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Volcanic activity worldwide 27 Dec 2013: Sinabung, Kizimen, Nishino-shima, Karymsky, Dukono, Paluweh...

Friday Dec 27, 2013 17:03 PM |

Etna this morning (Schiena dell'Asino webcam, Etna Trekking)
Etna this morning (Schiena dell'Asino webcam, Etna Trekking)
Steaming Kizimen volcano this morning
Steaming Kizimen volcano this morning
The two islands of Nishino-Jima (t) and Niijima (b) have merged.
The two islands of Nishino-Jima (t) and Niijima (b) have merged.
Gas (+ash?) plume from Suwanose-Jima this morning
Gas (+ash?) plume from Suwanose-Jima this morning
Steaming Sinabung volcano this morning
Steaming Sinabung volcano this morning
Etna (Sicily, Italy): The volcano has remained mostly calm. Ash emissions from the NE crater decreased and tremor fluctuated at low levels over the holidays.

Kizimen (Kamchatka): Activity has picked up at the volcano again. An ash plume was reported this morning by VAAC Tokyo to 17,000 ft (5 km) altitude extending north. Webcam images show a significant steam plume which possibly contains ash.
This suggests that the lava dome might be entering a new phase of growth. KVERT still maintains the volcano at status "Green" (normal).

Karymsky (Kamchatka): Strombolian to mild vulcanian explosions continue at the volcano. VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume at 15,000 ft (4,5 km) altitude drifting NW this morning.

Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): The recently born new Niijima island merged with the main island Nishino-Jima yesterday. Both are in fact two summits of the same volcanic edifice. Activity continues to enlarge the new land by lava flows and occasional strombolian explosions.
The video from the day before, taken by Japanese Coast Guard, shows the situation immediately before the "contact".


Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): A small explosion occurred this morning (JST time) at the volcano; VAAC Tokyo reported an ash plume at 4,000 ft (1,2 km) altitude.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): The volcano has been relatively calm and only produced a steam plume sometimes mixed with ash, but no new significant explosions. Local media talk about a new lava dome spotted at the summit, but evidence (weak red glow at night and blurred photos etc) is still very weak and should be confirmed.
On the other hand, it is a perfectly realistic scenario that the volcano, after having "cleared its throat" during the recent explosions, continues to erupt viscous lava that rises slowly and builds a lava dome at the vent(s).

Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): After several months with little activity, an ash plume was spotted again by VAAC Darwin yesterday, with an estimated altitude of 10,000 ft (3 km). The new lava dome probably continues to produce occasional collapse events and explosions.

Dukono (Halmahera): Explosive activity continues to be elevated. Several ash plumes to estimated 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude were spotted on satellite imagery by VAAC Darwin over the past days.

Volcano Activity Summary for 27 Dec 2013:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 10 Dec 2013)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 6 Nov 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): continuous small eruptions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): explosions and lava flows (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): degassing, seismic unrest (updated 15 Dec 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): strombolian activity at summit, lava flow emission on upper slopes (updated 16 Dec 2013)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): growing lava dome, seismic unrest (updated 23 Oct 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): lava lakes in Halemau'uma'u and Pu'u 'O'o, lava flows on coastal flat and weakly active ocean entries (updated 13 Aug 2013)
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): ash emissions (updated 12 Dec 2013)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): lava effusion enlarging the new island (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 Jun 2013)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian activity and lava flow (updated 10 Dec 2013)
Reventador (Ecuador): ash explosions, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 14 Nov 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): constant ash emissions and strong explosions (updated 24 Dec 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 10 Dec 2013)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 18 Oct 2013)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, incandescent avalanches, occasional explosions (updated 18 Dec 2013)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): seismic crisis, degassing, ash venting, occasional explosions (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 3 Nov 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 20 Nov 2013)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): new explosive activity since 23 Oct (updated 6 Nov 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Barren Island (Indian Ocean): lava flows (?) (updated 23 Dec 2013)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): slow lava flow extrusion from dome (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Chaitén (Southern Chile and Argentina): degassing, possible renewed slow growth of lava dome (updated 24 Dec 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 22 Nov 2013)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): ash venting (updated 16 Nov 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): ongoing inflation, harmonic tremor (updated 26 Dec 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 18 Dec 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 23 Dec 2013)
Iliwerung (Lesser Sunda Islands): possible submarine eruption from Mt Hobal on 20 August (updated 20 Aug 2013)
Jebel Zubair (Red Sea): no signs of activity after 24 Nov 2013 (updated 26 Nov 2013)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava extrusion at summit crater, strombolian activity, glowing avalanches (updated 4 Sep 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, slightly increased seismic activity (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): degassing (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 22 Nov 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 24 Sep 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): degassing, occasional ash venting (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): occasional ash explosions (updated 9 Dec 2013)
Merapi (Central Java): sporadic phreatic explosions (updated 12 Dec 2013)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Papandayan (West Java): strong hydrothermal activity, increased seismicity (updated 6 May 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica): occasional small phreatic explosions from lake (updated 22 Aug 2013)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): steam/gas/ash emissions (updated 9 Dec 2013)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): weak ash explosions (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Mt Ontake volcano of Suwanose-jima Island, Japan (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Tangkubanparahu (West Java): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 15 Oct 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Dec 2013)

Vorig nieuws
GPS measured deformation at El Hierro (IGN)
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013
El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): Although earthquakes have largely ceased for the moment, the island experiences ongoing rapid inflation and harmonic tremor, both signs that an eruption could be imminent. ... [meer...]
Steaming of the NE and Bocca Nova crater (Pizzo Deneri Etna Trekking webcam)
Tuesday, Dec 24, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): [Unless something major happens, the last update before the holidays: Merry Christmas to all!] ... [meer...]
Map of recent earthquakes under El Hierro (IGN)
Monday, Dec 23, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant changes have occurred. Ash emissions, sometimes relatively strong, continued from the NE crater and the tremor shows a very slow gradual rising trend. ... [meer...]
Ash emission from Etna's NE crater
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): A slight increase in ash emissions from the NE crater and tremor is visible during the past hours. This might be a precursor to more vigorous activity in the near future. ... [meer...]
Ash venting from the NE crater (Pizzo Deneri Etna Trekking webcam)
Friday, Dec 20, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Ash emissions from the NE crater continue with little variation, suggesting deep-seated explosive degassing inside the upper conduit. Tremor is stable with a slightly increasing tendency. ... [meer...]

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