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Wednesday, Apr 28, 2010
Eyjafjallajøkull volcano (Iceland), eruption update: effusive activity continues, lava flows from the summit
The eruption at Eyafjallajökull continues. As the Icelandig Met Office reports, ash plume elevations and magma discharge levels remain similar to the preceding four days of activity. Lava continues to flow north from the eruption site toward the head of the Gígjökull glacier. Despite light ash-fall occurring up to 45 km west of the eruption site, the explosive activity and ash production represents a fraction of conditions during the height of the eruption (14-17 April). There are no measurable indications that the eruption is about to end.
The Chilean geological service SERNAGEOMIN raised the alert level of Llaima volcano from 3 to 4 on 25 April because of ‘the occurrence of earthquakes with high energy levels and tremor signals with durations of up to 20 minutes’, a volcanologist reported to a llocal newspaper. ...more
Santiaguito volcano had 4 strong eruptions between 18:50 and 20:00 local time on 26 April, 2010. According to INSIVUMEH and local newspapers, the explosions from the lava dome produces ash plumes reaching 8-9 km a.s.l. Authorities closed the airspace around the volcano in a radius of 20 km.
Saturday, Apr 24, 2010
Eyjafjallajøkull volcano (Iceland), eruption update: activity and lava emission continue at similar levels
The eruption at Eyafjallajökull volcano on Iceland continues at a similar rate as during the past days, with strombolian and phreatomagmatic activity at the summit, generating ash plumes reaching 2-5 km height. Deflation of the volcano indicates that the eruption might be nearing its end. ...more [read all]
Wednesday, Apr 21, 2010
Shiveluch on the Kamchatka Peninsula in eastern Russia continues to be very active. An eruption last week produced an ash plume reaching 7.5 km.
Gaua volcano (Vanuatu), activity update: increased ash emission, government planning to evacuate 3000 people
The eruption of Gaua volcano (located in the far north end of the archipel of Vanuatu) is increasing and the situation is worsening for the inhabitants of the island, news articles report. As plumes reach 10,000 ft (3000m) elevation and the fresh ash contaminates water and food supplies on the island, promting authorities to prepare for an evacuation of about 3000 people from the island if the situation continues or gets worse.
Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Iceland), activity update: strombolian explosions with powerful shock waves, eruption fading
As our team members Jorge Santos and Marco Fulle report from on location, the eruption seems to be declining. Since 20 April, it consists of separated bursts of lava from the summit crater, accompanied by loud shock waves rattling windows at up to 20km distance. On one occasion, Jorge managed to photograph such a shock wave near the crater. ...more [read all]
Explosion inside the crater of Eyjafjallajökull on 20 April with a visible shock wave in the ash cloud.
Monday, Apr 19, 2010
As the ash cloud from Eyjafjallajøkull continues to decrease, mostly because most of the ice around the crater is now molten, the seismic activity remains high and lava emission (magmatic activity) in the form of strombolian eruptions and fountains can now be observed at the crater. This signals another stage in the eruption, where it is likely that a new cone will be built inside the crater of the volcano.
The ash emission at Eyjafjallajøkull volcano seems to be decreasing. However, the ash cloud over large parts of Europe still forces thousands of flights to be canceled causing large-scale disruption of travel.
Sunday, Apr 18, 2010
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Friday, Apr 16, 2010
The ash clouds of the erupting Eyjafjallajökull volcano already cover big areas of western Europe causing 60% of airports being closed. There are the main airports of England and Germany affected.
Thursday, Apr 15, 2010
Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Iceland), eruption update: strong ash emission, parts of air traffic over N Europe closed
Wednesday, Apr 14, 2010
Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Iceland), activity update: new eruption starts from under glacier's summit
On Wednesday 14 April, Eyjafjallajokull volcano has started to erupt again, this time from a location near the summit under the glacier. Commercial aircraft reported seeing steam plumes rising from the glacier. A likely consequence could be massive melting of ice and resulting flash floods from underneath the glacier (so called jökullaups)
The eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano has calmed down or even ended over the past days. However, during the night of 13-14 April, intense seismic activity beneath the glacier have triggered a new alarm about a possible new eruption. According to news articles, 800 people have been evacuated from the area.
An ash eruption occured from SE crater on Etna on the evening of 8 April. Pictures from the eruption can be found at: ...more
Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010
On the evening of 31 March, a new, approx. 300 m long eruptive fissure has openend east of the existing active fissure and is feeding 7 new lava flows.
Monday, Mar 29, 2010
Eyjafjallajøkull volcano (Iceland), eruption update: lava fountains and lava flows from a row of craters
After the first day of the eruption the activity concentrated on a 300 m. long section of the fissure. With lava fountains 100-200 m high and the formation of a row of new cinder cones with 4-6 active craters, the activity has been rather constant. The lava flows have been running in 2 directions, towards the northeast and west, down into steep snowfilled canyons, with spectacular lavafalls and steam explosions from melting snow. Finally the eruption has now turned into a tourist show.
Sunday, Mar 21, 2010
At 23h34 local time on 20 March 2010, Eyjafjallajøkull volcano erupted from a 0,5-1 km long fissure on the northeast side. A clear glow can be seen from the Hekla wepcam, about 600 people have been evacuated for safety reasons.
Friday, Mar 19, 2010
If you like to meet some of our team, we invite you to visit us at the SALON DESTINATION NATURE (Randonnées & Volcans) travel show in Paris, PORTE de VERSAILLES, from 26-28 March. ...more [read all]
Thursday, Mar 18, 2010
Since January 2010, the activity of Yasur volcano has been increasing and the activity level has been raised from 1 to 2. Explosions are frequently throwing bombs onto the visitors' path on rim of the crater, making visits to the volcano very dangerous.
Wednesday, Mar 17, 2010
OVSICORI reports that incandescence was observed at Turrialba for the first time. This ...more
Thursday, Mar 11, 2010
The lava dome in the summit crater of Colima volcano continues to grow slowly and emit a small lava flow on the upper western flank.
Saturday, Mar 06, 2010
We are happy to announce that visiting Nyiragongo is now again possible. With the help of EU money, the Virunga National Park has been reorganized and now open again, after a long pause due to the civil war. ...more
Friday, Mar 05, 2010
As Dr Ralph Harrington reports on his excellent Volcanism Blog, Eyjafjallajökull volcano, located 30 km east of the more well-known Katla volcano in southern Iceland, has recently been very restless. In addition to apparent inflation, the levels of seismicity around the volcano have been very high in the past weeks. Wether this is a precursor to an eruption in some near future is however not easy to say.
Tuesday, Mar 02, 2010
According to a local observer, the possibly first pyroclastic flow from Soufrière Hills since 11 Feb was observed on 1 March 2010. The lava dome was reported glowing bright at night.
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