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Shiveluch from space, July 2007.
Highest point
Elevation3,307 m (10,850 ft)[1]
Prominence3,168 m (10,394 ft)[1]
Ranked 73rd
Isolation80 km (50 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates56°39′12″N 161°21′42″E / 56.65333°N 161.36167°E / 56.65333; 161.36167Coordinates: 56°39′12″N 161°21′42″E / 56.65333°N 161.36167°E / 56.65333; 161.36167[1]
Shiveluch is located in Far Eastern Federal District
Location in Russian Far East
LocationKamchatka, Russia
Parent rangeEastern Range
Mountain typeStratovolcano (active)
Last eruption1999 to 2022 (ongoing, non-stop)[2]
Easiest routebasic rock/snow climb

Shiveluch (Russian: Шивелуч) is the northernmost active volcano in Kamchatka Krai, Russia. It and Karymsky are Kamchatka's largest, most active and most continuously erupting volcanoes.


Shiveluch began forming about 60,000 to 70,000 years ago, and it has had at least 60 large eruptions during the Holocene.[3] During this era, the most intense period of volcanism — including frequent large and moderate eruptions — occurred around 6500–6400 BC, 2250–2000 BC, and AD 50–650. This coincides with the peak of activity in other Kamchatka volcanoes. The current active period started around 900 BC. Since then, the large and moderate eruptions have been following each other at 50 to 400 year-long intervals.[4] Catastrophic eruptions took place in 1854 and 1957, when a large part of the lava dome collapsed and created a devastating debris avalanche.[5]

The most recent eruption of Young Shiveluch started on August 15, 1999, and continues as of 2021.[3] On February 27, 2015 Shiveluch erupted shooting ash into the atmosphere about 30,000 feet crossing the Bering Sea and into Alaska.[6]


Terrain map of central Kamchatka Peninsula showing location of Shiveluch.

Shiveluch belongs to the Kliuchevskaya volcano group.[5] There are three elements of the volcano: the stratovolcano Old Shiveluch (Старый Шивелуч); an ancient caldera; and the active Young Shiveluch (Молодой Шивелуч), with an elevation of about 2,800 metres (9,186 ft).[7] Shiveluch is one of Kamchatka's largest and most active volcanic structures.[3] It is a stratovolcano composed of alternating layers of solidified ash, hardened lava and volcanic rocks.[8]

The nearest settlement from the volcano is Klyuchi, situated 50 km from the mountain.[9] The settlement is small enough to evacuate rapidly in case of a major eruption.[5]



  1. ^ a b c "Russia: Kamchatka and the Russian Pacific Islands". Retrieved 2014-09-01.
  2. ^ "Shiveluch volcano". 19 Feb 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Sheveluch". Global Volcanism Program. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 2021-06-25.
  4. ^ "Holocene Eruptive History of Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia". Geophysical monograph. 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-09-14. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  5. ^ a b c "Kamchatka volcano Shiveluch emitted a 7-km column of ash". 2009-04-27. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  6. ^ "Alaska flights canceled over ash from Russian volcano". Retrieved 1 March 2015.
  7. ^ Holocene Volcanoes in Kamchatka / Shiveluch
  8. ^ "Shiveluch Volcano". NASA. 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2009-09-20.
  9. ^ "Klyuchi: Russia". Retrieved 2011-04-03.

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