Tsar Icicle- The Frozen Waterfall
Recently, A waterfall in Russia has collapsed and has led to the injuries to three people and has killed one. This waterfall is called as Tsar Circle. It attracts tourists every year when it freezes. In the recent event, 40-meter (130-foot) giant icicle collapsed and trapped the tourists underneath a huge ice sheet.
About Tsar Icicle
The Vilyuchinsky waterfall when it freezes in the winters is called as the Tsar Icicle. The waterfall is situated in the Kamchatka peninsula. It comprises of more than one hundred and sixty volcanoes. Out of these 160 volcanoes, twenty-nine are the active ones. Most of these volcanoes are capped with glaciers. When these glaciers melt during the summer, they form waterfalls. The Vilyuchinsky waterfalls is one such waterfalls. This waterfall is located in the Pacific Ring of Fire Region.
It is a spike of ice that is formed when the water falling from an object freezes.
Vilyuchinsk is a closed town in Kamchatka Krai, Russia. It is located on the Kamchatka Peninsula which is about 20 kilometers across the Avacha Bay from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. It serves as a base for submarine construction.
Pacific Ring of Fire
It is also called as Ring of Fire, Rim of Fire, Girdle of Fire or the Circum-Pacific belt. It is a region around the rim of the Pacific Ocean. In the region, many volcanic eruptions and earthquakes takes place. The region is a horseshoe-shaped belt. It includes the Pacific coasts of South America, North America and Kamchatka apart from some western Pacific Ocean islands. More than 75% of the earth’s volcano is located in ring of fire.
How the ring of fire was created?
The Ring of Fire is the result of plate tectonics. It has been created because of movement, collision and destruction of lithospheric plates under and the Pacific Ocean. The collisions have resulted into a continuous series of subduction zone where volcanic activities takes place.