Shiveluch is an active stratovolcano and one of the largest volcanoes in Kamchatka. The 3,283m high volcano has a history of violent eruptions. Catastrophic eruptions occurred in 1854 and 1956, when a big part of the lava dome collapsed.

Location: Kamchatka, Russia
Coordinates: 56.654233, 161.361810
Volcano Type: Stratovolcano


Shiveluch’s location


Shiveluch’s Latest Status

2024: Currently Active. Regular eruptions with plumes rising to 2.5km high.


Shiveluch’s Eruptive History

1980’s After almost two decades of low activity, Shiveluch erupts in March 1980. On January 13, 1987 a strong phreatomagmatic eruption occurred, producing a large ash column.
1990’s A period of regular activity and significant eruptive activity – producing ash columns to 20km
2001 Eruption to 8km. Pyroclastic flows and growing lava dome.
2003 Ongoing ash eruptions, lava dome growth and multiple thermal anomalies recorded.
2005 Eruption created a very large pyroclastic flow.
2017 Incandescent rockfalls and large eruptions continue.
2018 Ash explosions, multiple thermal anomalies.
2019 Frequent ash explosions. Lava dome growth continues.
2020 Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 23000 ft (7000 m)
2023 April 11 – Major eruption at Shiveluch with plumes reaching 15.8 km and significant pyroclastic flows. Further eruptions occurred on April 12. Once the ash cleared, the lava dome was gone. A new crater with a diameter of 1km was created.
2024 Regular eruptions continue with plumes rising to 2.5km high.


Shiveluch Monitoring

For monitoring of this volcano, please refer to KVERT


Shiveluch Images