Moekeshiwan [Lvinaya Past]

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  • Japan - administered by Russia
  • Kuril Islands
  • Stratovolcano
  • 7480 BCE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 44.608°N
  • 146.994°E

  • 528 m
    1732 ft

  • 290041
  • Latitude
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  • Summit
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Eruptive History


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


Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
7480 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed 6 Radiocarbon (uncorrected)

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Photo Gallery


The widely breached Lvinaya Past caldera is seen here from the west, with its NW rim at the right and the eastern rim on the left horizon. The dramatic 7 x 9 km Lvinaya Past (Lion's Jaw) caldera on southern Iturup Island formed about 9400 years ago during one of the largest Holocene eruptions of the Kuril Islands. The volcano derives its name from a rock resembling a sleeping lion (the small peak at the far left in front of the tip of the NE rim) that breaches the surface at the center of the 5-km-long submerged portion of the caldera rim.

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


The following 1 samples associated with this volcano can be found in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections. Catalog number links will open a window with more information.

Catalog Number Sample Description
NMNH 116556-86 Dacite pumice

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