Active volcanoes / Aktive vulkaner:
Kizimen, Kamchatka  

Photo from The Holocene Kamchatka Volcanoes Site

(Photo: AVO, Alaska)

Kizimen volcano is a Holocene edifice situated in Shchapina graben, on the southeastern
edge of the Central Kamchatka Depression. Its position is 55°08.0’ N, 160°19.3’ E,
summit elevation 2375 m asl. The volcano is cut by NE-strking faults and deep gullies,
which expose the whole suite of its rocks. The only historic eruption of thevolcano
("fire flames and black smoke") was reported by local hunters in 1928, however, it should
have been a weak one since no deposits of this age are seen at the foot of the volcano
from The Holocene Kamchatka Volcanoes Site

Kizimen Web camera
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Thursday, January 12th, 2012
KVERT reported moderate seismic activity at Kizimen during 30 December-6 January and a large thermal anomaly
that was detected daily in satellite images. Video and satellite observations indicated both continued effusion of a large
lava flow on the E flank and hot avalanches. Video data also showed strong gas-and-steam activity. The Aviation Color
Code remained at Orange.

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
Video observations showed a gas-and-steam plume that rose about 3.5-4 km a.s.l. on 27 December.
A large lava flow on the NE and E flanks continued to effuse. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Based on analyses of satellite imagery and information from KVERT, the Tokyo VAAC reported that on 24 December
an ash plume rose to an altitude of 5.2 km (17,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW.

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Not much change since yesterday.....
but look at the fantastic pictures from KVERT - Eruptions in 2011. Click here.

Following aircraft warning was issued by Kvert to day, Friday.
Effusive eruption of the volcano continues. Strong ash explosions up to 32,800 ft (10 km) ASL are possible.
Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft.

Moderate seismic activity of the volcano was registering all week. Video data and satellite imagery showed that the
lava flow continues to effusing on the eastern volcanic flank. A big thermal anomaly was registering over the volcano
all week. A gas-steam plume extended about 40.3 mi (65 km) to the south of the volcano was noted at satellite images
on December 20.

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

4 hours ago, (now 20:30 UTC) I spotted this on our web-cam page
Not sure what it was, but looked like glowing lava coming down from the summit.

4 hours later daybreak coming to Kizimen, and now you can see clearly what is going on.
So far no other news available.

6 minutes later

Looks like it is not so very serious, but still exciting experience to follow.

following info received from KVERT :
VONA/KVERT-Project: Kizimen (1000-23) 20111214/0200Z

Issued: 20111214/0200Z
Volcano: Kizimen (1000-23)
Aviation Color Code: Orange
Source: KVERT

Height of ash plume (feet/km) ASL and how determined: 0 ft/ km - unknown
Distance of ash plume from the volcano (mi/km): 93.23 mi/150 km
Direction of ash plume or ash cloud drift from the volcano: South-East
Start time of explosion and how determined: /Z - unknown
Time and method of observation: 20111214/0200Z - NOAA 18 (4m5)
Duration of eruption (or indicate eruption is continuing): eruption is continuing

Ash plume and diffused cloud produced by pyroclastic flows

Now am going to bed - if anything else happen - will be happy to receive any snapshots to morrow morning
by e-mail to

14 December 2011
The Kizimen volcano has been spewing ash to a height of up 7.5 kilometres above sea level.
Debris avalanches are running down its slopes,
According to the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences, several
powerful explosion-like eruptions were registered during the day on Wednesday. The volcano has developed a
thermal anomaly of air temperatures of plus 32.4 degrees Centigrade in the vicinity of the giant mount against the
background temperatures of minus 26 degrees. A stream of lava coming down the northeast slope of the giant mount
could be seen during the night.

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Based on information from the Yelizovo Airport (UHPP), the Tokyo VAAC reported that on 17 November
an ash plume from Kizimen rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE.
A single explosive eruption, during 1927-28, has been recorded in historical time.

Tuesday, March 2nd. 2004
The growth of seismic activity of the Kizimen volcano was registered in Kamchatka,
the Kamchatka experimental-methodical seismological party reported.

On Monday in the vicinity of the volcano, which remained inactive for many years, four earthquakes of
magnitude 1.75-3.75 points were registered. Dense clouds and heavy
snowfalls obstruct the video observation of the volcano activity.

According to specialists, the lack of information does not allow to speak about the
new eruption of the volcano. The last famous eruption of the volcano was registered in 1929.

The Kizimen volcano (it's height 2,485 (?) meters) is situated in the north of the Kronotsky preserve near the
popular for tourists Schapinsky thermal springs.
Russian Information Agency Novosti

Kizimen volcano is situated on the margin of the Shchapina graben,
on the southeastern edge of the Central Kamchatka Depression.
(Photo: AVO, Alaska)

 Latest news allway on top. Below more about past history..

Kizimen volcano, Kamchatka –– A future Mount St. Helens?

Ivan V. Melekestsev, Vera V. Ponomareva and Oleg N. Volynets
Institute of Volcanic Geology and Geochemistry,
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, 683006, Russia

We studied the tectonic setting, morphology, geologic structure, history of eruptive
activity and evolution of the composition of the erupted material of Kizimen volcano,
Kamchatka, from the moment of its origination 11–12 thousand years ago to the
present time. Four cycles, each 2–3.5 thousand years long, were distinguished that
characterize the activity of the volcano. All of the largest eruptions were dated,
and their parameters determined. We also estimated the volume and the mass of the
erupted products, the volcanic intensity of eruption of material during periods of high
activity, and the amount of material the volcano ejected at different stages of its
formation.It has been shown that the evolution of the composition of the rocks erupted
(from dacite to basaltic andesite) takes place as a result of mixing of dacitic and basaltic
magma. It is suggested that future eruptions that may take place at Kizimen may be
similar to those at Bandai (1888) and Mount St. Helens (1980) volcanoes.

Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research
Volume 65, Issues 3-4 , May 1995, Pages 205-226

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