Fogo volcano news & eruption updates
Fogo volcano (Cape Verde): activity wanes, eruption could be ending soon
Monday Dec 15, 2014 09:13 AM | DOOR: T
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)
Lava emission has slowed down a lot, sign the eruption could be over soon.
MODIS hot spots at Fogo during the past 7 days (MODVOLC, Univ. Hawaii)
For more than 5 days, no significant explosive activity and only minor lava effusion was observed at the vents. On the other hand, magmatic SO2 (sulfur dioxide) emissions remain high and even increased from 7,500 to 9,000 tons per day. That could mean that a new batch of magma is on the rise and lead to a rejuvenation of the volcanic activity. The next days will probably tell.
The lava front stopped 600 m from what was once Bangaeira village, at 3.5 km distance from the next inhabited place, Fernao Gomes village, which could be at risk if the lava flows resume from there. On the other hand, if the old channels and tubes have now been blocked, which is likely the case due to lack of supply, new flows would need to re-start from the source and travel all the way to there first. In other hand, the threat to villages on the eastern coast now seems minimal.
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. ... [meer...]
Fogo volcano (Cape Verde): 2 villages destroyed, 1700 people displaced - among worst volcanic disasters in 21st century
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. ... [meer...]
Monday, Dec 08, 2014
The new lava flow, more fluid than the earlier one, continues to advance rapidly. It has reached and started to engulf Bangaeira village, downslope of the already destroyed Portela village. ... [meer...]
Sunday, Dec 07, 2014
The eruption intensified according to news reports on Saturday, and destroyed most of what still had been left of Portela. The new lava flow advanced at 30 meters per hour and consumed another 20 houses and the sports center. ... [meer...]
Friday, Dec 05, 2014
The eruption continues. A new lava flow that appeared last night is heading again towards the village of Portela, which it might hit in less than 2 days. ... [meer...]