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Report on Karymsky (Russia) — 7 July-13 July 2010

Smithsonian / US Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 7 July-13 July 2010
Managing Editor: Sally Kuhn Sennert

Please cite this report as:

Global Volcanism Program, 2010. Report on Karymsky (Russia). In: Sennert, S K (ed.), Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 7 July-13 July 2010. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.

Volcano Profile |  Weekly Report (7 July-13 July 2010)


Karymsky

Russia

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

All times are local (unless otherwise noted)


KVERT reported that during 2-9 July seismic activity from Karymsky was above background levels and suggested that possible ash plumes rose to an altitude of 2 km (6,500 ft) a.s.l. A thermal anomaly was detected in satellite imagery on most days; cloud cover occasionally prevented views of the volcano. On 7 July ash plumes drifted 20 km S. Based on information from the Yelizovo Airport (UHPP), the Tokyo VAAC reported that on 13 July an ash plume rose to an altitude of 2.7 km (9,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W. The Aviation Color Code level remained at Orange.

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.

Sources: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT), Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)