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Volcanic activity world-wide 29 September 2012: Fuego, Popocatépetl, Kilauea, Sakurajima, Little Sitkin

Saturday Sep 29, 2012 09:32 AM | BY: T

Fuego volcano has further increased its activity. In its latest report, INSIVUMEH counted 18 eruptions during 27-28 Sep, out of which 10 were moderately sized and produced ash plume up to 1 km height, and fountains of incandescent material of up to 200 m height, which generated avalanches on the upper crater flanks.
Fine ash fall was received in Panimaché, Morelia and Santa Sofia, and shock waves fro the explosions were felt in up to 12 km distance.
At the same time, heavy rains have triggered a first major hot lahar from the pyroclastic-flow deposits filled Ash Canyon, carrying large tree fragments and meter-sized boulders and cutting a local road between San Andrés Osuna and Siquinalá.

Popocatépetl is seen glowing at night and produced 10 emissions during the past 24 hours. Satellite data show a strong SO2 plume.

Activity remains stable at Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i. At the Pu'u 'O'o vent, the lava lake that occupies the east pit crater is still active and was accompanied by a second pit crater lake in the south. Active lava flows are still progressing through the Royal Gardens at an an estimated speed of 100m per day.

Sakurajima volcano has had a surprisingly active day yesterday, with no less than 6 explosions reported by VAAC Tokyo. Ash plume heights reached 6-9,000 ft (1.8-2.7 km) altitude.

Seismic activity at Little Sitkin volcano remains elevated. The level of activity varies from day to day, though this week it has been at levels lower than seen earlier in the current period of unrest, which started in late August, AVO wrote in its latest update.
Previous news
Friday, Sep 28, 2012
Not much new volcano activity has occurred. Most volcanoes we regularly monitor have not shown significant changes. ... [more]

Thursday, Sep 27, 2012
Dozends of fumaroles form a bizarre field to cross which one needs a gas mask. [more]
Thursday, Sep 27, 2012
A new explosion took place yesterday at Sumatra's Marapi volcano. Local media reported an ash cloud rising 1.5-2 km and that the eruption was the strongest so far in 2012. ... [more]
Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
A stronger than average eruption occurred at Karymski volcano in Kamchatka last night at 20:41 GMT, producing an ash cloud reaching 22,000 ft (ca. 7 km) altitude. ... [more]
Tuesday, Sep 25, 2012
After a week of relatively low and infrequent explosions, Sakurajima volcano has stepped up its activity with 3 eruptions during the early hours of yesterday. The largest at 12:52 h local time produced an ash plume rising to 11,000 ft (3.4 km). ... [more]

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