Volcanoes

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

New island being formed by Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption

Continuous volcanic eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai which started mid-December 2014 are creating a new island about 65 km northwest of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. As of January 15, 2015 the island was more than 1 km long, about 2 km wide and around 100 meters hi

January 17, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 7 - 13, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 7 - 13, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

January 15, 2015

Kliuchevskoi aviation color code raised to Orange, Russia

Explosive eruption of Russian Kliuchevskoi volcano began on January 1, 2015 and continues, KVERT reported today and raised Aviation Color Code to Orange.Explosions send ash up to 5 - 6 km a.s.l., sometimes up to 7 km a.s.l. According to video and satellite data, a lava

January 11, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Hunga Tonga-Hung

January 08, 2015

Strong eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

Indonesian Soputan volcano erupted at 02:47 local time on January 6, 2015 (18:47 UTC on January 5), according to BNPB.A thick gray-black column of ash reached an estimated height of 6.5 km above the summit of the volcano and drifted ESE (approximately 8.2 km a.s.l.). La

January 06, 2015

Kliuchevskoi reawakens after 12 months of calm period, Russia

Kamchatka's highest and most active volcano, Kliuchevskoi, has reawakened after 12 months of relative calm period. Its last explosive-effusive eruptive episode started on August 15, 2013 and lasted until December 15, 2013. According to data by KB GS RAS, new seismic

January 06, 2015

Undersea eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai sends ash up to 6 km a.s.l.

An undersea volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, located about 60 km (40 miles) north of Tongatapu, Tonga began erupting in late December 2014. On January 6, 2015, Wellington VAAC said observed volcanic ash is reaching an altitude of 6 km.The two small volcanic

January 06, 2015

Thick layers of volcanic ash after latest eruption of Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia

The eruption of Mount Sinabung on Saturday, January 3, 2015 halted activities in the districts of Tiganderket, Payung and Lau Balang. Pyroclastic flows reached as far as 4 km south of the volcano while the volcanic ash reached up to 3 km into the sky. According to The J

January 05, 2015

Strong eruption and large pyroclastic flow at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

A significant eruption of Indonesian Mount Sinabung took place around 00:00 UTC on January 3, 2015, according to Darwin VAAC. Although volcanic ash was not identified on satellite imagery, Aviation Color Code has been raised to Red.A large pyroclastic flow followed toda

January 03, 2015

Significant ash emissions observed at Mount Etna, Italy

Significant ash emissions are being observed at Italy's Mount Etna today. At 07:13 UTC, Toulouse VAAC reported ash emissions that started at 06:25 UTC are below 4.5 km.Aviation Color Code has been raised to Red.​The following timelapse video by Turi Caggegi shows

January 02, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 24 - 30, 2014

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes from December 24 - 30, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 10 volcanoes during the same period.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Gamalama, Halmahera (Indones

January 01, 2015

Intense eruption of Italy's Mount Etna

On Sunday, December 28, 2014 Italy's Etna volcano produced a brief but the most intense eruption of the year, the strongest since December 2, 2013.The activity started rather abruptly at about 16:50 UTC and has rapidly intensified, accompanied by a sudden increase o

December 30, 2014

Large eruption of Tonga's active undersea volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai

A large volcanic eruption is currently taking place at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Haʻapai undersea volcano near Tonga's capital Nuku'alofa. The volcano is indeed sending ash and steam high into the sky today, however, no official advisory was available at the press time

December 30, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: December 17 - 23, 2014

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes from December 17 - December 23, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 7 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Gamalama, Halmahera (Indonesia) | N

December 25, 2014

New eruption of Asosan volcano, Japan

Japanese Asosan volcano experienced a new eruption at 01:33 UTC on December 23, 2014. Tokyo VAAC reported volcanic ash cloud reached an altitude of 2.1 km (7 000 feet) and extended East. At 06:11 UTC it rose to approximately 2.3 km (8 000 feet) and was still extending

December 23, 2014

Mount Gamalama eruption sends ash and rocks 2 km into the sky, Indonesia

Mount Gamalama in North Maluku province of Indonesia erupted at 13:41 UTC on Thursday, December 18, 2014, sending ash and rocks 2 km into the sky and forcing the authorities to close an airport and issue warnings to planes. Nine people were injured while running to esca

December 19, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: December 10 - 16, 2014

New activity/unrest was reported for 10 volcanoes from December 10 - December 16, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Ja

December 18, 2014

Kilauea lava flow about 5 days from Pahoa Marketplace, Hawaii

In their latest Kilauea status update issued 08:06 UTC today, HVO said that the June 27th flow remains active, with a new lobe advancing an average of 285 m/day (310 yd/day) between December 9 and 16.The leading edge is about 1.5 km (0.9 mi) from the Pahoa Marketplace,

December 17, 2014

Scientists observe the Earth grow a new layer under an Icelandic volcano

New research into an Icelandic eruption has shed light on how the Earth's crust forms, according to a paper published today in Nature. When the Bárðarbunga volcano, which is buried beneath Iceland's Vatnajökull ice cap, reawakened in August

December 15, 2014

Strong eruption and major pyroclastic flow observed at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

Darwin VAAC reported a high level eruption of Indonesian Sinabung volcano on December 14, 2014. Aviation Color Code was briefly set to Red and later downgraded to Orange as the eruption became less active.At 02:32 UTC today (09:32 local time) volcanic ash cloud reached

December 14, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: December 3 - 9, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from December 3 - December 9, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russ

December 11, 2014

Extreme close up of the Fogo volcano eruption, status update

Cape Verde's Fogo volcano violently erupted on November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of sleep. The lava flow already destroyed Portela and Bangaeira villages and is now on its way toward Ferdinand Gomes (Fernão Gomes). This extreme close up footage shows l

December 09, 2014

New eruption of Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica

Another eruption of Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano occurred at 02:24 UTC today (21:24 local time on December 8). Ash fall and strong sulfur smell was reported in areas up to 40 km from the volcano.Gino Gonzalez, volcanologist at the National Seismological Network, s

December 09, 2014

Fogo eruption intesifies - lava flow destroys Portela, reaches Bangaeira

Eruption of Fogo volcano intensified on Saturday, December 6, and destroyed almost the whole village of Portela. According to news reports, the lava flow has now reached Bangaeira, a village downslope of Portela.Authorities ordered full evacuation of the area, however,

December 07, 2014

Significant eruptions of Mount Erebus reported, Antarctica

One of the larger eruptions of Antarctica's Mount Erebus this year occurred at 09:12 UTC on December 4, 2014 and ejected bombs onto the summit cone of Erebus, Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO) reports.Mount Erebus is one of several volcanoes in the McMurdo Vol

December 07, 2014

Geophysicists challenge traditional theory underlying the origin of mid-plate volcanoes

Source of volcanoes may be much closer than scientists thought... A long-held assumption about the Earth is discussed in today's edition of Science, as Don L. Anderson, an emeritus professor with the Seismological Laboratory of the California Institute of Technology

December 05, 2014