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Current Eruptions

Overall there are 43 volcanoes with continuing eruptions as of the Stop Dates indicated, and as reported through the last data update (17 September 2020), sorted with the most recently started eruption at the top. Information about more recently started eruptions can be found in the Weekly Report.

Although detailed statistics are not kept on daily activity, generally there are around 20 volcanoes actively erupting on any particular day. The Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report (WVAR) for the week ending on 24 November 2020 includes the 19 volcanoes shown below marked "Yes" in the WVAR column (rollover for report).

An eruption marked as "continuing" does not always mean that the activity is continuous or happening today, but that there have been at least some intermittent eruptive events at that volcano without a break of at least 3 months since it started. An eruption listed here also might have ended since the last public data update, or at the update time a firm end date had not yet been determined due to potential renewed activity.

Volcano Country Eruption Start Date Eruption Stop Date Max VEI WVAR
Sinabung Indonesia 2020 Aug 8 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) Yes
Langila Papua New Guinea 2020 Aug 1 2020 Sep 13 (continuing)
Raung Indonesia 2020 Jul 16 2020 Sep 17 (continuing)
Turrialba Costa Rica 2020 Jun 18 2020 Aug 24 (continuing)
Rincon de la Vieja Costa Rica 2020 Jan 30 2020 Sep 17 (continuing)
Kuchinoerabujima Japan 2020 Jan 11 2020 Aug 29 (continuing)
Nishinoshima Japan 2019 Dec 5 2020 Aug 18 (continuing) 1
Sangay Ecuador 2019 Mar 26 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2 Yes
Tinakula Solomon Islands 2018 Dec 8 (in or before) 2020 Aug 24 (continuing) 2
Karangetang Indonesia 2018 Nov 25 2020 Aug 11 (continuing) 2
Krakatau Indonesia 2018 Jun 18 2020 Sep 16 (continuing) 3
Kerinci Indonesia 2018 Apr 21 2020 Aug 22 (continuing) 1
Nyamuragira DR Congo 2018 Apr 18 2020 Sep 16 (continuing) 0
Kadovar Papua New Guinea 2018 Jan 5 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2 Yes
Nevado del Ruiz Colombia 2017 Dec 18 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Ol Doinyo Lengai Tanzania 2017 Apr 9 2020 Aug 31 (continuing) 0
Aira Japan 2017 Mar 25 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 1 Yes
Sabancaya Peru 2016 Nov 6 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3 Yes
Ebeko Russia 2016 Oct 20 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2 Yes
Nevados de Chillan Chile 2016 Jan 8 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Masaya Nicaragua 2015 Oct 3 2020 Sep 10 (continuing) 1
Pacaya Guatemala 2015 Jun 7 ± 1 days 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 1
Villarrica Chile 2014 Dec 2 ± 7 days 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 1
Saunders United Kingdom 2014 Nov 12 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 1
Manam Papua New Guinea 2014 Jun 29 2020 Sep 11 (continuing) 2
Semeru Indonesia 2014 Apr 1 ± 15 days 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3 Yes
Etna Italy 2013 Sep 3 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Heard Australia 2012 Sep 5 ± 4 days 2020 Sep 5 (continuing) 0
Bezymianny Russia 2010 May 21 (?) 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3
Reventador Ecuador 2008 Jul 27 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2 Yes
Ibu Indonesia 2008 Apr 5 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 1 Yes
Popocatepetl Mexico 2005 Jan 9 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Suwanosejima Japan 2004 Oct 23 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2 Yes
Nyiragongo DR Congo 2002 May 17 (?) 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Fuego Guatemala 2002 Jan 4 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3
Bagana Papua New Guinea 2000 Feb 28 (in or before) 2020 Sep 12 (continuing) 2
Sheveluch Russia 1999 Aug 15 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 4 Yes
Erebus Antarctica 1972 Dec 16 (in or before) ± 15 days 2020 Sep 15 (continuing) 2
Erta Ale Ethiopia 1967 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2020 Sep 15 (continuing) 0
Stromboli Italy 1934 Feb 2 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 2
Dukono Indonesia 1933 Aug 13 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3 Yes
Santa Maria Guatemala 1922 Jun 22 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3 Yes
Yasur Vanuatu 1774 Jul 2 (in or before) ± 182 days 2020 Sep 17 (continuing) 3
Report for Whakaari/White Island
The Wellington VAAC reported that during 20-24 November steam emissions from Whakaari/White Island contained minor amounts of ash. The plumes rose as high as 1.2 km (4,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted in multiple directions, based on webcam and satellite images and information from GeoNet.
Report for Kadovar
Based on satellite and wind model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 18 November ash plumes from Kadovar rose to an altitude of 0.9 km (3,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W and NW.
Report for Sinabung
PVMBG reported that at 1344 on 18 November an eruptive event at Sinabung generated an ash plume that rose 1 km above the crater rim and drifted SW. At 2137 on 21 November seismic data indicated an emission, though weather conditions prevented visual confirmation. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 3 km and extensions to 5 km in the SE sector and 4 km in the NE sector.
Report for Merapi
BPPTKG reported that during 13-23 November sometimes dense white emissions from Merapi rose as high as 200 m above the summit. Avalanches of material traveled down the flanks, as far as 2 km in the Lamat drainage (W flank) at 0615 on 14 November. A comparison of photos taken on 11 and 19 November showed morphology changes in the summit area from a collapse of part of the 2018 dome and rockfalls from parts of the crater rim. Seismicity was higher than the previous week. A notable rockfall from the inner N crater rim was recorded by the webcam at 0650 on 22 November. Electronic Distance Measurement (EDM) data continued to measure a distance shortening between points in the NW at a deformation rate of 9 cm per day during 13-19 November, though on 23 November the rate was 11 cm per day. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4).
Report for Semeru
PVMBG reported that the eruption at Semeru continued during 17-24 November, though weather conditions sometimes prevented visual confirmation. Dense white-to-gray plumes rose up to 300 m above the summit. Crater incandescence was visible at night during 19-20 November and 11 incandescent avalanches traveled 500-1,500 m down the Kembar and Kobokan drainages on the S flank. Two eruptive events produced gray ash plumes that rose 100-200 m above the summit and drifted SW during 23-24 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4), with a general exclusion zone of 1 km and extensions to 4 km in the SSE sector.
Report for Dukono
Based on satellite and wind model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 18-24 November ash plumes from Dukono rose to 1.8-2.1 km (6,000-7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted in multiple directions. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to remain outside of the 2-km exclusion zone.
Report for Ibu
PVMBG and the Darwin VAAC reported that on 19 and 22 November ash plumes from Ibu were identified in satellite images rising to 2.1 km (7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifting SW and W. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to stay at least 2 km away from the active crater, and 3.5 km away on the N side.
Report for Suwanosejima
JMA reported nighttime incandescence and intermittent eruptive activity at Suwanosejima’s Ontake Crater during 13-20 November. A total of 18 explosions were recorded, ejecting bombs as far as 400 m from the crater and producing gray-and-white plumes that rose 1.5 km above the crater rim. Ashfall was reported in Toshima village (4 km SSW) on 13 November. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a 5-level scale).
Report for Aira
JMA reported that during 16-23 November incandescence from Minamidake Crater (at Aira Caldera’s Sakurajima volcano) was visible nightly. One explosion and two eruptive events produced plumes that rose 1.4-1.6 km above the crater rim. The daily sulfur dioxide emission rate was high at 2,000 tons per day on 18 November. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a 5-level scale).
Report for Ebeko
Volcanologists in Severo-Kurilsk (Paramushir Island), about 7 km E of Ebeko, observed explosions during 13 and 15-17 November that sent ash plumes up to 3.5 km (11,500 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NE, E, and SE. Ashfall was reported in Severo-Kurilsk during 16-17 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale).
Report for Karymsky
KVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Karymsky was identified in satellite images on 15 and 19 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale).
Report for Klyuchevskoy
KVERT reported that Strombolian activity at Klyuchevskoy continued during 13-20 November and lava advanced down the Apakhonchich drainage on the SE flank. A large, bright thermal anomaly was identified daily in satellite images. During 16-18 November explosions recorded in satellite and video data produced ash plumes that rose as high as 7.5 km (24,600 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 104 km E, SE, and S. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale) on 8 October.
Report for Sheveluch
KVERT reported that a thermal anomaly over Sheveluch was identified in satellite images during 13-20 November. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale).
Report for Semisopochnoi
AVO reported that no signs of eruptive activity at Semisopochnoi had been recorded since mid-June. Seismicity had been elevated above background levels but declined to very low levels before 11 November, when the satellite the link to transmit the data failed. Both the Aviation Color Code and the Volcano Alert Level were lowered to Unassigned, reflecting the lack of available seismic data to detect unrest.
Report for Santa Maria
INSIVUMEH reported that explosions at Santa María's Santiaguito lava-dome complex generated ash plumes that rose 1.1 km above the complex and caused ashfall in areas SW and E, based on El Observatorio Vulcanológico del Complejo Volcánico Santa María-Santiaguito (OVSAN) observations. Weak pyroclastic flows descended the W flank of Caliente cone.
Report for Reventador
IG reported that a high level of activity continued to be recorded at Reventador during 17-24 November. Seismicity was characterized by explosions, volcano-tectonic and harmonic tremor events, and long-period earthquakes as well as signals indicating emissions. Gas, steam, and ash plumes, observed sometimes multiple times a day with the webcam or reported by the Washington VAAC, rose as high as 1.3 km above the summit crater and drifted mainly NW, W, and SW. Crater incandescence and incandescent blocks rolling 600 m down the NE and S flanks were observed during 17-21 and 23-24 November. The 450-m-long lava flow on the NE flank remained active but did not advance.
Report for Sangay
IG reported a high level of activity at Sangay during 17-24 November. Seismicity was characterized by explosions, harmonic tremor, long-period earthquakes, and signals indicating emissions. Weather clouds sometimes prevented visual observations of the volcano, but the Washington VAAC and IG webcams recorded daily ash plumes that rose 900-2,100 m above the summit and drifted mainly W and SW.
Report for Sabancaya
Instituto Geofísico del Perú (IGP) and Instituto Geológico Minero y Metalúrgico (INGEMMET) reported that seismicity at Sabancaya had increased on 11 November. During the following week, the number and magnitude of explosions increased, and crater incandescence was visible in satellite and webcam data. The increased activity likely signified lava effusion, and a new lava dome in the NE part of the summit crater was confirmed in satellite images on 16 November. The dome, named Iskay, was 110 x 130 m in dimension and about 12,000 square meters in area. An IGP scientist noted that the dome was 78% smaller than the dome that had formed at the end of 2019.

A daily average of 49 explosions was recorded during 16-22 November. Gas-and-ash plumes rose as high as 3.5 km above the summit and drifted in multiple directions; ashfall was reported in the Huanca district on 22 November. Thirteen thermal anomalies over the crater were identified in satellite data. Minor inflation continued to be detected in areas N of Hualca Hualca (4 km N) and on the SE flank. The Alert Level remained at Orange (the second highest level on a four-color scale) and the public were warned to stay outside of a 12-km radius.
Report for Copahue
SERNAGEOMIN reported that during 1-15 November activity at Copahue decreased to low levels. Passive gas emissions generally rose 200-300 m above the vent, though on 15 November they rose 760 m. The report also noted no changes to deformation, low levels of sulfur dioxide emissions, low seismicity, partial restoration of the crater lake, and the absence of nighttime crater incandescence since late October. The Alert Level was lowered to Green (the lowest level on a four-color scale) on 15 November. ONEMI cancelled the Yellow Alert for the Alto Biobío municipality, but declared a “Preventive Early Warning” ensuring continued surveillance of the area and coordination within the Civil Protection System.