Activity for the week of 26 February-4 March 2014
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Activity for the week of 26 February-4 March 2014
The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is a cooperative project between the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program and the US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program. Updated by 2300 UTC every Wednesday, notices of volcanic activity posted on these pages are preliminary and subject to change as events are studied in more detail. This is not a comprehensive list of all of Earth's volcanoes erupting during the week, but rather a summary of activity at volcanoes that meet criteria discussed in detail in the "Criteria and Disclaimers" section. Carefully reviewed, detailed reports on various volcanoes are published monthly in the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network.
|Kelut||Eastern Java (Indonesia)||New|
|Chirinkotan||Kuril Islands (Russia)||Ongoing|
|Chirpoi||Kuril Islands (Russia)||Ongoing|
|Karymsky||Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)||Ongoing|
|Kilauea||Hawaiian Islands (USA)||Ongoing|
|Shiveluch||Central Kamchatka (Russia)||Ongoing|
Kelut | Eastern Java (Indonesia) | 7.93°S, 112.308°E | Elevation 1731 m
PVMBG noted that the Alert Level for Kelut was lowered to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) on 28 February.
Marapi | Indonesia | 0.381°S, 100.473°E | Elevation 2891 m
According to news articles, an explosion at Marapi on 26 February produced an ash plume that caused ashfall in areas as far as 10 km S. According to PVMBG the Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4).
Pacaya | Guatemala | 14.381°N, 90.601°W | Elevation 2552 m
INSIVUMEH reported that during 27-28 February gas-and-vapor plumes from Pacaya rose 400-500 m above the crater. Ejected tephra drifted 600 m S and SW. INSIVUMEH and CONRED noted increased activity on 2 March; at 0515 Strombolian activity at Mackenney Crater ejected material as high as 800 m and lava flows descended the W flank. Explosions produced dense ash plumes that rose 2.5 km and drifted 15 km S, SW, and W. Ashfall was reported in El Rodeo (4 km WSW), Patrocinio (about 5 km W), and Francisco de Sales (5 km N). By the next day activity had decreased, but lava flows traveled as far as 1.3 km S. Ejected tephra again drifted 600 m S and SW.
Poás | Costa Rica | 10.2°N, 84.233°W | Elevation 2708 m
OVSICORI-UNA reported that at 0800 on 25 February officials at the Parque Nacional Volcán Poás noted that the gray crater lake had convection cells and weak fumarolic activity at the S edge of the lake around a cryptodome. At 1203 a strong phreatic explosion from Poás was recorded by webcams at the N end of the lake. The explosion ejected water, steam, gas, sediment, and rock fragments over 400 m above the lake's surface. Most of the material fell back into the lake, and onto the W, N, and E parts of the crater walls. Fumarolic activity around the cryptodome and lake convection both increased after the explosion.
Popocatépetl | Mexico | 19.023°N, 98.622°W | Elevation 5426 m
On 26 February CENAPRED reported that, with support from the Navy, scientists aboard an overflight of Popocatépetl observed that lava dome 48 had been destroyed, leaving a funnel-shaped cavity about 80 m deep. A new dome 20-30 m wide was at the bottom of the cavity. On 27 February activity decreased considerably. During 27 February-3 March gas-and-steam plumes were observed drifting E, ESE, W, and NE. On 2 March an ash plume rose more than 2 km above the crater and drifted NE. On 4 March at 0552 an explosion ejected incandescent tephra 700 m onto the NE flank and produced an ash plume that rose 1.2 km. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, Phase Two.
Tungurahua | Ecuador | 1.467°S, 78.442°W | Elevation 5023 m
IG reported that activity at Tungurahua was at moderate levels during 26 February-4 March; cloud cover often prevented observations. On 26 February a small pyroclastic flow traveled 400 m down the N and NW flanks. Ashfall was reported in El Manzano (8 km SW) and Palictahua. The next day seismicity increased and inflation was detected at the summit area. Diffuse vapor plumes rose from the crater during 1-2 March.
Aira | Kyushu (Japan) | 31.593°N, 130.657°E | Elevation 1117 m
JMA reported that during 24-28 February two explosions from Showa Crater at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano ejected tephra as far as 1,300 m. Incandescence from the crater was detected during 24-26 February. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5). The Tokyo VAAC reported explosions during 27-28 February and 2-4 March. Plumes rose to altitudes of 1.2-4 km (4,000-13,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W, NW, NE, SE, and S during 28 February and 2-4 March. A pilot observed ash drifting at an altitude of 1.5 km (5,000 ft) a.s.l. on 2 March.
Chirinkotan | Kuril Islands (Russia) | 48.98°N, 153.48°E | Elevation 724 m
SVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Chirinkotan was observed in satellite images on 25 February and gas-and-steam emissions were observed on 27 February. Cloud cover obscured views on other days during 24 February-3 March. The Aviation Color Code remained at Yellow.
Chirpoi | Kuril Islands (Russia) | 46.525°N, 150.875°E | Elevation 742 m
SVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Snow, a volcano of Chirpoi, was detected in satellite images on 25 and 27 February. Cloud cover obscured views on the other days during 24 February-3 March. The Aviation Color Code remained at Yellow.
Colima | Mexico | 19.514°N, 103.62°W | Elevation 3850 m
Based on observations of satellite images and information from the Mexico MWO, the Washington VAAC reported that on 28 February an ash plume from Colima drifted 15 km SE at altitudes up to 4.6 km (15,000 ft) a.s.l. On 1 March two emissions formed an ash plume that drifted over 35 km NNW. Three other plumes drifted NNW later that day.
Dukono | Halmahera (Indonesia) | 1.68°N, 127.88°E | Elevation 1335 m
Based on analyses of satellite imagery and wind data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 1-2 March ash plumes from Dukono rose to an altitude of 3.7 km (12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 55-100 km E and SE.
Etna | Sicily (Italy) | 37.734°N, 15.004°E | Elevation 3330 m
INGV reported that during 28 February-4 March Strombolian activity and diffuse ash emissions continued at Etna's New Southeast Crater (NSEC). An unstable part of the lower E flank of the cone that collapsed on 11 February continued to produce small collapses with reddish ash clouds. Lava continued to flow from a vent on the lower part of the NSEC cone to the W wall of the Valle del Bove, and during 2-3 March the flows reached the base of the wall.
Karymsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | 54.05°N, 159.45°E | Elevation 1536 m
KVERT reported that Vulcanian and Strombolian activity at Karymsky continued during 21-28 February. Satellite images detected a daily thermal anomaly on the volcano, and an ash plume that rose to an altitude of 1.5-2 km (3,300-6,600 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 55 km NE. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Kilauea | Hawaiian Islands (USA) | 19.421°N, 155.287°W | Elevation 1222 m
During 26 February-4 March HVO reported that the circulating lava lake occasionally rose and fell in the deep pit within Kilauea's Halema'uma'u Crater. Gas emissions remained elevated. The plume from the vent continued to deposit variable amounts of ash, spatter, and Pele's hair onto nearby areas. At Pu'u 'O'o Crater, glow emanated from spatter cones on the N and S portions of the crater floor; the lava pond in the NE spatter cone was possibly crusted over. The 7.8-km-long Kahauale’a 2 lava flow, fed by the NE spatter cone, stalled in mid-January but remained active with scattered break-out flows behind the flow front that burned adjoining forest.
Shiveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) | 56.653°N, 161.36°E | Elevation 3283 m
KVERT reported that during 21-28 February lava-dome extrusion at Shiveluch was accompanied by ash explosions, incandescence, hot avalanches, and fumarolic activity. A bright thermal anomaly was detected daily in satellite images, and a gas-and-steam plume containing small amounts of ash drifted 135 km SE on 25 February. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Sinabung | Indonesia | 3.17°N, 98.392°E | Elevation 2460 m
Based on wind data, webcam images, and satellite images, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 25 February-1 March and 3-4 March ash plumes from Sinabung rose to altitudes of 3-4 km (10,000-13,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 25-55 km E, NE, N, NW, W, and SW.
Weekly Reports Archive
|Ambrym||Garbuna Group||Lopevi||San Cristóbal|
|Arenal||Guagua Pichincha||Manda Hararo||Santa Ana|
|Avachinsky||Hekla||Mauna Loa||Seulawah Agam|
|Azul, Cerro||Hokkaido-Komagatake||McDonald Islands||Shiveluch|
|Balbi||Hudson, Cerro||Metis Shoal||Siple|
|Bamus||Huila, Nevado del||Michael||Sirung|
|Barren Island||Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai||Misti, El||Slamet|
|Callaqui||Iliwerung||Moyorodake [Medvezhia]||Soufrière Hills|
|Cameroon||Imbabura||Mutnovsky||Soufrière St. Vincent|
|Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia||Inielika||Nabro||South Sister|
|Chachadake [Tiatia]||Izu-Torishima||Negro, Cerro||St. Helens|
|Chillán, Nevados de||Karangetang [Api Siau]||NW Rota-1||Sundoro|
|Cleveland||Karymsky||Okmok||Tair, Jebel at|
|Cotopaxi||Kavachi||Palena Volcanic Group||Tandikat|
|Descabezado Grande||Kharimkotan||Pavlof||Tengger Caldera|
|Dieng Volcanic Complex||Kick 'em Jenny||Peuet Sague||Tinakula|
|Erta Ale||Krakatau||Raoul Island||Turrialba|
|Etorofu-Yakeyama [Grozny Group]||Kverkfjöll||Raung||Ulawun|
|Fonualei||Langila||Rincón de la Vieja||West Mata|
|Fournaise, Piton de la||Láscar||Rinjani||White Island|
|Fourpeaked||Lengai, Ol Doinyo||Ritter Island||Yasur|
|Galeras||Little Sitkin||Ruiz, Nevado del|
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Acronyms and Abbreviations
a.s.l. - above sea level
CENAPRED - Centro Nacionale de Prevencion de Desastres (México)
COSPEC - Correlation Spectrometer
CVGHM (formerly VSI) - Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation
GMS - Geostationary Meteorological Satellite
GVO - Goma Volcano Observatory
ICE - Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Costa Rica)
IG - Instituto Geofísico (Ecuador)
IGNS - Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (New Zealand)
INETER - Instituto Nicaragüense de Estudios Territoriales (Nicaragua)
INGEMMET - Instituto Geológical Minero y Metalúrgico (Peru)
INGEOMINAS - Instituto Colombiano de Geología y Minería (Colombia)
INGV-CT - Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - Sezione di Catania (Italy)
INSIVUMEH - Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia e Hidrologia (Guatemala)
IRD - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (France)
M - magnitude
METEOSAT - Meteorological Satellite
MWO - Meteorological Watch Office
NOTAM - Notice to Airmen
OVSICORI-UNA - Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica)
RSAM - Real-time Seismic Amplitude Measurement
RVO - Rabaul Volcano Observatory
SERNAGEOMIN - Servicio Nacional de Geología y Minería (Chile)
SIGMET - Significant Meteorological Information
SNET - Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales (El Salvador)
SVERT - Sakhalin Volcanic Eruption Response Team (Kurile Islands)
UTC - Coordinated Universal Time
VAAC - Volcanic Ash Advisory Center
VRC - Volcano Research Center (Japan)