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Manam volcano (Papua New Guinea): large explosive eruption sending ash plume to 45,000 ft altitude

Saturday Jan 12, 2013 09:40 AM | BY: T

MODIS hot spot visible on Manam (data summarized from past 7 days, does not yet include the recent eruption)
MODIS hot spot visible on Manam (data summarized from past 7 days, does not yet include the recent eruption)
An large eruption seems to have occurred this morning around 05:30 GMT from Manam volcano north of New Guinea. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume rising to 45,000 ft (approx. 14 km) altitude.
A hot spot is visible on MODIS satellite data. For the moment, no precise other information about the nature of the eruption is available, as the island is remote and most of its population had been relocated after the last major activity in 2004.
Previous news
Friday, Jan 11, 2013
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Activity continues to be elevated. Last night, the eastern lava over flow was weakly active at the outer flank of the NE cone. Strong glow over the summit, despite partially dense cloud cover, indicates that the magma column inside is high and ready to produce more lava flows. ... [more]
Strong explosion of a lava bubble from Stromboli's NE vent on 10 Jan evening
Thursday, Jan 10, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): This night at around 1:00 am local time, eruptive activity, most likely strombolian eruptions from the eastern vent, resumed in the Bocca Nuova, accompanied by a rise in tremor. ... [more]
Tuesday, Jan 08, 2013
Stromboli volcano (Italy): The magma column inside the NE vent system remains at very high levels with continuous, strong spattering from the hornito in the western end of the NE crater. Large fluid lava bubbles burst from the main vent at irregular intervals of 10-40 minutes, and throw bombs, visible from the village, to heights of several hundreds of meters. On 7 Jan, a small lava flow issued from an effusive vent through a breach in the northern outer flank of the SE crater cone and traveled about half way down the Sciara del Fuoco. ... [more]

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