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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 8-14 September 2010 16 September 2010

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The Global Volcanism Program has put together a bumper Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 8-14 September 2010. Sally Kuhn Kennert of the GVP compiled the report. Some highlights:

  • Nevado del Huila: alert level raised following increase in seismicity and gas/ash emissions
  • Soufrière Hills: several small-to-moderate pyroclastic flows descended the dome and took parts of it down with them
  • Arenal: rumbled its way through August with gas emissions, strombolian eruptions and avalanches
  • Sinabung: threw ash plumes up to 4.3-4.6 km altitude

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 8-14 September 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 8-14 September 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Ekarma (Russia), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Planchón-Peteroa (Chile), Santa María (Guatemala), Sinabung (Indonesia).

Ongoing activity: Arenal (Costa Rica), Batu Tara (Indonesia), Dukono (Indonesia), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Reventador (Ecuador), Sakura-jima (Japan), Sangay (Ecuador), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

Note: a.s.l. = ‘above sea level’.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 1-7 September 2010 9 September 2010

Posted by admin in activity reports, Alaska, Batu Tara, Bezymianny, Chile, Cleveland, Dukono, Ecuador, Ekarma, eruptions, Etna, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Manam, Pacaya, Papua New Guinea, Planchón-Peteroa, Russia, Sakura-jima, Sangay, Seulawah Agam, Shiveluch, Sinabung, United States, Villarrica, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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Another week, another Weekly Volcanic Activity Report from the volcano-watchers of the Global Volcanism Program. The report is compiled by Sally Kuhn Sennert.

  • Ekarma: continuing strong steam-and-gas emissions
  • Etna: a powerful explosion followed by ash emissions on 25 August
  • Planchón-Peteroa: an explosive eruption on 6 September
  • Kliuchevskoi: a possible eruption on 3 September

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 1-7 September 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 1-7 September 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Ekarma (Russia), Etna (Italy), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Manam (Papua New Guinea), Planchón-Peteroa (Chile), Seulawah Agam (Indonesia), Sinabung (Indonesia), Villarrica (Chile).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Bezymianny (Russia), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Dukono (Indonesia), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Pacaya (Guatemala), Sakura-jima (Japan), Sangay (Ecuador), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia).

Note: a.s.l. = ‘above sea level’.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11-17 August 2010 18 August 2010

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Some highlights from the Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 11-17 August 2010, compiled by Sally Kuhn Sennert:

  • San Miguel: seismicity increases and then declines, access restrictions remain in place
  • Fuego: explosions throw up ash plumes to nearly 5 km altitude
  • Turrialba: ash emissions; a 10-km wide plume seen on satellite imagery

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11-17 August 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 11-17 August 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Manam (Papua New Guinea), San Miguel (El Salvador).

Ongoing activity: Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Batu Tara (Indonesia), Dukono (Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Russia), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Turrialba (Costa Rica), Ulawun (Papua New Guinea).

Note: a.s.l. = ‘above sea level’.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 14-20 July 2010 22 July 2010

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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity reported by the Global Volcanism Program, including a possible eruption at Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz:

  • Nevado del Ruiz: a 7 km plume reported, possibly from an eruption
  • Fuego: explosions producing plumes up to 4.4 km altitude
  • Santa María: lots of explosions from the Santiaguito lava dome complex

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 30 June - 6 July 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 14-20 July 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Gorely (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Ubinas (Peru).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

Note: a.s.l. = ‘above sea level’.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 7-13 July 2010 14 July 2010

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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity courtesy the Global Volcanism Program and Sally Kuhn Sennert, including more seismic restlessness and ash venting at Soufrière Hills and some big bangs at Stromboli:

  • Soufrière Hills: seismic swarms, ash venting, ashfall, some rumbling and roaring
  • Stromboli: two major explosive events at the ever-active ‘Lighthouse of the Mediterranean’
  • Pacaya: an explosion produces ash and tephra fall, provoking small-scale evacuations

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 7-13 July 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 7-13 July 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Stromboli (Italy).

Ongoing activity: Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Dukono (Indonesia), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Kirishima (Japan), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Russia), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ulawun (Papua New Guinea).

Note: a.s.l. = ‘above sea level’.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 16-22 June 2010 24 June 2010

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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity reported by the Global Volcanism Program:

  • Etna: hot landslides generate ash clouds
  • Nevado del Huila: seismicity increases, sulphur dioxide plumes detected
  • Tungurahua: steam-and-ash plumes, daily ashfall
  • Kliuchevskoi: strombolian activity
  • Sakura-jima: 550 eruptions so far in 2010, a new record for this hyper-active volcano

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 16-22 June 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 16-22 June 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Etna (Italy), Gorely (Russia), Ioto (Japan), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Tiatia (Russia), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ulawun (Papua New Guinea).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Dukono (Indonesia), Gaua (Vanuatu), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat).

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Support volcano monitoring in Guatemala 23 June 2010

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THE SANTIAGUITO VOLCANO OBSERVATORY NEEDS OUR HELP.

Jessica Ball of the Magma Cum Laude blog has been in touch with news of a very worthy cause: supporting volcano monitoring in Guatemala. The government agency charged with monitoring Guatemala’s volcanoes, the Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Volcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH), is staffed by some incredibly dedicated and hard-working men and women who do all they can to keep their people safe from volcanic hazards, but they do not have the equipment they need to do the job as well as it needs to be done. They need everything from computers to rock hammers, tape measures to digital cameras, laser rangefinders to geological hand lenses. That’s where you can help.

The International Volcano Monitoring Fund (IVMF) was set up by Dr Jeff Witter to help improve volcano monitoring in developing countries. Jessica Ball has done much of her volcanological research on Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala, and she has got together with the IVMF and INSIVUMEH to compile a list of what is needed and launch a fundraising effort for the Santaguito Volcano Observatory. Please go to Jessica’s page about the fundraiser at Magma Cum Laude, and to the IVMF’s Guatemala page, to find out what your donations can buy and how you can help.

This is a very worthy cause in which a few dollars can make a big difference: please help if you can.

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 9-15 June 2010 22 June 2010

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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity reported by the Global Volcanism Program:

  • Melimoyu: increased seismicity leads to heightened alert level
  • Tungurahua: daily explosions and ashfall
  • Eyjafjallajökull: earthquakes, steam plumes
  • Soufrière Hills: rockfalls and pyroclastic flows

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 9-15 June 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 9-15 June 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Bezymianny (Russia), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Melimoyu (Chile), Pacaya (Guatemala), San Cristóbal (Nicaragua), Sarigan (Mariana Islands), Tiatia (Russia), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ulawun (Papua New Guinea).

Ongoing activity: Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Batu Tara (Indonesia), Dukono (Indonesia), Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland), Fuego (Guatemala), Gaua (Vanuatu), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Sakura-jima (Japan), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 2-8 June 2010 9 June 2010

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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity reported by the Global Volcanism Program:

  • Pacaya: strombolian activity ejects material 200 m into the air
  • Taal: elevated seismicity and inflation causing concern
  • Tungurahua: explosions, ashfall, plumes up to 9 km altitude
  • Eyjafjallajökull: fluctuating tremor, fresh ashfall, plumes up to 4.5 km altitude

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 2-8 June 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 2-8 June 2010 is now available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Bezymianny (Russia), Cleveland (Alaska, USA), Pacaya (Guatemala), Taal (Philippines), Tiatia (Russia), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Ulawun (Papua New Guinea).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Dukono (Indonesia), Eyjafjallajökull (Iceland), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia).

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Guatemala: explosive eruption at Santiaguito 27 April 2010

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The Santiaguito lava dome complex at Guatemala’s Santa María volcano erupted yesterday, producing four explosions between approximately 18:50 and 20:00 local time and throwing an ash-laden plume up to altitudes of between 7.3 and 8.5 km. The Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (Insivumeh) described two of the explosions as ‘strong’ and the other two as ‘moderate to strong’ in intensity. Guatemalan newspaper El Periódico reports that ash reached 8.5 km above sea level, while Washington VAAC gives the altitude as FL 240 (24,000 feet / 7.3 km) in a volcanic ash advisory issued at 14:44 GMT on 26 April (later advisories issued at 15:15 GMT and 17:43 GMT say that some ash was reported at FL280 (28,000 feet / 8.5 km) and FL300 (30,000 feet / 9.1 km).

According to an Insivumeh volcanologist quoted by El Periódico, people in local communities were alarmed by small earthquakes during the eruption, and ashfall created visibility problems on nearby roads. Local people had noticed rumblings from the volcano during the night of 25 April, reports El Quetzalteco. The districts of Quetzaltenango, Totonicapán, San Marcos, Huehuetenango, Suchitepéquez, Retalhuleu and Sololá have been affected by ashfall, and classes in local schools have been suspended. Largely because of the ashfall hazard, Guatemala’s state emergencies agency, the Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (Conred), has raised the alert level at Santiaguito to Orange (Naranja).

Research Note. For expert insight into ever-active Santiaguito, check out Jessica Ball’s richly-illustrated reports at Magma Cum Laude: Santiaguito Volcano Observatory (19 March 2010), Looking backward: Past eruptions at Volcán Santa Maria (15 March 2010), Santiaguito lava dome complex (27 March 2009), Lava domes, coffee, and a little bit of shaking (20 March 2009). Santiaguito is the focus of Jessica’s work on lava domes. Highly recommended.

News
El volcán Santiaguito hace declarar alerta naranjaEl Periódico de Guatemala, 26 April 2010
Alerta Naranja por ceniza de volcán – El Quetzalteco, 27 April 2010
Declaran en Guatemala alerta naranja por erupción de volcán Santiaguito – ABC, 27 April 2010
Volcano spews sand, ash over GuatemalaSydney Morning Herald, 27 April 2010

Information
Global Volcanism Program: Santa María – summary information for Santa María (1402-03=)
Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrologia – main page for Guatemala’s volcanological authority

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