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Volcanic activity worldwide 20 Aug 2013: White Island, Iliwerung

Tuesday Aug 20, 2013 17:04 PM |

Phreatic explosion at White Island this morning (GeoNet webcam)
Phreatic explosion at White Island this morning (GeoNet webcam)
Iliwerung (Lesser Sunda Islands): A submarine eruption has likely occurred this morning in Indonesia. VSI raised the alert level of Iliwerung volcano from 1 (normal) to 2 (watch) following increased seismic and visual activity from an underwater flank vent called Gunung Hobal.
Iliwerung volcano forms a peninsula on the south coast of Lembata (Lomblen) Island (East Indonesia). Mount Hobal (Gunung Hobal) is a submarine flank vent of Iliwerung located about 800 m from the coast. It has had several historic eruptions during which several temporary islands were formed.
... [read more]

White Island (New Zealand): A small phreatic or hydrothermal eruption occurred at in the active crater earlier today (10:23 on Tuesday 20 August 2013 NZ local time). The explosion lasted for about 10 minutes and produced a steam plume mixed with small amounts of ash that rose about 4 km a.s.l.
The activity at White Island has now returned to levels of high hydrothermal activity as before this morning's eruption.
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Previous news
View of Popocatépetl this morning
Monday, Aug 19, 2013
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): A very large vulcanian explosion, one of the largest during this year occurred yesterday morning. It produced a mushroom shaped ash column that rose to about 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude that drifted over the Kagoshima town where ash fall occurred. ... [more]
Aerial photo of the NE rim of the Kverkjökull glacier with deposits of the flood and ash from the phreatic explosion (
Saturday, Aug 17, 2013
Kverkfjöll (Eastern Iceland): A small phreatic eruption seems to have taken place yesterday at the ice-covered Kverkfjoell central volcano. The steam-driven (no fresh magma involved) explosion followed a small glacial flood on 15 August the Kverkjökull glacier released into the Volga river and was probably a result of the pressure release during the flood. ... [more]
MODIS hot spot at Veniaminof volcano (past 7 days, Univ. Hawai'i)
Friday, Aug 16, 2013
Karymsky (Kamchatka): An explosion probably occurred last night (inferred from seismic data), and might have produced an ash plume of up to 20,000 ft (7.5 km) elevation, Tokyo VAAC reported. ... [more]
SO2 plume from Sakurajima volcano (NOAA)
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2013
El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): Earthquake activity has been calmer today. So far, only 9 tiny quakes (all below magnitude 2) have been recorded under the island. ... [more]
Map of recent earthquakes under El Hierro (IGN)
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): The number of earthquakes has increased from averages of 5-10 to about 30 during the past few days. The location of the recent quakes is in a N-S elongated layer about 10-12 km depth in the western part of the island under the El Golfo bay. So far, no quakes above magnitude 3 have occurred. ... [more]

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