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Volcanic activity world-wide 16-17 October 2012: Fukutoku-Okanoba, Popocatépetl, Fuego, Santiaguito, Heard Island, El Hierro, Santorini

Wednesday Oct 17, 2012 17:02 PM | BY: T

A new submarine eruption was observed from Fukutoku-Okanoba volcano in the Volcano Islands of Japan on Tuesday morning, October 16th. Japanese Coast Guard observed a column of white smoke rising from the sea about 3 miles from Minami-Iwoto island. According to a report "the volcano spewed ash and smoke about 100 meters into the air, and the surrounding sea area changed to a yellowish-green color while other parts became a cloudy gray".

The number of explosions of Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico has been increasing further. During 15-16 Oct, 71 were recorded by CENAPRED. Some of these produced ash plumes rising up to 1.5 km above the crater, notably at 18:05 h local time on 15 Oct, 04:39 h and 09:43 h on 16 Oct.
Glow is visible above the crater at night, and a SO2 plume is visible regularly on NOAA's satellite images.

Activity from Fuego volcano in Guatemala remains mainly effusive with an active 600 m long lava flow and only occasional weak strombolian explosions.

The lava flows from Santiaguito were reported to be inactive this morning. A small steam explosion occurred this morning, INSIVUMEH reported.

MODIS satellite data continues to show a hotspot at Heard Island volcano.

After a short burst of quakes on 15 Oct, earthquake activity at El Hierro Island has calmed down to an average of 5-6 weak events per day.

When our current group of the Fascination Volcano tour visited Santorini's Nea Kameni today, we verified that tourists can trigger tremor and volcanic earthquakes!
Previous news
Monday, Oct 15, 2012
Activity of Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico is on a slightly increasing trend with 48 exhalations of low to medium intensity during 14-15 Oct, some of which were accompanied by small emissions of ash. The largest produced plumes rising 1.5 km above the crater. Crater glow is visible at night. ... [more]
Sunday, Oct 14, 2012
Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico continues to produce relatively ash-rich small explosions at a rate of approximately 1 per hour. Glow is seen at night. ... [more]
Friday, Oct 12, 2012
A new eruptive phase began on Thursday, 9th October (or possibly the 8th October) at Paluweh volcano in Indonesia, the volcano has been dormant since 1985. The volcano has shown signs of revival since October 1st. (Thanks to Volcanism Bulletin for the update). ... [more]
Tuesday, Oct 09, 2012
Seismic activity at El Hierro volcano has calmed down from 15 quakes on Sunday, 4 yesterday and only two very small ones registered today. ... [more]
Monday, Oct 08, 2012
The small earthquake swarm at El Hierro volcano appears to have ended already. The frequency of quakes has decreased. ... [more]

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