Avachinsky, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

Avachinsky is an active stratovolcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia. It lies within sight of the capital of Kamchatka Krai, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Together with neighboring Koryaksky volcano, it has been designated a Decade Volcano, worthy of particular study in light of its history of explosive eruptions and proximity to populated areas.
Avachinsky's last eruption occurred in 2008. This eruption was tiny compared to the volcano's major Volcanic Explosivity Index 4 eruption in 1945.
Avachinsky lies on the Pacific Ring of Fire, at a point where the Pacific Plate is sliding underneath the Eurasian Plate at a rate of about 80 mm/year. A wedge of mantle material lying between the subducting Pacific Plate and the overlying Eurasian Plate is the source of dynamic volcanism over the whole Kamchatka Peninsula.
The volcano is one of the most active volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula, and began erupting in the middle to late Pleistocene era. It has a horseshoe-shaped caldera, which formed 30-40,000 years ago in a major landslide which covered an area of 500 km² south of the volcano, underlying the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Reconstruction of a new cone inside the caldera occurred in two major eruption phases, 18,000 and 7,000 years ago.
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  • Walk, it's free. from the central market go a sea of buses. there is no point in paying taxi drivers. local people are happy to tell you how best to move around the peninsula
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  • to see all the beauty of the sea, you need to make a longer journey to the Russian Bay to see more animals and birds of the area
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  • If you are planning a sea tour, it is worth being mentally prepared for delays, both when sailing and when you arrive. The ball in the bay of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is ruled by the navy and his priorities. As long as the bay crosses the submarine, both the entrance and exit from it are prohibited. We had to wait twice over an hour. However, the expectation near the Three Brothers can be brightened up by fishing. The flounder cool is not bad. In the bay the excitement is quite tolerable, but after leaving it without any storm can be solid waves. If you have a problem with seasickness, think twice.
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  • Scenic and intense rise to volcano -way up 6-8 hours, down 2-3. Try to choose good weather -without rain and less clouds to see more and not stay wet.
  • Very nice place and volcano.
  • I thought I'd give up on a cone, but my husband did. Unforgettable ascent, lucky with the weather!
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  • Beautiful volcano. Fly over it by helicopter-it's a buzz
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  • Smokes, smells, crater sealed with a cork. At the end of July 2018 was a lot of snow. When raised, was the Sun, but clouds skidded at the top. Worth a visit to try their luck.
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