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You are currently viewing Archived reports for the week of 4 May-10 May 2005.


















 Activity for the week of 4 May-10 May 2005

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.

Name Location Activity
Langila New Britain (Papua New Guinea) New
Lascar Chile New

Anatahan Mariana Islands (USA) Ongoing
Colima Mexico Ongoing
Fuego Guatemala Ongoing
Kanlaon Philippines Ongoing
Karymsky Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) Ongoing
Kilauea Hawaiian Islands (USA) Ongoing
Manam Papua New Guinea Ongoing
Pacaya Guatemala Ongoing
Santa Maria Guatemala Ongoing
Sheveluch Central Kamchatka (Russia) Ongoing
Soufriere Hills Montserrat Ongoing
Spurr United States Ongoing
St. Helens United States Ongoing


New Activity / Unrest


Volcano index photo  Langila  | New Britain (Papua New Guinea)  | 5.525°S, 148.42°E  | Elevation 1330 m

Between 28 April and 4 May sub-continuous forceful emissions of thick white to gray ash-laden clouds rose about 700-800 m above the summit crater. Glow was visible during night; projections of incandescent lava became frequent during the latter part of the period. On the afternoon of 4 May the emissions changed to dark ash clouds and there were explosions with booming noises. A thin plume from the 4 May activity was seen on satellite imagery extending over 100 km NW. Very bright glow was visible during the night with moderate projections of incandescent lava fragments. Reports received by mid-day on 5th indicated the activity to be continuing. A lava flow was also produced. Light to moderate ashfall was reported to the NW at Kilenge.

Sources: Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO), Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)



Volcano index photo  Lascar  | Chile  | 23.37°S, 67.73°W  | Elevation 5592 m

The Buenos Aires VAAC reported an eruption from Lascar seen on satellite imagery early on 4 May that sent an ash plume into the 4.5-10.6 km a.s.l. range (15,000-35,000 feet), where it was moving to the SE.

Source: Buenos Aires Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)



Ongoing Activity


Volcano index photo  Anatahan  | Mariana Islands (USA)  | 16.35°N, 145.67°E  | Elevation 790 m

Activity surged to a moderately high level on 5 May, when an extensive ash-and-steam plume to 4.5 km a.s.l. (15,000 feet) was visible in all directions. Ash extended 768 km N, 130 km S to northern Saipan, and 111 km W. VOG extended in a broad swath from 3,000 km W, over the Philippine Islands, to 1,000 km N of Anatahan. By 9 May harmonic tremor amplitude had decreased to near background levels, with a corresponding drop in eruptive activity. As of 10 May the Air Force Weather Agency was reporting ash to about 3 km a.s.l. (10,000 feet) extending 400 km W and an area of VOG less than half that noted on 5 May.

Source: Emergency Management Office of the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands and United States Geological Survey Volcano Hazards Program



Volcano index photo  Colima  | Mexico  | 19.514°N, 103.62°W  | Elevation 3850 m

Several explosions occurred from Colima during 4-10 May, with local light ashfall. The Washington VAAC identified ash to a maximum altitude of 7.6 km a.s.l. (25,000 feet) on 10 May. Satellite imagery also indicated a thermal anomaly at the summit during this period.

Sources: Centro Universitario de Estudios e Investigaciones de Vulcanologia - Universidad de Colima, Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)



Volcano index photo  Fuego  | Guatemala  | 14.473°N, 90.88°W  | Elevation 3763 m

A lava flow on 9 May extended ~100 m towards the S flank during almost 4 hours of emission. Small plumes 200-300 m high that same day were associated with 29 episodes of weak rumbling noises.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH)



Volcano index photo  Kanlaon  | Philippines  | 10.412°N, 123.132°E  | Elevation 2435 m

Contingency plans formulated earlier this year by local governments in consultation with PHIVOLCS in the event of a major eruption were misinterpreted in press reports indicating that evacuations were being recommended. The current level of activity does not require any evacuation or facility closures. Ongoing ash emissions are only a concern on the upper slopes of the volcano within 4 km of the summit crater. Regular mild ash-and-steam clouds rising less than 800 m above the crater did not cause ashfall in local communities during 3-10 May.

Source: Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)



Volcano index photo  Karymsky  | Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)  | 54.049°N, 159.443°E  | Elevation 1513 m

High seismicity continued through the week ending on 5 May. Ash-and-gas explosions during 2-3 May rose a short distance above the crater. Ash deposits extending SW were observed on 3 May. A thermal anomaly was also detected by satellite instruments during this period, as seismic data suggested many possible plumes rising as high as 1 km above the crater. Karymsky remained at Concern Color Code Orange.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)



Volcano index photo  Kilauea  | Hawaiian Islands (USA)  | 19.421°N, 155.287°W  | Elevation 1222 m

A third ocean entry, in the East Lae`apuki area, became active on 5 May. That entry and the Far East Lae`apuki entry were both being fed by lava falls down the old sea cliff and were relatively small. Based of the brighter glow, the Kamoamoa entry was thought to be more substantial. By the morning of 9 May lava was treaming over the old sea cliff in four locations; two falls fed ocean entries and two were falling onto an old delta. The branch of the PKK flow feeding East Lae`apuki was full of breakouts on 9 May. The next day the middle branch of the PKK flow developed an open-channel stream on the Pulama pali 10-20 m wide, 500-600 m long, and moving rapidly. Volcanic tremor remained at moderate levels at Pu`u `O`o. Episodes of inflation and deflation occurred during the week.

Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)



Volcano index photo  Manam  | Papua New Guinea  | 4.08°S, 145.037°E  | Elevation 1807 m

A thin plume extending 55 km NW on 4 May was seen on satellite imagery by the Darwin VAAC. The ash cloud remained below 3 km a.s.l. (10,000 feet).

Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)



Volcano index photo  Pacaya  | Guatemala  | 14.382°N, 90.601°W  | Elevation 2569 m

Lava emission continued at Pacaya during 4-9 May. Earlier in the period, on 4 May, three lava flows were active, extending up to 100 m down the SW flank and 150 m W in the direction of Cerro Chino. On 9 May two flows from the base of the intracrater cone were active, reaching 200 m down the W flank. Plumes from the MacKenney Cone rose as high as 800 m above the crater.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH)



Volcano index photo  Santa Maria  | Guatemala  | 14.757°N, 91.552°W  | Elevation 3745 m

Continuing explosive activity from Santa MarĂ­a's Santiaguito lava-dome complex during 4-9 May sent ash columns as high as 1.3 km above the vent. Small collapses at the Caliente Dome generated pyroclastic flows 500-3,000 m long.

Source: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH)



Volcano index photo  Sheveluch  | Central Kamchatka (Russia)  | 56.653°N, 161.36°E  | Elevation 3283 m

Growth of the lava dome continued during 30 April-6 May with a new extrusion in the W part of the dome. Ash-and-gas plumes, some rising 2 km above the dome, were frequent during this period. A large thermal anomaly was seen in satellite data the entire week. Shiveluch remained at Concern Color Code Orange.

Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)



Volcano index photo  Soufriere Hills  | Montserrat  | 16.72°N, 62.18°W  | Elevation 915 m

Steam venting continued during the week of 29 April-6 May from the NW side of the crater. Sulfur dioxide flux measurements were made every day, resulting in an average of 439 metric tons/day, below the long-term average for the eruption (500 tons/day).

Source: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO)



Volcano index photo  Spurr  | United States  | 61.299°N, 152.251°W  | Elevation 3374 m

An approximately 500-m-long debris flow emanating from the ice and snow ESE of the summit melt pit was seen from Anchorage and confirmed by an overflight on 2 May. This debris flow is similar in size and location to those observed in July 2004, just prior to first recognition of the summit melt pit. Clear views of the melt pit showed increased steam emanating from recently exposed rock around the lake, which coalesced to form a weak steam plume that rose above the rim of the melt pit. The lake level had decreased since 25 April, indicating outflow of water from the lake which may have coincided with emplacement of the recent debris flow. Spurr remained at Concern Color Code Yellow.

Source: US Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)



Volcano index photo  St. Helens  | United States  | 46.2°N, 122.18°W  | Elevation 2549 m

Poor weather obscured the volcano during most of this period. VolcanoCam detected intermittent glow from the growing lava dome through much of the night of 4-5 May. Seismic and ground-deformation activity remained unchanged. St. Helens remained at Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code Orange.

Source: US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)



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 Criteria & Disclaimers

Criteria

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report does not necessarily include all volcanic activity that occurred on Earth during the week. More than a dozen volcanoes globally have displayed more-or-less continuous eruptive activity for decades or longer, and such routine activity is typically not reported here. Moreover, Earth's sea-floor volcanism is seldom reported even though in theory it represents the single most prolific source of erupted material. The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report summarizes volcanic activity that meets one or more of the following criteria:

- A volcano observatory raises or lowers the alert level at the volcano.
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 Acronyms and Abbreviations

a.s.l. - above sea level

AVO - Alaska Volcano Observatory

AVHRR - Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer

CENAPRED - Centro Nacionale de Prevencion de Desastres (México)

CONRED - Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres

COSPEC - Correlation Spectrometer

CVGHM (formerly VSI) - Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation

CVO - Cascades Volcano Observatory (USGS)

GMS - Geostationary Meteorological Satellite

GOES - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite

GVO - Goma Volcano Observatory

GVP - Global Volcanism Program (Smithsonian Institution)

HVO - Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (USGS)

ICE - Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Costa Rica)

IG - Instituto Geofísico (Ecuador)

IGNS - Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (New Zealand) - now GNS Science

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)

JMA - Japanese Meteorological Agency

KEMSD - Kamchatkan Experimental and Methodical Seismilogical Department

KVERT - Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team

M - magnitude

METEOSAT - Meteorological Satellite

MEVO - Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory

MODIS - Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

MVO - Montserrat Volcano Observatory

MWO - Meteorological Watch Office

NEIC - National Earthquake Information Center

NIED - National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention (Japan)

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NOTAM - Notice to Airmen

OVDAS - Observatorio Volcanologico de los Andes del Sur (Chile)

OFDA - Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance

ONEMI - Oficina Nacional de Emergencia - Ministerio del Interior (Chile)

OVPDLF - Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (France)

OVSICORI-UNA - Observatorio Vulcanologico y Sismologico de Costa Rica, Universidad Nacional (Costa Rica)

PHIVOLCS - Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philippines)

RSAM - Real-time Seismic Amplitude Measurement

RVO - Rabaul Volcano Observatory

SERNAGEOMIN - Servicio Nacional de Geologia y Mineria (Chile)

SIGMET - Significant Meteorological Information

SNET - Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales (El Salvador)

SVERT - Sakhalin Volcanic Eruption Response Team (Russia)

USAID - US Agency for International Development

USGS - United States Geological Survey

UTC - Coordinated Universal Time

VAAC - Volcanic Ash Advisory Center

VAFTAD - Volcanic Ash Forecast Transport And Dispersion

VDAP - Volcano Disaster Assistance Program (USGS)

VHP - Volcano Hazards Program (USGS)

VRC - Volcano Research Center (Japan)