Kamchatka Peninsula

The Kamchatka Peninsula (полуо́стров Камча́тка, Poluostrov Kamchatka, IPA: [pəlʊˈostrəf kɐmˈt͡ɕætkə]) is a 1,250-kilometre-long (777 mi) peninsula in the Russian Far East, with an area of about 270,000 km2 (104,248 sq mi).[2] The Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Okhotsk make up the peninsula's eastern and western coastlines, respectively.[3] Immediately offshore along the Pacific coast of the peninsula runs the 10,500-metre-deep (34,449 ft) Kuril–Kamchatka Trench.

Kamchatka Peninsula
полуо́стров Камча́тка
Kamchatka Peninsula in the far east of Russia. The pinkish-red area is the Kamchatka Krai which includes some of the mainland to the north.
LocationFar East
Coordinates57°N 160°E
Adjacent bodies of water
Sea of Okhotsk
Pacific Ocean
Area270,000 km2 (100,000 sq mi)
Highest elevation4,750 m (15580 ft)
Highest pointKlyuchevskaya Sopka
Federal subjectKamchatka Krai
Capital cityPetropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
Population322,079 (2010)[1]

The Kamchatka Peninsula, the Commander Islands, and the 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).[4] More than half of the population lives in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky (179,526 in 2010) and nearby Yelizovo (38,980). The Kamchatka peninsula contains the volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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