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Sarychev Peak

Sarychev Peak
Sarychev Peak on Matua Island, looking south from Raikoke.
Elevation 1,496 m (4,908 ft)
Prominence 1,496 m (4,908 ft)
Sarychev Peak is located in Far Eastern Federal District
Sarychev Peak
Sarychev Peak in Russian Far East
Location Matua, Kuril Islands, Russia
Type Stratovolcano
Last eruption June to July 2009

Sarychev Peak (Russian: вулкан Сарычева, Vulkan Sarycheva, variants: Japanese: 芙蓉山 Fuyō Mountain, [1] Fuyō-san, [2] Fuyō-yama, [3] Fuyo-zan, [4] Huyō San, Japanese: 松輪富士 Matsuwa-fuji), [5] is a stratovolcano covering almost the entirety of Matua Island in the Kuril Islands, Russia. It is a young, highly symmetrical stratovolcanic cone.


  • History 1
  • 2009 eruption 2
  • Gallery 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


The peak was named after admiral Gavril Sarychev of the Imperial Russian Navy.

2009 eruption

On 12 June 2009, the volcano erupted,[6] sending out ash plumes.[7] As the volcano is near some of the main air routes between East Asia and North America, there was some disruption to air traffic.[8]

Eruption video as seen from the International Space Station, June 12, 2009

During the eruption, the International Space Station passed overhead and astronauts were able to photograph the event.[9] A hole in the overhead clouds, possibly caused by the shock wave from the explosion, allowed a clear view of the plume and pyroclastic flow down the sides of the mountain. A cap-like pileus cloud is visible atop the rising column.[10]

Sarychev Peak previously erupted in 1760, 1805, 1879, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1930, 1932, 1946, 1954, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1986 and 1989.[11]


See also


  1. ^ "Fuyō Mountain: Russia, in". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Fuyō-san: Russia, in". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Fuyō-yama: Russia, in". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  4. ^ "Fuyō-zan: Russia in". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  5. ^ "Huyō San: Russia in". Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  6. ^ "The Volcanism Blog – More on the eruption of Sarychev Peak". 
  7. ^ "Activity at Sarychev Peak".  
  8. ^  
  9. ^ "Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station".  
  10. ^ "Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands". NASA Earth Observatory. June 22, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Global Volcanism Program on Sarychev Peak eruptions". 

External links

  • Global Volcanism Program

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