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Report on Klyuchevskoy (Russia) — 2 March-8 March 2005

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 2 March-8 March 2005
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2005. Report on Klyuchevskoy (Russia). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 2 March-8 March 2005. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (2 March-8 March 2005)


Klyuchevskoy

Russia

56.056°N, 160.642°E; summit elev. 4754 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


Moderate seismic and volcanic activity continued at Kliuchevskoi during 24 February to 4 March. On 24 February a lava flow continued to travel down the Krestovsky channel on the volcano's NW flank. Strombolian activity occurred during the report period, with plumes rising to ~1 km above the volcano. Ash fell in the village of Icha on 26 February, and in Kozyrevsk on 1 March. Ash plumes were visible on satellite imagery on several days. Kliuchevskoi remained at Concern Color Code Orange.

Geologic Background. Klyuchevskoy (also spelled 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. It 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 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 the 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.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)