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Kamchatka and Kuril Island's activity update

Friday Jan 18, 2013 10:19 AM | BY: VOLCANOBULLETIN

With Kamchatka currently being one of the most volcanically active places on the planet, here is a summary of the current volcanic activity in the past week in the region by the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team.


Lava dome growth and effusion of a viscous lava flow continue at Shiveluch volcano, accompanied by moderate fumarolic activity and incandescence. Satellite imagery showed a thermal anomaly over the volcano all week.

Eruption's at four cinder cones producing fluid lava flows on the S part of the fissure on the flank of Tolbachik continues. A large thermal anomaly on the N part of the fissure was detected on satellite imagery. Gas and ash plumes from Tolbachik rose to heights of 4 KM a.s.l.

A lava flow continues to extrude on the east flank of Kizimen volcano, accompanied by incandescence, hot avalanches and strong gas and steam activity. Two new lava flows were detected on the SE flank of the volcano by satellite data. A thermal anomaly was also observed.

Possible ash eruptions from Karymsky volcano were detected in the past week with ash plumes possible rising to a height of 2.5 KM a.s.l. A thermal anomaly was detected at the volcano on the 11 and 14 January.

Strombolian activity continues at Kliuchevskoi volcano. This was accompanied by gas and steam activity from the summit and incandescence. Thermal anomalies were detected on 11 and 13 Janaury.


A viscous lava flow continued to effuse from the flank of the lava dome at Bezymianny volcano. Weak gas and steam activity were observed. A thermal anomaly was detected on the volcano on January 11 and 13.

Gas and steam activity was observed from Gorely on 10 and 12 January.


Here is a summary of volcanic activity in the past week in the Kuril islands by the Sakhalin Volcanic Eruption Response Team.

Gas and steam activity were noted from Chirpoi volcano on January 9 and 11.

A thermal anomaly and strong gas and steam activity were noted from Medvezhia volcano on January 11.
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Previous news
Wednesday, Jan 16, 2013
Stromboli (Italy): The lava overflow that started on Monday and reached about 400 m elevation on the Sciara del Fuoco has stopped (for now). Strong explosions felt in houses in the village continue to occur frequently and tremor remains elevated. ... [more]
Active new lava flow from the effusive vent on the N side of the NE crater cone; the new breach is visible to the left of the vent
Sunday, Jan 13, 2013
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): During a larger explosion of the NE crater, part of the northern crater wall collapsed. The explosion and resulting rockfall caused a large ash and steam plume that drifted over the island and scared many of the inhabitants. ... [more]
Friday, Jan 11, 2013
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity continues to be elevated. Last night, the eastern lava over flow was weakly active at the outer flank of the NE cone. Strong glow over the summit, despite partially dense cloud cover, indicates that the magma column inside is high and ready to produce more lava flows. ... [more]
Strong explosion of a lava bubble from Stromboli's NE vent on 10 Jan evening
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): This night at around 1:00 am local time, eruptive activity, most likely strombolian eruptions from the eastern vent, resumed in the Bocca Nuova, accompanied by a rise in tremor. ... [more]

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