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Volcanic activity world-wide 5 October 2012: Etna, Iceland, Popocatépetl, Fuego, Santiaguito, Sheveluch, Sakurajima, Pagan

Friday Oct 05, 2012 17:56 PM | BY: T

Weak strombolian activity continues at the Bocca Nuova crater of Etna volcano.

Another weak seismic swarm is occurring at the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north of Iceland. It is probably tectonic in nature although some active volcanoes probably exist in this area as well.

Fuego volcano has been following its increasing trend of activity with 20 explosions reported between 3-4 Oct and 21 during 4-5 Oct, with ash plumes rising up to 1.2 km. Its violent eruption 3 weeks ago (on 13 Sep) still in mind, local residents and media are getting nervous about this behaviour.

Santiaguito continues at rather low levels. Some red glow is visible at night and there are occasional weak explosions with ash rising a few 100 meters. Lava flows are active on the NE and SE sides of the cone.

Popocatépetl has increased its activity. During 3-4 Oct, it produced 12 explosions, and 32 during 4-5 Oct, a few of which produces ash plumes up to 1-2 km height. Glow is visible from the crater at night. Seismic activity is low and the alert status remains unchanged.

Some smaller ash emissions occurred at Sheveluch volcano last night and were detected on satellite images.

Sakurajima volcano remains quite active with 5 weak to moderate explosions during the past 24 hours.

Pagan volcano in the Marianas continues to steam, but there has probably not been other activity USGS reports.
Previous news
Thursday, Oct 04, 2012
Earthquakes have picked up again (but not much) in numbers at El Hierro volcano. As before, the quakes are concentrated in the western El Golfo and central areas of the island. ... [more]
Wednesday, Oct 03, 2012
A thermal hotspot was detected at Michael volcano in the South Sandwich Islands yesterday on MODIS satellite imagery, suggesting that new activity is taking place, possibly a small lava lake forming as during periods of activity in recent years. ... [more]
Tuesday, Oct 02, 2012
October starts as a volcanically calm month. A few updates for today summarized (as usual, the links point to more detailed reports): ... [more]
Monday, Oct 01, 2012
MODIS satellite data showed hotspots at Heard Island volcano on 21 and 24 September 2012. This suggests that there was or perhaps still is some new activity at the volcano, although no further hotspots appeared on satellite data since 24 Sep. ... [more]
Sunday, Sep 30, 2012
Volcanically spoken, this has been a very calm Sunday so far with little changes to report. ... [more]

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