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Klyuchevskoy volcano
Stratovolcano 4835 m (15,863 ft)
Kamchatka, 56.06°N / 160.64°E
Current status: erupting (4 out of 5)
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1697-98, 1720-21, 1727-31, 1737, 1740, 1762, 1767, 1770, 1772, 1785, 1787, 1788, 1789-90, 1791, 1807, 1812, 1813, 1819-22, 1829, 1840, 1848, 1852, 1853-54, 1865, 1877, 1878, 1879, 1882, 1883, 1890, 1896-97, 1890, 1896-97, 1898, 1904, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1913, 1915, 1922, 1923, 1925, 1926, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935-36, 1937-39, 1944-1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960-63, 1963-64, 1965-1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1971-73, 1974, 1977-80, 1981, 1982, 1982-83, 1984-85, 1986, 1986-90, 1991, 1992, 1992-93, 1994-95, 1996-97, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2002-04, 2005 - ongoing
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Dominantly explosive, strombolian and vulcanian activity, sometimes lava flows from fissure vents. At present in a phase of near-persistant activity.
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Klyuchevsky volcano news & activity updates

Klyuchevskoy volcano (Kamchatka, Russia): increased activity, lava flow reported

Thursday Feb 27, 2020 09:03 AM | BY: T

Sentinel 2 satellite image of Klyuchevskoy
Sentinel 2 satellite image of Klyuchevskoy
Strombolian activity in late January (image: Yuri Demyanchuk)
Strombolian activity in late January (image: Yuri Demyanchuk)
We received a note from our correspondent Yuri Demyanchuk, head of the volcano observatory in Klyuchi, that the volcano's activity - strombolian eruption in the summit crater - has increased in the past days and that a lava flow has started on the upper SE flank.
While satellite imagery from 25 Feb does not yet show this and no other visual confirmation is available at the moment, we're keeping a close eye on the situation.
If activity continues to increase, we might be able to organize a volcano special tour (contact us if interested) in the near future.
Previous news
Glow from Klyuchevskoy volcano (image: KVERT)
Tuesday, Feb 25, 2020
KVERT recorded a moderate explosions at the volcano that generated an ash plumes which reached approx. 16,400 ft-23,000 ft (5,000 m-7,000 m) altitude and drifted 84 km away towards the E direction. Strombolian activity continues from the summit crater. ... [more]
An ash emissions from Klyuchevskoy's volcano (image: KVERT)
Thursday, Feb 06, 2020
KVERT recorded an explosions at volcano that generated an ash plumes which reached approx. 16,400ft-23,000 ft (5,000 m-7,000 m) altitude and drifted 20 km away towards the E direction. Strombolian activity continues from the summit crater. ... [more]

NASA photo of the eruption of Klyuchevsky volcano on 30 September, 1994, the volcano's largest explosion in 40 years. The large
NASA photo of the eruption of Klyuchevsky volcano on 30 September, 1994, the volcano's largest explosion in 40 years. The large

Background:

Kliuchevskoi is Kamchatka's highest and most active volcano.  Since its origin about 6000 years ago, the beautifully symmetrical, 4835-m-high basaltic stratovolcano has produced frequent moderate-volume explosive and effusive eruptions without major periods of inactivity.  Kliuchevskoi rises above a saddle NE of sharp-peaked Kamen volcano and lies SE of the broad Ushkovsky massif.  More than 100 flank eruptions have occurred at Kliuchevskoi during the past roughly 3000 years, with most lateral craters and cones occurring along radial fissures between the unconfined NE-to-SE flanks of the conical volcano between 500 m and 3600 m elevation.  The morphology of its 700-m-wide summit crater has been frequently modified by historical eruptions, which have been recorded since the late-17th century.  Historical eruptions have originated primarily from the summit crater, but have also included numerous major explosive and effusive eruptions from flank craters.


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Source: Klyuchevsky information by the GVP (Smithsonian Institution)



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