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Rabaul (Tavurvur) volcano
caldera 688 m / 2,257 ft
New Britain, Papua New Guinea, -4.27°S / 152.2°E
Current status: restless (2 out of 5)
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Rabaul (Tavurvur) volcano news & eruption update

Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul, Papua New Guinea): large explosive eruption, ash to 60,000 ft

Friday Aug 29, 2014 06:31 AM | BY: T

Lava fountains and ash column from Tavurvur volcano (image: Emma Edwards via Mark Tarello @mark_tarello / twitter)
Lava fountains and ash column from Tavurvur volcano (image: Emma Edwards via Mark Tarello @mark_tarello / twitter)
Eruption from Tavurvur this morning (image: Hubert Namani @hhnaman / Twitter)
Eruption from Tavurvur this morning (image: Hubert Namani @hhnaman / Twitter)
A large explosive eruption began at Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul caldera) this morning.
The eruption seems to be similar to a paroxysm on Etna.
Lava fountains and significant ash emissions were observed. The ash plume reached a height of approx. 60,000 ft (18 km) altitude. Aviation color code was raised to red.





Previous news
Thursday, Jan 09, 2014
Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone was quiet during 16-31 December. White and occasionally blue vapor plumes rose from the crater. An explosion at 0732 on 22 December generated an ash-poor plume. Weak fluctuating glow was visible at night on 31 December. (Smithsonian/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report) [more]
Thursday, Dec 05, 2013
RVO reported that Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone was generally quiet during 16-30 November. A few explosions during 15-18 November generated ash plumes that rose to low altitudes (no more than 1 km) and drifted E, SE, and NW. Small amounts of fine-grained ash fell around Rabaul town (3-5 km NW). White-to-light-gray emissions rose from the crater the remainder of the month. ... [more]
Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
RVO reported that Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone was quiet during 1-12 November. At 0516 on 13 November a moderate explosion generated a dense billowing ash cloud that rose 1 km above the crater and drifted NW. ... [more]
Tuesday, Oct 01, 2013
Activity continues. The latest NOAA satellite image data shows increased SO2 emissions. [more]
Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013
RVO reported that during 1-31 August low-level activity at Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone consisted of pale gray plumes with variable but mostly minor ash content. Intervals between emissions ranged from tens of seconds to hours. ... [more]

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