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Report on Zhupanovsky (Russia) — 16 December-22 December 2015

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 16 December-22 December 2015
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2015. Report on Zhupanovsky (Russia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 16 December-22 December 2015. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (16 December-22 December 2015)


Zhupanovsky

Russia

53.589°N, 159.15°E; summit elev. 2899 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


KVERT reported that an explosive eruption that began at Zhupanovsky on 6 June likely finished on 30 November. Only moderate levels of fumarolic activity was observed in early-to-mid December. On 17 December the Aviation Color Code was lowered to Green.

Geologic Background. The Zhupanovsky volcanic massif consists of four overlapping stratovolcanoes along a WNW-trending ridge. The elongated volcanic complex was constructed within a Pliocene-early Pleistocene caldera whose rim is exposed only on the eastern side. Three of the stratovolcanoes were built during the Pleistocene, the fourth is Holocene in age and was the source of all of Zhupanovsky's historical eruptions. An early Holocene stage of frequent moderate and weak eruptions from 7000 to 5000 years before present (BP) was succeeded by a period of infrequent larger eruptions that produced pyroclastic flows. The last major eruption took place about 800-900 years BP. Historical eruptions have consisted of relatively minor explosions from the third cone.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)