Get our newsletter!
Check out our volcano tours on!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - app for iPhone & iPad

Guaranteed tours:
2-18 Jul 2020: Volcanoes of Java - Java (Indonesia)
11-29 Aug 2020: Kamchatka - Land of Colors - Kamchatka (Russia)
21-31 Aug 2020: Islands of Fire and Whales - Kurile Islands (Russia)
3-19 Sep 2020: Volcanoes of Java - Java (Indonesia)
29 Sep - 5 Oct 2020: Adventure Volcano - Yasur Volcano Travel - Tanna Island (Vanuatu)
10-18 Oct 2020: From Stromboli to Etna - Eolian Islands + Etna volcano (Italy)
: spaces available / : guaranteed / : few spaces left / : booked out

Support us?

Maintaining the volcano and earthquake news sections on this website, the free Volcano Webcams tool and interactive map widget is a free-time, both time- and server cost intensive effort.
If you find the information useful and would like to support us, and help keep it alive and improve it, please consider making a small donation (PayPal).

Online cc payment
Thank you!
Random pictures
Watch volcanoes live on our webcam and online data viewer tool!


Volcanic activity worldwide 19 Dec 2018: Krakatau volcano, Soputan, Dukono, Sakurajima, Planchón-Pe...

Wednesday Dec 19, 2018 21:00 PM |

Map of today's active volcanoes
Map of today's active volcanoes
Satellite image of Sakurajima volcano on 19 Dec 2018
Satellite image of Sakurajima volcano on 19 Dec 2018
Seismicity can be seen to be declining. Credit: MAGMA Indonesia.
Seismicity can be seen to be declining. Credit: MAGMA Indonesia.
Seismicity at Krakatau during the past months (image: Magma Indonesia)
Seismicity at Krakatau during the past months (image: Magma Indonesia)
Ash just visible in background in this grab from the Sernageomin webcam. Credit: Sernageomin.
Ash just visible in background in this grab from the Sernageomin webcam. Credit: Sernageomin.
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: EXPLODED AT 20181219/1720Z OVER FL060 EXTD E OBS VA DTG:19/1710Z
...19 Dec:
Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: EXPLODED AT 20181219/0058Z FL070 EXTD SE OBS VA DTG:19/0050Z

Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): Following the recent vigorous eruptive phase, activity is gradually declining, though at a slower rate than after the previous phase in early October. Another phase of strong eruption could begin quickly again in the volcano's current and somewhat-temperamental state.

Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): Mild eruptive activity continues. A weak to moderate thermal signal is recorded on satellite data and seismicity remains elevated.

Dukono (Halmahera): (19 Dec) Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Darwin (VAAC) issued the following report: CONTINUOUS VA EMISSION TO FL060 LAST OBS EXT ESE AT 19/0130Z

Sabancaya (Peru): Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Buenos Aires (VAAC) issued the following report: SPORADIC PUFF EMISSION

Planchón-Peteroa (Central Chile and Argentina): Eruptive activity recently increased and for the last few days ash emissions to around 5km (16,000ft) have apparently been non-stop according to reports from the Buenos Aires VAAC.

Volcano Activity Summary for 19 Dec 2018:

Currently erupting:

Ambrym (Vanuatu): several lava lakes, currently flank eruption inside the caldera near Marum (updated 17 Dec 2018)
Dukono (Halmahera): mild strombolian activity, continuous intense ash emissions (updated 28 Nov 2017)
Ebeko (Paramushir Island): intermittent ash eruptions (updated 7 Oct 2018)
Erebus (Antarctica): active lava lake in summit crater (updated 8 Dec 2014)
Erta Ale (Danakil depression, Ethiopia): active lava lake in the south crater of the summit caldera (updated 12 Oct 2018)
Etna (Sicily, Italy): strombolian activity and lava flows from New SE crater, intermittent strombolian explosions in Bocca Nuova and NE crater (updated 13 Dec 2018)
Fuego (Guatemala): lava flows on S and W flanks, lava fountaining from summit vent (updated 6 Jun 2018)
Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia): stromolian and phreatomagmatic explosions (updated 29 Jul 2018)
Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): ash venting, strombolian and vulcanian explosions from Anak Krakatau (updated 19 Dec 2018)
Masaya (Nicaragua): active lava lake ini summit crater (updated 12 Jul 2016)
Nevados de Chillán (Central Chile): sporadic mild to moderate ash emissions (updated 31 Oct 2018)
Nyiragongo (DRCongo): new vent on crater floor (updated 9 Sep 2016)
Pacaya (Guatemala): strombolian activity in summit crater, lava flow effusion (updated 29 Apr 2018)
Planchón-Peteroa (Central Chile and Argentina): Continuous mild ash emissions (updated 19 Dec 2018)
Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): intermittent explosions of varying size, ash emissions (updated 16 Dec 2018)
Reventador (Ecuador): lava flow on SW flank (updated 1 Dec 2017)
Sabancaya (Peru): frequent moderate explosions, intense ash emissions (updated 1 Dec 2017)
Santiaguito (Guatemala): intermittent strong explosions from growing Caliente dome (updated 9 May 2017)
Semeru (East Java, Indonesia): growing lava dome, mild strombolian activity in summit crater (updated 10 Oct 2016)
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): intense strombolian explosions, occasional lava overflows from vents (updated 24 Oct 2018)
Turrialba (Costa Rica): sporadic mild ash emissions (updated 13 Nov 2018)
Veniaminof (Alaska Peninsula, USA): Eruption eases, color code back to orange (updated 15 Dec 2018)
Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu): ash emissions, weak strombolian explosions (updated 16 Dec 2017)

Eruption warning / minor activity:

Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea): intermittent mild ash emissions (updated 8 Dec 2018)
Barren Island (Indian Ocean): strombolian activity, lava flow effusion on northern flank (updated 16 Dec 2018)
Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): 80 m diameter circular lava flow observed in summit crater, low seismic unrest (updated 13 Dec 2018)
Kadovar (Northeast of New Guinea): continuous explosions, lava flow emission from fissure vent (updated 18 Nov 2018)
Kuchinoerabu-jima (Ryukyu Islands): Minor eruption (updated 23 Oct 2018)
Manam (Papua New Guinea): Very strong explosive eruption (updated 16 Dec 2018)
Mayon (Luzon Island, Philippines): intermittent small explosions, degassing (updated 15 Nov 2018)
Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia): intermittent phreatic explosions (updated 1 Jun 2018)
Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania): effusion of natrocarbonatite lava inside the pit crater in the northern main crater (updated 16 Dec 2018)
Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): Resumed explosions (updated 19 Dec 2018)
Sangeang Api (Indonesia): New small ash emissions (updated 15 Oct 2018)
Shiveluch (Kamchatka): growing lava dome (updated 20 Nov 2018)
Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia): Volcano slowly calming down (updated 19 Dec 2018)

Previous news
Map of today's active volcanoes
Friday, Dec 14, 2018
Etna (Sicily, Italy): (13 Dec) Mild effusive/explosive activity continues at the eastern vent of the New SE crater, feeding two small lava flows traveling a few hundred meters down the eastern slope of the crater towards the upper Valle del Bove. ... [more]

More on VolcanoDiscovery:

Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.
Home | Travel | Destinations | Volcanoes | Photos | Earthquakes | About | Glossary | News | Contact | Privacy | Imprint || Français | Deutsch
Follow us: