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Volcanic activity world-wide 6 October 2012: Etna, Kilauea, Fuego, Santiaguito, Karymski, Batu Tara, Bagana, Nyiragongo

Saturday Oct 06, 2012 14:29 PM | BY: T

New explosions occurred at Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi which erupted 3 times yesterday evening, producing ash plumes rising 1.5 km above the crater and ejecting glowing bombs to 350 m height.

A new lava flow has began to effuse from the new scoria cone in the Bocca Nuova crater of Etna volcano on 5 October. A steady gas plume is also rising above the crater.

At Kilauea volcano on Hawai'i, inflation continues and the lava flows are pooling in the coastal flat at the base of the pali.

Fuego volcano remains similar levels of activity with 17 explosions since yesterday, although none seems to have been as strong than the larger ones (ash up to 1.2 km) the day before.

Santiaguito produced a weak pyroclastic flow earlier this morning at 06:01 hours from the SE-S flank of the dome. Ash from the event rose to 100 meters above the crater and caused minor ash fall on areas of Finca el Faro and San Jose.

Batu Tara is back on the scene. An ash plume at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude has been detected by Darwin VAAC.

A possibly relatively large explosion was reported from Karymski volcano in Kamchatka this morning, but the height of the ash cloud if present at all could not be observed and was estimated to be up to 22,000 ft (7 km) based on seismic recordings.

In absence of volcanic ash plumes over northern Europe, London VAAC sends out almost daily exercise notifications about ash from ... Hekla. "Wishful" thinking?

An unusually strong SO2 plume was seen today from Nyiragongo and/or neighboring Nymuragira. Unfortunately, the area around both volcanoes is still plagued by civil war like conditions and currently off limits for safe visits.

Activity continues at Bagana volcano on Bougainville Island (PNG) as elevated SO2 emissions visible today suggest.
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]

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