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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 and averaging 16 reported volcanoes, this is not a comprehensive list of all eruptions this week, but rather a summary of activity that meet criteria discussed in the "Criteria and Disclaimers" section below.

Volcanic activity reported here is preliminary and subject to change. Carefully reviewed, detailed narratives over longer time periods are published as reports of the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network available through volcano profile pages.

Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for the week of 21 December-27 December 2005
Name Location Eruption Start Date Report Status
Fuego Guatemala 2002 Jan 4 New
Piton de la Fournaise Reunion Island (France) New
Soputan Sulawesi (Indonesia) New
Augustine United States Continuing
Barren Island Andaman Islands (India) 2018 Sep 25 Continuing
Colima Mexico Continuing
Galeras Colombia Continuing
Karymsky Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) 2021 Apr 3 Continuing
Kilauea Hawaiian Islands (USA) Continuing
Santa Ana El Salvador Continuing
Soufriere Hills Montserrat Continuing
St. Helens United States Continuing
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Since the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report began in November 2000, there have been 16,886 individual reports over 1,074 weeks (average of 16 per week) on 313 different volcanoes.

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Agung Concepcion Ibu Lewotolok Pavlof Soufriere Hills
Ahyi Copahue Ijen Little Sitkin Pelee Soufriere St. Vincent
Aira Cotopaxi Iliamna Llaima Peuet Sague South Sarigan Seamount
Akan Cuicocha Iliwerung Loihi Pinatubo Spurr
Alaid Cumbal Inielika Lokon-Empung Planchon-Peteroa St. Helens
Alu-Dalafilla Dabbahu Ioto Lopevi Poas Stromboli
Ambae Dempo Irazu Machin Popocatepetl Sulu Range
Ambang Descabezado Grande Iya Makian Puyehue-Cordon Caulle Sumbing
Ambrym Dieng Volcanic Complex Izu-Torishima Makushin Rabaul Sundoro
Anatahan Dukono Jackson Segment Maly Semyachik Raikoke Suretamatai
Aniakchak Ebeko Kaba Manam Ranakah Suwanosejima
Antillanca Volcanic Complex Ebulobo Kadovar Manda Hararo Raoul Island Taal
Antuco Egon Kambalny Marapi Rasshua Tair, Jebel at
Apoyeque Ekarma Kanaga Maroa Raung Takawangha
Arenal Epi Kanlaon Martin Redoubt Talang
Asamayama Erebus Karangetang Masaya Reventador Tambora
Askja Erta Ale Karkar Maule, Laguna del Reykjanes Tanaga
Asosan Etna Karthala Mauna Loa Rincon de la Vieja Tandikat-Singgalang
Augustine Etorofu-Yakeyama [Grozny Group] Karymsky Mayon Rinjani Tangkoko-Duasudara
Avachinsky Eyjafjallajokull Kasatochi McDonald Islands Ritter Island Tangkuban Parahu
Awu Fernandina Katla Melimoyu Rotorua Tara, Batu
Axial Seamount Fogo Katmai Merapi Ruang Telica
Azul, Cerro Fonualei Kavachi Midagahara Ruapehu Tenerife
Azumayama Fournaise, Piton de la Kelimutu Misti, El Ruiz, Nevado del Tengger Caldera
Bagana Fourpeaked Kelut Miyakejima Sabancaya Three Sisters
Balbi Fuego Kerinci Momotombo Sakar Tinakula
Bamus Fujisan Ketoi Monowai Salak Tofua
Banda Api Fukutoku-Oka-no-Ba Kharimkotan Montagu Island San Cristobal Tokachidake
Bardarbunga Galeras Kick 'em Jenny Moyorodake [Medvezhia] San Miguel Tolbachik
Barren Island Galunggung Kikai Mutnovsky San Vicente Toliman
Batur Gamalama Kilauea Myojinsho Sangay Tongariro
Bezymianny Gamkonora Kirishimayama Nabro Sangeang Api Tungurahua
Bogoslof Gareloi Kizimen Negra, Sierra Santa Ana Turrialba
Brava Gaua Klyuchevskoy Negro, Cerro Santa Maria Ubinas
Bristol Island Gorely Kolokol Group Nightingale Island Sarigan Ugashik-Peulik
Bulusan Great Sitkin Korovin Nishinoshima Sarychev Peak Ukinrek Maars
Calbuco Grimsvotn Koryaksky Nisyros Saunders Ulawun
Callaqui Guagua Pichincha Krakatau Novarupta Savo Unnamed
Cameroon Guallatiri Krummel-Garbuna-Welcker NW Rota-1 Semeru Unnamed
Campi Flegrei del Mar di Sicilia Guntur Krysuvik-Trolladyngja Nyamulagira Semisopochnoi Veniaminof
Cayambe Hachijojima Kuchinoerabujima Nyiragongo Seulawah Agam Villarrica
Cereme Hakoneyama Kurikomayama Okataina Sheveluch West Mata
Chachadake [Tiatia] Heard Kusatsu-Shiranesan Okmok Shishaldin Westdahl
Chaiten Hekla Kverkfjoll Ontakesan Simbo Whakaari/White Island
Chiginagak Helgrindur Lamington Oraefajokull Sinabung Witori
Chikurachki Hierro Lamongan Osorno Sinarka Wolf
Chiles-Cerro Negro Hokkaido-Komagatake Langila Pacaya Siple Yasur
Chillan, Nevados de Home Reef Lanin Pagan Sirung Zaozan [Zaosan]
Chirinkotan Hood Lascar Palena Volcanic Group Slamet Zavodovski
Chirpoi Huaynaputina Lateiki Paluweh Snaefellsjokull Zhupanovsky
Cleveland Hudson, Cerro Lengai, Ol Doinyo Panarea Soputan Zubair Group
Colima Huila, Nevado del Leroboleng Papandayan Sorikmarapi
Colo Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai Lewotobi Parker Sotara
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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.

Disclaimers



1. The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is intended to provide timely information about global volcanism on a weekly basis. Consequently, the report is generated rapidly by summarizing volcanic reports from various sources, with little time for fact checking. The accuracy of the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is dependent upon the quality of the volcanic activity reports we receive. Reports published in the Bulletin of the Global Volcanism Network are monthly, and more carefully reviewed, although all of the volcanoes discussed in the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report are not necessarily reported in the Bulletin. Because of our emphasis on rapid reporting on the web we have avoided diacritical marks. Reports are updated on the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report web page as they are received, therefore information may be included regarding events that occurred before the current report period.

2. Rapidly developing events lead to coverage that is often fragmentary. Volcanoes, their eruptions, and their plumes and associated atmospheric effects are complex phenomena that may require months to years of data analysis in order to create a comprehensive summary and interpretation of events.

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 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)

Report for Fuego
On 27 December an eruption at Fuego produced an ash plume to a height of ~7.6 km (25,000 ft) a.s.l. that extended SSW and SSE of the volcano. The higher level ash (~7.6 km a.s.l.) drifted W to Honduras, while ash below ~6.1 km (20,000 ft) a.s.l. drifted E to the Pacific coast. According to news articles, two lava flows that were both ~2 km long traveled down the volcano's flanks, but posed no threat to inhabited areas. Articles also reported that about 25,000 local residents were put on alert, and emergency teams said that there was no immediate need for evacuations.
Sources: Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Reuters
Report for Piton de la Fournaise
Following summit inflation that had been measured at Piton de la Fournaise since the last eruption on 29 November, a seismic crisis began beneath Dolomieu Crater on 26 December at 1444. During the next 2 hours, seismicity shifted to the NE in the direction of "Nez Coupe de Sainte Rose." A first fissure opened at 1715 at the NE base of Piton de la Fournaise. At 2200 eruptive fissures opened in the caldera wall ~500 m E of "Nez Coupe de Sainte Rose," and a lava flow traveled into the "Plaine des Osmondes." By the 28th, eruptive activity was almost constant and an aa lava flow slowly traveled in the "Grandes Brule" and had reached to within ~3 km of the national road.
Source: Observatoire Volcanologique du Piton de la Fournaise (OVPF)
Report for Soputan
A phreatic eruption began at Soputan on 26 December around 1230 following heavy rain that contacted lava at the volcano's summit. On 27 December at 0400, a Strombolian eruption began that lasted ~50 minutes. Incandescent volcanic material was ejected ~35 m, and avalanches of volcanic material traveled as far as 750 m E. Around 0640 the avalanches became larger, as pyroclastic avalanches occurred from the edge of the lava. The avalanches extended 200 m E, and booming noises were heard as far as 5 km from the summit. The Darwin VAAC reported that an ash plume reached a height of ~5.8 km (~19,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SE.

As of 28 December, eruptive activity continued at Soputan, producing ash plumes to a height of ~1 km above the volcano (or 9,100 ft a.s.l.). Strombolian eruptions continued, ejecting incandescent volcanic material up to 200 m above the summit (or 6,500 ft a.s.l.). Pyroclastic avalanches traveled ~500 m E and SW. This was the fourth event at Soputan in 2005, with previous activity on 14 and 20 April, and on 12 September. The Alert Level remained at 2, since the volcano is about 11 km from the nearest settlement. Visitors are prohibited from climbing Soputan's summit and camping around Kawah Masem.
Sources: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM), Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
Report for Augustine
During 16-23 December, unrest continued at Augustine, with elevated seismicity and several small steam explosions occurring. Thermal imaging of the summit area on 22 December using a helicopter-mounted FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared Radiometer) confirmed the presence of a new, high-temperature fumarole or gas vent high on the S flank of the volcano. A gas-measurement flight on 20 December detected sulfur dioxide for the first time at Augustine since routine airborne measurements began in the early 1990s. Aerial observations and analysis of photography and video of the summit area indicated that some deformation occurred within the summit crater area. A crack or fissure was noted cutting the 1986 lava dome and extending to the SE. Heavy steam from this feature, along with patches of bare ground, indicated that heat output at the summit had increased. Augustine remained at Concern Color Code Yellow.
Source: US Geological Survey Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO)
Report for Barren Island
During 21-23 December, ash plumes from Barren Island were visible on satellite imagery at a maximum height of 4.6 km (15,000 ft) a.s.l. on the 21st.
Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
Report for Colima
During 21-27 December, several small explosions occurred at Colima, producing ash plumes that reached ~6.7 km (22,000 ft) a.s.l. on 26 December.
Sources: Centro Universitario de Estudios e Investigaciones de Vulcanologia - Universidad de Colima, Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
Report for Galeras
Based on information from the US Geological Survey, the Washington VAAC reported that a pilot observed an ash plume from Galeras on 23 December at a height of ~7.3 km (24,000 ft) a.s.l. drifting W.
Source: Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
Report for Karymsky
Interpretations of seismic data from Karymsky suggested that ten ash plumes rose to ~3.6 km (11,800 ft) a.s.l. during 16-23 December. KVERT volcanologists reported that during 17-21 December, ash plumes rose 2.5-3 km (8,200-9,800 ft) a.s.l. and extended WSW and ENE of the volcano. They warned that such activity could affect low-flying aircraft in the vicinity of the volcano. Karymsky remained at Concern Color Code Orange.
Source: Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT)
Report for Kilauea
During 22-27 December, lava from Kilauea continued to enter the sea at the East Lae`apuki area and surface lava flows were visible on the Pulama pali fault scarp. Background volcanic tremor was near normal levels at Kilauea's summit. Volcanic tremor reached moderate levels at Pu`u `O`o. Small amounts of deformation occurred at the volcano.
Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
Report for Santa Ana
During 21-23 December, seismicity at Santa Ana was above background levels. Small earthquakes occurred, which were interpreted as being associated with gas pulses. Gas emissions rose to low levels. The Alert Level remained at Red, the highest level, within a 5-km radius around the volcano's summit crater.
Source: Servicio Nacional de Estudios Territoriales (SNET)
Report for Soufriere Hills
Volcanic and seismic activity at Soufrière Hills remained elevated during 16-23 December. Images revealed that the lava dome continued to grow during the report period. Growth occurred over a broad sector extending from the SW around to the NE. Vertical growth was focused to the S and SW, with lateral growth in the E and SE sectors. Numerous small rockfalls traveled down the S, E, and NE flanks of the lava dome, adding to the talus in the upper reaches of the Tar River Valley to the NE. The sulfur-dioxide flux averaged 415 metric tons per day.
Source: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO)
Report for St. Helens
Growth of the new lava dome inside the crater of Mount St. Helens continued during 21-27 December, accompanied by low rates of seismicity, low emissions of steam and volcanic gases, and minor production of ash. Small rockfalls continued from the growing lava dome, with larger ones producing ash plumes that were visible above the crater rim. There were no significant changes in seismicity or deformation during the report period. Seismicity was marked by the repetitive small earthquakes, occurring every 2-3 minutes, that have come to characterize the past 15 months. Tiltmeters within 500 m of the new lava dome showed minute ground deformation; whereas the volcano's flanks were quiet. St Helens remained at Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code Orange.
Source: US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO)