Holocene Kamchatka volcanoes
Institute of Volcanology and Seismology
Kamchatka, Russia

Literature on Kamchatka volcanoes
with a focus on their eruptive histories during the Holocene time

(this is only a start list and it will be added to continuously...)


Alidibirov MA, Belousov AB, Kravchenko NM (1990) The directed blast phase of the eruption of Bezymianny volcano in 1985. Volcanology and Seismology 9: 798-811

Alidibirov MA, Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Kirsanov IT, Firstov PP, Girina OA, Belousov AB, Zhdanova EYu, Malyshev AI (1990) Volcanology and Seismology 10: 839-863

Avdeiko GP, Popruzhenko SV, Palueva AA. (2002) The tectonic evolution and volcano-tectonic zonation  of the Kuril-Kamchatka island-arc system. Geotectonics  36 (4), 312-327

Avdeiko GP, Popruzhenko SV, Palueva AA ( 2001) "Modern structure of the Kurile-Kamchatka region and  magma-forming conditions". In: Geodynamics and volcanism of the Kurile-Kamchatka island arc system. IVGG FEB RAS, 9-33 (in Russian).

Bazanova LI, Puzankov MYu,  Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1998) The active Koriaksky volcano (Kamchatka, Russia): new data on the dynamics of activity in Holocene. Abstracts of the International Workshop on Kamchatka-Aleutian subduction processes, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, July 1-9, p.20

Bazanova LI, Pevzner MM (2001) Khangar: One more active volcano in Kamchatka. Transactions (Doklady) of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Earth Sciences, Volume 377A, March-April, p. 307-310

Belousov AB and Bogoyavlenskaya GE (1988) Debris avalanche of the 1956 Bezymianny eruption. Proc.Kagoshima Int Conf on Volcanoes: 460-462

Belousov AB (1995) The Shiveluch volcanic eruption of 12 November 1964-explosive eruption provoked by failure of the edifice. J Volcanol Geotherm Res 66: 357-365

Belousov AB (1996) Pyroclastic deposits of March 30, 1956 directed blast at Bezymianny volcano. Bull Volcanol 57: 649-662

Belousov AB, Belousova MG (1998) Bezymiannyi eruption on March 30, 1956  (Kamchatka): sequence of events and debris-avalanche deposits. Volcanology and Seismology 20: 29-49

Belousov AB, Belousova MG, Voight B (1999) Multiple edifice failures, debris avalanches and associated eruptions in the Holocene history of Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 61: 324-342

Belousov AB, Firstov PP, Zhdanova EYu (1999) Eruptions at Bezymyannyi in 1993-1995. Volcanology and Seismology 20: 321-333

Belousov AB, Voight B, Belousova MG, Petukhin A (2002) Pyroclastic surges and flows from the 8-10 May 1997 explosive eruption of Bezymianny volcano, Kamchatka, Russia. Bull Volcanol 64: 455-471

Bindeman IN, Bailey JC (1994) A model of reverse differentiation at Dikii Greben' volcano, Kamchatka: progressive basic magma vesiculation in a silicic magma chamber. Contrib Mineral Petrol 117: 263-278

Bindeman IN, Ponomareva VV, Bailey JC, and Valley JW (2004) Kamchatka Peninsula: a province with high-d18O magma sources and large 18O/16O depletion of the upper crust. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 68/4: 841865

Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Kirsanov IT (1981) Twenty five years of volcanic activity of Bezymianny. Volcanology and Seismology 2: 3-13 [In Russian]

Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, Kirianov VYu, C Dan Miller (1985) Catastrophic eruptions of the directed blast type at Mount St.Helens, Bezymyanny and Shiveluch volcanoes. J Geodynamics 3: 189-218

Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Kirsanov IT,  Firstov PP, Girina OA (1986) Bezymianny (Kamchatka). 1984-1985 eruptions and related pyroclastic deposits. SEAN Bulletin. No 4. P. 15-20

Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, Maximov AP, Ivanov BV (1991) Bezymianny volcano. In: Fedotov SA, Masurenkov YuP (eds) Active volcanoes of Kamchatka. V. 1. Nauka, Moscow, pp 166-197

Braitseva OA, Florenskii IV, Ponomareva VV, Litasova SN (1989) The history of the activity of Kikhpinych volcano in the Holocene. Volcanology and Seismology  7:  845-872

Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Maksimov AP (1991) Bezymiannyi: eruptive histiry and dynamics. Volcanology and Seismology 12: 165-195

Braitseva OA, Sulerzhitsky LD, Litasova SN, Melekestsev IV, Ponomareva VV (1993) Radiocarbon dating and tephrochronology in Kamchatka. Radiocarbon 35/3: 463-476

Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1995) The ages of calderas, large explosive craters and active volcanoes in the Kuril-Kamchatka region, Russia. Bull Volcanol 57 (6): 383-402

Braitseva, O.A., Melekestsev, I.V., Ponomareva, V.V., and Kirianov, V.Yu. 1996. The caldera-forming eruption of Ksudach volcano about cal. AD 240, the greatest explosive event of our era in Kamchatka. Journ Volcanol Geotherm Research 70/1-2, 49-66

Braitseva OA, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD, Melekestsev IV, Bailey J (1997a) Holocene key-marker tephra layers in Kamchatka, Russia. Quaternary Research 47/2: 125-139

Braitseva OA, Sulerzhitsky LD, Ponomareva VV, Melekestsev IV (1997b) Geochronology of the greatest Holocene explosive eruptions in Kamchatka and their imprint on the Greenland glacier shield. Transactions (Doklady) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Earth science sections. 352/1: 138-140

Braitseva OA, Bazanova LI, Melekestsev IV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1998) Largest Holocene eruptions of Avachinsky volcano, Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology 20: 1-27

Braitseva OA, Pevzner MM (2001) Novo-Bakening volcano of Kamchatka: Its age and tephra stratigraphy. Volcanol Seismol 22 (6): 581-594

Bursik MI, Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA (1993) Most recent fall deposits of Ksudach volcano, Kamchatka, Russia. Geophysical Research Letters, 20/17: 1815-1818

Churikova T., Dorendorf F., Woerner G. (2001) Sources and fluids in the mantle Wedge below Kamchatka, Evidence from across-arc geochemical variation. Journal of Petrology, 42/8: 1567-1593

Churikova T, Ivanov B, Eichelberger J, Trusov S, Gardner J, Belousov A, Browne B, Izbekov P, Wörner G. (2001) Kizimen Volcano: An Unzen-like Magma System in Kamchatka.  Eos Trans. AGU 82 (47), Fall Meet.Suppl., Abstract V42D-1062.

Davies J.H. (2002) Breaking plates. Nature 418, 15 August, 736-737

Dirksen OV, Melekestsev IV (1999) Chronology, evolution and morphology of plateau basalt eruptive centers in Avacha River area, Kamchatka, Russia. Volcanol Seismol 21 (1): 1-28

Dirksen OV, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD. (2002) Eruption from Chasha Crater - a unique large silicic eruption at a monogenetic basaltic lava field. Volcanology and Seismology 5: 3-10 (In Russian). 

Dorendorf F, Churikova T, Koloskov A, Wörner G. (2000) Late Pleistocene to Holocene activity at Bakening volcano and surrounding monogenetic centers (Kamchatka): volcanic geology and geochemical evolution. Journ Volcanol Geotherm Res 104: 131-151

Dvigalo VN (1984) Growth of the dome in the crater of Shiveluch volcano in 1980-1981 according to photogrammetric data. Volcanol Seismol, 2: 104-109 [in Russian]

Fedotov SA, Masurenkov YuP (eds) (1991) Active volcanoes of Kamchatka. Nauka, Moscow. Vol.1, 302 p. Vol.2, 415 p.

Fedotov SA, Dvigalo VN, Zharinov NA et al. (2001) Eruption of Shiveluch volcano in May-July 2001. Volcanol Seismol 6: 3-15 [In Russian]


Firstov PP, Gavrilov VA, Zhdanova EYu, Kiriyanov VYu (1995) New extrusive eruption of Shiveluch in April 1993. Volcanol Seismol 16: 371-386


Firstov PP (1996) Reconstruction of the time history for the catastrophic Shiveluch eruption of November 12, 1964 based on data relating to wave disturbances in the atmosphere and volcanic tremor. Volcanol Seismol  18: 415-432

Florensky IV, Trifonov VG. 1985. Active tectonics and volcanism of the Eastern volcanic belt in Kamchatka. Geotectonics. No.4: 78-87 (in Russian).

Geist EL, Scholl DW (1994) Large-scale deformation related to the collision of the Aleutian Arc with Kamchatka. Tectonics 13: 538-560

Girina OA (1991) Pyroclastic deposits of the Bezymyannyi eruption in October 1984. Volcanology and Seismology 13/3: 407-417

Girina OA, Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Demyanchuk YuV (1993) Bezymyannyi eruption of August 2, 1989. Volcanology and Seismology 15/2: 135-144

Girina OA (1993) Pyroclastic deposits of the 1984-1989 eruptions of Bezymyannyi volcano. Volcanology and Seismology 15/4:  479-490

Girina OA (1997) Pyroclastic surge deposits of Bezymianny volcano. Volcanology and Seismology 18/5: 547-560

Gorbatov A, Kostoglodov V, Suarez G, Gordeev EI (1997) Seismicity and structure of the Kamchatka subduction zone. J Geophys Res, B, 102(8): 17,883-17,898

Gordeev EI and Senyukov SL (1999) Renewal of seismic activity on Koryaksky volcano in 1994: Hybrid seismic events and their use for volcanic hazard assessment. Volcanology and Seismology 20: 507-524

Gorelchik VI, Garbuzova VT, Droznin DV, Levina VI, Firstov PP, Chubarova OS, Shirokov VA (1995) The Shiveluch volcano: deep structure and prediction of eruptions using detailed seismicity data, 1962-1994. Volcanol Seismol 17: 423-448

Gorshkov GS (1959) Gigantic eruption of the volcano Bezymianny. Bull Volcanol 20: 77-109

Gorshkov GS (1963) Directed volcanic blasts. Bull Volcanol 26: 83-88

Gorshkov GS, Bogoyavlenskaya GE (1965) Bezymianny volcano and peculiarities of its last eruption (1955-1963). Moscow, Nauka Publishers [In Russian]

Gorshkov GS and Dubik YuM (1970) Gigantic directed blast at Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka). Bull Volcanol 34: 261-288


Gusev AA, Ponomareva VV, Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, and Sulerzhitsky LD (2003) Great explosive eruptions on Kamchatka during the last 10,000 years: self-similar irregularity of the output of volcanic products. J Geophys Res 108/B2: 2126, doi:10.1029/2001JB000312



Hulten E (1924) Eruption of a Kamchatka volcano in 1907 and its atmospheric consequences. Geol. Foren. Forhandl. 46, 407-417


Khubunaya SA, Zharinov NA, Muravyev YaD, Ivanov VV, Boloyavlenskaya GE, Novgorodtseva TYu, Demyanchuk YuV, Budnikov VA, Fazlullin SM (1995) 1993 eruption of Shiveluch volcano. Volcanol Seismol 17: 1-20


Leonov VL, Grib EN, Kartasheva LA (1990) On the structure and age of Taunshits volcano. Voprosy Geographii Kamchatki 10: 156-166 (In Russian)


Macias JL, Sheridan MF (1995) Products of the 1907 eruption of Shtyubel Volcano, Ksudach Caldera, Kamchatka, Russia. GSA Bulletin, 107/8, 969-986

Maksimov AP, Firstov PP, Girina OA, Malyshev AI (1992) The June 1986 Eruption of Bezymianny. Volcanology and Seismology, No 1: 1-20

Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA, Ponomareva VV (1989) Prediction of volcanic hazards on the basis of the study of dynamics of volcanic activity, Kamchatka. In: Volcanic Hazards Assessment and Monitoring: IAVCEI Proceedings in volcanology I. Berlin - ...Tokyo. Springer-Verlag, pp. 10-35

Melekestsev, I.V., Braitseva, O.A.  and Ponomareva, V.V., 1990. Holocene activity dynamics of Mutnovskii and Gorelyi volcanoes and the volcanic risk for adjacent areas (as indicated by tephrochronology studies).  Volc. and Seism., 9/3: 337‑362.

Melekestsev IV, Felitsyn SB, Kirianov VYu (1991) Opala volcano eruption. A.D., 500 - the largest explosive eruption on Kamchatka in our era. Volcanology and Seismology 13: 21-36

Melekestsev IV, Ponomareva VV, Volynets ON (1995) Kizimen volcano, Kamchatka - a future Mount St.Helens? Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research 65: 205-226

Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1996) Holocene catastrophic caldera forming eruptions of Ksudach volcano, Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology, 17, 395-421


Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA, Bazanova LI, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1996) A particular type of catastrophic explosive eruptions with reference to the Holocene subcaldera eruptions at Khangar, Khodutka  Maar, and Baraniy Amfiteatr volcanoes in Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology, 18, 135-160


Melekestsev IV, Sulerzhitsky LD, Bazanova LI, Braitseva OA, Florenskaya NI (1996) Holocene catastrophic lahars at Avacha and Koryaksky volcanoes in Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology 17: 561-570

Melekestsev IV (1997) Koryakskiy volcano, Kamchatka: Eruption of 1895-1896 was a misinterpretation. Volcanology and Seismology 18: 135-

Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA, Ponomareva VV (1998) Taunshits volcano, Eastern Kamchatka: a newly recognized potentially active and hazardous center and its past catastrophic eruptions. Colima volcano Sixth International Meeting. University of Colima, January 26-30 1998

Melekestsev IV, Dirksen OV, Girina OA (1999) A giant landslide-explosion cirque and a debris avalanche at Bakening volcano, Kamchatka. Volcanol Seismol 20 (3): 265-280


Melekestsev IV, Braitseva OA, Ponomareva VV, Bazanova LI, Pevzner MM, and Sulerzhitsky LD (2003) Holocene geological catastrophes at Kamchatka and Kurile islands. Transactions (Doklady) of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Earth science sections 389/3: 342-345


Meniailov AA (1955) Shiveluch volcano - geological structure, composition of products and eruptions. Transactions of the Laboratory of Volcanology, USSR Academy of Sciences, No 9, 265 pp [in Russian]

Ozerov AYu, Demyanchuk YuV, Storcheus AV, Karpov GA (1996) Eruption of Bezymianny volcano, Kamchatka, on October 6-8, 1995. Volcanology and Seismology 18: 363-367

Ozerov A Yu, Ariskin AA, Kyle Ph, Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Karpenko SF (1997) Petrological-geochemical model for genetic relationships between basaltic and andesitic magmatism of Klyuchevskoi and Bezymyannyi volcanoes, Kamchatka. Petrology 5/6:  550 -569

Pevzner MM, Ponomareva VV, Melekestsev IV (1998) Chernyi Yar - reference section of the Holocene ash markers at the northeastern coast of Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology 19/4: 389-406

Pevzner MM, Melekestsev IV, Volynets ON, Melkii VA (2000) South Cherpuk and North Cherpuk - the largest Holocene monogenetic volcanoes on the Sredinnyi Range of Kamchatka. Volcanology and Seismology. Vol.21, pp.667-681

Pevzner MM, VV Ponomareva, LI Bazanova (2002) New data on the Kamchatka back-arc volcanism during the Holocene time. Abstracts of the 3rd Biennal Workshop on subduction processes, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 2002.

Piip BI (1948) A new eruptive state of Shiveluch volcano from the end of 1944 to May, 1945, and information on its geologic structure and past eruptions. Bulletin Volcanol Observatory in Kamchatka 14, 38-51 [in Russian]


Piip BI and Marhinin EK (1965) Gigantic eruption of Shiveluch volcano on November 12, 1964 (preliminary report). Bull Volcanol St 39: 3-28 [in Russian]

Ponomareva VV, Tsyurupa AA (1985) On the long silicic lava flows at the Krasheninnikov volcano. Volcanol Seismol 3:. 85-92

Ponomareva VV (1990) The history of Krasheninnikova volcano and the dynamics of its activity.  Volcanol Seismol  9: 714-741

Ponomareva VV, Braitseva OA (1991) Volcanic Hazards Assessment in the Area of lake Kronotskoye, Uzon caldera and Valley of Geysers. Volcanol Seismol12: 42-69

Ponomareva VV, Dirksen OV, Sulerzhitsky LD (1995) Eruptive history of Dikiy Greben volcano - the largest Holocene extrusive edifice in Kamchatka, Russia. Abstracts of the International Workshop on Volcanoes Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Mt.Showa-Shinzan, p.159

Ponomareva VV, Pevzner MM, Melekestsev IV (1998) Large debris avalanches and associated eruptions in the Holocene eruptive history of Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia. Bulletin of Volcanology, 59/7: 490-505

Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD, Dirksen OV, Zaretskaia NE. 2001.  Holocene paleosols as records of intervals of volcanic quiescence in the Kurile Lake region, South Kamchatka. In: E. Juvigné & J.P. Raynal (eds.) "TEPHRAS, chronology, archaeology". Les dossiers de l'Archéo-Logie n 1. CDERAD ed., pp. 91-100.

Ponomareva VV, Pevzner MM, Sulerzhitsky LD (2002) Explosive activity of Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka, during the last 10,000 years. Abstracts of the 3rd Biennial Workshop on Subduction processes, Fairbanks, Alaska, June 2002


Ponomareva VV, Kyle PR, Melekestsev IV, Rinkleff PG, Dirksen OV, Sulerzhitsky LD, Zaretskaia NE, and Rourke R (2004) The 7600 (14C) year BP Kurile Lake caldera-forming eruption, Kamchatka, Russia: stratigraphy and field relationships. J Volcanol Geotherm Res 136: 199222

Seleznev BV, Dvigalo VN, Gusev NA (1984) Evolution of Bezymiannyi volcano from stereoscopic plotting of aerial photographs of 1950, 1967, 1976-1981. Volcanology and Seismology 5: 53-66

Selyangin OB (1990) Geologic structure and evolution of the calderas of Ksudach volcano. Volcanology and Seismology, 9/5: 690-713

Selyangin OB, Ponomareva VV (1999) Gorelovsky volcanic center, South Kamchatka: Structure and evolution. Volcanology and Seismology 21: 163-194

Sheridan M (1996) Shiveluch 1964 debris deposit: intermediate type between volcanic debris avalanche and block-and ash flow. Annales Geophysicae, Supplement I to volume 14, Part I, p. C 118 (Abstracts of the EGS XXI General Assembly, The Hague)


Shteinberg GS (1964) On activity and structure of Krasheninnikova volcano. Bull Volcanol Stancii 37: 16-20  (in Russian)

Simkin T, Siebert L (1994) Volcanoes of the World. Second edition. Geoscience Press, inc. Tucson, Arizona.

Sirin AN, Timerbayeva KM (1959) Eruption of Koryaksky volcano in the beginning of 1957. Bulletin of the volcanological station 28: 3-20 [In Russian]

Tokarev PI (1964) The swarm of earthquakes at Shiveluch volcano in may 1964. Bull Volcano St 38 [in Russian]


Tokarev PI (1967) Gigantic eruption of Shiveluch volcano on November 12, 1964 and its precursors. Proc Russ Acad Sci Phys Earth 9:11-22

Vakin Ye.A. (1976) Hydrothermas of Bolshoi Semiachik volcanic massif. In: "Hydrothermal systems and thermal fields of Kamchatka. Vladivostok. Pp. 212-236 (In Russian)

Vlodavets VI (ed) (1957) Catalogue of the active volcanoes of the USSR. Bull volcanol stancii 25, 180 p (in Russian)

Volynets ON, Ponomareva VV, Tsyurupa AA (1989) Petrological and tephrochronological studies of Krasheninnikova volcano, Kamchatka. Int Geol Rev 31(1): 1107-1122

Volynets ON (1994) Geochemical types, petrology and genesis of Late Cenozoic volcanic rocks from the Kurile-Kamchatka island-arc system, International Geological Review 36/4, 373-405.

Volynets ON, Ponomareva VV, Babansky AD (1997) Magnesian basalts of Shiveluch andesite volcano, Kamchatka. Petrology 5/2: 183-196

Volynets ON, Melekestsev IV, Ponomareva VV, Yogodzinski J.M. (1999) Kharchinsky and Zarechnyi volcanoes - unique centers of Late Pleistocene magnesian basalts in Kamchatka: structural setting, morphology, geologic structure and age. Volcanology and Seismology. 20: 383-400

Volynets ON, Melekestsev IV, Ponomareva VV, Yogodzinski J.M. (1999) Kharchinsky and Zarechnyi volcanoes, unique centers of Late Pleistocene magnesian basalts in Kamchatka: Composition of erupted rocks. Volcanology and Seismology 21: 45-66

Volynets ON, Ponomareva VV, Braitseva OA, Melekestsev IV, and Chen.Ch.H (1999) Holocene eruptive history of Ksudach volcanic massif, South Kamchatka: evolution of a large magmatic chamber. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research. 91: 23-42


Volynets ON, Babanskii AD, Gol'tsman YV (2000) Variations in isotopic and trace-element composition of lavas from volcanoes of the Northern group, Kamchatka, in relation to specific features of subduction. Geochemistry International. 38 (10): 974-989


Yogodzinski GM, Lees JM, Churikova TG, Dorendorf F, Woerner G, Volynets ON (2001) Geochemical evidence for the melting of subducting oceanic lithosphere at plate edges. Nature, vol.409, 25 January, 500-504


Zaretskaia NE, Ponomareva VV, Sulerzhitsky LD, Dirksen OV (2001) Radiocarbon dating of the Kurile Lake caldera eruption (South Kamchatka, Russia). Geochronometria 20: 95-102 

Zharinov NA, Gorel'chik VI, Belousov AB, Belousova MG, Garbuzova VT, Demyanchuk YuV, Zhdanova EYu (1991) Volcanic eruptions and seismic activity of Kliuchevskoi, Bezymanny and Shiveluch in 1986-1987. Volcanology and Seismology 12: 327-345

Zharinov NA, Bogoyavlenskaya GE, Khubunaya SA, Demyanchuk YuV (1995) A new eruption cycle of Shiveluch volcano, 1980-1993. Volcanol Seismol 17: 21-30