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 Activity for the week of 8 February-14 February 2006

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
Augustine United States Ongoing
Cleveland Chuginadak Island (USA) Ongoing
Galeras Colombia Ongoing
Guagua Pichincha Ecuador Ongoing
Kilauea Hawaiian Islands (USA) Ongoing
Santa Ana El Salvador Ongoing
Santa Maria Guatemala Ongoing
Soufriere Hills Montserrat Ongoing
St. Helens United States Ongoing
Tungurahua Ecuador Ongoing


Ongoing Activity


Volcano index photo  Augustine  | United States  | 59.363°N, 153.43°W  | Elevation 1252 m

During 8-14 February, seismicity at Augustine remained at low levels, but was still above background. Also, low-level ash plumes and occasional pyroclastic flows occurred. Satellite and seismic data, and other remote observations indicated that a lava dome had been growing at the volcano's summit since 28 January. On the evening of 7 February, gas, ash, and incandescent blocks were observed descending the upper NE flank of Augustine. All available data indicated that as the lava dome grows, it periodically becomes unstable and small portions of it avalanche down the N flank, producing pyroclastic flows. The number of these flows gradually decreased during several days before 10 February, suggesting that the rate of lava extrusion also slowly declined. Data from continuous GPS receivers on the island indicated that the flanks of the volcano began to deflate around 28 January, marking a reversal in the swelling trend observed beginning in roughly June of 2005. AVO reported that based on all available data, eruptive activity associated with lava-dome building will continue over the next few days or weeks and may continue intermittently over the next several months. Augustine remained at Concern Color Code Orange.

Sources: US Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)



Volcano index photo  Cleveland  | Chuginadak Island (USA)  | 52.825°N, 169.944°W  | Elevation 1730 m

AVO decreased the Concern Color Code at Cleveland from Orange to Yellow on 11 February. They received no information about further eruptive activity or ash emissions after 6 February, and no ash clouds were detected on satellite imagery. Clouds obscured the volcano during 6-11 February, therefore, AVO could not verify that eruptive activity ended and it is possible that the volcano remains in a state of low-level unrest.

Sources: US Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), Anchorage Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)



Volcano index photo  Galeras  | Colombia  | 1.22°N, 77.37°W  | Elevation 4276 m

INGEOMINAS reported on 10 February that a lava dome was growing inside the main crater of Galeras. The lava dome was not seen during the previous observation flight on 16 January. Seismicity was dominated by long-period earthquakes, with an average of 150 occurring daily during 13 January to 8 February. On 5 February, strong degassing was visible from different parts of the active cone and around the lava dome. Cracks were visible on the high parts of the lava dome. During a field visit on 8 February, scientists found fall material [originally incorrectly reported in the WVAR as pyroclastic-flow deposits] high on the SE flank of the volcano. The exact date of the small emission was not known, but it occurred after 26 November when scientists previously visited the area. Galeras remained at Alert Level 3 ("changes in the behavior of volcanic activity have been noted").

Source: Servicio Geológico Colombiano (SGC)



Volcano index photo  Guagua Pichincha  | Ecuador  | 0.171°S, 78.598°W  | Elevation 4784 m

On 5 February, beginning around 1300, three small gas emissions occurred at Guagua Pichincha. IG reported that this phreatic activity was associated with accumulated rainfall that was heated by magmatic material from the previous eruptive period, and was not related to renewed volcanic activity. After the emissions, a series of seismic signals associated with rockfalls and long-period earthquakes were recorded. The signals were related to degassing that commonly occurs after emissions. Cloudy conditions prevented observations of the volcano. IG recommended that people should not visit Guagua Pichincha's crater since emissions or explosions can occur at any time.

Source: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)



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

During 8-14 February, surface lava flows were not visible on Kilauea's Pulama pali fault scarp due to lava traveling underground through the PKK lava tube until reaching the East Lae`apuki lava delta and flowing into the sea. Observations on 7 February revealed that the lava delta had broadened 120 m westward since 30 January. During the report period, background volcanic tremor was near normal levels at Kilauea's summit, with numerous sporadic shallow earthquakes continuing to occur at the summit and upper E rift zone. Volcanic tremor reached moderate levels at Pu`u `O`o. Slow, steady inflation continued at Kilauea's summit as it has more-or-less since mid-January.

Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)



Volcano index photo  Santa Ana  | El Salvador  | 13.853°N, 89.63°W  | Elevation 2381 m

During 3-10 February, volcanic activity was at moderate levels at Santa Ana. Seismicity was relatively stable, and steam plumes rose to low levels above the volcano. The sulfur-dioxide flux averaged 1,200 metric tons per day. The Alert Level at Santa Ana remained at Red, the highest level, within a 5-km radius around the volcano's summit crater.

Source: Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales (SNET)



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

During 9-14 February, weak-to-moderate explosions at Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex produced plumes that rose to a maximum height of 1.2 km above the volcano (or 16,300 ft a.s.l.) on the 9th. Several explosions were accompanied by small pyroclastic flows that traveled down the SW and SE sides of Caliente Dome.

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



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

MVO reported to the Washington VAAC that increased activity began at Soufrière Hills on 10 February. That day, satellite imagery showed a prominent hotspot at the volcano and a NW-drifting ash plume at a height of ~3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. Ash-and-gas emissions continued through 15 February, producing plumes to a height of ~2.7 km (9,000 ft) a.s.l. MVO reported that on 15 February, there was markedly less volcanic activity, with steam and a small amount of ash emitted to ~1.4 km (4,450 ft) a.s.l.

Source: Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)



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

Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continued during 8-15 February, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. Comparison of photos taken between 17 December and 7 February showed that the base of the active lobe of the lava dome enlarged by about 100 meters. A series of photographs taken during the week of 5 February showed that the active part of the new lava dome continued to extrude, with points on the surface of the dome moving a couple of meters per day. St Helens remained at Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code Orange.

Source: US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)



Volcano index photo  Tungurahua  | Ecuador  | 1.467°S, 78.442°W  | Elevation 5023 m

During 6-14 February, several moderate-sized emissions of gas and ash occurred at Tungurahua, with plumes rising to ~500 m above the volcano (or 18,100 ft a.s.l.). On the 6th, the number of long-period earthquakes increased. An explosion around midnight on 12 February expelled incandescent volcanic material that traveled down the N flank of the volcano. A small amount of ash fell in the town of Puela, SW of the volcano.

Source: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)



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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.
- A volcanic ash advisory has been released by a volcanic ash advisory center (VAAC) stating that an ash cloud has been produced from the volcano.
- A verifiable news report of new activity or a change in activity at the volcano has been issued.
- Observers have reported a significant change in volcanic activity. Such activity can include, but is not restricted to, pyroclastic flows, lahars, lava flows, dome collapse, or increased unrest.

Volcanoes are included in the "New Activity/Unrest" section of the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report if the activity occurs after at least 3 months of quiescence. Once a volcano is included in the "New Activity/Unrest" section, updates will remain in that section unless the activity continues for more than 1 month without escalating, after which time updates will be listed in the "Continuing Activity" section. Volcanoes are also included in the "New Activity/Unrest" section if the volcano is undergoing a period of relatively high unrest, or increasing unrest. This is commonly equal to Alert Level Orange on a scale of Green, Yellow, Orange, Red, where Red is the highest alert. Or alert level 3 on a scale of 1-4 or 1-5.

It is important to note that volcanic activity meeting one or more of these criteria may occur during the week, but may not be included in the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report because we did not receive a report.


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An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed for the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report first made available on 5 March 2008 can be utilized with the aid of various free downloadable readers. The report content of the news feed is identical to the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report minus some features including the header information (latitude and longitude and summit elevation), the Geologic Summary, and a link to the volcano's page from the Global Volcanism Program. Each volcano report includes a link from the volcano's name back to the more complete information in the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report on the Smithsonian website. On 12 March 2009, GeoRSS tags were added so that the latitude and longitude for each volcano could be included with the feed.

At the end of each individual report is a list of the sources used. We would like to emphasize that the World Organization of Volcano Observatories (WOVO) website (http://www.wovo.org/) lists the regional volcano observatories that have the most authoritative data for many of these events.

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Google Earth Placemarks

A Google Earth network link for the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report was first made available on 1 April 2009. This file can be loaded into the free Google Earth software, and in turn will load placemarks for volcanoes in the current weekly report. Placemark balloons include the volcano name, report date, report text, sources, and links back to the GVP volcano page for that volcano and to the complete Weekly Report for that week.

 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)