsky with parts of the Karymsky caldera walls behind. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On our request, the helicopter pilots agree to fly a round over Karymsky's steep and deep crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On our request, the helicopter pilots agree to fly a round over Karymsky's steep and deep crater. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The active caldera lake of Akademia Nauk volcano southeast of Karymsky seen from the helicopter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The active caldera lake of Akademia Nauk volcano southeast of Karymsky seen from the helicopter. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
 



Karymsky volcano tours:
Kamchatka - Land of Colors (volcano expedition to Kamchatka)

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