Aerial view of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy with the Koryaksky volcano
|Federal subject||Kamchatka Krai|
|Founded||October 17, 1740|
|o Body||City Duma|
|o Head||Sergey Kondrashin|
|o Total||362.14 km2 (139.82 sq mi)|
|Elevation||150 m (490 ft)|
| o Estimate |
|o Rank||100th in 2010|
|o Density||500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|o Subordinated to||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy City Under Krai Jurisdiction|
|o Capital of||Kamchatka Krai, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy City Under Krai Jurisdiction|
|o Urban okrug||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Urban Okrug|
|o Capital of||Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Urban Okrug|
|Time zone||UTC+12 (MSK+9 )|
|Dialing code(s)||+7 4152|
|City Day||October 17|
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (Russian: -, tr. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, IPA: [ptr?'pavl?fsk k?m't?atskj] ) is a city and the administrative, industrial, scientific, and cultural center of Kamchatka Krai, Russia. Its population is 179,780.
The city is situated on high hills and surrounded by volcanoes. The surrounding terrain is mountainous enough that the horizon cannot be seen clearly from any point in town. Across Avacha Bay from the city in Vilyuchinsk is Russia's largest submarine base, the Rybachiy Nuclear Submarine Base, established during the Soviet period and still used by the Russian Navy. The city is located 6,766 kilometres (4,204 mi) from Moscow and about 2,220 kilometres (1,380 mi) from Vladivostok.
Cossack units visited the area from 1697. The explorer and navigator Captain Vitus Bering (a Dane in the service of the Imperial Russian Navy) is considered[by whom?] to be have founded the city in 1740, although navigator Ivan Fomich Yelagin had laid the foundation a few months earlier. Bering reached Avacha Bay in late 1740 and in his capacity as the superior officer, named the new settlement "Petropavlovsk" (Peter and Paul) after his two ships, the St. Peter and the St. Paul, which had been built in Okhotsk for his second expedition of 1733-1742. The town's location on the eastern coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, on the sheltered Avacha Bay and at the mouth of the Avacha River, saw it develop to become the most important settlement in Kamchatka. It gained town status on April 9, 1812.
During the 1853-1855 Crimean War, Anglo-French forces put the city under siege (August-September 1854), but it never fell. The city had been fortified under the overall command of Nikolay Muravyov (Governor-General of the Eastern Siberia Governorate-General from 1847 to 1861) in the preceding years, but possessed only a small garrison of a few hundred soldiers and sixty-seven cannon. After much exchange of fire, six hundred Anglo-French troops landed south of the city; two hundred and thirty Russian troops forced them to retreat after heavy fighting (1 September 1854). Four days later, a larger force of nine hundred Anglo-French troops landed east of the town, but again the Russians repelled the allies (5 September 1854). The allied ships then retreated from Russian Pacific waters (7 September 1854). The total Russian losses were reported[by whom?] at around a hundred men; the Anglo-French were said to have lost at least five times that number.
At the time of the surrender of Japan in World War II (August/September 1945), United States Naval Construction Battalion 114 was in the Aleutians. In September 1945 the battalion received orders to send a detachment to the USSR to build a Naval Advance Base (a Fleet Weather Central) - located ten miles outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy and code-named TAMA. The original agreement gave the Seabees three weeks to complete the camp. Upon arrival the Soviets told the Seabees they had ten days, and were amazed that the Seabees achieved the task. It was one of two that Stalin agreed to. The other was near Khabarovsk, in buildings provided by the Russians. For mail Petropavlovsk was assigned Navy number 1169, FPO San Francisco. The American use of these two bases proved short-lived.
Petropavlovsk was a great source of fish, particularly salmon, and crab meat for the Soviet Union in the 20th century. Following the end of the Soviet era in December 1991, fishing rights have also been granted to foreign interests. Poaching of salmon for their caviar at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy remains a problem amid lax law-enforcement and widespread corruption.
Association football has a history in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy. The main stadium in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the 5,000-capacity Spartak Stadium - used mostly for association-football matches. The former association-football club FC Volcano were tenants of the stadium.
Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is the administrative center of the krai. Within the framework of administrative divisions, it is incorporated as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy City Under Krai Jurisdiction--an administrative unit with the status equal to that of the districts. As a municipal division, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy City Under Krai Jurisdiction is incorporated as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy Urban Okrug.
The city has developed a tourist infrastructure. About twenty large tourism companies offer a wide range of services from bear hunting to paragliding. No roads connect the Kamchatka Peninsula to the rest of the world. Travel to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy is expensive but is growing in popularity because of the remarkable scenery throughout the peninsula. The city is served by Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport, which is linked to the town and its port via the A-401 road. During the warmer months cruise ships regularly stop there for the day.
The population numbered 179,780 in 2010; 179,800 in 2011; 179,784 in 2012; and 181,618 in 2013.
The climate at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy reasonably qualifies as cool-summer continental boreal climate (Köppen Dfc). However, this area's climate has strong oceanic influences due its proximity to the Pacific ocean. Average annual precipitation is 1,180 millimeters (46 in), or about times as much as most of Siberia averages, mostly falling as frozen precipitation, primarily snow, from November to April. Average monthly precipitation is highest in autumn, with October the wettest month on average, closely followed by November. May through July are markedly the driest months on average; June is the single driest month. Winter temperatures are much milder than in Siberia. Here, average January daytime high temperatures are around -4.4 °C (24.1 °F), while average daytime high temperature in August, the warmest month, is 17 °C (63 °F). Thus, resulting from oceanic cooling, summer daytime high temperatures in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy are markedly cooler than in interior Siberia. In warmer-summer years, monthly high averages in July-August can reach 18 °C (64 °F) and higher. Days of above 20 °C (68 °F) can be expected an average of 19.6 days per summer.
Despite the generally high precipitation, the weather is less cloudy than in the adjacent Kuril Islands that are one of the least sunny places in the world, since the city is located behind a peninsula to the north that blocks some of the fog from the cold Oyashio Current offshore of the Kamchatka Peninsula. Oceanic water in Avacha Bay and adjacent bays is also warmer than coastal waters of Kuril Islands and Okhotsk sea coast (except Southern Kuriles and Southern Sakhalin).
In the spring (February to April), seawater may freeze.
Highest Temperature: 30.0 °C (86.0 °F) on July 2, 2012
Lowest Temperature: -31.7 °C (-25.1 °F) on February 14, 1917
Highest Daily Precipitation: 200.2 millimetres (7.88 in) on November 10, 2002
Wettest Year: 1,996 millimetres (78.6 in) in 1971
Driest Year: 432 millimetres (17.0 in) in 1947
|Climate data for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (1981-2010, extremes 1894-present Climate ID:32583)|
|Record high °C (°F)||5.2
|Average high °C (°F)||-4.4
|Daily mean °C (°F)||-7.0
|Average low °C (°F)||-9.2
|Record low °C (°F)||-28.6
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||118
|Average rainy days||1||0.4||1||3||13||15||17||17||17||17||6||1||108|
|Average snowy days||18||18||18||17||7||0.1||0||0||0.03||3||15||17||113|
|Average relative humidity (%)||71||68||68||72||75||79||84||83||79||74||70||71||75|
|Mean monthly sunshine hours||105||114||176||192||193||196||169||178||178||157||122||93||1,870|
|Source 1: Pogoda.ru.net|
|Source 2: NOAA (sun 1961-1990)|
|Climate data for Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy|
|Average sea temperature °C (°F)||0.1
|Source: Weather Atlas |
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(including former Party of Peace and Unity)
|A Just Russia
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People's Party of the Russian Federation
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(including former Citizens' Force
Democratic Party of Russia
and Union of Rightist Forces)
(including former Agrarian Party of Russia)
|Liberal Democratic Party||15.25%||12.00%||18.40%|
|Other minor parties||12.12%|
An Ilyushin Il-96-300 of Aeroflot at Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport