Activity for the week of 19 November-25 November 2014
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Activity for the week of 19 November-25 November 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.
|Sinarka||Shiashkotan Island (Russia)||New|
|Chirpoi||Kuril Islands (Russia)||Ongoing|
|Kilauea||Hawaiian Islands (USA)||Ongoing|
|Sheveluch||Central Kamchatka (Russia)||Ongoing|
|Shishaldin||Fox Islands (USA)||Ongoing|
|Zhupanovsky||Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)||Ongoing|
Fogo | Cape Verde | 14.95°N, 24.35°W | Elevation 2829 m
According to news articles an eruption from Fogo's Pico cone inside the Cha Caldera began in the morning on 23 November after increased activity detected in the previous weeks and felt earthquakes by residents the night before. The eruption started at a vent on the WSW base of Pico cone, near or at where explosions originated in 1995, and then rose from multiple vents. The activity was characterized by explosions, lava fountains, and ash emissions. About 700 people evacuated from Chã das Caldeiras and the local airport closed. During the afternoon on 24 November workers removed items from the national park headquarters and by the evening lava had overtaken the building. Lava flows had crossed a main road and taken down communication poles. The Toulouse VAAC noted that a cloud observed in satellite images composed mainly of sulfur dioxide drifted over 220 km NW at an altitude of 9.1 km (30,000 ft) a.s.l. Ash in the cloud was detected at lower altitudes. By 25 November the lava flow was 4 km long.
Pavlof | United States | 55.417°N, 161.894°W | Elevation 2493 m
AVO reported that seismic activity at Pavlof decreased during 21-22 November but continued to remain above background levels. Weakly elevated surface temperatures during 22 and 24-25 November, consistent with the cooling lava flow on the NW flank, were observed in satellite images. The Aviation Color Code was lowered to Yellow and the Volcano Alert Level was lowered to Advisory on 25 November; AVO noted that seismicity was at low levels during the previous week, and satellite observations show no evidence for continuing eruptive activity.
Popocatepetl | Mexico | 19.023°N, 98.622°W | Elevation 5426 m
CENAPRED reported that during 19-25 November seismicity at Popocatépetl indicated continuing emissions of water vapor and gas. Incandescence from the crater was visible each night. On 21 November a plume with low ash content rose 700 m above the crater and drifted NE. The Alert Level remained at Yellow, Phase Two.
Sinarka | Shiashkotan Island (Russia) | 48.875°N, 154.175°E | Elevation 934 m
SVERT reported that satellite images of Sinarka showed steam-and-gas emissions on 19 November. Cloud cover obscured views on the other days during 17-24 November. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Yellow.
Aira | Kyushu (Japan) | 31.593°N, 130.657°E | Elevation 1117 m
JMA reported that two explosions from Showa Crater at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano ejected tephra as far as 1,300 m during 17-21 November. Weak incandescence from the crater was visible during 18-19 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-5). The Tokyo VAAC reported that on 19 November an explosion produced a plume that rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE. An eruption on 23 November generated a plume that rose to an altitude of 2.4 km (8,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E.
Asosan | Kyushu (Japan) | 32.884°N, 131.104°E | Elevation 1592 m
Bardarbunga | Iceland | 64.63°N, 17.53°W | Elevation 2009 m
During 18-25 November, IMO maintained Aviation Colour Code Orange due to continued activity at Bárdarbunga’s Holuhraun eruptive fissure; FLIR thermal images of the craters on 18 November showed that the most intense area of thermal convection was at the northern part of the eruption site, called Heimasæta. Lava flowed ESE. Subsidence of the Bárdarbunga caldera continued and local air pollution from gas emissions persisted. On 20 November observers characterized the eruption as pulsating explosions in the crater every 10-15 minutes, followed by a gush of lava down the main channel with splashing on either side.
Chirpoi | Kuril Islands (Russia) | 46.525°N, 150.875°E | Elevation 742 m
SVERT reported that satellite images over Snow, a volcano of Chirpoi, showed a weak thermal anomaly during 17-18 November. Cloud cover obscured views on other days during 19-24 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Yellow.
Colima | Mexico | 19.514°N, 103.62°W | Elevation 3850 m
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 19-25 November ash plumes from Dukono rose to an altitude of 2.4 km (8,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 20-150 km NE, WNW, W, and WSW.
Kilauea | Hawaiian Islands (USA) | 19.421°N, 155.287°W | Elevation 1222 m
During 19-25 November HVO reported that Kilauea’s 27 June NE-trending lava flow continued to be active. A satellite image acquired on 22 November showed that active breakouts were focused in two areas: in the upper part of the flow field about 4 km NE of Pu'u 'O'o, and above the ground crack system near an abandoned geothermal well site on Kilauea’s east rift zone. On 24 November slow-moving pahoehoe flows near the well site had advanced and were 5.7 km SW of the transfer station on Apa'a Street.
The circulating lava lake occasionally rose and fell in the deep pit within Halema'uma'u Crater. Gas emissions remained elevated. The plume from the vent continued to deposit variable amounts tephra onto nearby areas; smaller particles may have been dropped several kilometers away. At Pu'u 'O'o Crater, glow emanated from several outgassing openings in the crater floor.
Mayon | Luzon (Philippines) | 13.257°N, 123.685°E | Elevation 2462 m
PHIVOLCS reported that during 18-25 November white plumes rose from Mayon's crater and drifted WSW, WNW, NE, and SE, often downslope. As many as six volcanic earthquakes and one rockfall event were recorded per day. Sulfur dioxide emissions were below baseline levels. Alert Level remained at 3 (on a 0-5 scale). PHIVOLCS reminded residents of the 6-km-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) around the volcano and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the SE flank.
Sheveluch | Central Kamchatka (Russia) | 56.653°N, 161.36°E | Elevation 3283 m
KVERT reported that during 14-21 November lava-dome extrusion onto Sheveluch’s N flank was accompanied by incandescence, hot avalanches, and fumarolic activity. A strong explosion at 2217 on 16 November generated a 30 x 10 km ash cloud that drifted 590 km SW. Satellite images detected a thermal anomaly over the dome during 18-20 November; cloud cover prevented views of the volcano on the other days. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Shishaldin | Fox Islands (USA) | 54.756°N, 163.97°W | Elevation 2857 m
AVO reported that intermittent volcanic tremor at Shishaldin continued to be detected during 19-23 November. Elevated crater temperatures were detected in satellite images during periods of clear weather; thermal anomalies were reported during 21-22 November. Seismic activity increased sharply on 24 November, suggesting that the eruption had intensified. Strong thermal anomalies near the summit were detected in satellite images. On 25 November seismicity remained elevated and strongly elevated surface temperatures continued to be detected in satellite images. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange and the Volcano Alert Level remained at Watch.
Sinabung | Indonesia | 3.17°N, 98.392°E | Elevation 2460 m
Based on webcam views and weather models, the Darwin VAAC reported that duirng 19-20 November eruptions from Sinabung produced ash plumes that rose to an altitude of 4.3 km (14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W. Continuous dense white plumes and intermittent pyroclastic flows were also visible. During 22-23 November intermittent pyroclastic flows recorded by the webcam reached the base of the volcano. On 23 November an ash plume rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted S.
Ubinas | Peru | 16.355°S, 70.903°W | Elevation 5672 m
According to IGP a small 64-second-long explosion at Ubinas, that started at 0741 on 23 November, produced an ash plume that rose 2.5 km above the crater's base and drifted S and SE. A second explosion occurred at 1004 and generated an ash plume that rose 2.2 km and drifted S. Residents of Ubinas felt a slight rumble at the time of the second explosion.
Zhupanovsky | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | 53.589°N, 159.15°E | Elevation 2899 m
KVERT reported that a moderate explosive eruption at Zhupanovsky likely continued during 14-21 November. Satellite images showed that the volcano was either quiet or obscured by clouds. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Weekly Reports Archive
|Anatahan||Garbuna Group||Machin||Sangeang Api|
|Arenal||Grimsvotn||Manda Hararo||Sarychev Peak|
|Bamus||Huila, Nevado del||Misti, El||Soputan|
|Bardarbunga||Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai||Miyakejima||Sorikmarapi|
|Barren Island||Ibu||Monowai Seamount||Sotara|
|Batur||Ijen||Montagu Island||Soufrière Hills|
|Bezymianny||Iliamna||Moyorodake [Medvezhia]||Soufrière St. Vincent|
|Campi Flegrei Mar Sicilia||Ioto||Negro, Cerro||Sulu Range|
|Chachadake [Tiatia]||Jackson Segment||Nishinoshima||Sundoro|
|Chikurachki||Kanlaon||Nyamuragira||Tair, Jebel at|
|Chiles-Cerro Negro||Karangetang [Api Siau]||Nyiragongo||Talang|
|Chillán, Nevados de||Karkar||Okmok||Tambora|
|Colima||Katla||Palena Volcanic Group||Tara, Batu|
|Descabezado Grande||Kick 'em Jenny||Planchon-Peteroa||Tolbachik|
|Dieng Volcanic Complex||Kikai||Poas||Toliman|
|Ekarma||Kolokol Group||Raoul Island||Ubinas|
|Etorofu-Yakeyama [Grozny Group]||Kverkfjoll||Rincon de la Vieja||White Island|
|Fournaise, Piton de la||Lengai, Ol Doinyo||Ruapehu||Zubair Group|
|Fourpeaked||Leroboleng||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)