Fogo volcano news & eruption updates
Fogo volcano (Cape Verde) eruption update: lava continues to destroy houses in Portela
Tuesday Dec 02, 2014 15:26 PM | VON: T
Destruction of houses in Portela this morning. (Fogo News)
Map of lava flows as of yesterday (GEOVOL)
Lava flow advancing through Portela (Fogo News)
Activity remained similar to the previous days although some sources suggest a decrease in lava effusion, but an increase in explosions at the vents.
Plume from Fogo drifting south (NASA)
Several more houses have been burnt and destroyed by the advancing lava flows in Portela village.
A SO2 plume is drifting south from Fogo and can be seen on satellite imagery. It reaches an altitude of approx. 9,000 ft (3 km), and has the potential to create acid rain. Gas and dust concentrations in the southern part of the island have been high enough to cause health problems (breathing disorders, vomiting, dizziness, headaches etc).
Major problems are present for livestock feeding on grass now contaminated with ash. An enclosed area near Monte Verde provided by the government as temporary shelter for the animals has not been accepted by the animal owners, as there are no pastures there.
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014
Although explosive activity has decreased at the vents, it seems that lava effusion picked up. The advance of some of the lava flow fronts in Portela village picked up again this morning, reaching 20 meters per hour. Local sources mention that seismic activity also increased. ... [mehr]
Friday, Nov 28, 2014
Activity, after having slowed down a bit yesterday, picked up again this morning, as a new vent opened above the eruption fissure. ... [mehr]
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
The eruption continues, but the situation is critical inside the Cha caldera. The northern lava flow branch has started to enter the village of Portela and today destroyed and/or damaged several buildings, including the headquarters of the Fogo Nature Park. ... [mehr]
Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014
The eruption continues with little changes. Lava fountaining from the new vents feeds two main lava flows inside the Cha caldera, one to the south, the other to the north. ... [mehr]
Monday, Nov 24, 2014
The recent eruption of the Pico do Fogo continues to produce lava fountains from two vents on the volcano's flank. The erupted lava collects in rapidly growing flows that destroy roads and houses near the caldera, as shown in the new BBC footage below. ... [mehr]