Avachinsky, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky

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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.Geological historyAvachinsky 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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  • August 17, 2017
    Interesting to see it and departure point for cruises on the Bay much more interesting to see seals, sea lions, puffins and abundant fishing
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  • August 17, 2017
    A cozy half day boat trip to the bay. V easy to catch fish. Fresh fish sashimi and crab served.  more »
  • August 15, 2017
    Spectacular views both from the heights of the Bay and navigation to the ocean. By boat, from the middle of the Bay, you can see the magnitude of the volcanoes close to the capital. Highly recommended to make a 1 night cruise to make coast to the South where is the marine fauna amazing.
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  • July 18, 2017
    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.
  • August 22, 2017
    Very nice place and volcano.
  • August 29, 2017
    This is one of the places of worship in Kamchatka, which is worth a visit, if you have the power! Very nice view on the trail during the climb. The height of the volcano, 2741. The tricky part begins after the mark of 2000 meters-dot "Gendarmes". There's autumn an interesting and beautiful rocks. And from there the trail went like a cone of the volcano.
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  • August 13, 2017
    View of the koryaksky volcano from the top of avachinsky volcano
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