Kamchatskaya Oblast' Warnings and Dangers

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    Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiy harbour and bay
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  • Mudpot, Gorely area, Kamchatka
    Mudpot, Gorely area, Kamchatka
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  • Bear tracks, Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka
    Bear tracks, Uzon Caldera, Kamchatka
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Kamchatskaya Oblast' Warnings and Dangers

  • Bear country

    Kamchatka is serious bear country. We were told the bears here are the biggest in the world!! So, be careful. A bear (brown or grizzly) does not want to eat you, but it might feel threatened by you (especially if it has cubs) and attack or at least knock you down. Therefore, if you see one, stay away, or even better, walk away from it as quick as...

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  • Earthquakes

    Kamchatka is located on the ring of fire that surrounds the Pacific, describing the many active volcanoes. But it might as well be called the ring of earthquakes, as the danger there is as real as in San Francisco, or in Japan, or in the Andes. And I do not trust soviet buildings to be built up to modern seismic resisting rules...

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  • Treacherous geothermal fields, rivers,...

    Be very careful when you walk around geothermally active areas. It is very easy to fall knee-deep into boiling mud or burn youself in a very hot creek. Follow your guide closely if you have one. Ours in Uzon caldera ordered us to put our feet in his footprints while walking around mudpots and boiling lakes.So do not do like one of my colleague...

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  • Explosive volcanoes!

    The active volcanoes of Kamchatka are of the most dangerous type: very explosive. This would not matter to you the tourist if there was any monitoring device that would warn in advance of possible explosions. However, russian volcanologists (or any science program at that) suffer from crucial lack of funds. They therefore simply cannot afford any...

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