Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group]

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  • Japan - administered by Russia
  • Kuril Islands
  • Pyroclastic cone(s)
  • Unknown - Evidence Uncertain
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  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 45.25°N
  • 148.35°E

  • 442 m
    1450 ft

  • 290091
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  • Summit

  • Volcano

The Global Volcanism Program has no activity reports for Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group].

The Global Volcanism Program has no Weekly Reports available for Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group].

The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group].

Volcano Types

Pyroclastic cone(s)

Tectonic Setting

Subduction zone
Intermediate crust (15-25 km)

Rock Types

Andesite / Basaltic Andesite


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Geological Summary

Rucharuyama, with the small pyroclastic cones of Golets and Tornyi, is SW of Moyorodake (Medvezhia) volcano at one of the narrowest parts of Iturup Island, and formed during the late Pleistocene or early Holocene. A small lava flow from the 417-m-high Tornyi cone occupies a broad glacial cirque. The 442-m-high andesitic-dacitic Golets cone, constructed above the eroded remnants of the Pleistocene Parusnaya Mountain volcano, produced lava flows that reached the coast.

The Global Volcanism Program is not aware of any Holocene eruptions from Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group]. If this volcano has had large eruptions (VEI >= 4) prior to 10,000 years ago, information might be found on the Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group] page in the LaMEVE (Large Magnitude Explosive Volcanic Eruptions) database, a part of the Volcano Global Risk Identification and Analysis Project (VOGRIPA).

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.


Feature Name Feature Type Elevation Latitude Longitude
Parusnaya Mountain Cone 406 m 45° 16' 0" N 148° 22' 0" E
Tornyi Cone 417 m 45° 19' 0" N 148° 28' 0" E

Photo Gallery

The small pyroclastic cones of Golets and Tornyi are located near the center of the narrow Vetrovoi Isthmus in northern Iturup Island. At the upper left in this NASA Space Shuttle image (with north to the upper right) is Chirip volcano; at the lower right is Medvezhia volcano. The flat-floored caldera to the left of Medvezhia caldera is the Pleistocene Tsirk caldera. Golets and Tornyi pyroclastic cones formed during the late Pleistocene or early Holocene east (right) of the low-lying graben forming the narrow point of the peninsula.

NASA Space Shuttle image ISS010-E-13393, 2005 (


The following references have all been used during the compilation of data for this volcano, it is not a comprehensive bibliography. Discussion of another volcano or eruption (sometimes far from the one that is the subject of the manuscript) may produce a citation that is not at all apparent from the title.

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

Affiliated Databases

Large Eruptions of Rucharuyama [Golets-Tornyi Group] 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).
Smithsonian Collections Search the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences collections database. Go to the "Search Rocks and Ores" tab and use the Volcano Name drop-down to find samples.