Report on Karymsky (Russia) — 8 October-14 October 2003
Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report,
8 October-14 October 2003
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2003. Report on Karymsky (Russia). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 8 October-14 October 2003. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
54.049°N, 159.443°E; summit elev. 1513 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
During 3-10 October, seismicity at Karymsky was above background levels. Seismic data indicated that on 4 October at 1848 an ash explosion produced a cloud to a height of 4.5 km above the crater. The number of shallow earthquakes increased from ~150 on 4 October to ~350 per day during 5-8 October. Ash plumes extending 60 km SE and 30 km NE were observed on 4 and 7 October, respectively. The Concern Color Code at Karymsky was reduced from Orange to Yellow.
Geological Summary. Karymsky, the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone, is a symmetrical stratovolcano constructed within a 5-km-wide caldera that formed during the early Holocene. The caldera cuts the south side of the Pleistocene Dvor volcano and is located outside the north margin of the large mid-Pleistocene Polovinka caldera, which contains the smaller Akademia Nauk and Odnoboky calderas. Most seismicity preceding Karymsky eruptions originated beneath Akademia Nauk caldera, located immediately south. The caldera enclosing Karymsky formed about 7600-7700 radiocarbon years ago; construction of the stratovolcano began about 2000 years later. The latest eruptive period began about 500 years ago, following a 2300-year quiescence. Much of the cone is mantled by lava flows less than 200 years old. Historical eruptions have been vulcanian or vulcanian-strombolian with moderate explosive activity and occasional lava flows from the summit crater.