Fogo volcano news & eruption updates
Fogo volcano (Cape Verde): New video of ongoing eruption
Monday Nov 24, 2014 23:24 PM | IS
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.
Fortunately, this new eruption has not yet made any casualties, but many locals are forced to abandon there homes and move to houses constructed for the refugees of the 1995 eruption or to newly constructed temporary shelter. A large ash plume can be seen from Praia, the capital of Cape Verde on one of the neighbouring islands. The eruption also caused the closure of the local airport.
According to the BBC, there are indications that the current eruption is larger than the last one which occurred nearly 20 years ago. This 1995 eruption started on the 2nd of April and lasted through to the end of May, with much the same characteristics as the current activity: a flank eruption with intermittent Strombolian explosions and lava fountaining (up to 300 m tall) which constructed a nearly 150 m tall cinder cone. The resulting 1995 lava flows destroyed a village located within the Fogo caldera and forced up to 5000 people to evacuate to coastal areas away from the volcanic activity, but luckily took no lives.
Monday, Nov 24, 2014
The new eruption, so far small inside the Cha caldera, continues. It is taking place from a fissure with two closely spaced vents on the southwest side of the Pico de Fogo, very near to the 1995 eruption vents. ... [more]