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Volcanic activity worldwide 17 Jul 2015: Colima volcano, Gamalama

Friday Jul 17, 2015 21:00 PM |

Archive photograph showing explosive activity of Colima volcano in February 2015, with the city lights of Colima in the background.
Archive photograph showing explosive activity of Colima volcano in February 2015, with the city lights of Colima in the background.
Archive photograph of fuming Colima volcano with the city of Colima in the background, February 2015.
Archive photograph of fuming Colima volcano with the city of Colima in the background, February 2015.
Gamalama (Halmahera): (16 Jul) A phreatic explosion occurred yesterday (16 July) at 10 am local time, producing an ash plume that rose 1500 m. Ternate's airport was temporarily closed following the eruption.
The eruption had been preceded by increasing seismic activity since late June. The alert level of the volcano remains at 2 (waspada) on a scale of 1-4, but VAAC Darwin raised the aviation color code to "orange". An exclusion zone of 1.5 km around the summit is in place.

Colima (Western Mexico): Activity remains exclusively effusive, and overall seems to be decreasing. The lava flow on the southern flank continues to advance slowly, approx. 200 meters per day. Rockfalls from other areas of the crater have been more rare than during the previous day.
During an overflight this morning, we could see that last week's lava dome no longer exists and that the southern rim of the crater is breached, through where the lava flow emerging from a vent in the crater exits onto the steep flank.
... [read more]
...16 Jul:
Activity remains exclusively effusive, and overall seems to be decreasing. The lava flow on the southern flank continues to advance slowly, approx. 200 meters per day. Rockfalls from other areas of the crater have been more rare than during the previous day.
During an overflight this morning, we could see that last week's lava dome no longer exists and that the southern rim of the crater is breached, through where the lava flow emerging from a vent in the crater exits onto the steep flank.
Vigorous degassing creates a steam plume rising up to approx. 1 km from the crater.

Volcano Activity Summary for 17 Jul 2015:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 24 May 2015)
Aso (Kyushu): intense strombolian activity from main vent in Nakadake crater (updated 22 May 2015)
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash emissions, lava dome growth (updated 5 Jun 2015)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 5 Jul 2015)
Calbuco (Southern Chile and Argentina): steaming (updated 30 Apr 2015)
Colima (Western Mexico): continuing lava flow (updated 17 Jul 2015)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): ash venting (updated 4 Dec 2014)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Ethiopia): active lava lake in northern pit crater, active hornito with intermittend flow in southern crater (updated 11 Jan 2013)
Fuego (Guatemala): intermittent strombolian explosions (updated 5 Jul 2015)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 14 Nov 2014)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): lava flows, weak explosive activity at summit crater (updated 11 Jun 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 10 Jun 2015)
Kilauea (Hawai'i): new lava flow from vents on NE flank of Pu'u 'O'o (updated 28 Apr 2015)
Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka): ash emissions, weak strombolian activity (updated 11 May 2015)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): occasional ash emissions (updated 28 Jun 2015)
Mount Olympus (Mars)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): growing island (updated 23 Jun 2015)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 26 Feb 2014)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Poas (Costa Rica): phreatic explosions (updated 14 Oct 2014)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 13 Apr 2015)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Raung (East Java): intra-caldera eruption with lava flow and strombolian activity (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 28 Jun 2015)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): ash venting, intermittent explosions (updated 22 Jun 2015)
Sangay (Ecuador): likely strombolian eruptions at summit crater (updated 13 Mar 2015)
Sangeang Api (Indonesia): lava flow on SE flank (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): small explosions from the Caliente dome and active lava flow (updated 3 Feb 2015)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 16 Jun 2015)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 24 May 2015)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): active viscous lava flow, explosions, rockfalls, pyroclastic flows (updated 9 Mar 2015)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak strombolian activity at summit vents (updated 16 Apr 2015)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian activity (updated 25 Apr 2015)
Telica (Nicaragua): sporadic ash emissions and explosions (updated 28 May 2015)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): volcanic unrest, ash emissions, degassing (updated 5 Jul 2015)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash emissions, weak strombolian activity (updated 20 May 2015)
Ubinas (Peru): intermittent ash emissions (updated 28 Jun 2015)
Villarrica (Central Chile): small lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 May 2015)
Wolf (Galápagos Islands, Ecuador): large explosive-effusive eruption since 25 May 2015 (updated 25 May 2015)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Asama (Honshu): occasional small explosions since 16 June 2015 (updated 22 Jun 2015)
Augustine (Cook Inlet (SW Alaska))
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): weak thermal hot spot (updated 6 Jun 2015)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, weak seismic activity (updated 3 Jul 2014)
Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 16 Jun 2015)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): growth of a small lava dome, ash emissions (updated 18 Jun 2015)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): sporadic weak ash emissions from New SE crater (updated 19 Apr 2014)
Gamalama (Halmahera): new eruption on 18 Dec 2014 (updated 16 Jul 2015)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): possibly lava lake in summit crater (updated 5 Dec 2014)
Kavachi (Solomon Islands): no eruption since 2007 (updated 16 Jun 2014)
Kerinci (Sumatra): seismic unrest, steam emissions (updated 5 Jun 2013)
Kirishima (Kyushu): degassing, alert lowered (updated 25 Oct 2014)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): steaming, seismic unrest (updated 31 Mar 2014)
Kuchinoerabu-jima (Ryukyu Islands): large explosive eruption on 29 May 2015 (updated 27 Mar 2015)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): small explosions, lava flow? (updated 22 May 2015)
Lopevi (Vanuatu): eruption warning (updated 16 Dec 2014)
Mayon (Luzon Island): steaming (updated 18 Dec 2014)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent ash emissions, seismic unrest (updated 28 May 2015)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo): active lava lake (updated 29 Nov 2014)
Ontake-san (Honshu): steaming, low seismic activity (updated 18 Dec 2014)
Pacaya (Guatemala): weak strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 5 Jul 2015)
Papandayan (West Java): steaming (updated 6 May 2013)
Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): steaming, elevated seismic activity (updated 22 Dec 2014)
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): seismic swarm, eruption warning (updated 6 Jul 2015)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): phreatic explosions from crater lake (updated 21 Sep 2014)
Sabancaya (Peru): steaming, elevated seismic activity (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
San Cristobal (Nicaragua): possible ash emission on 11 April (updated 9 Mar 2015)
San Miguel (El Salvador): elevated seismic activity, pulsating gas emissions (updated 28 Jan 2015)
Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands): mild explosive activity, intermittent more intense phases (updated 3 Apr 2015)
Sirung (Pantar Island, Indonesia ): degassing (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Slamet (Central Java): steam emissions (updated 12 Jan 2015)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Aug 2013)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): intermittent ash emissions (updated 22 Jun 2015)

Previous news
Colima last night with the active lava flow on the southern side
Thursday, Jul 16, 2015
Colima (Western Mexico): (15 Jul) Activity at the volcano has been relatively calm. No more significant explosions nor pyroclastic flows were observed during the past 24 hours, but the lava flow on the southern side continues to advance slowly, accompanied by occasional smaller and larger incandescent rockfalls. ... [more]
Monday, Jul 13, 2015
Colima (Western Mexico): The volcano's activity at least seems to have quieted down and changed in style, now producing less rock avalanches and pyroclastic flows (as result of lava extrusion and overspilling), but more intermittent explosions. ... [more]
Strombolian eruption from Raung volcano
Friday, Jul 10, 2015
Raung (East Java): The eruption inside the summit caldera continues with intense strombolian activity and the effusion of an intra-crater lava flow. ... [more]
Monday, Jul 06, 2015
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): A new eruption could be underway at the volcano, the Volcano Observatory reported. Today, it recorded a seismic swarm of shallow earthquakes located under the summit of Dolomieu crater that started at noon. ... [more]

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