Volcanoes

Sakurajima volcano eruption level intensifies to moderately strong

A moderately strong explosive eruption was observed from the Showa crater of Sakurajima volcano, 50 km from the Sendai nuclear station in Japan on February 5, 2016. An ash plume rose to approximately 3 km (10 000 feet) altitude. The explosive eruption occurred at...

February 05, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 27 - February 2, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 27 - February 2, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Heard, Kerguelen Plateau | Masaya, Nicaragua | McDonald...

February 05, 2016

Rare video footage of the Big Ben eruption, Heard Island

A group of geoscientists onboard Investigator, the CSIRO's research ship, managed to capture a rare video footage of the Big Ben volcano eruption in the sub-Antarctic. Because of its extensive ice coverage, very little is so far known about its structure. Heard...

February 01, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 20 - 26, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from January 20 - 26, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Masaya, Nicaragua | Planchon-Peteroa, Zhupanovsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity:...

January 29, 2016

El Misti volcano officially confirmed awake, Peru

New studies conducted by the Southern Volcano Observatory (OVS) show the El Misti volcano in Arequipa, Peru, is awake and emitting gases, not asleep as previously thought. Its activity is not a cause for alarm, though, as there are no signs of hazardous eruption at...

January 28, 2016

Akhtarma-Pashali mud-volcano, one of the largest in Azerbaijan, erupts

Akhtarma-Pashali mud volcano in Hajigabul district, one of the largest in Azerbaijan erupted on January 25, 2016. The eruption started at 23:00 UTC (03:00 local time on January 26) and lasted until the morning. The heights of the volcano were between 30 and 35 m...

January 26, 2016

Live stream: Popocatépetl volcano erupts in a series of explosions, further ashfall expected

The Popocatépetl volcano, Mexico, erupted in a series of explosions on January 25, 2016, following a couple of days of heightened activity, Mexico's Center for Natural Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) reported. Ashfall has been reported in Puebla city,...

January 26, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 13 - 19, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 13 - 19, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Masaya, Nicaragua | Nevados de Chillán, Chile | San...

January 21, 2016

High-level activity of Mount Egon prompts thousands to evacuate, Indonesia

A high-level activity of Mount Egon caused over 1 200 people to evacuate from local three villages in the eastern Flores Island, Indonesia on the morning of January 17, 2016 (local time). The eruption status was raised to high alert, and more evacuations might be...

January 20, 2016

Zhupanovsky erupts sending a plume of ash more than 7 km a.s.l., Russia

Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka, Russia erupted on January 19, 2016, after almost two months of being relatively calm. The explosion sent a plume of ash more than 7 km (22 966 feet) above the sea level, KVERT reported. The ash explosion was observed at 04:36 UTC,...

January 19, 2016

Eruption of Mount Sinabung continues, alert level remains at highest

In August 2010, Indonesia's Sinabung volcano roared back to life with its first eruption in known history. The volcano emitted diffuse white plumes that rose 20 m (65 feet) above the crater and showed signs of increased activity on August 28. On August 29,...

January 17, 2016

Moderately strong eruption took place at Ubinas volcano, Peru

Peru's INGEMMET reports a moderately strong eruption took place at Ubinas volcano at 17:53 UTC on January 15, 2016. An ash plume rose to about 3 km (9 842 feet) above the summit and drifted to the southeast. This is about 8 672 m (28 450 feet) above the sea...

January 16, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: January 6 - 12, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from January 6 - 12, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Masaya, Nicaragua | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia). Ongoing activity: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands...

January 14, 2016

Elevated volcanic activity observed at Karymsky, Russia

Karymsky volcano, Kamchatka is showing signs of elevated activity. Several explosions over the last couple of days have sent ash plumes rising to 5.5 km (18 000 feet) above the crater, the Tokyo VAAC reported. Karymsky volcano is one of the few continually active...

January 13, 2016

Strong explosion at Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua

After 110 years of being dormant, Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua, seems to have become fairly active over the last two months. The latest eruption occurred on January 12, 2016 (local time), Volcano Discovery reported. A strong explosion at 12:10 (local time) sent an...

January 13, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Nevados de Chillán, Chile ...

January 07, 2016

Major eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

Volcanic activity at Indonesian Mount Soputan is rapidly increasing with a new series of moderate to strong eruptions. On January 4, authorities raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 (out of 4) and prohibited all activities within a radius of 4 km (2.5 miles)...

January 05, 2016

Fuego volcano erupts thick plume of ash 7.3 km into the air, Guatemala

Fuego volcano, Guatemala, erupted on January 3, 2016 sending a plume of thick ash 7 315 m (24 000 feet) into the air, INSIVUMEH reported. On December 31, 2015 the volcano activity was increasing, possibly building up toward a new paroxysm. Volcano's eruption has...

January 04, 2016

Strong eruption burns vegetation on the flanks of Momotombo volcano, Nicaragua

A strong eruption of Nicaraguan Momotombo volcano was recorded at 04:22 local time on January 3, 2016 (22:22 UTC on January 2) and covered much of the summit cone with incandescent ejecta. After 110 years of sleep, Momotombo volcano awakened on the morning of...

January 03, 2016

Active volcanoes in the world: December 23 - 29, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from December 23 - 29, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kanlaon, Philippines | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia). Ongoing activity: Chirpoi,...

December 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 16 - 22, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 16 - 22, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Kanlaon, Philippines | Masaya, Nicaragua |...

December 24, 2015

Shiveluch erupts sending ash up to 5 km into the air, Russia

Shiveluch volcano in the east of Russia erupted on December 21, 2015, raising ash columns up to 5 km (16 404 feet) above the sea level, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) reported. Orange alert level remained in effect. Hot avalanches from the...

December 21, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 9 - 15, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 9 - 15, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fuego, Guatemala | Kanlaon, Philippines | Masaya, Nicaragua |...

December 17, 2015

Frequent, intense explosions and new lava flows at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Another phase of strong, increased activity was observed at the Fuego volcano, Guatemala on December 14, 2015, Volcano Discovery reported. Frequent, intense explosions and ash plumes accompanied with loud shock waves marked the 13th paroxysmal episode of the 2015...

December 16, 2015

Minor volcanic unrest still present at White Island volcano, New Zealand

Minor volcanic unrest continues for the White Island volcano, also known as Whakaari situated 48 km (30 miles) from the east coast of the North Island New Zealand, GeoNet Data Center reported on December 10, 2015. The amount of gas and the presence of volcanic...

December 11, 2015

Kanlaon volcano enters new phase of increased activity, Philippines

The Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Oriental province, the Philippines produced a low-energy ash eruption on December 11, 2015, at 05:13 am (local time), the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reported. The last known eruption of this volcano...

December 11, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 2 - 8, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from December 2- 8, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Momotombo, Nicaragua | Tengger Caldera, Eastern Java (Indonesia) |...

December 10, 2015

Turrialba volcano spews ash again, Costa Rica

Turrialba volcano erupted on December 7, 2015 sending a plume of ash and vapor 400 m (1 312 feet) into the air, the National Seismological Network, Costa Rica reported. The experts are currently assessing whether the explosion was an isolated event or a part of the...

December 08, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: November 25 - December 1, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from November 25 - December 1, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Kanlaon, Philippines | Momotombo, Nicaragua | Telica, Nicaragua ...

December 03, 2015

Etna erupts in the most violent paroxysm in two decades

Mount Etna, volcano on the east coast of Sicily, erupted violently on December 3, 2015, and produced a high lava fountain in several kilometers long eruption column. The paroxysm was one of the most violent Etna's eruptions recorded over the last 20 years,...

December 03, 2015

A powerful explosion of Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala prompts air traffic precautions

Santiaguito, an active dome of the Santa Maria volcano in Guatemala produced a large explosion on the morning (local time) of December 1, 2015, following a period of heightened activity. An active volcano watch and the necessary precautions for air traffic in the...

December 01, 2015

Momotombo volcano erupts for the first time in 110 years, Nicaragua

Momotombo volcano in Nicaragua reported first eruptions in the last 110 years on the morning (local time) of December 1, 2015. The eruptions produced steam and ash plumes rising up to 1 km (3 281 feet). 4 small explosions occurred at the volcano at 07:49, 08:17,...

December 01, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: November 18 - 24, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from November 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 25 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Awu, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Telica,...

November 26, 2015

Erta Ale's lava lake close to overflowing, Ethiopia

The active lava lake in the southern pit of the Ethiopian Erta Ale volcano, 30 - 40 m (100 - 130 feet) in diameter, remains very active and approaches levels close to overflowing the margins of the pit again, being only a few meters below the floor of the caldera,...

November 21, 2015

Thick layer of ash blankets local communities as Tungurahua erupts again, Ecuador

Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano, situated about 135 km (80 miles) south of capital Quito, is showing signs of increased activity since November 9, 2015 and covering local houses and crops of the nearby communities with smoke and thick layers of ash. Instituto...

November 20, 2015