After sleeping 250 years, a volcano wakes up in 2017!

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After more than two centuries of inactivity, a Russian volcano woke up from its sleep and came back to life with a spectacular explosion. Let's take advantage of this event to learn more about volcanoes.

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The Kambalny volcano, located in Russia, surprised scientists by erupting on March 24, 2017 after 250 years of inactivity. At the time of the explosion, the volcano emitted a thick cloud of ash 100 kilometers long visible from space. Its summit, which reaches 2.2 kilometers in height, is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia. This peninsula is covered with 300 volcanoes and has the largest concentration of active volcanoes in the world. This huge area, where eruptions are not uncommon, has been nicknamed "the land of fire and ice".

“The last time the Kambalny volcano erupted, the United States did not exist. Last week, after 248 years of sleep, the Russian volcano erupted and surprised scientists. "

Source: Sciencepost

“The Kambalny, in Russian: Камбальный, is a stratovolcano located in the south of the Kamchatka Peninsula, in the east of Russia. It consists of two cones, the western cone having collapsed about 6,300 years ago. Three major collapse zones on the volcano accounted for a total volume of 5-10 km3, the largest collapse, in Kamchatka, in the Holocene. The Kambalny has five cones of slag on its sides. A minor eruption occurred in 1767, but the last major eruption was about 600 years ago. On March 24, 2017, the volcano wakes up after 250 years of sleep. "

Source: Wikipedia


Want to experience a volcanic eruption in virtual reality? National Geographic created a 360 video during the eruption of the Klyuchevskoy volcano located in the Kamchatka Peninsula.

You need a smartphone, the YouTube application and a virtual reality headset (available on Amazon for about five dollars) to experience the full immersion experience.

What emotions did you feel when you saw this volcano erupting? Does virtual reality bring a different perspective to the experience?



Disciplines and levels targeted

- Science and technology (3rd cycle of elementary school)

  • Geological and geophysical phenomena (volcanoes)

- Geography (1st cycle of secondary school)

Targeted dimensions of digital competence

  • Developing and mobilizing information literacy
  • Harnessing the potential of digital technology for learning

Suggested digital tools

  • Google maps
  • eduMedia
  • Google earth

Educational intention of the guide

Through the upcoming activities, students will learn more about volcanoes.

Objectives of the activities

  • Know the characteristics of the different types of volcanoes.
  • To observe the distribution of volcanoes in the world.
  • Visualize the interior of a volcano in 360°.
  • To know what volcanic tourism is.
  • Understand the risks associated with the presence of a volcano in the territory.


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