New Activity / Unrest

Recent Bulletin Reports

  • Bogoslof  |  Ash-bearing explosions begin in December 2016; lava dome emerges in June 2017
  • Bristol Island  |  First eruption since 1956; lava flows and ash plumes, April-July 2016
  • Barren Island  |  Decreased and intermittent thermal anomalies after mid-March 2017
  • Rincon de la Vieja  |  Phreatic explosions disperse material up to 2 km from the active crater in March 2016 and June 2017
  • Karymsky  |  Persistent ash plumes and thermal anomalies January 2015-March 2016; Short-lived explosions with ash, 5-8 October 2016
  • Colima  |  Multiple flows from the lava dome during October-December 2016; frequent explosions and ash emissions until 7 March 2017
  • Sangay  |  Intermittent ash emissions and thermal anomalies, January 2015-July 2017
  • Kilauea  |  New flow from Pu'u 'O'o reaches the sea on 26 July; Kamokuna delta collapses on 31 December 2016
  • Bagana  |  Frequent ash plumes and thermal anomalies from July 2016 through mid-June 2017
  • Piton de la Fournaise  |  Intermittent effusive episodes during February-October 2015; May and September 2016; and February 2017
  • Popocatepetl  |  Ash plumes several times weekly, multiple episodes of dome growth and destruction, and high SO2 flux during January 2015-June 2016.
  • Erta Ale  |  Persistent lava lake; crater rim overflows; new fissure eruption begins in January 2017

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7 August 2017 Current eruptions updated through 30 July 2017. General updates to volcano data, lists, and eruption histories. Volcanoes with known Pleistocene eruptions and current unrest (usually geothermal activity), but no Holocene eruptions, have been removed from the list of Holocene volcanoes. Information about those volcanoes is still available because of the website expansion to show Pleistocene volcanoes in February 2016. The Holocene list is now restricted to those volcanoes thought to have actually erupted in that time period.

15 June 2017 Database updated (4.6.0). General updates to volcano data, lists, and eruption histories. Completed audit of missing elevation data for Holocene volcanoes. As of this update we list 1,495 volcanoes thought to have erupted or been otherwise volcanically active during the Holocene, and 1,179 on the Pleistocene list.

8 May 2017 Database updated (4.5.6). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 1 March, and revised deformation data with images and references.

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