Heard Island volcano news & activity updates
Heard Island volcano (Australia): new eruption in progress - since June 2016
Tuesday Oct 18, 2016 13:37 PM | DOOR: T
MODIS thermal signal from Heard Island volcano (MIROVA)A new eruption has been occurring at the remote volcano. It probably started in mid June and seems to be still going on.
During the past 4 months, a significant heat signal has been present and coming from the summit area of Mawson Peak, the historically active cone which forms the summit of Heard Island.
In addition, weak steam (and ash?) plumes can be sometimes seen on (very rare) clear weather satellite imagery.
The exact nature of the eruptive activity is impossible to determine, but likely involves the presence of a small lava lake and or strombolian activity in the summit craters.
Monday, Feb 01, 2016
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: ... [meer...]
Friday, Nov 06, 2015
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. [meer...]
Friday, Dec 05, 2014
Thermal anomalies on the E flank were detected during 1-2 Dec on NASA satellite data (VIIRS). satellite images during 2-30 November. ... [meer...]
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Some activity has probably resumed (or continued) at the remote volcano. The latest MODVOLC images show a significant hot spot at the summit crater. ... [meer...]
Friday, Jan 10, 2014
This trip is truly unique: it is an opportunity to participate in a major expedition to an extraordinary remote subantarctic island in the Southern Ocean, searching for unknown life forms–new species, organisms capable of going into suspended animation, and life supported by the heat and emissions from the live volcano. [meer...]