Berutarubesan [Berutarube]

Photo of this volcano
Google Earth icon
  Google Earth Placemark
  • Japan - administered by Russia
  • Kuril Islands
  • Stratovolcano
  • Unknown - Evidence Credible
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 44.462°N
  • 146.932°E

  • 1221 m
    4005 ft

  • 290040
  • Latitude
  • Longitude

  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Berutarubesan [Berutarube].

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Berutarubesan [Berutarube].

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Berutarubesan [Berutarube].

Basic Data

Volcano Number

Last Known Eruption



Unknown - Evidence Credible

1221 m / 4005 ft


Volcano Types


Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Intermediate crust (15-25 km)


Within 5 km
Within 10 km
Within 30 km
Within 100 km

Geological Summary

The gently sloping, 1220-m-high Berutarubesan stratovolcano forms the SW tip of Iturup Island. The flanks of the andesitic-to-dacitic volcano are deeply dissected by wide glacial valleys; a low saddle on the NE side separates it from the slopes of the Lvinaya Past caldera. The only known Holocene activity produced a small pyroclastic cone that was superposed on the intersecting headwalls of U-shaped valleys and cirques on the volcano's broad eroded summit. The hydrothermally altered summit cone was the source of two small lava flows. Berutarubesan was estimated to have ceased erupting only a few hundred to at most 1000 years ago (Gorshkov, 1970). No confirmed historical eruptions are known, although fumarolic areas on the walls of the summit crater are currently depositing sulfur.


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography.

Gorshkov G S, 1958. Kurile Islands. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World and Solfatara Fields, Rome: IAVCEI, 7: 1-99.

Gorshkov G S, 1970. Volcanism and the Upper Mantle; Investigations in the Kurile Island Arc. New York: Plenum Publishing Corp, 385 p.

Japan Meteorological Agency, 1996. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (second edition). Tokyo: Japan Meteorological Agency, 502 p (in Japanese).

Japan Meteorological Agency, 2013. National Catalogue of the Active Volcanoes in Japan (fourth edition, English version). Japan Meteorological Agency.

Nakano S, Yamamoto T, Iwaya T, Itoh J, Takada A, 2001-. Quaternary Volcanoes of Japan. Geol Surv Japan, AIST,

Eruptive History

Summary of Holocene eruption dates and Volcanic Explosivity Indices (VEI).

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
[ 1812 ] [ Unknown ] Uncertain 1  

This compilation of synonyms and subsidiary features may not be comprehensive. Features are organized into four major categories: Cones, Craters, Domes, and Thermal Features. Synonyms of features appear indented below the primary name. In some cases additional feature type, elevation, or location details are provided.


Berritarabenobori | Beritaribi | Perutarube


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Berutarubesan Stratovolcano

Photo Gallery

The gently sloping, 1220-m-high Berutarube stratovolcano, seen here from the SE, forms the SW tip of Iturup Island. Wide, deeply dissected glacial valleys cut the flanks of the volcano, and a low saddle on the NE side (far right) separates Berutarube from the slopes of Lvinaya Past caldera. Berutarube was estimated to have ceased erupting within the past few hundred to a thousand years ago, but no confirmed historical eruptions are known. Light-colored fumarolic areas can be seen in the summit crater on the center horizon.

Photo by Alexander Rybin, 2001 (Institute of Marine Geology and Geophysics, Yuzhno-Sakhalin).

Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Berutarubesan [Berutarube] in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

Affiliated Sites

Large Eruptions of Berutarubesan [Berutarube] Information about large Quaternary eruptions (VEI >= 4) is cataloged in the Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions (LaMEVE) database of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).
WOVOdat WOVOdat is a database of volcanic unrest; instrumentally and visually recorded changes in seismicity, ground deformation, gas emission, and other parameters from their normal baselines. It is sponsored by the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) and presently hosted at the Earth Observatory of Singapore.
EarthChem EarthChem develops and maintains databases, software, and services that support the preservation, discovery, access and analysis of geochemical data, and facilitate their integration with the broad array of other available earth science parameters. EarthChem is operated by a joint team of disciplinary scientists, data scientists, data managers and information technology developers who are part of the NSF-funded data facility Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA). IEDA is a collaborative effort of EarthChem and the Marine Geoscience Data System (MGDS).
MODVOLC - HIGP MODIS Thermal Alert System Using infrared satellite Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) data, scientists at the Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, University of Hawai'i, developed an automated system called MODVOLC to map thermal hot-spots in near real time. For each MODIS image, the algorithm automatically scans each 1 km pixel within it to check for high-temperature hot-spots. When one is found the date, time, location, and intensity are recorded. MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. Each day updated global maps are compiled to display the locations of all hot spots detected in the previous 24 hours. There is a drop-down list with volcano names which allow users to 'zoom-in' and examine the distribution of hot-spots at a variety of spatial scales.
MIROVA Middle InfraRed Observation of Volcanic Activity (MIROVA) is a near real time volcanic hot-spot detection system based on the analysis of MODIS (Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) data. In particular, MIROVA uses the Middle InfraRed Radiation (MIR), measured over target volcanoes, in order to detect, locate and measure the heat radiation sourced from volcanic activity.