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Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Feb 2014: Popocatépetl, Kilauea

Monday Feb 17, 2014 20:32 PM |

Aerial view of Popocatépetl's summit crater (image: CENAPRED)
Aerial view of Popocatépetl's summit crater (image: CENAPRED)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): The tiltmeters at the summit of Kilauea and at Pu`u `O`o cinder cone both recorded continued DI inflationary tilt over the past 24HRS!

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): No significant changes in the currently low activity of the volcano have occurred recently. The volcano produces a small number (less than 10 usually) weak explosive emissions of steam, gas and sometimes ash on a daily basis, and magma continues to rise slowly to the summit where a lava dome forms. This is evidenced by glow at night, and was confirmed during a recent overfly with the support of the Mexican Navy.
On the images obtained, one could see that a dome is slowly growing within the inner crater, partially filling it. Its diameter was estimated to about 200 m and it is about 50 meters below the average level of the floor of the main crater.
The alert level of the volcano remains unchanged at Yellow phase 2.

Volcano Activity Summary for 17 Feb 2014:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): intermittent activity, likely strombolian-type and/or lava flows (updated 4 Feb 2014)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 16 Aug 2013)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): sporadic small (phreatic?) explosions (updated 6 May 2013)
Colima (Western Mexico): explosions and lava flows (updated 19 Jul 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 6 Feb 2014)
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): lava flow from base of New SE crater, strombolian explosions / ash emissions from NSEC (updated 4 Feb 2014)
Fuego (Guatemala): strombolian explosions (updated 16 Feb 2014)
Gamalama (Halmahera): ash eruptions since 17 Sep (updated 17 Sep 2012)
Grozny (Iturup Island): fumarolic activity (updated 3 Apr 2013)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): likely lava lake in summit crater (updated 1 Aug 2013)
Karkar (Northeast of New Guinea): possible ash eruption on 1 February (updated 15 Mar 2013)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 22 Aug 2013)
Kavachi (Solomon Islands): no eruption since 2007 (updated 2 Feb 2014)
Kelud (East Java): large explosive eruption on 13 Feb 2014 (updated 16 Feb 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)
Kizimen (Kamchatka): degassing (updated 22 Aug 2013)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): degassing, occasional ash venting (updated 28 Aug 2013)
Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia): occasional ash explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands): lava effusion enlarging the new island (updated 5 Feb 2014)
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): weak strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 16 Feb 2014)
Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia): active growing lava dome (updated 12 Aug 2013)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): ash venting, intermittent explosions (updated 2 Feb 2014)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 16 Feb 2014)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, ash venting and small to moderate explosions (updated 25 Jul 2012)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome, incandescent avalanches, occasional explosions (updated 8 Feb 2014)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): growing lava dome, pyroclastic flows, occasional explosions (updated 15 Feb 2014)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian to weak vulcanian explosions (updated 2 Feb 2014)
Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands): increased activity at the volcano (updated 8 Feb 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): intermittent small to moderrately large explosions, strong ash emissions (updated 10 Feb 2014)
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): effusion of lava flows (updated 16 Aug 2013)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Aso (Kyushu): steaming, occasional ash venting (updated 29 Jan 2014)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash explosions (updated 26 Aug 2013)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, degassing (updated 10 Jun 2013)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): unspecified activity - possibly lava flows (updated 7 Aug 2013)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): ash venting (updated 16 Aug 2013)
Dieng (Central Java): increased degassing (updated 28 Mar 2013)
Galeras (Colombia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Gamkonora (Halmahera): seismic swam, minor ash emissions (updated 27 May 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)
Iwo-Tori-shima (Ryukyu Islands): possible small ash eruption on 6 July 2013 (updated 6 Jul 2013)
Kerinci (Sumatra): seismic unrest (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
Kikai (Ryukyu Islands): steaming at summit crater of Iodake, occasional weak glows (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, alert lowered (updated 30 Jul 2012)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): degassing (updated 27 Jun 2013)
Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): occasional ash explosions (updated 11 Feb 2013)
Medvezhia (Kurile Islands, Russia): strong steaming, thermal anomaly (updated 17 Jan 2013)
Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia): sporadic phreatic explosions (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo): steaming/degassing from pit inside summit caldera (updated 18 Jul 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): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 17 Feb 2014)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): weak ash explosions (updated 26 Aug 2013)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Raung (East Java): strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Reventador (Ecuador): ash explosions, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 6 Feb 2014)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): small phreatic eruption on 11 April (updated 6 Oct 2012)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
San Cristobal (Nicaragua): seismic unrest, occasional phreatic explosions (updated 6 Feb 2014)
San Miguel (El Salvador): small explosions, seismic unrest, intense degassing (updated 16 Feb 2014)
Sangay (Ecuador): degassing (updated 24 May 2013)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash venting, strong degassing (updated 24 Jul 2013)
Ubinas (Peru): seismic unrest, occasional phreatic explosions (updated 16 Feb 2014)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Aug 2013)
White Island (New Zealand): strong degassing, volcanic tremor (updated 20 Aug 2013)

Previous news
Currently active lava flows at Etna's New SE crater
Sunday, Feb 16, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity has remained essentially unchanged. Weak lava effusion from the fissure vents at the eastern flank of the New SE crater as well as sporadic strombolian explosion continue, accompanied by low tremor levels. ... [more]
Explosion at Bocca Nuova crater (Montagnola webcam, INGV Catania)
Saturday, Feb 15, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): This morning at 12:08 (local time) a moderate phreatic explosion occurred from the Bocca Nuova crater. ... [more]
The eruption of Kelut last night (image: pic.twitter.com/ypy7kx9615 / @hilmi_dzi)
Friday, Feb 14, 2014
Kelud (East Java): BNPB (Civil protection) confirmed 3 fatalities (indirectly or directly) caused by the eruption: two as result of breathing difficulties caused by the ash, one as a road accident during evacuation. All of the victims were in Pandasari village less than 7 km from the volcano where 20 cm of ash has fallen. ... [more]
Sequence of the small explosion at San Miguel yesterday (MARN)
Thursday, Feb 13, 2014
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. ... [more]
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]

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