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Recent Bulletin Reports

  • Erta Ale  |  Thermal anomalies persist in the summit crater during May-September 2020
  • Merapi  |  Eruptions in April and June 2020 produced ash plumes and ashfall
  • Semeru  |  Ash plumes, lava flows, avalanches, and pyroclastic flows during March-August 2020
  • Kavachi  |  Discolored water plumes observed in satellite imagery during early September 2020
  • Krakatau  |  Eruption ends in mid-April 2020, but intermittent thermal anomalies continue
  • Raung  |  Eruptions confirmed during 2012- 2013; lava fills inner crater in November 2014-August 2015
  • Klyuchevskoy  |  Strombolian activity, gas-and-steam and ash plumes, and a lava flow during June-early July 2020
  • Fuego  |  Ongoing explosions, ash plumes, lava flows, and lahars during April-July 2020
  • Nishinoshima  |  Major June-July eruption of lava, ash, and sulfur dioxide; activity declines in August 2020
  • Turrialba  |  New eruptive period on 18 June 2020 consisted of ash eruptions
  • Etna  |  Effusive activity in early April; frequent Strombolian explosions and ash emissions during April-July 2020
  • Ol Doinyo Lengai  |  Multiple lava flows within the summit crater; September 2019-August 2020

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