Afdera volcano (Danakil, Ethiopia): possible new small eruption reported
Thu, 30 May 2019, 07:4607:46 AM | BY: T
UPDATE: the new eruption seems to be a fissure event on the ESE flank of Erta Ale shield volcano to the north of the originally reported area.
Satellite image from Afdera Lake, the volcano of the same name (east) and the Erta Ale Range north of it with active Erta Ale volcano (red dot), on 27 May 2019. No evidence of the reported new eruption can be seen.
Our expedition leader and correspondent Enku reported that an explosion occurred in the Danakil Depression around 01:47 am local time on 27 May, and possibly came from a (presumably short-lived) eruption.
According to his report, a fissure? opened in the area north of Afdera volcano and south of the Erta Ale range, near the contact between the salt plain and the volcanic range. Contacts from on location and at the university confirmed him that an eruption actually took place and formed a small cone. "Afar friends could not tell me any thing more than they saw a smoke somewhere in this eruption area."
We were not able to confirm that an eruption actually took place independently as no heat signals or ash plumes, nor unusual seismic activity or other news have been found so far.
Until further investigation, this report of a new eruption, entirely possible and not unusual for this area, needs to be taken with caution.