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Karymsky volcano
Stratovolcano 1536 m / 5,039 ft
Kamchatka, 54.05°N / 159.43°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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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
Typical eruption style:
Doninantly explosive, construction of lava domes, near constant activity.
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Volcano news: Karymsky

Karymsky volcano (Kamchatka), activity update: ash clouds and possible explosions

Thursday Oct 23, 2008 15:59 PM | BY: TS

It was reported that seismic activity at Karymsky was above background
levels during 10-17 October. Possible explosions may have generated
ash plumes to an altitude of 3.1 km (10,200 ft) a.s.l. Analysis of
satellite imagery on 13 October revealed a thermal anomaly in the
crater and an ash plume about 5 km wide that drifted 32 km NNE. The
Level of Concern Color Code remained at Orange.
Previous news
Sunday, Sep 14, 2008
It was reported that seismic activity at Karymsky was above background levels during 29 August-5 September. Explosions may have generated ash plumes to an altitude of 3.8 km (12,500 ft) and the analysis of satellite imagery revealed ash plumes drifting SE on 29 ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 21, 2008
Based on interpretations of seismic data, possible ash plumes rose to an altitude of 3.1 km (10,200 ft) a.s.l. on 8, 10, 11, and 14 August. Analysis of satellite imagery revealed a thermal anomaly in the crater on 11 August; clouds inhibited views on other days. The Level of Concern Color Code remained at Orange. [more]
Thursday, Aug 30, 2007
Seismic activity at Karymsky was above background levels during 17-24 August, with 300-800 shallow earthquakes occurring daily. Based on seismic interpretation, ash plumes may have risen to an altitude of 5.7 km (18,700 ft) a.s.l. Observations of satellite imagery revealed that a thermal anomaly was present in the crater on 20 and 23 August. The Level of Concern Color Code remained at Orange. ... [more]
Thursday, Aug 23, 2007
Karymsky continues erupting producing sporadic ash plumes. An explosion on 22 Aug produced an ash plume rising to 6 km altitude according to the Tokyo VAAC. [more]
Thursday, Jun 14, 2007

During the past week, activity at Karymsky volcano had been decreasing, although sprodic strombolian ash explosions are still occurring. After a temporary decrease from Orange to Yellow, KVERT raised the alert level back to Orange, following an explosion on 9 June.

... [more]

Background:

Karymsky, the most active volcano of  Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone, is a symmetrical stratovolcano constructed within a 5-km-wide caldera that formed during the early Holocene.  The caldera cuts the south side of the Pleistocene Dvor volcano and is located outside the north margin of the large 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.  The caldera enclosing Karymsky volcano formed about 7600-7700 radiocarbon years ago; construction of the Karymsky stratovolcano began about 2000 years later.  The latest eruptive period began about 500 years ago, following a 2300-year quiescence.  Much of the cone is mantled by lava flows less than 200 years old.  Historical eruptions have been vulcanian or vulcanian-strombolian with moderate explosive activity and occasional lava flows from the summit crater.


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Source: GVP, Smithsonian Institution


 

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