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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 30 December 2009-5 January 2010 9 January 2010

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 30 December 2009 - 5 January 2010

Click on the map for a larger version (1280 x 898 pixels). The map title gives the end of the period covered as 6 January 2010, it should be 5 January 2010. Sorry about that.

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 30 December 2009 – 5 January 2010 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Galeras (Colombia), Mayon (Philippines), Nyamuragira (Democratic Republic of Congo), Piton de la Fournaise (Réunion), Rinjani (Indonesia), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Turrialba (Costa Rica).

Ongoing activity: Barren Island (India), Chaitén (Chile), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Sangay (Ecuador), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

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Rinjani eruption continues 24 June 2009

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Caldera of Gunung Rinjani (Lombok, Indonesia) by Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia), 2008. Creative Commons licensed.

Caldera of Gunung Rinjani (Lombok, Indonesia) by Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia), 6 September 2008. Barujari cone can be seen on the far side of the caldera lake, slightly to the left of centre. Detail view below shows the cone more clearly. [Picture taken by Nusa Tenggara and reproduced under the terms of a Creative Commons license. From Flickr: click on the image to go to the source page.]

Caldera of Gunung Rinjani (Lombok, Indonesia) by Nusa Tenggara (Indonesia), 2008, detail showing Barujari cone. Creative Commons licensed.

Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island, Indonesia, is continuing to erupt, as it has been doing pretty much continuously since the current phase of activity began on 2 May. The eruption is located at Barujari cone, which has been the focus for eruptive activity since records began in 1847 and can be seen in Nusa Tenggara’s wonderful picture above.

A bulletin released on 17 June by the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation gives copious details of seismicity and eruption plume activity since 7 May, reporting frequent shallow earthquakes and episodes of harmonic tremor, and ‘thick white smoke’ reaching up to 1500 metres above Mount Rinjani’s summit. The bulletin also reports what sounds like impressive strombolian activity, with incandescent material being thrown 200 metres into the air from Barujari’s summit crater and landing up to 500 metres away. There is also a report of a lava flow some 600 metres wide that has extended 100 metres into the lake.

Indonesian volcanologists see no immediate prospect of this eruption coming to an end, according to reports in the local press.

For all our Indonesia coverage: Indonesia « The Volcanism Blog.

News
Rinjani eruptions seem like fireworksTempo Interaktif, 15 June 2009
Mount Baru Jari spews lavaJakarta Post, 19 June 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Rinjani – summary information for Rinjani (0604-03=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 10-16 June 2009 18 June 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 10-16 June 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 10-16 June 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Rinjani (Indonesia), Sangay (Ecuador), Sarychev Peak (Russia).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Dukono (Indonesia), Ebeko (Russia), Galeras (Colombia), Kilauea (USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Redoubt (USA), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Turrialba (Costa Rica), Ubinas (Peru).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 6-12 May 2009 14 May 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 6-12 May 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 6-12 May 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Galeras (Colombia), Nyiragongo (Dem. Rep. of Congo), Rinjani (Lombok Island, Indonesia), Veniaminof (Alaska, USA).

Ongoing activity: Arenal (Costa Rica), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Ebeko (Paramushir Island, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Llaima (Chile), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 29 April 2009 – 5 May 2009 7 May 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 29 April 2009 - 5 May 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 29 April 2009 to 5 May 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Fernandina (Galapagos Islands), Galeras (Colombia), Krakatau (Indonesia), Reventador (Ecuador), Rinjani (Lombok Island, Indonesia), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Slamet (Java, Indonesia).

Ongoing activity: Asama (Japan), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia), Ebeko (Paramushir Island, Russia), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Sakura-jima (Japan), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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Indonesia: Rinjani activity continues 4 May 2009

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The eruptive activity at Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island is continuing, according to press reports from Indonesia. Those reports are a little contradictory, with the Jakarta Globe saying that the volcano ‘continued to emit volcanic ash and smoke on Sunday [but] the eruptions were relatively smaller than those on Saturday, authorities said’, while Tempointeraktif has ‘Mount Rinjani closed as eruptions intensify’ and ‘activities escalating since Saturday (2/5) afternoon’. The latter report quotes head Indonesian volcanologist Surono as saying that ‘volcanic ash and smoke’ from Rinjani has reached about 8000 metres, and also has this interesting information:

Mining and Energy office of West Nusa Tenggara Province reported a crater began to form at the eastern slope of the mountain. Heryadi Rahmad from the mining and energy office said the eruptions had not caused terrible impacts ‘but a small crater began to form’ in the eastern part of the mountainous area at Mount Baru Jari.

Barujari (that being the GVP form of the name) is a volcanic cone at the eastern end of the Rinjani caldera which has been the focus of historical eruptive activity – see the satellite image at the Eruptions blog for Rinjani’s interesting summit arrangements. Eruptions from excentric vents (vents cutting into the rim of a pre-existing crater) seem to be typical of Barujari’s eruptive history, and this new ‘small crater’ may be the latest example.

The alert status for Rinjani has not been raised and remains (as of the time of writing) at Orange (Siaga), the second-highest level.

UPDATE 5 May 2009. A new report in the Jakarta Post has Rinjani (Baru Jari) ‘spray[ing] thick ash’ on Sunday, but quotes Heryadi Rahmad of the provincial mining and energy authority as saying that ‘The peak of the activity was on Saturday with four tremors and the eruption of thick ash’. A team from the Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation agency is at Rinjani to monitor the activity, and the national park around the volcano remains closed to visitors.

For all our Indonesia coverage: Indonesia « The Volcanism Blog.

News
No danger in Barujari eruption, officials sayJakarta Globe, 3 May 2009
Mount Rinjani closed as eruptions intensify – Tempointerkatif.com, 3 May 2009
Mt Baru Jari spews ashJakarta Post, 4 May 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Rinjani – summary information for Rinjani (0604-03=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

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Alert at Indonesia’s Mt Rinjani 3 May 2009

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Indonesia may seem to be having more than its fair share of volcano alerts lately, but given the very large number of volcanoes to be found in that country it probably is actually a fair share. Semeru, Karangetang, Ibu and Slamet are all on the second-highest alert level of Orange (Siaga), while thirteen other volcanoes including Krakatau, Kerinci and Kelud are at the next level of Yellow (Waspada). The latest addition to the latter group is Mt Rinjani on Lombok Island, which has gone to yellow alert following ‘two small explosions’ on Saturday afternoon. The area of the national park surrounding the volcano has been closed to tourists as a safety measure.

Eruptions has more details and background: Yet another Indonesian volcano on alert.

For all our Indonesia coverage: Indonesia « The Volcanism Blog.

News
Mount Rinjani on alert status, closed to touristsJakarta Post, 3 May 2009

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Rinjani – summary information for Rinjani (0604-03=)
Pusat Vulkanologi & Mitigasi Bencana Geologi – News and information portal for the Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation, Indonesia

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