Tao-Rusyr Caldera

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Tao-Rusyr Caldera
Onekotan Island, with Nemo Peak at top (north) and Tao-Rusyr Caldera at bottom.
Highest point
Elevation1,325 m (4,347 ft)
Coordinates49°21′N 154°42′E / 49.35°N 154.70°E / 49.35; 154.70
Tao-Rusyr Caldera is located in Russia
Tao-Rusyr Caldera
Tao-Rusyr Caldera
Mountain typeStratovolcano / Caldera
Last eruptionNovember 1952

Tao-Rusyr Caldera (Russian: Тао-Русыр) is a stratovolcano located at the southern end of Onekotan Island, Kuril Islands, Russia. It has 7.5 km wide caldera formed during a catastrophic eruption less than 10,000 years ago (reported ages range from 5,550 to 9,400 Before Present). The waters of Kol'tsevoe Lake fill the caldera, along with a large symmetrical andesitic cone, Krenitsyn Peak, that rises as an island within the lake. This volcano was named after Captain Pyotr Krenitsyn of the Imperial Russian Navy.

The most recent eruption, in 1952, formed a small lava dome on the island's coast. Krenitsyn Peak has a summit crater 350 m wide and is the highest point of the volcano and on the entire Onekotan Island. Another caldera, Nemo Peak, lies at the northern end of the island, and it also contains a central cone and crater lake.

The caldera forming eruption yielded about 50–60 cubic kilometres (12–14 cu mi) of material and destroyed the upper parts of the pre-existing volcano.[1] The event has been potentially identified in the GISP2 ice core.[2]

The caldera forming eruption wiped out vegetation on southern Onekotan, and it took a long time for it to recover.[3] Only one historical eruption occurred at Tao-Rusyr, just after the 1952 Severo-Kurilsk earthquake.[4]

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  2. ^ Fiedel, Stuart J.; Southon, John R.; Brown, Thomas A.; Zielinski, G. A.; Mayewski, P. A.; Meeker, L. D.; Whitlow, S.; Twickler, M. S.; Morrison, M.; Meese, D. A.; Gow, A. J.; Alley, R. B. (1995). "The GISP Ice Core Record of Volcanism Since 7000 B.C.". Science. 267 (5195): 256–258. doi:10.1126/science.267.5195.256. JSTOR 2885907. PMID 17791349.
  3. ^ Razjigaeva, Nadezhda G.; Ganzey, Larisa A.; Arslanov, Khikmat A.; Grebennikova, Tatyana A.; Belyanina, Nina I.; Mokhova, Ludmila M. (15 May 2011). "Paleoenvironments of Kuril Islands in Late Pleistocene–Holocene: Climatic changes and volcanic eruption effects". Quaternary International. 237 (1): 4–14. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2011.01.008.
  4. ^ Walter, Thomas R.; Amelung, Falk (1 June 2007). "Volcanic eruptions following M ≥ 9 megathrust earthquakes: Implications for the Sumatra-Andaman volcanoes". Geology. 35 (6): 539–542. doi:10.1130/G23429A.1. ISSN 0091-7613.

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