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Fogo volcano
Stratovolcano 2829 m / 9,281 ft
Cape Verde, 14.95°N / -24.35°W
Current status: normal or dormant (1 out of 5)| Reports
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Fogo volcano eruptions:
2014-15, 1995, 1951
Typical eruption style:
unspecified
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Fogo volcano (Cape Verde) eruption update: second vent, lava advances through Portela village

Friday Nov 28, 2014 15:23 PM | BY: T

Screenshot of eruption video showing the two active vents at Fogo
Screenshot of eruption video showing the two active vents at Fogo
Lava flow in Portela village (Fogonews)
Lava flow in Portela village (Fogonews)
Panorama of Portela village and the lava flow (Fogonews)
Panorama of Portela village and the lava flow (Fogonews)
Activity, after having slowed down a bit yesterday, picked up again this morning, as a new vent opened above the eruption fissure.
Lava fountaining and associated lava effusion mainly occur from the lower vent, while the upper one shows strombolian explosions, strong degassing and ash emissions. As typical for flank eruptions, eruptive activity has by now concentrated to and continues from two vents (as compared to 6 active ones on the first day):


The main lava flow, as well as several secondary ones that start as overflows in the vent area, remain well alimentated. The lava flows have covered approx. 400 hectars of land, including 26 hc of farmland.
A dozen of houses from the village of Portela have already been consumed; the larger part of the village, including most of its economic infrastructure (hotels, wine cellars, farm land) remain at elevated risk to follow the same fate in the next days if activity and the advance of the lava flow, now a few meters per hour, continue at similar intensity.
Most inhabitants from Portela have been evacuated, only less than 100 more still need to be. According to news, a 3rd evacuation route has been opened to facilitate transport of people and goods.
Previous news
Explosive activity at the eruptive vents of Fogo on 25 Nov 2014 (MuzikaTV)
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. ... [more]
Lava flows at Fogo (credit: Landsat image on Google Earth / Peter Webley)
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. ... [more]
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. ... [more]
Lava fountains and flow from the new eruption at Fogo (Fogonews)
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]
Sunday, Nov 23, 2014
A new eruption started at the volcano this morning around 10:00 local time. The aviation alert was raised to red due to possible ash emissions that could harm aircraft in the area. ... [more]
 

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