Activity for the week of 7 June-13 June 2006
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
| Kyushu (Japan)
| 31.593°N, 130.657°E
| Elevation 1117 m
Based on information from JMA, the Tokyo VAAC reported that ash plumes continuing from Sakura-jima reached altitudes of 3.4 km (11,000 ft) a.s.l. during 7-12 June. JMA issued a Volcanic Advisory on 12 June.
On June 10, the Sakura-jima Volcano Research Center reported an increase in low-frequency earthquakes since mid-March and in small tremors with a less than 2 minute duration since mid-May 2006. A thermal anomaly at the volcano grew in size after February 2006.
Sources: Sakura-jima Volcano Research Center, Disaster Prevention Research Institute (DPRI), Kyoto University, Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Associated Press
| Luzon (Philippines)
| 12.769°N, 124.056°E
| Elevation 1535 m
According to PHIVOLCS, an ash-and-steam cloud from Bulusan on 7 June reached a height of approximately 2 km above the summit (11,700 ft a.s.l.) and drifted N and NW. Light ashfall was reported 5 km N and trace amounts as far as 20 km N. The Alert Level was raised to 2 (scale 0 to 5), which means restricted entry within 4 km of the summit. On 10 June, an ash-and-steam cloud reached a height of ~1 km above the summit (8,400 ft a.s.l.) and drifted N and NE. A news article reported one death caused by an asthma attack from exposure to ash.
Sources: Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Associated Press, Manila Standard Today
| Kerguelen Plateau
| 53.106°S, 73.513°E
| Elevation 2745 m
From 11 March to 2 June, MODVOLC (a MODIS thermal alert system) detected approximately 10 alerts from or near the summit of Big Ben on Heard Island. The area of the thermal anomaly was 1 to 2 pixels in size (1 pixel=1 km).
Source: Hawai'i Institute of Geophysics and Planetology (HIGP) Thermal Alerts Team
| 10.412°N, 123.132°E
| Elevation 2435 m
Small explosions on 3, 10-11, and 12 June generated steam-and-ash emissions from Canlaon that reached maximum heights of 1 km above the summit (11,300 ft a.s.l.) and drifted NW and SW. Ash fell on the upper SW slopes during 10-12 June. The alert status was raised on 12 June to Alert Level 1 (scale 0 to 5), which restricts activity within 4 km of the summit.
Source: Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS)
| Central Java (Indonesia)
| 7.54°S, 110.446°E
| Elevation 2910 m
On 8 June, according to a CVGHM report, the lava-dome growth rate at Merapi was an estimated 100 thousand cubic meters per day and the estimated volume was approximately 4 million cubic meters. An estimated volume loss of 400 thousand cubic meters on 4 June was due to a partial dome collapse of the S part of the Geger Buaya crater wall (constructed from 1910 lava flows).
Gas plumes were observed almost daily during 7-13 June and reached a maximum height of 1.2 km above the summit (13,600 ft a.s.l.) on 10 June. During 8-10 June, the Darwin VAAC reported that small ash plumes were visible on satellite imagery and minor ashfall was reported to the S at the Merapi Volcano Observatory and in Yogyakarta, about 32 km (19.9 miles) away. On 8 June a pyroclastic flow, lasting 12 minutes, reached a maximum distance of 5 km SE toward the Gendol River, the predominate travel direction since the 27 May earthquake (M 6.2). According to a news report, the 8 June event prompted approximately 15,500 people to evacuate from the Sleman district to the S and the Magelang district to the W. On 13 June, the Alert Level was lowered from 4 to 3 but renewed pyroclastic-flow activity the next day again prompted a return to Alert Level 4, the highest level.
Sources: Pusat Vulkanologi dan Mitigasi Bencana Geologi (PVMBG, also known as CVGHM), Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), Associated Press, Reuters, AFX News
| North Island (New Zealand)
| 39.157°S, 175.632°E
| Elevation 1978 m
According to GeoNet, the number of small low-frequency earthquakes at Ngauruhoe (the youngest cone of the Tongariro complex) increased in the past 3 weeks. On 6 June, the Alert Level was raised to 1.
| Hawaiian Islands (USA)
| 19.421°N, 155.287°W
| Elevation 1222 m
During 7-13 June, lava from Kilauea continued to flow off of a lava delta into the ocean at the East Lae`apuki entry. Incandescence was visible from Drainhole vent during the reporting period. Tremor remained at a very typical moderate level at Pu`u `O`o. The summit of Kilauea slowly inflated.
Source: US Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO)
| Eastern Java (Indonesia)
| 8.108°S, 112.922°E
| Elevation 3657 m
According to the Darwin VAAC, satellite imagery showed small ash plumes from Semeru on 6 and 12 June and minor ash-and-steam plumes on 11 and 13 June, all at unknown altitudes.
Source: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)
| 16.72°N, 62.18°W
| Elevation 915 m
During 2-9 June, the Soufrière Hills lava dome continued to grow at a high rate of 10 cubic meters per second on average (average growth rate during January-April was 6 cubic meters per second). Vigorous ash-and-gas venting occurred from a vent to the W of the lava dome. According to a pilot report and MVO, the Washington VAAC reported on 9 June that a steam plume with little ash content reached an altitude of 1.5 km (5,000 ft) a.s.l. Weak incandescence was observed on satellite imagery on 10 June.
Sources: Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| United States
| 46.2°N, 122.18°W
| Elevation 2549 m
During 7-13 June, seismic signals indicated that the lava spine continued to grow inside the crater of Mount St. Helens. On 9 June, pilots reported that an ash-and-steam plume, generated after a rockfall following a M 3.2 earthquake, reached an altitude of 4.6 km (15,000 ft) a.s.l. The volcano remained at Volcano Advisory (Alert Level 2); aviation color code Orange.
Sources: US Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory (CVO), Associated Press
| Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
| 29.638°N, 129.714°E
| Elevation 796 m
A pilot observed ash from Suwanose-jima on 7 June at an altitude of 2.4 km (8,000 ft) a.s.l.
Source: Tokyo Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| 1.467°S, 78.442°W
| Elevation 5023 m
During 7-13 June, small-to-moderate explosions at Tungurahua produced plumes composed of gas, steam, and small amounts of ash. On 9 and 11 June, light ashfall was reported in nearby areas. According to the Washington VAAC, night-time incandescence was observed on satellite imagery through the reporting period.
Sources: Instituto Geofísico-Escuela Politécnica Nacional (IG), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC)
| 16.355°S, 70.903°W
| Elevation 5672 m
Based on pilot reports, ash clouds identified from Ubinas during 9-11 June reached altitudes of 6.7 km (22,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted E and SW. According to news articles, approximately 550 families were evacuated on 10 and 11 June.
Sources: Buenos Aires Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC), Living in Peru
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:
- 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.
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