Kuril Islands
or Kurile Islands geographical name islands Russia in the Pacific between S Kamchatka & NE Hokkaido, Japan; belonged 1875-1945 to Japan area 6023 square miles (15,600 square kilometers)

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  • Kuril Islands — or Kurile Islands [ko͞o′ril, ko͞o rēl′] chain of islands belonging to Russia, between N Hokkaido, Japan, and Kamchatka Peninsula: formerly Japanese (1875 1945): c. 6,000 sq mi (15,540 sq km) * * * Archipelago, eastern Russia. It extends for 750… …   Universalium

  • Kuril Islands — or Kurile Islands [ko͞o′ril, ko͞o rēl′] chain of islands belonging to Russia, between N Hokkaido, Japan, and Kamchatka Peninsula: formerly Japanese (1875 1945): c. 6,000 sq mi (15,540 sq km) …   English World dictionary

  • Kuril Islands — Location of Kuril Islands in the Western Pacific. Matua Isl …   Wikipedia

  • Kuril Islands —    A volcanic archipelago of more than 50 islands, the Kuril Islands, or Kuriles, stretch some 1,300 kilometers from the tip of the Kamchatka Peninsula to just north of Japan’s Hokkaido Island and function as the southeastern boundary of the Sea… …   Historical Dictionary of the Russian Federation

  • Kuril Islands — /kuˌril ˈaɪləndz/ (say kooh.reel uyluhndz) plural noun a chain of small islands off the north eastern coast of Asia, extending from northern Japan to the southern tip of Kamchatka; under Russian administration; some of the islands claimed by… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Kuril Islands — noun A group of islands between Japan and Kamchatka, separating the Sea of Okhotsk from the North Pacific Ocean. Syn: Kurils, Kuriles …   Wiktionary

  • Kuril Islands dispute — Coordinates: 44°6′N 146°42′E / 44.1°N 146.7°E / 44.1; 146.7 …   Wikipedia

  • Defence of the Kuril Islands — is for the most part the responsibility of the Russian 18th Artillery Division, which is stationed on the islands. Substantial improvements of the Kuril defences were announced by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev in February 2011 as a… …   Wikipedia

  • Invasion of the Kuril Islands — The Invasion of the Kuril Islands, also called South Kuril Islands Landing Operation ( Курильская десантная операция in Russian) was the Soviet military operation aimed at capturing the Kuril Islands from the Japanese in 1945 as part of the… …   Wikipedia

  • 2007 Kuril Islands earthquake — earthquake title= 2007 Kuril Islands earthquake date= January 13 2007 magnitude = 8.3 Mw countries affected = Physical: Japan, Kuril Islands casualties = Unknown|The Kuril Islands earthquake happened at 1:23 p.m. Japan Standard Time (04:23 UTC)… …   Wikipedia

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