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Volcanic activity worldwide 13 Feb 2014: Kelud, San Miguel

Thursday Feb 13, 2014 19:44 PM |

Sequence of the small explosion at San Miguel yesterday (MARN)
Sequence of the small explosion at San Miguel yesterday (MARN)
Kelud (East Java): It seems that a large eruption started at the volcano at 23:29 local time today. VAAC Darwin reports an ash plume to 45,000 ft (15 km) altitude is drifting 50 nautical miles to the west of the volcano. The alert status was raised to the highest level.
Local news suggest heavy ash fall (up to gravel sized) in distances of 15-40 km. Volcanologists on duty at the VSI observatory post left because to the danger posed by the eruption; Indonesian Civil Defense (BNPB) urged people living within 10 km of the volcano to evacuate. Indonesian government set up more than 70 evacuation shelters in areas around the volcano.

San Miguel (El Salvador): A small ash explosion occurred yesterday afternoon at the volcano, at 16:44 (local time). It only lasted about 10 minutes and produced a small ash plume rising approx. 500 m. It is the first eruptive activity since the larger explosion on 29 Dec past year, and is likely only a precursor of more violent activity to come.
Seismic activity has been increasing constantly over the past weeks, and clusters of earthquakes have been taking place at shallow (1 km) depth beneath the northern flank, MARN scientists measured. Tremor, indication of internal fluid (magma) movements and/or pressure, has been rising in intensity. As well, increasing values of sulfur dioxide (SO2) degassing suggest that new magma is rising within the volcanic edifice.
Previous news
Photo of the pyroclastic flow on Etna this morning (Photo: Mike Schüler, facebook)
Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): A (for Etna standards) very large pyroclastic flow descended this morning on the eastern flank from the area of the new vents that opened yesterday on the eastern side beneath the summit of the New SE crater. ... [more]
The lava flow last night (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Monday, Feb 10, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): No significant changes were observed last night: the lava flow and strombolian activity at the New SE crater have continued similar to the days before. ... [more]

Sunday, Feb 09, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity from the New SE crater continues essentially unchanged. Weak strombolian activity occurs at the summit vent, sometimes associated with more or less pronounced ash emissions. ... [more]
Panoramic view of the Bove Valley at dawn (Photo: Emanuela / VolcanoDiscovery Italia)
Thursday, Feb 06, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Lava continues to flow from the fissure vent at the eastern base of the New SE crater. Accompanied by slowly rising tremor, an overall gradual increase of the activity can be noted. ... [more]
The new lava flow and an ash emission from the New SE crater
Tuesday, Feb 04, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): After a short pause with likely no (or almost no) eruptive activity during 1-2 Feb, the volcano started renewed lava effusion from the fissure vent at the eastern foot of the New SE crater yesterday, followed by the onset of weak explosive activity(ash emissions) from the New SE crater this afternoon. ... [more]

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