PS36, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russian Federation
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Weather, Geology and Topography
Shrouded in military confidentiality until the early 1990s, Kamchatka was closed, not only to foreigners but even to most Russians, due to its strategic military importance and the presence of military bases on the peninsula. For example, it is home to the Russian Pacific Submarine Fleet, as well as the site of several airbases and a testing ground for intercontinental ballistic missiles.
The “frontier town” of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky serves as the administrative, industrial, scientific and cultural center of Kamchatka Krai (Russia) and is by far the largest town in extreme northeastern Russia.
PS36 is located in the valley of the Plotnikov River about 100 km north of the town. It is notable that, besides this primary seismic station, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy also hosts two other IMS stations: infrasound station IS44 and radionuclide station RN60.
According to the IMS 2006 Certification Report, this particular area of the Kamchatka peninsula is characterized by the “frequent occurrence of hurricanes, earthquakes, forceful continuous blizzards, intense precipitation, avalanches and tsunamis in the coastal regions”.
Learn more about the seismic, infrasound and radionuclide technologies.