Places in news: Kamchatka Peninsula


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Prelims level: Kamchatka Peninsula

Mains level: Not Much

An ‘ecological disaster’ of sorts is unfolding on a black volcanic beach of the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East, according to a report.

Note the features of the map and surrounding seas.

About Kamchatka Peninsula

  • The Kamchatka Peninsula is a 1,250-kilometre-long peninsula in the Russian Far East.
  • The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk make up the peninsula’s eastern and western coastlines, respectively.
  • Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre-deep Kuril–Kamchatka Trench.
  • The Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands, and Karaginsky Island constitute the Kamchatka Krai of the Russian Federation.
  • The vast majority of the 322,079 inhabitants are ethnic Russians, although about 13,000 are Koryaks (2014).
  • The Kamchatka peninsula contains the volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Why in news?

  • Then, sea animals begin to die in large numbers, their bodies littering the beach.
  • These included octopuses, seals, sea urchins, stars, crabs and fish.
  • Examination of the seawater by the administration has shown that levels of phenols and oil compounds have spiked.

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