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Maly Semyachik

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  • Russia
  • Kamchatka and Mainland Asia
  • Caldera
  • 1952 CE
  • Country
  • Volcanic Region
  • Primary Volcano Type
  • Last Known Eruption
  • 54.135°N
  • 159.674°E

  • 1527 m
    5010 ft

  • 300140
  • Latitude
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Most Recent Weekly Report: 18 April-24 April 2018 Citation IconCite this Report

KVERT reported that activity at Maly Semyachik increased during the second half of March; the ice covering the crater lake melted within a 5-6-day period, and a weak thermal anomaly was visible in satellite images. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on 22 March. A weak thermal anomaly continued to be detected through 20 April, though no further activity prompted KVERT to lower the Aviation Color Code to Green.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)

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2018: April


18 April-24 April 2018 Citation IconCite this Report

KVERT reported that activity at Maly Semyachik increased during the second half of March; the ice covering the crater lake melted within a 5-6-day period, and a weak thermal anomaly was visible in satellite images. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Yellow (the second lowest level on a four-color scale) on 22 March. A weak thermal anomaly continued to be detected through 20 April, though no further activity prompted KVERT to lower the Aviation Color Code to Green.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)


The Global Volcanism Program has no Bulletin Reports available for Maly Semyachik.

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.

Eruptive History

There is data available for 23 Holocene eruptive periods.

Start Date Stop Date Eruption Certainty VEI Evidence Activity Area or Unit
1952 Dec 5 ± 4 days Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Ceno-Semiachik (Toitsky Crater)
1945 Sep (?) 1946 Apr 15 ± 45 days Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Ceno-Semiachik (Toitsky Crater)
1852 Apr 15 ± 45 days 1852 Jul Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Ceno-Semiachik (Troitsky Crater)
1851 Sep Unknown Confirmed 2 Historical Observations Ceno-Semiachik (Troitsky Crater)
1804 Unknown Confirmed 3 Historical Observations Ceno-Semiachik (Troitsky Crater)
1550 (?) Unknown Confirmed 4 Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik (Crater VI--Troitsky)
1400 ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik (Crater V)
0550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
0650 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
0850 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
1800 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik (SW flank)
2250 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
2450 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik (Crater IV)
3500 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik flank (Obmanuvshy)
4500 BCE ± 50 years Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik flank (Yushny cone)
4650 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
5050 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
5450 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
5750 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
5850 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
6150 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (corrected) Ceno-Semiachik
6950 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Meso-Semiachik east flank (Vostochny)
7550 BCE (?) Unknown Confirmed   Radiocarbon (uncorrected) Meso-Semiachik
Deformation History

There is no Deformation History data available for Maly Semyachik.

Emission History

There is no Emissions History data available for Maly Semyachik.

Photo Gallery

The eastern margin of Karymsky caldera, which was created about 7500 years ago, forms the steep wall cutting across the center of the photo. Snow mantles the foreground flanks of Karymsky stratovolcano, which was constructed within the 5-km-wide caldera beginning about 5500 years ago. Fresh, dark-colored lava flows from Karymsky cover the caldera moat. The complex, snow-draped stratovolcano to the NE is Maly Semiachik, which has also produced frequent historical eruptions.

Photo by Dan Miller (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
The broad Maly Semiachik massif, seen here from the SW on the flanks of Karymsky volcano, is composed of three overlapping stratovolcanoes constructed along a NW-SE line. The volcano was built within two overlapping Pleistocene calderas. The rim of the larger 12-km-wide Steena caldera is visible on the far right horizon, but elsewhere its rim is largely buried. The late-Pleistocene to Holocene post-caldera massif almost completely obscures the rim of the inner 7-km-wide Maly Semiachik caldera.

Photo by Dan Miller, 1990 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
The summit of Paleo-Semiachik volcano forms the 1560-m high point of the Maly Semiachik massif. Paleo-Semiachik, the first of three stratovolcanoes constructed within two overlapping Pleistocene calderas, began forming about 20,000 years ago on the northern margin of the calderas. It produced lava flows that spread far beyond the caldera margins to the north and east before ceasing activity about 11,000 years ago. Activity then migrated to the SW, producing Meso-Semiachik volcano, whose slopes appear in the foreground.

Photo by Dan Miller, 1990 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
Volcanism along the elongated Maly Semiachik massif has progessively migrated to the south. The southern flank of the volcano is mantled by youthful pyroclastic cones and lava flows of Holocene age. The SE rim of the 12-km-wide Pleistocene Steens caldera forms the low ridge in the background, and the Pacific Ocean is visible in the distance.

Photo by Dan Miller, 1990 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
A crater lake occupies the summit of the youngest and southernmost volcano of Maly Semiachik. All historical eruptions of Maly Semiachik have originated from Troitsky crater. The conical peak in the middle distance is Karymsky volcano, 15 km to the SW. Karymsky was constructed within a Holocene caldera that truncates the southern flank of Dvor volcano (upper right).

Photo by Dan Miller, 1990 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
A crater lake fills Troitsky crater, the youngest of six craters capping the elongated summit of Maly Semiachik volcano in central Kamchatka. Steam rises from the surface of the hot, highly acidic crater lake in this early 1970's photo. The lake, which has a maximum depth of about 140 m, has been monitored since 1969. Temperatures as high as 41 degrees Centigrade have been measured, along with pH levels down to 0.4.

Photo by Oleg Volynets (Institute of Volcanology, Petropavlovsk).
See title for photo information.
Maly Semiachik is a compound stratovolcano located within several nested Pleistocene calderas. Three overlapping stratovolcanoes were constructed along a NE-SW line. Activity migrated to the SW, eventually forming the youngest cone, Ceno-Semiachik. It is capped by the historically active Troitsky crater, which was formed during a large explosive eruption about 400 years ago. A hot, acidic lake fills the historically active crater.

Photo by Oleg Volynets, 1972 (Institute of Volcanology, Petropavlovsk).
See title for photo information.
The currently active Troitsky crater of Maly Semiachik was formed during an explosive eruption about 400 years ago. The eastern crater wall shows light-colored hydrothermally altered rocks of the vent complex that are overlain by darker lava flows and pyroclastic-fall deposits from eruptions that followed formation of the crater. A hot, acidic lake now fills the crater, which has been the source of all historical eruptions of Maly Semiachik.

Photo by Oleg Volynets (Institute of Volcanology, Petropavlovsk).
See title for photo information.
Troitsky crater, the youngest of six craters at the summit of Kamchatka's Maly Semiachik volcano, was formed during a major explosive eruption about 400 years ago. The crater, seen here from the west with the Pacific Ocean in the background, truncates the snow-covered slopes of Ceno-Semiachik, the youngest of the four overlapping stratovolcanoes that comprise the Maly Semiachik massif. The crater, now filled by a hot, acidic lake, has been the source of all historical eruptions from the volcano.

Photo by Dan Miller, 1990 (U.S. Geological Survey).
See title for photo information.
An aerial view from the SW on July 22, 1996 shows an eruption plume rising above the summit crater of Karymsky volcano with Maly Semiachik volcano in the center background. The 1996 eruption began on January 2 simultaneously with an eruption at nearby Akademia Nauk caldera, out of view to the right. The Akademia Nauk eruption lasted only a day, but long-term eruptions continued at Karymsky.

Photo by Phillip Kyle, 1996 (courtesy of Vera Ponomareva, Institute of Volcanic Geology and Geochemistry, Petropavlovsk).
See title for photo information.
GVP Map Holdings

The maps shown below have been scanned from the GVP map archives and include the volcano on this page. Clicking on the small images will load the full 300 dpi map. Very small-scale maps (such as world maps) are not included. The maps database originated over 30 years ago, but was only recently updated and connected to our main database. We welcome users to tell us if they see incorrect information or other problems with the maps; please use the Contact GVP link at the bottom of the page to send us email.

Title: USSR (Kamchatka S)
Publisher: DMA
Country: USSR
Year: 1987
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of USSR (Kamchatka S)
Title: USSR
Publisher: DMA
Country: Kuril-I
Year: 1987
Series: TPC
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of USSR
Title: Kamchatsky Peninsula Topo Map
Country: USSR
Year: 1986
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of Kamchatsky Peninsula Topo Map
Publisher: Soviet Ministry
Country: USSR
Year: 1984
Series: B1754
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:2,500,000
Map of
Title: Zhupanovo (in Russian)
Publisher: Soviet Army ?
Country: Kamchatka
Year: 1980
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Zhupanovo (in Russian)
Title: Zhupanovo
Publisher: Soviet Ministry
Country: USSR
Year: 1972
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:200,000
Map of Zhupanovo
Title: Zhupanovo
Country: USSR
Year: 1962
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:500,000
Map of Zhupanovo
Title: Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy
Publisher: US Army Map Service
Country: USSR
Year: 1959
Series: AMS
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:1,000,000
Map of Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy
Title: Povorotni
Publisher: Soviet Ministry
Country: USSR
Year: 1953
Map Type: Topographic
Scale: 1:200,000
Map of Povorotni
Smithsonian Sample Collections Database

There are no samples for Maly Semyachik in the Smithsonian's NMNH Department of Mineral Sciences Rock and Ore collection.

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