Activity for the week of 12 November-18 November 2003
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| Kuril Islands (Russia)
| 50.861°N, 155.565°E
| Elevation 2285 m
During 7-14 November, seismicity was above background levels at Alaid. Spasmodic volcanic tremor occurred and a large number of weak local earthquakes were recorded. Clouds obscured satellite images of the volcano. Alaid remained at Concern Color Code Yellow.
Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
| 0.029°N, 77.986°W
| Elevation 5790 m
During 3-9 November, about nine earthquakes occurred per day at Cayambe, near the daily average since August 2003 and about twice the daily average of 4 per day before that. Seismicity also included small clusters of tectonic earthquakes with magnitudes less than 3. There were reports of a strong scent of sulfur in the sector of Picos Jarrína at an elevation of ~5,460 m. The scent was strongest near cracks.
Source: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG)
| Halmahera (Indonesia)
| 1.693°N, 127.894°E
| Elevation 1229 m
During 12-18 November, ash plumes continued to be emitted from Dukono. Plumes rose to ~3 km a.s.l. and extended a maximum distance of ~300 km to the NE.
Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
| Eastern Kamchatka (Russia)
| 54.049°N, 159.443°E
| Elevation 1513 m
During 7-14 November, seismicity was above background levels at Karymsky. The number of shallow earthquakes increased from 150 to 220 per day. Possible ash-and-gas explosions rose to 1-1.5 km above the volcano. Karymsky remained at Concern Color Code Orange.
Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
| Hawaiian Islands (USA)
| 19.421°N, 155.287°W
| Elevation 1222 m
During 12-17 November, areas of surface lava were visible upslope of Kilauea's coastal flat. Seismicity at Kilauea's summit continued at moderate levels, with one or two small low-frequency earthquakes per minute occurring at shallow depths beneath the summit caldera. There were some larger earthquakes at depths of a few kilometers. Also, during the report week small amounts of inflation and deflation occurred, including inflation on 17 November that started when the surface waves from a M 7.5 earthquake at Rat Island in the Aleutians reached Kilauea. The inflation was small, about 0.5 microradians at Pu`u `O`o tilt station and 0.3 microradians at Uwekahuna station.
Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
| Central Kamchatka (Russia)
| 56.056°N, 160.642°E
| Elevation 4754 m
During 7-14 November, seismicity was above background levels at Kliuchevskoi, with the occurrence of 43 large shallow earthquakes (M 1.9-2.5), a large number of weak shallow earthquakes, and spasmodic tremor. Gas-and-steam plumes rose to ~2.5 km above the crater. Strombolian activity was visible at the volcano's central crater during the evening of 9-10 November. Kliuchevskoi remained at Concern Color Code Orange.
Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
| 14.757°N, 91.552°W
| Elevation 3745 m
INSIVUMEH reported that as of 17 November, several weak-to-moderate eruptions took place from Santa María's Santiaguito lava dome. Plumes rose to ~700 m above the crater and drifted SW. According to the Washington VAAC, a pilot saw a plume above Santa María on 16 November. The narrow plume was visible on satellite imagery extending ~35 km W.
Sources: Instituto Nacional de Sismologia, Vulcanologia, Meteorologia, e Hidrologia (INSIVUMEH), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| 16.72°N, 62.18°W
| Elevation 915 m
During 7-14 November, volcanic activity at Soufrière Hills remained at low levels. The seismic network recorded three rockfall signals, one long-period earthquake, one long-period rockfall, and 36 hybrid earthquakes. Sulfur-dioxide emissions generally decreased from ~800 to ~200 tons per day during the report period.
Sources: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| 1.467°S, 78.442°W
| Elevation 5023 m
During 12-18 November, small-to-moderate eruptions of steam, gas, and some ash continued at Tungurahua. Plumes rose to ~2.5 km above the volcano, but there were no reports of ashfall in nearby towns. Strombolian activity was visible at the crater and avalanches of incandescent volcanic material rolled ~1 km down the volcano's flanks.
Sources: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
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Criteria & Disclaimers
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:
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