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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 news & eruption updates

Fogo volcano (Cape Verde): lava flows continue to spread over farmland in Cha caldera

Thursday Dec 25, 2014 11:50 AM | BY: T

Active lava flow in the Cova Tina area west of the vents on 20 Dec (Image: Abraão Barbosa Vicente, via AVCAN)
Active lava flow in the Cova Tina area west of the vents on 20 Dec (Image: Abraão Barbosa Vicente, via AVCAN)
Lava effusion continues from the vents, while explosive activity there has more or less ended.
Lava is fed through tubes to active breakouts at different locations inside the Cha caldera. One area with active breakouts remains the former locations of Portela-Bangaeira villages, where by now almost all buildings have disappeared.
Another flow, particularly active in the past days, has been traveling to the west, towards the Cova Tina area, since early December. Meeting the caldera wall, it has now spit into two main lobes and advances over previous farmland. The most advanced front had a length of more than 2 km yesterday from the vents.
Gas emissions remain significant, suggesting the eruption could continue for a while. Since its beginning, it is estimated that more than 220,000 tons of sulfur dioxide have been released.
Previous news
Monday, Dec 22, 2014
The eruption continues its destructive work: the lava effusion from the vents remains at moderate intensity and feeds various active flows that spread in the Cha Caldera. ... [more]
Lava cascade during the Fogo eruption (Dec 2014) (copyright: Martin Rietze)
Friday, Dec 19, 2014
It seems that after a short period of quietening down (9-14 December) the Fogo eruption has regained its strength. This confirms our earlier report of increased emission of sulphur dioxide thought to indicate the rise of a new magma batch. ... [more]
MODIS hot spots at Fogo volcano during the past 2 days - note the strong decrease compared to the image for the past 7 days(MODVOLC, Univ. Hawaii)
Monday, Dec 15, 2014
Lava emission has slowed down a lot, sign the eruption could be over soon. ... [more]
Map of Fogo's lava flow as of 10 Dec 2014 (Copernicus)
Friday, Dec 12, 2014
Volcanic activity continues, but the advance of the lava flows has slowed down to approx. 5 meters per hour and it seems that the effusion rate has diminished. ... [more]
The lava flow of Fogo passing near a destroyed building (image: INVOLCAN / @involcan / twitter)
Monday, Dec 08, 2014
The second village Bangaeira in the path of the rapidly advancing lava flow has been destroyed within only a few hours. ... [more]

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