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Volcanic activity worldwide 23 Feb 2021: Etna volcano, Fuego, Popocatépetl, Shiveluch, Dukono, Reve...

Tue, 23 Feb 2021, 21:00
21:00 PM | BY: SEVERAL CONTRIBUTORS
Map of today's active volcanoes
Map of today's active volcanoes
Tall lava fountains more than 1000 m high and spectacular eruption column from last night's paroxysm on Etna (image: Giorgio Costa / facebook)
Tall lava fountains more than 1000 m high and spectacular eruption column from last night's paroxysm on Etna (image: Giorgio Costa / facebook)
Intense strombolian activity at the eastern vent of the New SE crater
Intense strombolian activity at the eastern vent of the New SE crater
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on 23 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Shiveluch volcano on 23 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Sakurajima volcano on 23 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Sakurajima volcano on 23 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Dukono volcano on 22 Feb 2021
Satellite image of Dukono volcano on 22 Feb 2021
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (23 Feb) Once more, Etna produced a very impressive show of unsurpassed fireworks at night: The - awaited - 5th lava fountaining episode (known as paroxysm) occurred late at night and turned out to be particular violent, equal or even stronger than the previous one 48 hours earlier. It was the 5th in a row during a single week's time!
The events building up to the eruption were quite typical and similar to the previous paroxysms: at first, the until-then intermittent and mild strombolian activity from the New SE crater gradually picked up, starting from around 10 pm local time. At the same time, volcanic tremor started to show a steep increase, sign of magma moving upwards inside the volcano's conduits.
... [read more]
...22 Feb:
Yet another phase of lava fountaining, or paroxysms, is almost certainly about to start now. Volcanic tremor has started to rise sharply from low to now already high levels, and strombolian activity at the eastern vent of the New SE crater is becoming more and more intense and near-continuous.
The 5th paroxysm in a row and within a single week comes after a slightly longer interval, approx. 48 hours, than the very regular roughly 35 hours intervals between each of the previous four events.
Given that the last one was very intense compared to the first three, it might not be surprising. Maybe the time to recharge or reproduce the right conditions deeper below for a new gas-rich batch of fresh magma to start rising just took a bit longer.

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 13000 ft (4000 m) altitude or flight level 130 and is moving at 10 kts in NE direction.
The full report is as follows: VA AT 20210223/1050Z FL130 EXTD NE OBS VA DTG:23/1050Z to 13000 ft (4000 m)

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): (23 Feb) Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 5000 ft (1500 m) altitude or flight level 050 and is moving at 20 kts in SE direction.
The full report is as follows: VA AT 20210223/0130Z FL050 EXTD SE OBS VA DTG:23/0130Z to 5000 ft (1500 m)

Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Tokyo warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 7000 ft (2100 m) altitude or flight level 070 and is moving at 10 kts in SW direction.
The full report is as follows: ACTIVITY CONT. VA AT 20210223/1800Z FL070 EXTD SW OBS VA DTG:23/1750Z to 7000 ft (2100 m)

Taal (Luzon, Philippines): Not much has changed since the last update, but seismic activity under the volcano has decreased. In the latest volcano bulletin, PHIVOLCS reported:
"In the past 24-hour period, the Taal Volcano Network recorded one (1) volcanic earthquake. Emission of white steam-laden plumes from fumarolic activity at the vents of the Main Crater was moderate."
Alert level 1 (abnormal) remains in place.

Raung (East Java): Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report: VA REPORTED TO FL130 MOV NE AT 23/1010Z OBS VA DTG:23/1040Z

Dukono (Halmahera): (22 Feb) Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 7000 ft (2100 m) altitude or flight level 070 .
The full report is as follows: CONTINUOUS VA EMISSION TO FL070 MOV SE OBS VA DTG:22/2328Z to 7000 ft (2100 m)

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 and is moving at 10 kts in NW direction.
The full report is as follows: VA EM OBSD to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Fuego (Guatemala): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 15000 ft (4600 m) altitude or flight level 150 .
The full report is as follows: VA EM CONTINUES to 15000 ft (4600 m)

Sangay (Ecuador): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 20000 ft (6100 m) altitude or flight level 200 .
The full report is as follows: VA EMS LIKELY to 20000 ft (6100 m)

Reventador (Ecuador): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 14000 ft (4300 m) altitude or flight level 140 .
The full report is as follows: RPRTS OF VA EM to 14000 ft (4300 m)

Sabancaya (Peru): Explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Buenos Aires warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 24000 ft (7300 m) altitude or flight level 240 .
The full report is as follows: SPORADIC PUFF EMISSIONS to 24000 ft (7300 m)

Previous news

Mon, 22 Feb 2021, 21:00
Map of today's active volcanoes
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (22 Feb) Once more, about 35 hours have now passed since the latest lava fountaining episode (paroxysm) at the volcano. If the pattern visible as the volcanic tremor spikes continues, a new one could be expected to start in the coming hours... ... read all
Sun, 21 Feb 2021, 21:00
Map of today's active volcanoes
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Last night's eruptive episode of tall lava fountains, known as paroxysm, turned out to be one of the most impressive and powerful in recent years. Not only did it produce higher fire fountains than usually, but also it lasted longer than most other paroxysms. ... read all
Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 21:00
Map of today's active volcanoes
Etna (Sicily, Italy): As the same time interval (approx. 35 hours) as between the past 3 lava fountaining episodes or paroxysms has now passed since the last eruption yesterday morning, it is now a guessing game whether Etna is now heading to produce the 4th in a new series. ... read all
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 21:00
Map of today's active volcanoes
Etna (Sicily, Italy): After little more than an hour with impressive fire fountains, the eruption quickly ceased and is now over. The lava flows to the south and east continue to descend, but may no longer be alimented. ... read all
Thu, 18 Feb 2021, 21:00
Map of today's active volcanoes
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (18 Feb) Less than 30 hours after Tuesday's spectacular paroxysm (lava-fountaining episode), the volcano gave again an impressive display of fire, producing another similar and very powerful eruption last night. ... read all

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