Volcanoes

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

Active volcanoes in the world: November 26 - December 2, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from November 26 - December 2, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Asosan, Kyushu (Japan) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Heard, Kerguelen Plateau | Moyo

December 04, 2014

Satellites detect abundant sulfur dioxide emissions from erupting Fogo volcano, Cape Verde Islands

Eruption of Fogo volcano in the Cape Verde Islands that started around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, has so far destroyed at least 57 houses and more than 260 hectares of land.As of December 3 lava is still erupting from a vent near the base of Pico do Fogo co

December 03, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 19 - 25, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from November 19 - 25, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Fogo, Cape Verde | Pavlof, United States | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russia)Ongoing activity: Aira,

November 27, 2014

Asosan - the largest volcano in Japan enters new eruptive phase, Kyushu

Asosan, the largest active volcano in Japan and one of the world's largest volcanoes, started its new eruptive phase this week prompting Japanese authorities to cancel or divert flights on Thursday, November 27, 2014. A column of ash and smoke reached about 2 133 me

November 27, 2014

Fogo volcano erupts after 20 years of sleep, evacuations in progress, Cape Verde Islands

Fogo, a volcano in the Cape Verde archipelago located off the coast of West Aftica, started erupting around 11:00 UTC on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after almost 20 years of calm period. The eruption prompted nation's prime minister Jose Maria Neves to call for evacu

November 24, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 12 - 18, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from November 12 - 18, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Pavlof, United States | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinarka, Shiashkotan Island (Russia) | Turri

November 20, 2014

Pavlof eruption intensifies, ash cloud reaching 9.1 km a.s.l.

The eruption of Pavlof Volcano that began on November 12, 2014 has intensified, Alaska Volcano Observatory reported at 20:35 UTC today. Ash cloud height at 20:00 UTC was estimated at 7 620 meters (25 000 ft) above sea level. Thus, the Aviation Color Code has been raise

November 15, 2014

Large quantities of gases emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption

Large quantities of gases are emitted to the atmosphere associated with the Holuhraun eruption, Icelandic Met Office (IMO) reported on Thursday, November 13, 2014. Among the gases are SO2 that can convert to sulfuric acid causing acid rain.Rainwater samples have been co

November 14, 2014

Pavlof enters a new phase of eruptive activity, Alaska

According to latest Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) activity update for Pavlof issued 03:57 UTC today, the volcano has entered a new phase of eruptive activity. The Aviation Color Code has been increased to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level to Watch. A ground observer

November 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: November 5 - 11, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from November 5 - 11, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Turrialba, Costa Rica

November 13, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow burns its first house in Pahoa, Hawaii

According to Hawaii County Civil Defense update issued 22:15 UTC on November 10, the front of Kilauea's lava flow remains approximately 150 meters (480 feet) from the Pahoa Village Road. ​An upslope breakout in the area of Apa’a Street near the cemetery had

November 11, 2014

New lobe of lava along Cemetery Road / Apaʻa Street, Pahoa - Hawaii

The leading edge of Kilauea's June 27th lava flow has not advanced since October 30, HVO reported on Monday, November 10. The closest active lava to Pāhoa Village Road is located on the north margin of the flow field between the cemetery and private property. Altho

November 10, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 29 - November 4, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from October 29 - November 4, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Popocatepetl, Mexico | Sinabung, Indonesia | Turrialba, Costa RicaOngoing activity:

November 06, 2014

Kilauea eruption and lava flow update, Hawaii

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) said in their Kilauea volcano status update issued 03:42 UTC today, that the leading edge of the lava flow has not advanced since Thursday, October 30 when it was in a residential area approximately 155 meters (170 yards) above Pāhoa

November 03, 2014

Turrialba volcano erupts, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano experienced a relatively large eruption starting 05:10 UTC on October 30, 2014 (23:10 local time on October 29). The eruption lasted about 25 minutes and ended with a large explosion. The volcano rumbled back to life in 2010 after 144

October 30, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 22 - 28, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from October 22 - 28, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chiles-Cerro Negro, Colombia-Ecuador | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Mayon, L

October 30, 2014

Scientists warn: Colossal volcanic eruption could destroy Japan

According to a new study by Kobe University earth scientists, Japan could be nearly destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption over the next century. The experts said they analyzed the scale and frequency of volcanic eruptions in the archipelago nation over the past 120

October 29, 2014

Lava flow from Kilauea approaching residential properties, Hawaii

Hawaiian Kīlauea continues to erupt at its summit and within the East Rift Zone with elevated gas emissions. Currently, the June 27th lava flow is advancing northeast between Apa`a St/Cemetery Rd and Pāhoa Village Road. As of 02:30 UTC today (16:30 local time on Octo

October 28, 2014

Kilauea's lava flow crossed Apaʻa Street, residents of Pāhoa ready for evacuation, Hawaii

Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) reports that the June 27th lava flow remains active and has moved downslope at a higher rate in the past few days (240 m, or 260 yd, per day). The flow front crossed Apa‘a Street at approximately 13:50 UTC on Saturday, October 25

October 26, 2014

Strong eruption of Sakurajima sends ash plume 4.5 km into the air, Japan

Following a week of relatively low activity, Japanese Sakurajima volcano (Showa crater/Aira caldera) has become more active again during the past days. A particularly strong vulcanian explosion occurred this morning (October 24) and produced an ash plume that rose up to

October 24, 2014

Evacuations ordered amid fears of Cerro Negro de Mayasquer eruption, Ecuador-Colombia

Cerro Negro de Mayasquer volcanic complex located at the Ecuador-Colombia border is experiencing increased volcanic unrest and inflation. Authorities raised the alert level to Orange (3/4) and ordered thousands to evacuate amid fears that the recent activity under the

October 23, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: October 15 - 21, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 9 volcanoes from October 15 - 21, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported also for 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Cerro Negro de Mayasquer, Colombia-Ecuador | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karangetang

October 23, 2014

Bardarbunga eruption continues, strong jet stream could take its SO2 to UK over next 24 hrs

Seismic activity at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano is still high, the eruption at Holuhraun continues and the Aviation Colour Code for the volcano remains at ‘Orange’. The European Geosciences Union (EGU) warned this morning that strong jet stream could t

October 21, 2014

Shallow M5.6 earthquake hit Ecuador-Colombia border region

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.0 [downgraded to M5.6] on the Richter scale hit Ecuador-Colombia border region (Cerro Negro de Mayasque volcanic complex) on October 20, 2014 at 19:31 UTC (14:33 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC

October 20, 2014