Activity for the week of 6 December-12 December 2000
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.
New Activity / Unrest
| 14.473°N, 90.88°W
| Elevation 3763 m
The Washington VAAC reported that a small eruption at approximately 1645 on 9 December sent ash to ~ 4 km a.s.l. (near-summit level). The small ash cloud drifted to the W and NW, was initially dense, and rapidly dissipated so that it was no longer visible on satellite imagery by 2345. Throughout the day, occasional strong hot spots were visible on GOES-8 multi-spectral imagery. According to the Washington VAAC, on the evening of 9 December a volcanologist with INSIVUMEH in Guatemala stated that Fuego had shown increased instability with several explosions. The last reported eruption of Fuego sent ash to ~4 km a.s.l on 29 August 2000.
Source: Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| Eastern Java (Indonesia)
| 7.942°S, 112.95°E
| Elevation 2329 m
According to reports from the VSI and aviation sources, a minor explosion took place on 8 December that sent ash to ~3 km a.s.l.
Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
| 0.171°S, 78.598°W
| Elevation 4784 m
Based on seismic measurements, the IG reported that an eruption may have occurred at 0030 on 8 December. Throughout the day seismic activity continued at a decreased rate and no ash was observed. The fact that the Washington VAAC did not detect ash in GOES-8 imagery during cloudless conditions supported the theory that an ash-producing eruption did not occur. The IG stated that the high number of earthquakes indicated that lava dome 9 continued to slowly grow.
Source: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)
| Hawaiian Islands (USA)
| 19.421°N, 155.287°W
| Elevation 1222 m
A small flow of lava entered the sea at the Kamokuna entry and no surface activity was observed on Pulama pali (a fault scarp) or the coastal flat. Overall, earthquake activity was low across the island. Tremor and a few shallow earthquakes continued to be detected at Kilauea's summit; the tremor local to the summit that was particularly noticeable last week decreased in intensity on ~8 December. The tilt-meters at Kilauea's summit and along the east rift zone showed flat signals.
Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
| 19.023°N, 98.622°W
| Elevation 5393 m
A reduction in volcanic activity at Popocatépetl led CENAPRED to reduce the Alert Level on 6 December from Yellow Phase III to Phase II, thus reducing the high-risk zone from 10 to 7 km. The Washington VAAC reported that a small steam-and-ash exhalation sent an ash cloud to ~6.7 km a.s.l. at ~2034 on 6 December. Later in the week they reported that at 1607 on 12 December a massive exhalation of ash and steam sent a cloud to ~ 8.8-10.6 km a.s.l. The ash cloud was visible on CENAPRED's Popocatépetl "Web Cam" and GOES-8 imagery. The eruption ended by approximately 1830 and by 1845 GOES-8 imagery showed that the ash cloud extended 37 km to the NE and was 14 km wide. Imagery through 2315 showed two main areas of ash; the most dense area was at an altitude of ~10.6 km a.s.l., and the other area was between 4.9 and 5.5 km a.s.l. The local airport was alerted to the eruption and as of 12 December the volcano remained at Alert Level Yellow Phase II.
Sources: Centro Nacional de Prevencion de Desastres (CENAPRED), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Notimex
| Eastern Java (Indonesia)
| 8.108°S, 112.922°E
| Elevation 3657 m
On 11 December an air report to the Darwin VAAC stated that volcanic ash was observed near Semeru at an altitude of ~7.6 km a.s.l. The Darwin VAAC stated that the activity may have been associated with Semeru, which frequently erupts ash to ~4.5 km. Due to cloudy conditions, any low-level volcanic activity that was occurring at that time was not visible in satellite imagery.
Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
| Central Kamchatka (Russia)
| 56.653°N, 161.36°E
| Elevation 3283 m
For most of the period during 1-8 December weak seismicity was registered at the volcano, however two seismic events occurred that were above normal levels. First, at 1853 on 6 December seismic data indicated that a gas-and-ash explosion may have occurred. The possible explosion was registered as a shallow seismic event and was followed by volcanic tremor. Then, at 1556 on 7 December another shallow seismic event and possible gas-and-ash explosion occurred. The height of the cloud was estimated on the basis of seismicity at about 4-4.5 km a.s.l. The Concern Color Code at the volcano remained at Yellow.
Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
| 16.72°N, 62.18°W
| Elevation 915 m
The MVO reported that during 1-8 December volcanism continued at an elevated level, with continued growth of the lava dome. Seismic activity was comparable to the previous week. The main focus of activity remained on the volcano's eastern flanks, although some small rockfalls were observed on the western side of the new growth. Rockfalls and small pyroclastic flows regularly traveled to the NE down the upper reaches of Tuitt's Ghaut. The dome was observed intensely glowing. Spines continuously grew and collapsed on the summit of the dome, with the highest spine reaching 1,060 m a.s.l. Strong hot spots, and low-level ash clouds (<2 km a.s.l.) associated with the numerous rockfalls and pyroclastic flows were visible on GOES-8 imagery.
Sources: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| 1.467°S, 78.442°W
| Elevation 5023 m
The IG reported an ash cloud at ~5 km a.s.l. (near-summit level) on 9 December. The Washington VAAC used GOES-8 imagery to confirm that the thin ash cloud was moving to the SW.
Sources: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
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