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Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Oct 2013: Fuego, Reykjanes, Erta Ale, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Du...

Monday Oct 14, 2013 14:27 PM |

Location of this morning's earthquakes on the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland
Location of this morning's earthquakes on the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula of Iceland
Lava fountaining from Klyuchevskoy this morning (KVERT webcam)
Lava fountaining from Klyuchevskoy this morning (KVERT webcam)
MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Chirpoi volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)
MODIS hot spot data (past 7 days) for Chirpoi volcano (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)
MODIS hot spot data for Veniaminof volcano showing the area of the latest lava flows (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)
MODIS hot spot data for Veniaminof volcano showing the area of the latest lava flows (ModVolc, Univ. Hawaii)
Fuego and the active lava flows this morning
Fuego and the active lava flows this morning
This morning's seismic signal from Tungurahua (RETU station, IGPEN)
This morning's seismic signal from Tungurahua (RETU station, IGPEN)
Lava bubble in the active lava lake of Erta Ale volcano
Lava bubble in the active lava lake of Erta Ale volcano
SO2 plume from Zubair volcano (NOAA)
SO2 plume from Zubair volcano (NOAA)
Reykjanes (Reykjanes peninsula (SW Iceland)): (13 Oct) A shallow (10 km) magnitude 4.8 earthquake with many pre- and aftershocks (or a seismic swarm) occurred this morning (Sun) at 07:34 UTC at the SW tip of the Reykjanes peninsula, on the SW active rift zone. The swarm of earthquakes included several quakes of magnitude 3 and higher. The strongest earthquake was widely felt in SE Iceland.
Whether the earthquakes are related to magma intrusions (a possibility) or purely tectonic is unclear.

Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): The eruption continues with little changes; strong strombolian activity / lava fountaining from the summit vent can even be seen on the KVERT webcamera.

Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): A thermal hot spot remains visible on satellite data, suggesting continuing activity.

Dukono (Halmahera): Sometimes strong strombolian to vulcanian-type explosions continue. An ash plume rose to 8,000 ft Saturday VAAC Darwin reported.

Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Seismicity remains elevated and hot spots remain visible in the caldera on MODIS data. The seismic activity has been gradually declining over the past several days, and no clear views could be obtained from webcam images to see if lava effusion continues.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The number of emissions (mainly steam puffs) has increased to about 3 per hour. A total of 8 small explosions, some of which ejected incandescent tephra outside the crater and produced small ash plumes were observed during the latest 24 hour report interval (CENAPRED).


Fuego (Guatemala): Activity has increased today, the volcano observatory reports in its special bulletin. The number and size of explosions rose and produced incandescent fountains of up to about 200 m and an ash plume rising about 1 km which drifted 8 km S and SW. Shock waves that rattled windows and roofs of houses in nearby villages accompanied the explosions.
The lava effusion increased as well, feeding a new flow that traveled 700 m on the southern flank this morning. Weak to moderate avalanches detached from the flow front. The main hazard would be a further increase of lava emissions and/or a sudden collapse of the lava flow that could produce dangerous pyroclastic flows such as in previous similar eruptive episodes over the past months.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): Continuous strombolian eruptions of fluctuating intensity are observed. This and the presence of a relatively large SO2 plume indicate that the volcano currently has an open conduit allowing fresh magma from deeper storage areas to rise quickly.

Erta Ale (Ethiopia): We are looking for only two more participants to make the expedition to the Danakil (Ethiopia) from 17-29 Nov possible.
This is your chance to visit one of world's most exciting and volcanically impressing places in a small group (max 4 persons) organized by a professional competent tour operator.
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Jebel Zubair (Red Sea): The submarine eruption continues. A small steam plume continued to rise from the new eruption site this morning and an SO2 plume hovers above the area.

Volcano Activity Summary for 14 Oct 2013:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 16 Sep 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 3 Oct 2013)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 10 Oct 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 2 Sep 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): continuous small eruptions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): lava flow on upper eastern flank (updated 19 Jul 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 21 Jan 2012)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flow on upper southern flank, small to moderate explosions (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Jebel Zubair (Red Sea): submarine eruption started 28 Sep 2013 (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): lava lakes in Halemau'uma'u and Pu'u 'O'o, lava flows on coastal flat and weakly active ocean entries (updated 13 Aug 2013)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): growing lava dome and incandescent rock avalanches (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): strombolian activity / lava fountains in summit crater, lava flows, flank eruption (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): occasional weak explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 Jun 2013)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian activity and lava flow (updated 10 Oct 2013)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 12 Aug 2013)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): explosions and ash emissions (updated 1 Oct 2013)
Reventador (Ecuador): ash explosions, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): constant ash emissions and strong explosions (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 10 Oct 2013)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2012)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): slow dome growth, occasional explosions and pyroclastic flows (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 10 Oct 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Mt Ontake volcano of Suwanose-jima Island, Japan (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Telica (Nicaragua): normal (low) seismic activity (updated 26 Sep 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): strombolian activity (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): steaming, degassing (updated 1 Oct 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): strong strombolian activity (level 3), crater currently closed (updated 10 Sep 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): slow lava flow extrusion from dome (updated 13 Oct 2013)
Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): hot spot visible on satellite imagery (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): sporadic ash emissions from New SE crater (updated 10 Oct 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 3 Oct 2013)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): growing lava dome, seismic unrest (updated 9 Jun 2013)
Iliwerung (Lesser Sunda Islands): possible submarine eruption from Mt Hobal on 20 August (updated 20 Aug 2013)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava extrusion at summit crater, strombolian activity, glowing avalanches (updated 4 Sep 2013)
Kerinci (Sumatra): occasional ash explosions (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, slightly increased seismic activity (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 11 Feb 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 24 Sep 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): occasional explosions (updated 12 Sep 2013)
Merapi (Central Java): moderate gas and ash plume on 22 july (updated 3 Oct 2013)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): seismic unrest (updated 7 Oct 2013)
Papandayan (West Java): strong hydrothermal activity, increased seismicity (updated 6 May 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica): occasional small phreatic explosions from lake (updated 22 Aug 2013)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): steam/gas/ash emissions (updated 14 Oct 2013)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Tangkubanparahu (West Java): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 7 Oct 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ubinas (Peru): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 20 Sep 2013)
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): effusion of lava flows (updated 14 Oct 2013)
White Island (New Zealand): strong degassing, volcanic tremor (updated 13 Oct 2013)

Previous news
Eruption from Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka (KVERT webcam)
Sunday, Oct 13, 2013
Gorely (Southern Kamchatka): No changes in activity (strong degassing, moderate seismic activity) have occurred. ... [more]
Lightning inside the eruption cloud above Klyuchevskoy volcano (KVERT webcam)
Saturday, Oct 12, 2013
Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): (11 Oct) We posted the following time-lapse video of the eruption this morning (or evening, in Kamchatka time). At 08:30 UTC (17:30 local time), a new vent opened in the saddle between Klyuchevskoy and neighboring Kamen volcano, producing a fountain of lava and ash rising to about 7 km altitude. The KVERT webcam even captured lightning during this eruption: ... [more]
Map of yesterday's earthquakes under Etna (marker shows one of the two mag 2.7 events)
Friday, Oct 11, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (10 Oct) A swarm of shallow earthquakes occurred yesterday under the SE flank, below Monte Arcimis near Tarderia (Pedara) at depths of 2.7-5.6 km. The two largest events were magnitude 2.7 and felt by local residents. ... [more]
Current tremor signal (ESLN station, INGV Catania)
Thursday, Oct 10, 2013
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): Our friend Petra who climbed the volcano last night reports that activity is rather low at the moment. There were no explosions observed during the time spent at the summit (about one hour). ... [more]
Showa crater of Sakurajima with glow from strombolian activity this evening
Wednesday, Oct 09, 2013
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has had less (vulcanian) explosions, but showed near-constant strombolian activity and ash emissions today: ... [more]

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