The Kuril–Kamchatka Trench or Kuril Trench (Russian: Курило-Камчатский жёлоб, Kurilo-Kamchatskii Zhyolob) is an oceanic trench in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It lies off the southeast coast of Kamchatka and parallels the Kuril Island chain to meet the Japan Trench east of Hokkaido. It extends from a triple junction with the Ulakhan Fault and the Aleutian Trench near the Commander Islands, Russia, in the northeast, to the intersection with the Japan Trench in the southwest.
The trench formed as a result of the subduction zone, which formed in the late Cretaceous, that created the Kuril island arc as well as the Kamchatka volcanic arc. The Pacific Plate is being subducted beneath the Okhotsk Plate along the trench, resulting in intense volcanism.
At the Kurile-Kamchatka Trench, the Pacific Plate is subducting beneath the Okhotsk Plate, a microplate formerly considered to be part of the North American Plate. The convergence rate ranges from ≈75 mm/yr in the north to ≈83 mm/yr at the southern end. Obliquity of convergence increases to the south, where the transpressional stress is partitioned into trench-normal thrust earthquakes and trench-parallel strike-slip earthquakes. This partitioning results in westward translation of the Kurile forearc relative to the North American Plate.
|3 February 1923||Kamchatka, Russia|
|2 March 1933||Sanriku-oki, Japan|
|4 November 1952||Kamchatka, Russia|
|6 November 1958||Kuril Islands, Russia|
|13 October 1963||Kuril Islands, Russia|
|4 October 1994||Kuril Islands, Russia|
|25 September 2003||Hokkaido, Japan|
|15 November 2006||Kuril Islands, Russia|
|24 May 2013||Sea of Okhotsk|
|18 July 2017||Kamchatka, Russia|