Avachinsky Bay, 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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  • A unique place, I took a long walk on a narrow strip of beach, peaceful clear water, a gallery of natural stones of all kinds, drifting sea lions Eumetopias jubatus, coastal dogs that can climb up wit...  more »
  • Surprisingly nice day trip. You'll see lots of sea animals. Kamchatka is famous within locals for seafood and you'll have the chance to try some of the most famous like big crab  more »
  • Spent 6 hours out in the bay, and out intomthe Pacific, fantastic views of the volcanoes, cliffs, puffins, seals in the harbour. Great crew, those that wanted were given rods and lines and quite a few...  more »