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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, 1 April 2009 – 7 April 2009 16 April 2009

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 1 April 2009 - 7 April 2009

The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 1 April 2009 to 7 April 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity: Ebeko (Paramushir Island), Krakatau (Indonesia) Llaima (Chile), Nyamuragira (Democratic Republic of Congo), Nyiragongo (Democratic Republic of Congo), Pacaya (Guatemala), Redoubt (Alaska).

Ongoing Activity: Asama (Japan), Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia), Galeras (Colombia), Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Koryaksky (Kamchatka, Russia), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).


Ebeko (Paramushir Island): 3 Apr 09, alert level raised to Yellow; ash-and-gas plumes to 3.2 km a.s.l., drifted ~20 km NW and E; 13, 29 & 31 Mar 2009, ashfall up to 0.2 cm thick reported in Severo-Kurilsk, 7 km E

Krakatau (Indonesia): 27-30 Mar & 1 Apr 09, ash plumes to 200-800 m above Anak Krakatau crater; 2 Apr 09, ash eruption reported, resulting ash plume drifted more than 60 km S.

Llaima (Chile): 2-3 Apr 09, increase in frequency and amplitude of seismicity evolving into continuous seismic tremor, steam plumes with small amounts of ash emitted; late on 3 Apr 09, incandescence from main crater, weak strombolian explosions from northern cone within the crater; 4 Apr 09, strombolian activity and rhythmic explosions in the main crater originated from two nested pyroclastic cones, incandescent tephra ejected 700 m above crater; ashfall in Conguillío National Park, lava flow 1 km long traveled W towards the Calbuco River; 5 & 6 Apr 09, dark grey ash plume drifted E, continuous explosions, heavy ashfall to the E, lahars and lava flows reported; 7 Apr 09, gas-and-ash plume to 1 km above summit, drifted NE.

Nyamuragira (Democratic Republic of Congo): 23-27 Jan 09, seismic swarm reported, with increased seismicity along the East African Rift since then; 22 & 24 Mar 09, intense fumarolic activity in the summit crater of Nyamuragira observed, concentrated in southern area.

Nyiragongo (Democratic Republic of Congo): seismic swarm reported from Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira in January and increased seismicity along the East African Rift since then; frequent gas plumes, contributed to acid rain; 22 Mar 09, tremor detected; 22 & 24 Mar 09, active fumaroles observed along a fissure connecting the Shaheru (S flank) and Nyiragongo craters, strong methane concentrations detected, lava lake level had dropped 20 m and temperature of some fissures had risen by 4 degrees C compared to 27 February; a small area of the lava lake was active, lava fountains seen.

Pacaya (Guatemala): constant explosive activity from McKenney cone in late March and early April, vigorous degassing, strombolian explosions ejecting material 25 m into the air, lava flows descended W and SW flanks up to 300m.

Redoubt (Alaska): 1-3 Apr 09, continuing emission of steam, gases and small amounts of ash; 1 & 2 Apr 09, plume containing some ash to 4.6-7.6 km a.s.l., extended about 65 km ENE; 4 Apr 09, explosion produced ash plume to 15.2 km a.s.l., drifted SE, lahar descended Drift River valley; 5-6 Apr 09, small earthquakes and intermittent tremor continued, plume of primarily steam and gas continuously emitted to 7.7 km a.s.l., drifted SE; 6 Apr 09, gas-and-steam plume to under 7.7 km a.s.l., drifted NE; 7 Apr 09, small steam-and-ash plume to 4.6-6.1 km a.s.l., drifted 16-24 km SE.


Asama (Japan): 7 Apr 09, Alert Level lowered from 3 to 2 (on a scale of 1-5).

Batu Tara (Komba Island, Indonesia): 5-6 Apr 09, ash plumes to 2.4 km a.s.l., drifted 40-210 km W.

Galeras (Colombia): 3-7 Apr 09, gas plumes, sometimes with ash content, originating from different areas in the main crater, to under 6 km a.s.l., and zones of high temperatures noted.

Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia): 27 Mar – 3 Apr 09, seismic activity above background levels; 31 Mar 09, thermal anomaly detected.

Kilauea (Hawaii, USA): 1-7 April, lava flowed SE through lava tube system to reach Waikupanaha and Kupapa’u ocean entries, surface flows detected, occasional explosions at Waikupanaha ocean entry; Halema’uma’u vent continued to produce mainly white plume drifting SW, incandescence intermittently seen from the vent

Koryaksky (Kamchatka, Russia): 27 Mar – 3 Apr 09, seismic activity at background levels, gas plumes with small amount of ash to 4 km a.s.l., drifted E, SE, S, and W; 27-28, & 31 Mar & 1-2 Apr 09, gas-and-ash plumes drifted 313 km E, in southerly directions.

Popocatépetl (Mexico): 1 Apr 09, ash plume rose 1 km above the summit; 2 Apr 09, small ash emission observed.

Rabaul (Papua New Guinea): 27 Mar – 2 Apr 09, white and occasionally grey (or brown) plumes from Tavurvur cone rose 1 km above the crater, drifted SE and NW; incandescence from summit crater seen at night; 2 Apr 09, light ashfall reported in Rabaul town (3-5 km NW) and surrounding areas; 5 apr 09, ash plume to 2.4 km a.s.l., drifted ~ 37 km NE; 7 Apr 09, ash plumes to 3 km a.s.l., drifted NW.

Sakura-jima (Japan): 5-7 Apr 09, explosions and eruptions produced plumes to 2.1-3.0 km a.s.l., drifted SE (5 Apr 09) and S (7 Apr 09).

Shiveluch (Kamchatka, Russia): 27 Mar – 3 Apr 09, seismicity above background, ash plumes likely rose to 5.5 km a.s.l., fumaroles active daily; 31 March 09, explosions produced ash plumes to 6 km a.s.l.; 1 Apr 09, daily thermal anomaly detected, ash plume drifted 80 km S.

Soufrière Hills (Montserrat): 27 Mar – 3 Apr 09, activity at a low level; 1 Apr 09, small pyroclastic flow traveled E down Tar River Valley; 6 Apr 09, ash plume drifting at 2.7-4.9 km a.s.l. reported.

Suwanose-jima (Japan): 6 Apr 09, explosions reported.

Tungurahua (Ecuador): 1-3 & 5 Apr 09, steam or steam-and-ash plumes rose to maximum 1 km above crater, drifted S, SW, and NNW; 6 Apr 09, fumarolic plumes to 500-600 m; light ashfall reported SW.


The foregoing is a summary of the Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report covering 1 April to 7 April 2009. It is provided for information only, and is based on but not a substitute for the full report, which comes with its own criteria and disclaimers. The map base is derived from the Smithsonian Institution/USGS/US Naval Research Laboratory This Dynamic Planet website.

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