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Volcanic activity worldwide 16 Oct 2015: Fuego volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, Veniaminof, Sinabung

Friday Oct 16, 2015 21:00 PM |
Ash plume from Sinabung during the explosion and pyroclastic flow on 13 Oct 15, 06:30 am local time (image: @LeopoldAdam / twitter)
Ash plume from Sinabung during the explosion and pyroclastic flow on 13 Oct 15, 06:30 am local time (image: @LeopoldAdam / twitter)
Lava flows on Fuego volcano on 10 Oct 15 (INSIVUMEH)
Lava flows on Fuego volcano on 10 Oct 15 (INSIVUMEH)
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 13 Oct 2015
Piton de la Fournaise volcano on 13 Oct 2015
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): (16 Oct) The volcano continues to slowly extrude viscous lava, which results in occasional small to moderately sized pyroclastic flows (2-3 per day on average).
Unfortunately, it indirectly claimed another victim: heavy rains in recent days have appeared and produced numerous mud flows (lahars) that caused damages in various places, but also a victim: on 9 October, a lahar traveled through the Susuk riverbed near Tiganderket village on the western slope and hit a couple on a motorcycle while crossing the valley. It killed the driver who could not escape the muddy torrent, while his wife survived clinging to a tree trunk.
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Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): (16 Oct) AVO reported that "slightly elevated levels of seismicity continued to be detected at Veniaminof during 7-13 October. Minor steam emissions were recorded by the webcam on 7 October. The Aviation Color Code remained at Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Advisory."

Fuego (Guatemala): (16 Oct) Another paroxysm, the 9th this year, occurred at the volcano during 10-13 Oct. Strongly increased lava effusion and violent strombolian activity produced intermittent lava fountaining up to 300 m high, and re-alimented the two lava flows on the southern and western slopes, which reached 1000 and 1300 m length.
Small pyroclastic flows occurred when parts of the lava flows on the steep slope collapsed. A new cone has formed around one of the two active vents on the rim of the volcano's summit crater and now forms its highest point.

Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): (16 Oct) The current, remarkably long-lived eruption continues with no signs of weakening. On the contrary, a significant increase in tremor and lava effusion was noted starting 12 Oct, reaching high values comparable to the start of the eruption. The observatory estimated the effusion rate to have risen from 9 to 13.5 cubic meters per second.
The part of the Enclos southeast of Dolomieu crater has been profoundly changed by the eruption: A large pahoehoe lava field with 10-20 m thickness is growing, fed by a network of lava tubes originating from the vents near the base of Piton Bert. Around the principal vent, a cone has been built that contains a violently boiling and spectacular lava lake. Several older cones are in the stage of disappearing beneath the lava field.

Volcano Activity Summary for 16 Oct 2015:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 24 May 2015)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 15 Oct 2015)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent explosions from summit crater (updated 11 Oct 2015)
Cotopaxi (Ecuador): vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Aug 2015)
Dukono (Halmahera): thermal anomaly, probably small explosive activity in summit crater (updated 15 Oct 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): lava fountaining, strong strombolian activity, lava flows (updated 16 Oct 2015)
Gamalama (Halmahera): new eruption on 18 Dec 2014 (updated 8 Sep 2015)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 14 Nov 2014)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): strombolian activity, incandescent lava avalanches (updated 17 Sep 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 6 Oct 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): large explosion on 31 July 2015 (updated 31 Aug 2015)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent ash emissions, strong degassing (updated 21 Sep 2015)
Nishino-shima (Volcano Islands, Japan): growing island (updated 8 Aug 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)
Pacaya (Guatemala): weak strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 18 Aug 2015)
Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): new eruption since 24 Aug 2015 (updated 16 Oct 2015)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 18 Aug 2015)
Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): lava fountains, ash emissions from Tavurvur cone (updated 12 Sep 2014)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 17 Aug 2015)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): seismic swarm, eruption warning (updated 19 Aug 2015)
Sangay (Ecuador): likely strombolian eruptions at summit crater (updated 13 Mar 2015)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): slowly growing lava dome, ash explosions, viscous lava flow extrusion, occasional pyroclastic flows (updated 1 Oct 2015)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 16 Jun 2015)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 9 Sep 2015)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 16 Oct 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 explosions in Ontake crater (updated 1 Oct 2015)
Telica (Nicaragua): intermittent phreatic explosions (updated 27 Sep 2015)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): ash emissions, explosions (updated 27 Aug 2015)
Villarrica (Central Chile): small lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 May 2015)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 14 Aug 2013)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): probable strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 8 Oct 2015)
Asama (Honshu): occasional small explosions since 16 June 2015 (updated 22 Jun 2015)
Aso (Kyushu): steaming, occasional phreatomagmatic or strombolian explosions (updated 8 Oct 2015)
Augustine (Cook Inlet (SW Alaska))
Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): ash emissions, lava dome growth (updated 27 Sep 2015)
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): weak thermal hot spot (updated 19 Aug 2015)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, weak seismic activity (updated 3 Jul 2014)
Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 16 Jun 2015)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): sporadic ash emissions (updated 28 Jul 2015)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): small, intermittent ash emissions (updated 5 Oct 2015)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): sporadic weak ash emissions from New SE crater (updated 19 Apr 2014)
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)
Kick 'em Jenny (West Indies, Grenada): volcanic unrest, eruption warning (updated 24 Jul 2015)
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 31 Aug 2015)
Lopevi (Vanuatu): eruption warning (updated 16 Dec 2014)
Mayon (Luzon Island): steaming (updated 18 Dec 2014)
Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia): sporadic phreatic explosions (updated 21 Aug 2015)
Michael (United Kingdom, South Sandwich Is): unspecified activity detected as hot spot on satellite data (updated 3 Oct 2015)
Nyamuragira (DRCongo): active lava lake (updated 29 Nov 2014)
Ontake-san (Honshu): steaming, low seismic activity (updated 18 Dec 2014)
Papandayan (West Java): steaming (updated 6 May 2013)
Pavlof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): steaming, elevated seismic activity (updated 22 Dec 2014)
Poas (Costa Rica): phreatic explosions (updated 14 Oct 2014)
Rasshua (Central Kuriles)
Raung (East Java): intra-caldera eruption with lava flow and strombolian activity (updated 27 Aug 2015)
Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica): phreatic explosions from crater lake (updated 21 Sep 2014)
Sabancaya (Peru): steaming, elevated seismic activity (updated 11 Oct 2015)
Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina)
San Cristobal (Nicaragua): possible ash emission on 11 April (updated 9 Mar 2015)
San Miguel (El Salvador): degassing, seismic unrest, sporadic ash emissions (updated 28 Jan 2015)
Sangeang Api (Indonesia): steaming, possibly weak lava extrusion at summit (updated 24 Aug 2015)
Shishaldin (United States, Aleutian Islands): mild explosive activity, intermittent more intense phases (updated 4 Sep 2015)
Sirung (Pantar Island, Indonesia ): degassing (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Slamet (Central Java): steam emissions (updated 12 Jan 2015)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): ash emissions, weak strombolian activity (updated 18 Aug 2015)
Ubinas (Peru): occasional explosions (updated 3 Oct 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
Thursday, Oct 15, 2015
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): (15 Oct) VAAC Darwin spotted an ash plume at 7,000 ft (2.1 km) drifting 80 km west from the volcano this morning. ... read all
Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): (13 Oct) Intense strombolian activity continues at the volcano. A volcanic ash plume at estimated 5,000 ft (1.5 km) altitude was observed extending 80 km to the west of the volcano this morning. (VAAC Darwin) read all
Monday, Oct 12, 2015
Recent earthquakes under Herdubreid volcano
Askja (Central Iceland): A shallow earthquake swarm has been occurring 25 km NE of the Aksja caldera since Thursday. ... read all
Sunday, Oct 11, 2015
Explosion at Colima volcano yesterday
Dukono (Halmahera): Intense ash emissions from the volcano create plumes at low altitude (2-2.5 km) that extend up to approx. 100 km to the NE. ... read all
Thursday, Oct 08, 2015
Thermal signal on Alaid volcano (MODIS/NASA et MODVOLC/HIGP, via Culture Volcan)
Alaid (Northern Kuriles): (8 Oct) The northernmost of the volcanoes in the Kurile arc continues to show signs of weak activity in the form of a thermal anomaly at the summit crater. ... read all
 

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