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Volcanic activity worldwide 24 Feb 2014: Fuego, Santa María / Santiaguito, Popocatépetl, Tungurahu...

Monday Feb 24, 2014 17:09 PM |

Glow from an eruption at Suwanose-jima volcano (JMA webcam)
Glow from an eruption at Suwanose-jima volcano (JMA webcam)
Small explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Small explosion at Popocatépetl yesterday (CENAPRED)
Explosion at Fuego volcano this morning
Explosion at Fuego volcano this morning
Ash explosion from Tungurahua this morning
Ash explosion from Tungurahua this morning
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Activity has been higher today. The volcano had several smaller explosions today. Plumes rose to altitudes of approx 2,000 ft (1.8 km).

Kilauea (Hawai'i): (24 Feb) The south spatter cone at Pu'u 'O'o erupted lava across the crater floor from about 6 pm yesterday and about 2 am this morning.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): Activity at the volcano has remained unchanged and is currently low. The number of explosive emissions of generally weak size is typically less than 10 per day. SO2 emissions remain elevated and glow at night is visible as a further indicator that magma continues to rise slowly to the crater.

Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Activity at the volcano remains similar to the previous weeks. Effusion of lava keeps the flows at the eastern and southeastern sides of the Caliente dome active, where avalanches occur. No explosions were reported by the observatory this morning.

Fuego (Guatemala): Strombolian activity remains intense, with ejections often reaching 150-200 m above the crater and producing abundant incandescent avalanches. Thanks to the new webcam, this activity can now be followed much better and in near-real time. This is an example time-lapse showing this morning's activity at the volcano:


Tungurahua (Ecuador): Activity remains at moderate to high levels according to the Geophysical Institute (but is considerably lower than earlier this year). Occasional explosions produce ash plumes of approx 1-2 km height and light ash fall was reported from the Pillate sector yesterday.

Volcano Activity Summary for 24 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)
Colima (Western Mexico): explosions and lava flows (updated 19 Jul 2013)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 23 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 24 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)
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 21 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 23 Feb 2014)
Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala): Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): lava flow on south flank of dome becomes more active (updated 24 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 20 Feb 2014)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): effusion of viscous lava, steaming, ash emissions (updated 23 Feb 2014)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): continuing lava overflows (updated 25 Jul 2013)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian to weak vulcanian explosions (updated 24 Feb 2014)
Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands): increased activity at the volcano (updated 8 Feb 2013)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): occasional ash explosions (updated 24 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): occasional weak ash emissions (updated 20 Feb 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 20 Feb 2014)
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)
Kelud (East Java): steaming, activity at crater unknown (updated 23 Feb 2014)
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, intense degassing (updated 20 Feb 2014)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 24 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 21 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
The lava flows at Etna this evening
Sunday, Feb 23, 2014
Etna (Sicily, Italy): Activity has remained more or less unchanged. The lava flows from the fissure vents on the eastern flank of the New SE crater continue to be weakly alimented and produce overlapping smaller flows. Most of them only reach only few hundred meters length, and rarely descend into the steeper western wall of Valle del Bove. As a result, most lava accumulates in the less steep area at the foot of the cone. ... [more]
Glow from the active lava dome of Shiveluch this morning (KVERT webcam)
Thursday, Feb 20, 2014
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): Activity at the volcano remains elevated. The lava dome extrudes currently 2 lobes of viscous lava, a larger one on the NW side and a smaller one on the SE side, which seems to have appeared around 16 Feb. The active parts of the dome suffer frequent small to moderate-sized avalanches (mainly from the NW side). Bright glow can be seen at night. ... [more]
Steaming from Kelut this morning (new VSI webcam)
Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014
Kelud (East Java): Activity has calmed down at the volcano. The new VSI webcam shows the outer crater area covered with heavy ash deposits and only a small steam plume from the crater. ... [more]
Aerial view of Popocatépetl's summit crater (image: CENAPRED)
Monday, Feb 17, 2014
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! ... [more]
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]

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