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Recent Bulletin Reports


  • Villarrica | Lava lake reappears in February 2015 and is ongoing; large ash explosion on 3 March 2015
  • Nishinoshima | Continued ash plumes and lava flows from vent on E side of cone through mid-November 2015
  • Masaya | Lava lake returns in Santiago Crater, large thermal anomalies recorded, minor ash emissions
  • Kilauea | June 27th flow ceases; new flow from Pu'u 'O'o Crater's E flank heads SE
  • San Cristobal | Ash explosion on 22 April 2016
  • Bagana | Regular ash plumes and intermittent thermal anomalies during January-June 2016
  • Lascar | Ash plume on 30 October 2015 rises 2,500 m high; variable seismicity and persistent thermal anomaly afterwards
  • Nevados de Chillan | Eruptive episode begins in January 2016 with phreatic explosions
  • Cotopaxi | First eruption since the 1940's begins 14 August 2015
  • Bagana | Ongoing ash plumes and thermal anomalies through early 2016

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27 September 2016 Database updated (4.5.1). Current eruptions updated through 23 September 2016. Many corrections to volcanic feature locations. More than 2/3 of the geologic summary remarks have now been reviewed and edited in the past 3 years. Removed 19 volcanoes from the Holocene list and added 8 to the Pleistocene list since the June update.
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14 June 2016 Database updated (4.5.0). Completed review of 2014 eruptions. Current eruptions updated through 31 May 2016. General updates. Corrections to Pleistocene list. All recent eruptions have a VEI assigned. As of this update we list 1,532 volcanoes thought to have erupted or been otherwise volcanically active during the Holocene, and 1,158 on the Pleistocene list.

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