Name: Karpinsky
GVP Number: 290350
Synonims: Karpinskii, Karpinsky Group
Region: Kuril Islands
Volcanic Area: Northern Kuriles
Coordinates: 50°8'54" N 155°22'24" E
Absolute Elevation: 1326 m
Status: Active
Aviation Color Code: GREEN
Location: Volcano is located on the Paramushir Island, 80 km to the south-west from Severo-Kurilsk, in the southern part of Karpinsky ridge
Type: Cones
Composition: two-pyroxene andesites
Last known eruption: 1952/11/5
The central part of the massif of the Karpinsky volcano is formed by three Late Pleistocene-Holocene volcanoes located along the edges of a large caldera-shaped depression of glacial origin (this depression was previously considered the Karpinsky volcanic caldera). Two young cones are located into the depression, one of them on the eastern slope of the Karpinsky ridge. In the summit crater of this cone is an internal cone of a horseshoe-shaped and fumaroles. A long lava flow stretches from the volcano, overlooking the coastal plain near the Sea of ​​Okhotsk. The second young cone is located on the watershed ridge of the Karpinsky ridge, from it southeast and west flows of andesite-basaltic lava flows. The third young volcanic center - a large explosive crater on the eastern side of the depression at 1100-1200 m - is characterized by intensively acting solfatars and hot springs.

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Potencial Hazard
Ash clouds, ash falls, pyroclastic flows, hot avalanches and lahars are a potential hazard associated with explosive eruptions of this volcano. The volcano poses a potential hazard to international and local airlines passing in the Kuriles region, since the height of its ash emissions can reach 10 km above sea level, ash plumes and clouds can drift hundreds of kilometers from the volcano in different directions. In addition, the outflow of lava flows onto the slopes of the volcano and the surrounding area is possibly.
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