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Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Dec 2013: Dukono, Chaitén, Sinabung, Sakurajima, Etna, El Hierro

Tuesday Dec 24, 2013 09:35 AM |

Steaming of the NE and Bocca Nova crater (Pizzo Deneri Etna Trekking webcam)
Steaming of the NE and Bocca Nova crater (Pizzo Deneri Etna Trekking webcam)
Location of quakes during the past 2 days (IGN)
Location of quakes during the past 2 days (IGN)
Ash plume from an eruption of Sakurajima this morning
Ash plume from an eruption of Sakurajima this morning
Steaming Chaitén volcano seen from Chaitén town on 23 Dec 2013
Steaming Chaitén volcano seen from Chaitén town on 23 Dec 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): [Unless something major happens, the last update before the holidays: Merry Christmas to all!]
Ash emissions from the NE crater (as well as possibly Bocca Nuova) and tremor have decreased. Will Etna give us a peaceful calm Xmas ? You can check the livecams...

El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain): The new seismic / deformation crisis continued over night with about 20 quakes between magnitudes 2-3 today so far (during the first 6 hours). The key observations are:
- A migration of the quakes' hypocenters towards the south is visible.
... [read more]

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): During the past week, the volcano has been relatively calm with an average of 1 explosion per day (ash plumes rising to 6-10,000 ft altitude). A slightly stronger explosion occurred this morning (evening in Japan) with an ash plume rising to 11,000 ft (video):


Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Activity has been low at the volcano, but occasional small explosions and ash emissions still occur. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume at 10,000 ft (3 km) yesterday and maintains Aviation Color Code RED, as the chance of a sudden larger explosion remains high.

Dukono (Halmahera): Elevated explosive activity continues. A volcanic ash plume was detected this morning rising to 10,000 ft (3 km) altitude and drifting 30 nautical miles to the N (VAAC Darwin).

Chaitén (Southern Chile and Argentina): A visitor sent us the following short update: "Today (as of 23 Dec) the volcano was rather calm; from the town, one can identify 9 areas of incandescence at the lava dome".
Previous news
Map of recent earthquakes under El Hierro (IGN)
Monday, Dec 23, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant changes have occurred. Ash emissions, sometimes relatively strong, continued from the NE crater and the tremor shows a very slow gradual rising trend. ... [more]
Ash emission from Etna's NE crater
Sunday, Dec 22, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): A slight increase in ash emissions from the NE crater and tremor is visible during the past hours. This might be a precursor to more vigorous activity in the near future. ... [more]
Ash venting from the NE crater (Pizzo Deneri Etna Trekking webcam)
Friday, Dec 20, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Ash emissions from the NE crater continue with little variation, suggesting deep-seated explosive degassing inside the upper conduit. Tremor is stable with a slightly increasing tendency. ... [more]
Ash emission from Etna's NE crater this afternoon
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): The ash emissions from the NE crater have increased and become near continuous. A likely cause are deep-seated explosions from a degassing active magma column. Tremor has remained low, but with a slight increase. ... [more]
Lava effusion from the new effusive vent at the lower NE flank of Etna's NSEC (photo from last evening: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (17 Dec) Weak lava effusion continues from the fissure on the lower NE flank of the New SE crater. Explosive activity seems to have ceased and tremor has descended back to low levels. ... [more]

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