Report on Karymsky (Russia) — 18 May-24 May 2011
Smithsonian Institution / US Geological Survey
Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 18 May-24 May 2011
Managing Editor: Sally Sennert.
Please cite this report as:
Global Volcanism Program, 2011. Report on Karymsky (Russia) (Sennert, S, ed.). Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 18 May-24 May 2011. Smithsonian Institution and US Geological Survey.
54.049°N, 159.443°E; summit elev. 1513 m
All times are local (unless otherwise noted)
KVERT reported moderate seismic activity at Karymsky during 13-20 May. Seismic data indicated that possible ash plumes rose to an altitude of 2.5 km (8,200 ft) a.s.l. A thermal anomaly was detected in satellite imagery during 16-17 and 19 May. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange. Based on information from KVERT, the Tokyo VAAC reported that on 21 May an eruption produced a plume that rose to an altitude of 6.7 km (22,000 ft) a.s.l.
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.