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Heard Island (Australia): eruptive activity observed

Mon, 1 Feb 2016, 17:41
17:41 PM | BY: T
Lava flow at Heard Island volcano (image: CSIRO / youtube)
Lava flow at Heard Island volcano (image: CSIRO / youtube)
Thermal anomalies detected by VIIRS sensor on 29 Jan 2016 (NASA)
Thermal anomalies detected by VIIRS sensor on 29 Jan 2016 (NASA)
An eruption was observed by crew on board the CSIRO research vessel Investigator in late January. A lava flow was seen descending the NW flank of Mawson Peak:

Weak thermal anomalies were also detected on satellite data at the end of January. Whether the activity is still going on or not is impossible to determine - most of the days, the volcano is hidden beneath thick clouds preventing satellite observations.

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Wed, 27 Jan 2016, 06:00

Heard volcano (Kerguelen Plateau) - Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 27 January-2 February 2016 (New Activity / Unrest)

Scientists and crew aboard CSIRO's (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) Marine National Facility research vessel Investigator circled Heard Island and observed a plume rising from Mawson Peak's crater and lava flows traveling down the NW flanks during 30-31 January. Visual observations of Heard are very rare due to its remote location. A MODVOLC thermal alert had been issued for 28 January. ... Read all
Fri, 6 Nov 2015, 06:13

Head Island (Australia): plume spotted on 30 Oct

A plume from Heard was visible in a satellite image drifting SSW on 30 October, the Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 28 October-3 November 2015 mentioned. This suggests some sort of activity still going on from the remote volcano in the Kerguelen Islands. ... Read all
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Heard volcano
Stratovolcano 2745 m / 9,006 ft
Australia, Southern Indian Ocean, -53.11°S / 73.51°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) Heard volcano eruptions:
2019, 2018 (?), 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2012-13, 2006-08, 2003-04, 2000-01, 1993, 1992 (May), 1992 (Jan) (?), 1985-87, 1954, 1953, 1950-52, 1910, 1881 (?)
Typical eruption style
unspecified
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