Volcanoes

Manam volcano eruption alert level raised to three, Papua New Guinea

The Rabaul Volcanic Observatory has raised the volcanic eruption alert level for Manam volcano to three, informing Disaster Office officials ni Madang to immediately evacuate the population of the island. The volcano began belching smoke and flames around 09:00 UTC (19:00 local time) Sunday night, April 16, 2017, forcing locals to take refuge. Locals said the fire was coming out ...

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Increased activity at Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Guatemalan Fuego volcano is exhibiting increased activity today, prompting authorities to restrict access to the volcano. In a special bulletin released April 21, 2017, INSIVUMEH reported an average of 5 to 7 weak to moderate explosions per hour which generate a plume of ash reaching an approximate height of 4.6 – 4.9 km (15 092 – 16 076 feet) above sea ...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 12 – 18, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between April 12 and 18, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia) | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Poas, Costa Rica. Ongoing activity: Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Colima, Mexico | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Ebeko, Paramushir ...

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New eruption at Nishinoshima volcano, Japan

A new eruption has started at Nishinoshima volcano on April 20, 2017, the Japan Meteorological Agency reports. It was characterized by the ejection of white smoke from the vicinity of the crater in the center of the island and a lava flow. The last eruption of this volcano took place in November 2015. The eruption was spotted by Japanese Coast Guard aircraft ...

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Manam volcano eruption forces evacuations, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea’s Manam volcano erupted on April 16, 2017, forcing evacuations. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange. According to local media reports, residents said the volcano began belching smoke and flames around 09:00 UTC (19:00 local time) Sunday night, April 16. The blasts have continued until Tuesday and the island is very dark, they said. A local councilor, ...

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Mount Etna’s Southeast Crater is on fire again

Mount Etna’s Southeast Crater is on fire again

The fifth eruptive episode of the year is currently in progress at Italy’s Mount Etna. This is the third eruptive episode in less than 10 days. Etna was calm for about 4 and a half days before the fifth eruptive episode started at 09:34 UTC on April 19, 2017. The source of activity is the Southeast Crater. “While the previous episode ...

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Sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

El Salvador authorities are reporting a sudden increase in seismic activity under San Miguel volcano on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. The last major eruptive phase of this volcano started on December 29, 2013, and ended in August 2014 (VEI 2). In a special report released 20:30 local time on April 17, 2017 (02:00 UTC on April 18), MARN reported a sudden increase in ...

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Bogoslof volcano remains in an unpredictable condition, Alaska

Bogoslof volcano remains at a heightened state of unrest and in an unpredictable condition, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) reports. No significant volcanic activity was observed at the volcano in seismic, infrasound data or satellite data over the past day, but activity could increase again at any time. Activity may ramp back up with additional explosions producing high-altitude (>4.5 km/15 000 feet) volcanic ...

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Active volcanoes in the world: April 5 – 11, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between April 5 and 11, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Banda Api, Indonesia | Cerro Azul, Isla Isabela (Ecuador) | Dempo, Indonesia | Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia). Ongoing activity: Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Bezymianny, ...

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New eruptive episode begins at Mount Etna, Italy

A new eruptive episode began at Italy’s Mount Etna shortly after 20:00 UTC on April 13, 2017. The new phase started 2 hours after a sudden increase in volcanic tremor. It comes after three days of calm. INGV reports that lava was pouring from three vents during the night. The start of the eruption was preceded by a sudden increase in volcanic ...

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