Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Network Bulletin v. 19, no. 11, November 1994 Kamchatkan Volcanoes (Russia) Activity reports halted by lack of funding Kamchatkan Volcanoes Following notice in early December that seismic stations at Sheveluch and Tolbachik had closed, on 22 December the following message was sent from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO): "KVERT [Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruptions Response Team] has informed AVO that, because of a long delay in promised funding from the Ministry of Transportation in Moscow, KVERT must suspend transmittal of information on volcanic activity in Kamchatka. The length of the suspension is unknown at this time. Expressions of concern and support ... by interested parties would be appreciated." An AVO Information Release on 9 January 1995 suggested that "Letters of concern might mention the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruptions Response Team under the leadership of Vladimir Kirianov, its value in monitoring and reporting of volcanic eruptions, the suspension of KVERT activities because of the delay in funding, the need for rapid transfer of funds, etc." Letters should be sent to the Russian Department of Air Transport official handling the KVERT funds: Valerie Shelkovnikov, Department of Air Transport, 37 Russia Aero Navigation, Leningradsky Prospect, Moscow, Russia; Fax: 7-095-155-59-17 (precede with International Access Code, 011 in the U.S.). KVERT began regularly sending reports to AVO for further distribution in April 1993. Since then, KVERT has provided the overwhelming bulk of information for GVN reports about Kamchatkan volcanic activity, the first steady stream of information from this important region. For example, information provided by KVERT has described significant eruptions at Sheveluch (22 April 1993), Bezymianny (21 October 1993), and Kliuchevskoi (1-3 October 1994). Continuous activity at Sheveluch (gas-and-steam plumes, growth of extrusive lava dome) and Kliuchevskoi (minor ash explosions, gas-and-steam plumes, lava fountaining, lava flows) has also been consistently reported. Prompt notification of Kamchatkan eruptions is especially critical because of the large volume of international air traffic in the vicinity. Information Contacts: Vladimir Yu. Kirianov, Institute of Volcanic Geology & Geochemistry (see Kliuchevskoi); Thomas P. Miller (Email: email@example.com), Alaska Volcano Observatory (see Kanaga).