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Report on Sheveluch (Russia) — July 1999

Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, vol. 24, no. 7 (July 1999)
Managing Editor: Richard Wunderman.

Sheveluch (Russia) May-August gas plumes rise less than 1 km above summit

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 1999. Report on Sheveluch (Russia). In: Wunderman, R. (ed.), Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network, 24:7. Smithsonian Institution. https://doi.org/10.5479/si.GVP.BGVN199907-300270.

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Sheveluch

Russia

56.653°N, 161.36°E; summit elev. 3283 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


From the period of 24 May to 9 August 1999, seismicity under the volcano generally was about at background levels. Hypocenters clustered under the summit crater. When not obscured by clouds, steam plumes were repeatedly noted. In general, they rose less than 900 m above the volcano and occasionally extended nearly 10 km before dispersing. Observations included a fumarolic plume that rose 300 m above the volcano on 3 June. On 17 June, a gas-and-steam plume rose 100 m above the crater, extending 7 km to the W. On 28-29 June, a gas-and-steam plume rose 800 m above the crater. On 30 June, another gas-and-steam plume rose 200 m above the crater and extended 10 km to the E. On 11 July, a gas-and-steam plume rose 100 m above the crater and extended 5 km to the E. On 3 and 7 August, a gas-and-steam plume rose 350 m above the crater. On 6 August, a gas-and-steam plume rose 200 m above the summit, extending 3 km to the E.

The high, isolated massif of Shiveluch volcano (also spelled Sheveluch) rises above the lowlands NNE of the Kliuchevskaya volcano group. The 1,100 km3 Shiveluch is one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanic structures. The summit of roughly 65,000-year-old Strary Shiveluch is truncated by a broad 9-km-wide late-Pleistocene caldera breached to the south. Many lava domes dot its outer flanks. The Molodoy Shiveluch lava dome complex was constructed during the Holocene within the large breached caldera; Holocene lava dome extrusion also took place on the flanks of Strary Shiveluch. At least 60 large eruptions of Shiveluch have occurred during the Holocene, making it the most vigorous andesitic volcano of the Kuril-Kamchatka arc. Widespread tephra layers from these eruptions have provided valuable time markers for dating volcanic events in Kamchatka. Frequent collapses of dome complexes, most recently in 1964, have produced debris avalanches whose deposits cover much of the floor of the breached caldera.

During the 1990s, intermittent explosive eruptions took place at Shiveluch in 1990, 1991, 1992-94, 1997, and 1998, and lava-dome growth occurred in 1993-94 and 1997. The largest historical eruptions from Shiveluch occurred in 1854 and 1964.

Geologic Background. The high, isolated massif of Sheveluch volcano (also spelled Shiveluch) rises above the lowlands NNE of the Kliuchevskaya volcano group. The 1300 km3 volcano is one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanic structures. The summit of roughly 65,000-year-old Stary Shiveluch is truncated by a broad 9-km-wide late-Pleistocene caldera breached to the south. Many lava domes dot its outer flanks. The Molodoy Shiveluch lava dome complex was constructed during the Holocene within the large horseshoe-shaped caldera; Holocene lava dome extrusion also took place on the flanks of Stary Shiveluch. At least 60 large eruptions have occurred during the Holocene, making it the most vigorous andesitic volcano of the Kuril-Kamchatka arc. Widespread tephra layers from these eruptions have provided valuable time markers for dating volcanic events in Kamchatka. Frequent collapses of dome complexes, most recently in 1964, have produced debris avalanches whose deposits cover much of the floor of the breached caldera.

Information Contacts: Olga Chubarova, Kamchatka Volcanic Eruptions Response Team (KVERT), Institute of Volcanic Geology and Geochemistry, Piip Ave. 9, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 683006, Russia; Tom Miller, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), a cooperative program of a) U.S. Geological Survey, 4200 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508-4667, USA (URL: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/), b) Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, PO Box 757320, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, USA, and c) Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, 794 University Ave., Suite 200, Fairbanks, AK 99709, USA.