Extinct Russian volcano awakens – Could unleash huge eruption

Experts warn that it could produce a Pompeii-size eruption leading to cooling and famine.(Huge volcanic eruptions have also occurred at or near the onset of previous little ice ages.)

The Bolshaya Udina volcano on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula stands at around 10,000 feet. Until 2017 it was considered extinct, meaning it has not erupted in a long time and is unlikely to ever erupt again.

However, scientists recently noticed continuing seismic activity beneath the mountain, potentially suggesting its “awakening,” scientists wrote in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

As a result, an international team of researchers monitored the volcanic complex over May and June of last year. During that time, they recorded hundreds of seismic events in two different clusters, in Udina and the Tolud zone.

Udina (left) is part of a volcano complex on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. Credit: NASA EARTH OBSERVATORY

In an interview with Science in Siberia, Ivan Kulakov, lead author of the paper, said an eruption at Udina could be catastrophic, likening the scale to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

“When a volcano is silent for a long time, its first explosion can be catastrophic,” Kulakov explained. “A large amount of ash is thrown into the air, it is carried far away, and not only the surrounding settlements, but also large territories all over the planet can suffer. Recall Pompeii: the awakening of Vesuvius was preceded by a lull for several thousand years. And the eruption in Peru in 1600 led to a cooling in Europe and famine in Russia.”


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8 thoughts on “Extinct Russian volcano awakens – Could unleash huge eruption”

  1. Solar minimums are associated with volcanic eruptions so the next few years will be interesting.

  2. i think others in kamchatka are likelier to blow first, but its always possible to be surprised by ma nature doing her thing.

  3. On Kamchatka, the Kambalny strato-volcano eruption of AD 1350 coincided perfectly with the projected end of Earth’s latest Holocene Interglacial Epoch lasting the post-Pliocene median 12,250 years from 14, 400 YBP, skewed 1,500 years by the cometary/meteoritic “Younger Dryas” cold shock from 11,950 – 10,450 YBP (BC 9950 – 8450).

    Adjusting for the Roman calendar, the rudimentary arithmetic calculation is 12,250 + 3,500 – 14,400 = AD 1350.

    Though Chile’s Huaynaputina eruption in AD 1600 certainly aggravated Kambalny’s subsequent 500-year Little Ice Age (LIA), that period’s absolute low occurred 1645 – 1715, coincident with a 70-year “dead sun” Grand Solar (Sunspot) Minimum similar to that shaping up for c. AD 2030 – 2100.

    Anyone who thinks “global warming” is a problem, nevermind a threat, through the next 102 kiloyears is due for rude awakening.

  4. I’m sorry but high latitude volcanoes DO NOT have much effect on weather. For instance the Icelandic one that blew off a few years ago causing all that travel disruption? Didn’t really register in the Earth’s subsequent weather. But Pinatubo, back in ’91 definitely registered in the Earth’s climate data. That is until NASA decided to “revise” it’s temp record ( BTW, that’s how I realised that the temp record was being manipulated)

  5. Robert, check out this post on ZeroHedge – about increasing likelihood of earthquakes in southern California:

    Seismologist Warns “People Ought To Be Concerned” About SoCal Quake Swarm

  6. Yep. I saw from Google earth that there is indeed “creater” lakes, pimples, chummy stacks, and diamonds in Russia. all of which I thought to be still sleeping in this time and age, but very much awake and rapidly saying good morning. The most beautiful thing I saw was the lava vains that are as big as a bool vessel of a women 10 months with child.

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