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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 2-8 June 2010 9 June 2010

Posted by admin in activity reports, Alaska, Batu Tara, Bezymianny, Cleveland, Dukono, Ecuador, eruptions, Eyjafjöll, Guatemala, Hawaii, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Mexico, Pacaya, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Popocatépetl, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Shiveluch, Taal, Tungurahua, Ulawun, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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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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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 24 February-2 March 2010 4 March 2010

Posted by admin in activity reports, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Ecuador, eruptions, Fuego, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Mayon, Mexico, Pacaya, Philippines, Poás, Popocatépetl, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Semeru, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Tungurahua, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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Some highlights from the last week of volcanic activity reported by the Global Volcanism Program:

  • Poás: grey and sulphur-scented sediment thrown out by a phreatic explosion
  • Santa María: ash plumes from the Santiaguito lava dome complex reached 2.8-3.1 km altitude
  • Tungurahua: ash plumes reached 6.5-8.0 km altitude

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 24 February-2 March 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 24 February-2 March 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: Poás (Costa Rica), Semeru (Indonesia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat).

Ongoing activity: Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Mayon (Philippines), Pacaya (Guatemala), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 20-26 January 2010 28 January 2010

Posted by admin in activity reports, Barren Island, Batu Tara, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Ecuador, eruptions, Fuego, Gaua, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Llaima, Pacific, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, Tungurahua, United States, Vanuatu, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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Some of the volcanic activity headlines this week:

  • Soufrière Hills: cycles of vigorous activity – ash venting, rockfalls, pyroclastic flows
  • Tungurahua: explosions, loud roars and rumbles, frequent ashfall
  • Kliuchevskoi: strombolian activity, phreatic explosions producing plumes up to 8 km a.s.l.

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 20-26 January 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 20-26 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: Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Tungurahua (Ecuador).

Ongoing activity: Barren Island (India), Batu Tara (Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Fuego (Guatemala), Gaua (Vanuatu), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Llaima (Chile), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 6-12 January 2010 13 January 2010

Posted by admin in activity reports, Africa, Alaska, Barren Island, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, eruptions, Fuego, Guatemala, Hawaii, India, Indian Ocean, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Mayon, Mexico, Nyamuragira, Pacaya, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Piton de la Fournaise, Popocatépetl, Rabaul, Redoubt, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, Tungurahua, Turrialba, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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Some of the volcanic activity headlines this week:

  • Mayon: alert level lowered to 2
  • Redoubt: alert level lowered to Normal/Green
  • Tungurahua: gas-and-ash plume rose to 6.5 km altitude
  • Shiveluch: ash plumes reported rising to 4.3-6.4 km altitude
  • Soufrière Hills: extensive pyroclastic flows

SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 6-12 January 2010

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 6-12 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: Mayon (Philippines), Nyamuragira (Democratic Republic of Congo), Piton de la Fournaise (Réunion), Tungurahua (Ecuador), Turrialba (Costa Rica).

Ongoing activity: Barren Island (India), Chaitén (Chile), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Redoubt (Alaska, USA), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

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

Posted by admin in activity reports, Africa, Barren Island, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Costa Rica, Ecuador, eruptions, Galeras, Guatemala, Hawaii, India, Indian Ocean, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Mayon, Nevado del Huila, Nyamuragira, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Piton de la Fournaise, Rabaul, Rinjani, Russia, Sakura-jima, Sangay, Santa María, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, Tungurahua, Turrialba, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 30 December 2009 - 5 January 2010

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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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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 18-24 November 2009 26 November 2009

Posted by admin in activity reports, Batu Tara, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, eruptions, Galeras, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Mexico, Pacaya, Papua New Guinea, Popocatépetl, Rabaul, Reventador, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Sarychev Peak, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 18-24 November 2009

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 18-24 November 2009 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), Sarychev Peak (Russia).

Ongoing activity: Batu Tara (Indonesia), Chaitén (Chile), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Pacaya (Guatemala), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Reventador (Ecuador), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala), Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11-17 November 2009 19 November 2009

Posted by admin in activity reports, Arenal, Bagana, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, eruptions, Fuego, Galeras, Guatemala, Hawaii, Japan, Kamchatka, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kizimen, Kliuchevskoi, Mayon, Mexico, Nevado del Huila, Papua New Guinea, Popocatépetl, Rabaul, Reventador, Russia, Sakura-jima, Sangay, Santa María, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, United States.
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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 11-17 November 2009

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 11-17 November 2009 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).

Ongoing activity: Arenal (Costa Rica), Bagana (Papua New Guinea), Chaitén (Chile), Fuego (Guatemala), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kizimen (Russia), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Popocatépetl (Mexico), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Reventador (Ecuador), Sakura-jima (Japan), Sangay (Ecuador), Santa María (Guatemala), 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 4-10 November 2009 12 November 2009

Posted by admin in activity reports, Caribbean, Chaitén, Chile, Colombia, Dukono, Ecuador, El Salvador, eruptions, Galeras, Guatemala, Hawaii, Indonesia, Japan, Kamchatka, Karangetang, Karymsky, Kilauea, Kliuchevskoi, Koryaksky, Mayon, Nevado del Huila, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Piton de la Fournaise, Rabaul, Reventador, Russia, Sakura-jima, Santa María, Shiveluch, Soufrière Hills, Suwanose-jima, United States, Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports.
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SI/USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report 4-10 November 2009

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The Smithsonian Institution/United States Geological Survey Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for 4-10 November 2009 is available on the Global Volcanism Program website. The following is a summary and not a substitute for the full report.

New activity/unrest: Batur (Indonesia), Galeras (Colombia), Karangetang [Api Siau] (Indonesia), Mayon (Philippines), Nevado del Huila (Colombia), Piton de la Fournaise (Réunion), Reventador (Ecuador), San Vicente (El Salvador).

Ongoing activity: Chaitén (Chile), Dukono (Indonesia), Karymsky (Russia), Kilauea (Hawaii, USA), Kliuchevskoi (Russia), Koryaksky (Russia), Rabaul (Papua New Guinea), Sakura-jima (Japan), Santa María (Guatemala) Shiveluch (Russia), Soufrière Hills (Montserrat), Suwanose-jima (Japan).

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