New Activity / Unrest

Recent Bulletin Reports

  • Fuego  |  Five eruptive episodes and destructive lahars, January-June 2017
  • Reventador  |  Ongoing ash emissions, block avalanches, and pyroclastic flows through December 2016
  • Nyamuragira  |  Thermal activity decreases and ends in May 2017
  • Nishinoshima  |  April-July 2017 episode creates additional landmass from two lava flows
  • Suwanosejima  |  Persistent ash plumes, explosions, and Strombolian activity during September 2015-December 2016
  • Kilauea  |  Episode 61g lava flow continues with many breakouts; firehose enters the sea at Kamokuna ocean entry
  • Etna  |  Extensive lava flows during February-May 2017; new summit crater emerges
  • Fuego  |  Six eruptive episodes with Strombolian fountains, lava flows, ash plumes, and pyroclastic flows during July-December 2016
  • Nevados de Chillan  |  Intermittent ash emissions from new craters along the E flanks of Volcáns Nuevo and Arrau persist through September 2017
  • Heard  |  Expedition visit in March-April 2016, intermittent eruptive activity through September 2017
  • Ubinas  |  Intermittent ash explosions during September 2016-February 2017
  • Dieng Volcanic Complex  |  Three phreatic eruptions at Sileri Crater; deaths due to helicopter crash involved in evacuations

Welcome to the Global Volcanism Program

The Volcanoes of the World database provides a catalog of Holocene and Pleistocene volcanoes, and eruptions from the past 10,000 years.

Site & Database News

29 December 2017 Database updated (4.6.4). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 29 December 2017.

17 November 2017 Database updated (4.6.3). General updates to volcano lists and eruptions, current eruptions updated through 31 October 2017. Over the previous 20 months there have been 170 Bulletin reports produced, essentially bringing the monthly publication schedule back up to date, with virtually all activity through at least 2016 being reported, and descriptions of activity at many volcanoes being current to within a few months. Thanks to Bulletin contract writer Liz Crafford (90 reports), as well as long-time volunteers Jackie Gluck, Bob Andrews, and Paul Berger, who do much of the data compilation and first drafts of reports.

28 September 2017 Database updated (4.6.2). General updates to volcano data.

7 August 2017 Database updated (4.6.1). 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.

E3 Web Application

The "Eruptions, Earthquakes, & Emissions" web application (or "E3") is a time-lapse animation of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes since 1960. It also shows volcanic gas emissions (sulfur dioxide, SO2) since 1978 — the first year satellites were available to provide global monitoring of SO2. The eruption and gas emission data are drawn from the Volcanoes of the World database maintained by the Global Volcanism Program.

Who We Are

The mission of GVP is to document, understand, and disseminate information about global volcanic activity.
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