Volcanoes and earthquakes make Russia even bigger 17 November 2009Posted by admin in Russia, Sarychev Peak.
Tags: Russia, Sakhalin, Sarychev Peak
Already the largest country on the planet, Russia has become even bigger over the past couple of years thanks to the workings of plate tectonics in the Russian Far East. Sakhalin Island was struck by earthquakes on 2 August 2007 (some pictures here) which added ~3 square kilometers of new territory through uplift, while lava flows from the Sarychev Peak eruption of June 2009 (stunning image here) enlarged Matua Island in the Russian Kurils by 1.5 square kilometres.
The appearance of new land through volcanism has caused international tension in the past, but fortunately there are no such complications this time.