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São Jorge volcano update: Uplift detected likely confirming magma intrusion at depth

Mon, 28 Mar 2022, 15:14
15:14 PM | BY: T
Seismic trace of ROSA station on São Jorge island, showing small quakes and what could be an episode of tremor (image:
Seismic trace of ROSA station on São Jorge island, showing small quakes and what could be an episode of tremor (image:
Depth of quakes over time under Sao Jorge volcano
Depth of quakes over time under Sao Jorge volcano
Preliminary satellite-based radar data confirm that a section of island's northern part, roughly corresponding to where the recent quakes have been occurring, has experienced uplift.
This almost certainly confirms that magma intrusion at depth is the cause of the seismic swarm.
The earthquake swarm itself continues, but has been decreasing in intensity. In the past 24 hours, São Jorge volcano had 1 quake of magnitude 3.0 and 25 quakes between 2.0 and 3.0. On the other hand, the seismic plot has been showing an episode of what could be volcanic tremor a short time ago this afternoon; it could also be a local disturbance (some machines running near the seismic station etc); we cannot judge this without other data available. However, it if IS volcanic origin, it could be sign that magma has been moving inside some of the newly created conduits.

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São Jorge volcano
fissure vents 1053 m
Azores Islands, Portugal, 38.66°N / -28.11°W
Current status: restless (2 out of 5) São Jorge volcano eruptions:
1580, 1808
Typical eruption style
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