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Report on Karymsky (Russia) — 13 February-19 February 2002

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 13 February-19 February 2002
Managing Editor: Gari Mayberry

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2002. Report on Karymsky (Russia). In: Mayberry, G (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 13 February-19 February 2002. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (13 February-19 February 2002)


Karymsky

Russia

54.049°N, 159.443°E; summit elev. 1513 m

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


On 13 February a pilot reported seeing a W-drifting ash cloud rise to 5 km a.s.l. The cloud was not visible on satellite imagery; it may have been a single burst that dissipated rapidly. On 14 February, after 19 days with no seismic data, the seismic station at Karymsky began to work. Local shallow earthquakes occurred at the previously recorded rate of about 10 events per hour. During 8-15 February thermal anomalies were visible on satellite imagery. The volcano was at Color Concern Code Yellow ("volcano is restless").

Geologic Background. 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.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)