Karymsky Volcano and Lake, South East Kamchatka, Russia

Location: 54.1N, 159.4E
Elevation: 4,874 feet (1,486 m)
Source: The 1994-1995 Kamchatka Calendar

Karymsky is a stratovolcano that is located in the center of a 5 km caldera. The rim of this caldera rises up to 50-150m above its floor and on its northern side forms the scarp of the extinct volcano Dvor. Karymsky's main crater is 200 m in diameter and greater than 30m in depth. Karymsky's latest activity occurred from 1970 to 1973 and then again in 1976. Evidence of its activity is represented by a fresh lava stream that fills the bottom of the northern half of its caldera and smaller lava streams located on Karymsky's northern and southeastern slopes. Two other volcanoes in the local area are: Bolshoi Semiachik and Maly Semiachik.

Karymsky has erupted 29 times since its first historic eruption in 1771. Most of the eruptions are moderate in size (VEI=2). Recent eruptions in 1960-1964, 1965-1967, and 1970-1982 were moderately large (VEI=3) in size. Photograph by Jack Lockwood, U.S. Geological Survey.

Photograph of the summit of Karymsky by Jack Lockwood, U.S. Geological Survey.

Bomb on the north flank of Karymsky. Photograph by Jack Lockwood, U.S. Geological Survey.

The Kamchatka Independent Ecological Group


Source of Information:

Gushchenko, I.I. 1979 Izverzheniya Vulkanov Mira - Katalog (Eruptions of Volcanoes of the World - Catalog), Nauka, Moscow p.25.

Simkin, T., and Siebert, L., 1994, Volcanoes of the World: Geoscience Press, Tucson, Arizona, 349 p.

Vlodavetz V.I., Piip B.I. 1959 Kamchatka and Continental Areas of Asia. Catalog of Active Volcanoes of the World, Rome: IAVCEI, 8: 38-39.


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