Volcanoes

Strong eruption of Colima volcano accompanied by pyroclastic flows, Mexico

Mexico's Colima volcano is still very active with an average of 10 - 15 low to moderate explosions per day. An eruption which occurred at 15:17 UTC on March 27 (08:17 local time) generated ash plume which reached an estimated height of about 3 - 4 km and produced

March 28, 2015

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

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from March 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Lewotobi, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Moyorod

March 26, 2015

Increased seismic activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands

Earthquake activity at Semisopochnoi volcano, Aleutian Islands that began in January continues, and has increased in intensity over the past few days, Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports.In addition, AVO detected brief periods of seismic tremor, which can indicate

March 26, 2015

Increased seismic activity detected around Ngauruhoe volcano, New Zealand

Seismic activity around Ngauruhoe, the highest peak of the Tongariro volcanic center, has increased above the typical background level, indicating minor volcanic unrest, GNS Science reports. The agency has raised the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 (minor volcanic

March 24, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 11 - 17, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Ruang, Sangihe Islands (Indonesia) | Turrialba, Costa Rica | Ub

March 19, 2015

Strong eruption of Turrialba prompts evacuations, causes flight disruptions, Costa Rica

A new strong eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano started around 16:50 UTC on March 12, 2015. Volcanic material reached some 500 meters above the summit. This is the second major eruption of this volcano in the last five years.Raúl Mora, volcanologist w

March 13, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from March 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Soputan, Sulawesi (Indonesia) | Villarrica, Ch

March 12, 2015

Mount Soputan erupts, volcanic ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

Indonesian Soputan volcano erupted at 09:09 UTC on March 7, 2015, PVMBG advised.Aviation Color Code was raised to Red.Volcanic ash was first estimated reaching an altitude of 3.6 km and drifting SW, but was later revised to 9.1 km based on MTSAT-2 IR satellite image.#So

March 07, 2015

Major eruption of Mount Sinabung sends ash up to 9.1 km, Indonesia

A major eruption of Indonesian Mount Sinabung accompanied by large pyroclastic flows started at 20:45 UTC on March 4, 2015. Darwin VAAC reported ash cloud reached an altitude of 9.1 km at 23:30 UTC, and drifted 231 km (143 miles) to the NW. Aviation Color Code is on Red

March 05, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 25 - March 3, 2015

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes from February 25 - March 3, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambrym, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sa

March 05, 2015

Large eruption of Shiveluch volcano sends ash up to 11.2 km, Russia

Russian Shiveluch volcano erupted at 22:50 UTC on March 3, 2015 sending ash up to 11.2 km (drifting NNE), Tokyo VAAC reported. Aircraft on the North America - Japan routes are advised to avoid the area.The volcano is in an intense phase of activity, characterized by str

March 04, 2015

The end of volcanic eruption in Holuhraun (Bardarbunga), Iceland

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun which began on August 31, 2014 came to an end on Friday, February 27, 2015, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Icelandic Civil Protection said on February 28 and confirmed today. The Aviation Color Code for Bardarbunga was downgraded

March 03, 2015

Strong eruption of Villarrica volcano, Chile

After a significant increase in seismicity which started in February, Chile's Villarrica volcano violently erupted at 06:46 UTC (03:46 local time) on March 3, 2015 ejecting magma fragments up to 1 km above the crater. Ash column reached an altitude of about 3 km and

March 03, 2015

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

New activity was observed at 6 volcanoes from February 18 - 24, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambrym, Vanuatu | Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (R

February 26, 2015

Nishino-shima has grown more than 11 times in size since eruption started, Japan

An underwater volcanic eruption in the Ogasawara Islands archipelago gave rise to a new Pacific Ocean island in late November 2013.The new island, named Niijima, was about 500 meters from Nishino-shima at the time, another volcanic island that last erupted and expaned i

February 25, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 11 - 17, 2015

New activity was observed at 9 volcanoes from February 11 - 17, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chikurachki, Paramushir Island (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Ru

February 19, 2015

Strong explosive eruption of Chikurachki volcano, Northern Kuriles, Russia

A strong explosive eruption occurred at the Chikurachki volcano located on the Paramushir island, Northern Kuriles, Russia around 22:00 UTC on February 15, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano occurred in 2008.Ash plume produced by the eruption reached an estimated a

February 16, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: February 4 - 10, 2015

New activity was observed at 9 volcanoes from February 4 - 10, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed also at 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Fuego, Guatemala | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka

February 12, 2015

Strong new eruption and large pyroclastic flow from Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted early February 9, 2015 sending ash up to 4 km into the air. Aviation Color Code has been raised to Orange.At 03:32 UTC today, plume was extending 31 km to the west, according to Darwin VAAC.At 13:21 UTC, the agency reported volcani

February 09, 2015

Strong eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Activity at Guatemala's Fuego volcano significantly increased late February 7, 2015 when series of strombolian-type explosions sent water vapor and ash up to 6 km into the air and temporarily closed international La Aurora airport.Moderate ashfall was reported as fa

February 08, 2015

Significant increase in seismicity detected at Taal volcano, Philippines

Taal volcano’s seismic network recorded 35 volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours, PHIVOLCS said in their bulletin issued 08:00 local time today. From February 3 to 4, they recorded a total of 39 earthquakes. One of these earthquakes that occurred at 20:42

February 05, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 28 - February 3, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 28 - February 3, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Centr

February 05, 2015

New eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

A new eruption has started after a brief seismic swarm at the massive Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion on February 4, 2015. Toulouse VAAC said the eruption started at 06:50 UTC and is probably characterized with lava flow without ash. Bad weather prevented direct

February 04, 2015

Most beautiful volcanic eruption - Sakurajima, Japan

Video below was captured by meteorologist Robert Speta of the WestPacWx during the early morning hours of February 3, 2015. Sunrise provided a reddish tint in the ash.Notice lightning at 0:18 min. Video courtesy of WestPacWxTokyo VAAC reports an explosion at 06:55 UTC t

February 04, 2015

Impressive lava flow after rapid increase of seismicity at Mount Etna, Italy

The seismic monitoring network on Mount Etna detected a rapid increase in volcanic tremors at 06:38 UTC on January 31, 2015, but bad weather conditions prevented direct crater observations.Volcanic tremor at Etna. Image credit: INGV-OE.Red glow visible through the cloud

February 02, 2015

Intense explosions at Sakurajima, Japan

Intense explosions accompanied by volcanic ash which is falling on nearby communities are continually observed at Japanese Sakurajima volcano.The Tokyo VAAC reported an explosion at 03:38 UTC today sent volcanic ash up to 2.7 km. Explosion at 09:41 UTC sent ash up 3 km.

January 31, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 21 - 27, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 21 - 27, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuche

January 29, 2015

Low level inspection flight over Holuhraun lava field, Iceland

Comprehensive cross-section measurements from air from December 30, 2014 and January 21, 2015 show that the lava field has thickened substantially during these three weeks and that the volume of the lava field is now little less than 1.4 km³. The flow of magma, dur

January 29, 2015

Very high resolution satellite image of newly created Tongan island

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, a submarine volcano located about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa, awakened mid-December 2014 after 5 years of sleep and started erupting from two new vents.The eruption has created a new island between the existing islands

January 26, 2015

Very high values of SO2 emissions from Holuhraun eruption site, Iceland

Seismic activity in Bardarbunga is slowly decreasing but it still continues to be strong. The lava field has recently thickened substantially and activity on the surface has decreased.Meanwhile, very high values of sulfur dioxide (SO2), about 84000 µg/m3, were

January 24, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 14 - 20, 2015

New activity was observed at 8 volcanoes from January 14 - 20, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima | Mexico | Etna | Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga Islands | Karymsky, Easte

January 22, 2015

Strong eruption of Mexican Colima volcano, ash up to 8.8 km

A brief and strong vulcanian-type explosion occurred at Mexican Colima volcano at 15:15 UTC (09:15 local time) on January 21, 2015. At 17:00 UTC, Washington VAAC said an ash column reached an estimated 8.8 km altitude and was moving NE at 46 km/h.The eruption generated

January 22, 2015

Video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption creating a new island

New Zealand's High Commission in Tonga posted a video of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcanic eruption which is creating a new island about 65 km NW of Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa."While it looks like the volcano has calmed down, we thought we would po

January 22, 2015

Holuhraun eruption update - Iceland's largest lava field since the Laki eruption in 1783-84

Iceland's subglacial stratovolcano Bardarbunga, located in NW Vatnajökull ice cap, erupted on August 29, 2014 after a sharp increase in seismic activity which started at 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014.Today, almost 5 months since the eruption started, seismic ac

January 20, 2015

New eruption of Mount Soputan, Indonesia

Indonesian Mount Soputan erupted at 03:38 UTC (11:38 local time) on January 18, 2015 producing ash plume which rose up to 5.5 km and drifted SW. Darwin VAAC raised the aviation color code to Red. Satupo Purwo Nugroho, Head of Data Information and Public Relations for BN

January 18, 2015