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Volcanic activity worldwide 14 Mar 2016: Soputan volcano, Sakurajima, Momotombo, Etna, Nyiragongo

Monday Mar 14, 2016 21:00 PM |

Deformation at Etna in late Dec 2015 (INGV)
Deformation at Etna in late Dec 2015 (INGV)
Eruption from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater on 11 March 2016
Eruption from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater on 11 March 2016
Glow from Soputan this morning (photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)
Glow from Soputan this morning (photo: Ingrid / VolcanoDiscovery)
Momotombo volcano's glow yesterday evening
Momotombo volcano's glow yesterday evening
Etna (Sicily, Italy): INGV Catania published the result of very high-resolution satellite-based measurements of ground deformation of Etna during the period between Feb 2015-Feb 2016.
They show that Etna's dominant trend of deformation has changed from inflation (in blue) to deflation since the latest eruption in early December.
... [read more]

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The activity at the volcano has decreased again over the past 2 weeks. The average size and frequency of explosions has dropped to one every few days (compared to several / day earlier in February). So far, March has only seen 3 explosions recorded by JMA.
Something new, however, is that a number of the recent explosions came not from the Showa crater, but from the Minamidake summit crater, the older one of the two, located west above the former one.
... [read more]

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): A small group of VolcanoDiscovery just returned from a visit to Soputan. While clouds prevented detailed observations most of the time, glow was visible from the summit at night and moderate steaming during the day.
No other unusual events were observed (rockfalls, movements of the recent lava flows etc).
This suggests that effusive activity if at all is very weak at the lava dome occupying the summit crater.

Momotombo (Nicaragua): Explosions seem to have ceased during the past week. Glow remains visible at the crater, suggesting that lava continues to be present there.

Nyiragongo (DRCongo): A cook who spent the night of 10 March on the rim of the crater reported that the volcano was unusually "noisy".
While we have no other specific information, it suggests that the very high level of activity, both from the main lava lake and at the new vent NE of it, first observed on 1 March, continues.

Volcano Activity Summary for 14 Mar 2016:

Currently erupting:

Alaid (Northern Kuriles): thermal hot spot visible on satellite imagery (updated 4 Mar 2016)
Ambrym (Vanuatu): active lava lakes in several craters (updated 18 Feb 2016)
Aso (central Kyushu, Japan): degassing, sporadic steam / ash explosions (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia): strombolian explosions, ash plumes up to 500 m, extrusion of a small lava dome with rockfalls (updated 28 Nov 2015)
Colima (Western Mexico): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 1 Mar 2016)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): overflowing lava lake (updated 2 Mar 2016)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 3 Mar 2016)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Oct 2015)
Karymsky (Kamchatka): occasional small explosions, thermal anomaly (updated 1 Mar 2016)
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)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake in summit crater since mid Dec 2015 (updated 4 Mar 2016)
Momotombo (Nicaragua): intermittent vulcanian explosions (updated 14 Mar 2016)
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): intermittent ash emissions, strong degassing (updated 10 Mar 2016)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): new vent on crater floor (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the crater (updated 8 Jul 2013)
Pacaya (Guatemala): intense spattering from intra-crater cone (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): degassing, sporadic explosions, slowly growing lava dome (updated 3 Mar 2016)
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 24 Feb 2016)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): sporadic vulcanian explosions from Minamidake and Showa crater (updated 14 Mar 2016)
Sangay (Ecuador): small strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 10 Mar 2016)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): intermittent explosions from Caliente dome, strong degassing (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, lava flow, strombolian activity (updated 14 Feb 2016)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 6 Mar 2016)
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): continuing pyroclastic flows (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): weak strombolian activity at summit vents (updated 16 Apr 2015)
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): strombolian explosions in Ontake crater (updated 8 Mar 2016)
Tungurahua (Ecuador): large and frequent explosions, ash columns rising several km (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Ubinas (Peru): sporadic vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Jan 2016)
Villarrica (Central Chile): small lava lake in summit crater (updated 12 May 2015)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 13 Nov 2015)
Zhupanovsky (Kamchatka, Russia): steaming / degassing (updated 8 Mar 2016)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): mild ash emissions (updated 3 Mar 2016)
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): weak thermal hot spot (updated 3 Mar 2016)
Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression): steaming, weak seismic activity (updated 3 Jul 2014)
Bulusan (Luzon Island, Philippines): occasional sporadic explosions (updated 23 Feb 2016)
Canlaon (Central Philippines): occasional phreatic explosions (updated 11 Dec 2015)
Cerro Negro (Nicaragua): increased earthquake activity (updated 16 Feb 2016)
Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles, Russia): sporadic ash emissions (updated 28 Jul 2015)
Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia): thermal hot spot visible on satellite imagery (updated 6 Mar 2016)
Copahue (Chile/Argentina): seismic unrest, occasional ash venting (updated 6 Mar 2016)
Cotopaxi (Ecuador): vulcanian explosions (updated 16 Aug 2015)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): weak strombolian activity inside Voragine crater (updated 19 Apr 2014)
Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean): strombolian activity, lava flow from Mawson Peak summit crater (updated 1 Feb 2016)
Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia): rockfalls, glowing lava dome (updated 13 Jan 2016)
Kavachi (Solomon Islands): no eruption since 2007 (updated 16 Jun 2014)
Kick 'em Jenny (West Indies, Grenada): volcanic unrest, eruption warning (updated 24 Jul 2015)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): steaming, seismic unrest (updated 15 Nov 2015)
Kuchinoerabu-jima (Ryukyu Islands): large explosive eruption on 29 May 2015 (updated 27 Mar 2015)
Lascar (Northern Chile): sudden explosion on 30 Oct 2015 (updated 31 Oct 2015)
Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): seismic unrest, eruption warning (updated 9 Mar 2016)
Lopevi (Vanuatu): eruption warning (updated 16 Dec 2014)
MacDonald (Austral Islands,  ): steaming observed (updated 6 Feb 2016)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): large explosion on 31 July 2015 (updated 4 Mar 2016)
Mayon (Luzon Island, Philippines): 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)
Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): intermittent ash emissions (updated 4 Mar 2016)
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): occasional explosions from the crater lake (updated 12 Mar 2016)
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): intermittent ash emissions (updated 15 Jan 2016)
Sangeang Api (Indonesia): weak lava extrusion from summit crater (updated 11 Nov 2015)
Sirung (Pantar Island, Indonesia ): degassing (updated 10 Jul 2015)
Slamet (Central Java): steam emissions (updated 12 Jan 2015)
Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): steaming, weakly active lava dome (updated 14 Mar 2016)
Telica (Nicaragua): degassing (updated 4 Mar 2016)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): sporadic ash emissions, weak crater glow (updated 3 Feb 2016)
Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea): degassing, ash venting (updated 5 Aug 2013)

Previous news
Last Wednesday's eruption at Rincón de la Vieja volcano (OVSICORI-UNA)
Saturday, Mar 12, 2016
Shishaldin (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): The alert level was lowered back to normal status. Detectable activity (visible observations and satellite-based data) has been decreasing steadily of the past several months, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported: ... [more]
Eruption of Nevado del Ruiz yesterday afternoon
Thursday, Mar 10, 2016
Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia): A series of small explosions occurred at the volcano yesterday. The first happened in the afternoon at 16:32 local time. The Manizales volcano observatory recorded a pulse in tremor and reported an ash plume that rose 1300 m above the summit. ... [more]
Explosion and pyroclastic flow at Sinabung yesterday evening (photo: Leopold Kennedy Adam ‏@LeopoldAdam / twitter)
Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016
Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): Explosions and generally small pyroclastic flows, sometimes happening together, continue to occur at the volcano at rates of a few per day on average. ... [more]
Eruption from Suwanose-Jima this morning
Wednesday, Mar 09, 2016
Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands): (8 Mar) The eruptive activity at the remote Island in southern Japan continues. It even seems to have picked up in intensity, judging from the increasingly frequent volcanic ash reports issued by Tokyo VAAC and the sometimes very strong glow visible from neighboring islands. ... [more]
Small pyroclatic flow at Shiveluch this morning (KVERT webcam)
Sunday, Mar 06, 2016
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): The lava dome continues to be very active, generating frequent rockfalls and small glowing avalanches on the SW side as well as, more rarely, on the SE side as can be seen on today's time-lapse video: ... [more]

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