Friday, June 17, 2011

Kizimen, Karymsky volcanoes spew ash in Russia

Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula: The Kamchatka Peninsula (Russian: полуо́стров Камча́тка, poluostrov Kamchatka) is a 1,250-kilometre (780 mi) peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of 472,300 km2 (182,400 sq mi). It lies between the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west.[1] Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre (34,400 ft) deep Kuril-Kamchatka Trench.

[Although the peninsula of Kamchatka angles away from the US State of Alaska, if you sailed east from Kamchatka you would end up in Alaska. Take a look at your own globe and see.]

The Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands, and Karaginsky Island constitute the Kamchatka Krai of the Russian Federation. The majority of the 402,500 inhabitants are Russians, but there are also about 13,000 Koryaks. More than half of the population lives in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (198,028 people) and nearby Yelizovo (41,533).

The Kamchatka peninsula contains the Volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

List of volcanoes from north to southVolcanoes of the central range
Lettunup, 1340 m, 58°24′N 161°05′E / 58.40°N 161.08°E / 58.40; 161.08 (Iettunup)
Voyampolsky, 1225 m, 58°22′N 160°37′E / 58.37°N 160.62°E / 58.37; 160.62 (Voyampolsky)
Severny, 1936 m, 58°17′N 160°52′E / 58.28°N 160.87°E / 58.28; 160.87 (Severny)
Snegovoy, 2169 m, 58°12′N 160°58′E / 58.20°N 160.97°E / 58.20; 160.97 (Snegovoy)
Ostry, 2552 m, 58°11′N 160°49′E / 58.18°N 160.82°E / 58.18; 160.82 (Ostry)
Spokoyny (volcano), 2171 m, 58°08′N 160°49′E / 58.13°N 160.82°E / 58.13; 160.82 (Spokoiny)
Iktunup, 2300 m, 58°05′N 160°46′E / 58.08°N 160.77°E / 58.08; 160.77 (Iktunup)
Snezhny, 2169 m, 58°01′N 160°45′E / 58.02°N 160.75°E / 58.02; 160.75 (Snezhniy)
Atlasova or Nylgimelkin, 1764 m, 57°58′N 160°39′E / 57.97°N 160.65°E / 57.97; 160.65 (Atlasova)
Bely, 2080 m, 57°53′N 160°32′E / 57.88°N 160.53°E / 57.88; 160.53 (Bely)
Alngey, 1853 m, 57°42′N 160°24′E / 57.70°N 160.40°E / 57.70; 160.40 (Alngey)
Uka, 1643 m, 57°42′N 160°35′E / 57.70°N 160.58°E / 57.70; 160.58 (Uka)
Yelovsky, 1381 m, 57°32′N 160°32′E / 57.53°N 160.53°E / 57.53; 160.53 (Yelovsky)
Shishel, 2525 m, 57°27′N 160°22′E / 57.45°N 160.37°E / 57.45; 160.37 (Shishel)
Mezhdusopochny, 1641 m, 57°28′N 160°15′E / 57.47°N 160.25°E / 57.47; 160.25 (Mezhdusopochny)
Titila, 1559 m, 57°24′N 160°06′E / 57.40°N 160.10°E / 57.40; 160.10 (Titila)
Gorny Institute, 2125 m, 57°20′N 160°12′E / 57.33°N 160.20°E / 57.33; 160.20 (Gorny Institute)
Tuzovsky, 1533 m
Leutongey, 1333 m,
Sedankinsky, 1241 m
Fedotych, 965 m,
Kebeney, 1527 m,
Kizimen, 2376 m,

Kluchevskaya group
Klyuchevskaya Sopka

Avachinskaya group

Kamchatka receives up to 2,700 mm (110 in) of precipitation per year. The summers are moderately cool, and the winters tend to be rather stormy with rare amounts of lightning Kizimen, Karymsky volcanoes spew ash in Russia
MOSCOW, June 17 (UPI) -- The Kizimen and Karymsky volcanoes on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula spewed ash and gas, accompanied by earth tremors, a Russian science agency said Friday.

A spokesman for the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences said as many as 400 tremors have been registered, ITAR-Tass reported Friday.

The "orange" aviation alert code was activated, warning of the danger volcanic dust and emitted gases can pose to aircraft, officials said.

Rising to an altitude of 7,795 feet, the Kizimen volcano is about 265 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Geologists estimate the volcano formed about 12,000 years ago.

One of 29 active volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula, Kizimen was violent in 1928 and 1929. It began to exhibit activity again in 2009.

The 4,875-foot Karymsky is the most active volcano of Kamchatka's eastern volcanic zone and a symmetrical stratovolcano, the academy spokesman said. Its activity increased dramatically in 1996 and still erupts periodically.

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