New Activity / Unrest

Recent Bulletin Reports

  • Erta Ale  |  Persistent lava lake; crater rim overflows; new fissure eruption begins in January 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.
  • Stromboli  |  Persistent low- and moderate-level explosive activity during 2015 and 2016
  • San Miguel  |  Six small ash emission events during January 2015-June 2017
  • Reventador  |  Lava flows, pyroclastic flows, and ash plumes monthly during June 2014-December 2015
  • Chirinkotan  |  Intermittent ash plumes and thermal anomalies June 2013-April 2017, site visit by Russian scientists, August 2015
  • Nevado del Ruiz  |  Intermittent ash emissions July 2012-December 2015; increased thermal activity October-December 2015
  • Nyamuragira  |  Large SO2 plumes and intermittent lava lake during 2013-2017
  • Erebus  |  Phonolitic lava lakes remain active during 2011-2016
  • Turrialba  |  Persistent explosions and ash emissions during 2015 and 2016
  • Unnamed  |  Plumes of discolored water seen in satellite imagery during 23-28 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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