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Volcanic activity worldwide 3 Jan 2014: Erta Ale, Sinabung, Kilauea

Friday Jan 03, 2014 17:03 PM |

Eruption from Sinabung this morning (VSI webcam)
Eruption from Sinabung this morning (VSI webcam)
The Halema'uma'u lava lake at Kilauea volcano today
The Halema'uma'u lava lake at Kilauea volcano today
The lava lake of Erta Ale in late December 2013 (Photo copyright: Dominik Voegtli)
The lava lake of Erta Ale in late December 2013 (Photo copyright: Dominik Voegtli)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): More explosions (and probably pyroclastic flows) occurred this morning. An ash plume rose to estimated 24,000 ft (7.3 km) altitude.

Kilauea (Hawai'i): No significant changes have occurred over the past weeks. The level of the lava lake at the summit fluctuated slightly and remained around 45 m (148 ft) below the floor of Halema`uma`u crater.
At the middle east rift zone, the Pu`u `O`o vent continued to feed the Kahauale`a 2 lava flow, which was active as small scattered breakouts burning forest to the northeast. Gas emissions remained elevated. (USGS)

Erta Ale (Ethiopia): The level of Erta Ale's active lava lake in the southern pit crater has risen considerably during recent months and is now only about 5-10 m below the rim in some places. Check out some new pictures here.

Volcano Activity Summary for 3 Jan 2014:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 10 Dec 2013)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 6 Nov 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): explosions and lava flows (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 31 Dec 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)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): degassing, seismic unrest (updated 29 Dec 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): strombolian activity at summit, lava flow emission on upper slopes (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): growing lava dome, seismic unrest (updated 23 Oct 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 2 Jan 2014)
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)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): lava effusion enlarging the new island (updated 27 Dec 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 2 Jan 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador): ash explosions, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 14 Nov 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): constant ash emissions and strong explosions (updated 24 Dec 2013)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 18 Oct 2013)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, incandescent avalanches, occasional explosions (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): growing lava dome, pyroclastic flows, occasional explosions (updated 3 Jan 2014)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 3 Nov 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Tokara Islands, Japan): strombolian to weak vulcanian explosions (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 20 Nov 2013)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): new explosive activity since 23 Oct (updated 6 Nov 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Barren Island (Indian Ocean): lava flows (?) (updated 23 Dec 2013)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, degassing (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Chaitén (Southern Chile and Argentina): degassing, possible renewed slow growth of lava dome (updated 24 Dec 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 22 Nov 2013)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): ash venting (updated 16 Nov 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 18 Dec 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 23 Dec 2013)
Iliwerung (Lesser Sunda Islands): possible submarine eruption from Mt Hobal on 20 August (updated 20 Aug 2013)
Jebel Zubair (Red Sea): no signs of activity after 24 Nov 2013 (updated 26 Nov 2013)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava extrusion at summit crater, strombolian activity, glowing avalanches (updated 4 Sep 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, slightly increased seismic activity (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): degassing (updated 27 Dec 2013)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 22 Nov 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 24 Sep 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): degassing, occasional ash venting (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): occasional ash explosions (updated 9 Dec 2013)
Merapi (Central Java): sporadic phreatic explosions (updated 12 Dec 2013)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 27 Dec 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 2 Jan 2014)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): weak ash explosions (updated 5 Dec 2013)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
San Miguel (El Salvador): new eruption on 29 Dec 2013 (updated 2 Jan 2014)
Tangkubanparahu (West Java): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 15 Oct 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Dec 2013)

Previous news
Glow from Shiveluch's active lava dome this evening (KVERT webcam)
Thursday, Jan 02, 2014
The new year begins with intense and dangerous activity in Indonesia: ... [more]
view of Etna this morning from Catania
Wednesday, Jan 01, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): For the first day of the year, Etna is wearing a beautiful snow dress. ... [more]
Strombolian explosions at the New SE crater on the evening of 29 Dec (Photo: Emaunela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)Tremor amplitude (
Tuesday, Dec 31, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): The fireworks on Etna seem to be coming to an end, although there is currently no visibility due to bad weather. Tremor has gradually decreased after another long, but rather weak paroxysm at the New SE crater (photos). ... [more]
Weak lava fountain at the New SE crater
Monday, Dec 30, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): The 21st paroxysm at the New SE crater which started last evening is still going on although it has decreased a bit. Until now, the eruption has been rather weak with no sustained tall lava fountains as during most of the paroxysms. Instead, the New SE crater continues to produce loud, spectacular near-continuous strombolian-type jets (or low, pulsating fountains) and explosions of lava bubbles. The eruption so far: ... [more]
Strombolian activity at New SE crater (Etna-Web webcam)
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity is rapidly increasing towards the 21st paroxysm. The New SE crater produces near continuous bright strombolian explosions accompanied by loud explosion sounds. Tremor is rising steeply. ... [more]

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