Volcano Activity Quick Read

Mnt Sinabung continues to blow ash 5000 meters into the sky just 20km from a supervolcano capable of plunging the Earth into a year without summer.
Australians heading to Bali have been told they are unlikely to face any cancellations or delays even though airlines are on 'red notice' after Mount Sinabung, on the island of Sumatra, erupted again.
The regional volcanic ash advisory centre in Darwin has issued a red notice to airlines, which means the eruption is underway with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere.
However, a spokesperson from Jetstar told nine.com.au that flights heading to Bali are unaffected, although they will be closely monitoring the ash-clouds movement.
Billowing columns of ash shot more than 5000 meters into the atmosphere, but there were no fatalities or injuries reported as areas around the crater of the volcano, located about 1900km northwest of the capital Jakarta, have been off-limits for several years due to frequent volcanic activity.



Indonesian colossus Mount Sinabung erupts spewing ash and steam 16,400 feet into the sky
Indonesian colossus Mount Sinabung exploded this morning spewing ash and steam 16,400 feet into the Indonesian sky.
The spectacular eruption saw hot grey clouds rolling down the mountain's side.
According to The Independent, over 30,000 people have been forced to move away from homes near the mountain's base since the current series of eruptions began eight years ago.
The volcano's last spectacular eruption was in January this year.
So far, no fatalities or injuries have been reported this time, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.
The stratovolcano first erupted in 2010, having previously lain dormant for four centuries, when an explosion killed two people. Sixteen were killed in a 2014 blast and seven more in 2016.




Bali's volatile Mount Agung volcano rumbles back to life and spews ash and steam 1.5km into the Indonesian sky
Bali's Mount Agung volcano erupted on Tuesday (Feb 13), but there was no damage and flights were unaffected.
Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency (BNPB) said the volcano erupted at 11.49am local time, spewing ash as high as 1.5km above the crater.
The eruption lasted about 21 minutes.
"There was no follow-up eruption.
The exclusion zone is at a 4km radius," BNPB spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement.
Mount Agung lies some 70km from Bali's main airport Ngurah Rai and its top tourist areas, which attract some five million tourists annually.




The Costa Rica colossus Turrialba Volcano spews ash and steam 4,340 meters above sea level (14,235.2 ft.) after another important eruption
The Turrialba Volcano registered yet another important eruption, this Monday, February 12 at approximately 4:30 a.m. with a column that reached 1000 meters above the crater and 4,340 meters above sea level (14,235.2 ft.).
The emission of ash is continuous and of variable volume and has been constant for over one week now.
Ash is being dispersed by the winds to the southwest and several communities have reported ashfall in the entire metropolitan area (Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia, San Jose).
Health authorities in Costa Rica recommended preventive measures since last week in particular for the health problems that the small ash particles could cause to the sensitive population that suffer from respiratory or skin allergies, asthma and other particular health conditions.




Only 29 "confirmed" eruptions were recorded in 2017 the lowest count this century mirroring the lowest major quake total! A little weird?
It's incredible after all the reports I post per year of volcanic activity and eruption alerts that only 29 "confirmed" eruptions were recorded in 2017 but that is a fact according to the Smithsonian Institute the USGS of volcanoes.
2017's  total of 29 was 15 less than 2016's 44, 14 less than 2015's 43 and 9 less than 2014's 38.
Around 40 confirmed eruption is a yearly average in the 21st century with totals remaining pretty stable through the first 16 years with, just as with major quakes an unaccountable large drop-off in 2017.
Just as the major quake total of 2017 was the lowest this century, the confirmed eruption total for 2017 is the lowest number this century too, the highest being the 2004 total of 49.




Outflow of lava is at 2 million cubic meters per day and heading towards Legazpi City and Daraga town as Mount Mayon remains at danger level
The lava in one of the channels on Mount Mayon has advanced 300 meters since Friday according to the latest bulletin of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) released on Sunday at 8 a.m.
According to Phivolcs's latest 24-hour observation of Mayon's state of unrest, from four kilometers Friday, the lava has flowed to 4.3 kilometers on the Bonga-Buyuan Gully towards Legazpi City.
The lava flow on the Miisi Gully towards Daraga town, on the other hand, has reached 3.2 kilometers.





Another major quake and two major volcano explosions bringing the total to eleven volatile active colossi confirm The Pacific Ring is on Fire!
Pacific Ring Of Fire active volcanoes/Click on image to enlarge.
A magnitude 6.0 - 265km NE of Scott Island Bank, Antarctica this afternoon is yet another major quake on the Pacific Rim, is the 13th major quake this year and we are just into February and all of them except three, I believe, were along the ring of fire.







People warned to evacuate from Mexico's most active volcano Popocatepetl as it explodes an ash column higher than a mile into the sky
A giant volcano spewed a column of ash more than a mile into the sky after it exploded more than three times yesterday, as the Mexican government warns of an imminent eruption from towering Popocatepetl.
The 5,462m volcano, just 45 miles from the capital Mexico City, started erupting on Tuesday and agencies have now warned the public to stay at least 7.5miles away.
A column of ash soared roughly 1.24miles into the sky at 4.48pm local time yesterday.
Mexico's centre for disaster prevention has issued a yellow alert, meaning people need to prepare for a possible evacuation.





Guatemala colossus Volcan de Fuego ("Fire Volcano") spews an ash tower 1.7 kilometres into the sky less than 50km from 3 million people
Authorities in Guatemala issued an orange alert on Thursday (Feb 1) over an erupting volcano located a short distance from its capital.
Increased activity in the Volcan de Fuego ("Fire Volcano") overnight on Wednesday saw ash tower 1.7 kilometres into the sky and lava flows up to 500 metres down the crater's side, an emergency services spokesman, David de Leon, told reporters.
Schools near the volcano, which is 35 kilometres southwest of Guatemala City, have been shut.
The Volcan de Fuego, one of three active volcanos in Guatemala, triggered an alarm in September 2012 when it erupted, causing the evacuation of 10,000 residents living nearby.





Pacific Ring Of Fire Vanuatu Island volcano Gaua rumbles back to life in the South Pacific Ocean
Volcanic Activity at Gaua shows signs of imminent increase.
Its Volcanic Alert Level has moved from Level 1 to Level 2 .
Volcano activity at Gaua is in the level of major unrest state and its Alert Level is now at Level 2. Danger is restricted to visitors approaching the volcanic cone; Risk is around the volcanic cone. Latest observations done from December 2017 to January 2018 confirm that the activity consists of ongoing volcanic steam cloud which may content volcanic gases.
These observations and seismic analysis confirms that the volcano activity has increased to the major unrest state.
Visitors approaching the volcano may smell volcanic gases.
Alert Level for Gaua volcano was at Level 1 since 21st December 2010.




With 10.5 million cubic meters of pyroclastic material deposits volatile Mount Mayon continued its heightened activity with 3 eruptions in the night
State volcanologists detected three eruption episodes overnight as restive Mayon Volcano continued its heightened activity.
In a report on Super Radyo dzBB on Sunday morning, Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) Director Renato Solidum Jr. was quoted as saying that the eruption episodes were recorded beginning early Saturday evening and until early Sunday morning. PHIVOLCS data showed that the lava fountaining events were detected at 6:22 p.m.






80,000 people in a state of "zero visibility" explosion-type earthquakes nearly 60,000 evacuated as volatile Mount Mayon volcano prepares to blow
Authorities in the Philippines are warning people to stay clear of the volatile Mount Mayon volcano after multiple eruptions spread lava and ash for kilometres.
A thick column of ash streamed five kilometres into the air above the volcano, in Albay province in southeastern Luzon, and spread over neighbouring districts, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said in a statement Tuesday.







Mount Kusatsu-Shirane eruption kills1 and injures 11 some of them critical with at least 78 skiers still trapped as exploding rocks causes avalanche
A Japanese soldier has been killed in an avalanche which was caused by a volcano eruption in Japan
At least eleven other people were injured Tuesday, some of them critical in and around the volcanic eruption near a ski resort in central Japan, officials said.
Most of the injured were on the ski slopes, while some were in a gondola where glass was broken apparently by a flying rock, said Makoto Shinohara, an official in Kusatsu town.
The Japanese military said six soldiers who were among about 30 on ski training were buried by a nearby avalanche, but they were all rescued.




Mount Mayon the Philippines' most active volcano finally explodes thunderously: Explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam into the sky
The Philippines' most active volcano exploded thunderously Monday, sending a huge gray column of lava fragments, ash and steam into the sky and prompting authorities to warn that a violent eruption may be imminent.
The noontime explosion sent superheated lava, molten rocks and steam cascading down Mount Mayon's slopes and shrouded nearby villages in darkness, said Renato Solidum of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology and other officials.
Authorities raised the alert level to four on a scale of five, which means an explosive eruption is possible within hours or days.
A danger zone around Mayon was expanded to 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the crater.





The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory Papua New Guinea claim activity on Kadovar island volcano remains "dynamic" white steam plume rising
Earthwindmap  showing Sulfur Dioxide Mass from the volcano
The tiny island off the north coast of PNG's mainland erupted earlier this month.
Over 600 residents were promptly evacuated from the island whose vegetation has been covered in ash.
The Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said activity on Kadovar remains "dynamic" and that a continuous white steam plume is rising from its southeast vent up to 800 meters above the island.





Central American colossus Turrialba Volcano is the third Costa Rican volcano to rumble back to life after mag 7.8 quake last week in Honduras
On Monday, January 15 at 4:11 a.m. the cameras of the National Seismology Network (RSN) recorded the moment of an eruption at the Turrialba Volcano that lasted for 14 minutes.
"Although the visibility was scarce, the surveillance camera of the National Seismology Network located closest to the active crater was able to partially capture the process.
It wasn't possible to estimate the height of the eruptive column", states the information posted by Dr. Mauricio Mora from the RSN.






Countdown! 35,000 people evacuated as Philippine province declared a state of calamity with a Mayon volcano eruption now imminent
A central Philippine province declared a state of calamity on Tuesday as a volcano spewed lava that reached the limits of a six-km radius no-go zone and spread ash on nearby farming villages.
Mount Mayon, the most active volcano in the Philippines, continued to erupt on Tuesday forcing nearly 35,000 people to evacuate.
While the recent eruptions have been relatively weak, scientists warn that they could turn explosive at any time, according to the Associated Press.




Tsunami warning issued for eruption of volcano on Kadovar Island Papua New Guinea as explosion will trigger landslides into the sea
Earthwindmap showing Sulfur Dioxide surface mass
People in Papua New Guinea are being warned that an eruption of a volcano in the South Pacific nation could also cause a local tsunami.
The volcano on Kadovar Island has been erupting for more than a week, forcing 700 people to leave that island and 3,000 to be evacuated from nearby Biem Island.







12,000 flee as government officials declare Mayon volcano Philippines eruption is now imminent (Video)
12,000 flee the rumbling Mayon volcano in the Philippines as eruption now imminent according to government officials.
More than 12,000 people have been ordered to evacuate from a seven-kilometre (four mile) danger zone around the crater, as officials warned them of potentially destructive mudflows and toxic clouds.
The crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red Monday, with vulcanologists warning it could erupt within days, sending thousands fleeing from their homes.




Nearly 2,000 people evacuated from Kadovar island off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea after dormant volcano exploded on Friday
 A dormant volcano which is thought never to have erupted before begun erupting on January the 5th on the island of Kadovar off the northern coast of Papua New Guinea has now resulted in the evacuation of nearly 2,000 people to the wonderful sounding island of Blup Blup.
According to Reuters, the volcano exploded on Friday, blasting out glowing red rocks and sulphur dioxide, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said in a bulletin.
The PNG government then decided to evacuate Blup Blup as well because of issues with supplying people on the island along with the danger from the eruption.



Some kind of record? Mount Sinabung spew's ash and molton lava into the Indonesian sky is the fifth volcano in 24 hours showing increased activity.
It's the fifth volcano in 24 hours spewing ash and showing activity after  The Mayon volcano in the Philippines, Bali's Mount Agung, the Stromboli volcano Eolian Islands in Italy and the Tenorio volcano Costa Rica and the 7th in just over week when we add The Klyuchevskoy Volcano in the Kamchatka Region and a volcano eruption on Kadovar Island Papua New Guinea.
Mount Sinabung the Indonesian colossus has spewed ash steam and molton lava for the first time since October 2017.





It's the fourth volcano in 24 hours spewing ash and showing activity: The Philippine colossus Mayon volcano spews ash and smoke into the sky
It's the fourth volcano in 24 hours spewing ash and showing activity after Bali's Mount Agung, the Stromboli volcano Eolian Islands in Italy and the Tenorio volcano Costa Rica.
The Mayon volcano rained ash over the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan in Albay province on Saturday during a phreatic eruption, Albay's Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo) said. The explosion occurred at 5:06 p.m. The explosion prompted the evacuation of residents in some barangays in the towns of Camalig and Guinobatan.



Days after zone was reduced from a radius of 10km Bali's Mount Agung erupt's again on Thursday spewing ash 2.5km into the Indonesian sky
Bali's Mount Agung erupted again on Thursday, sending thick ash and smoke up to 2.5km into the sky, according to Indonesian authorities.
The danger zone around the volcano remains at a radius of 6km from the crater, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for Indonesia's Disaster Mitigation Agency.
The zone was reduced from a radius of 10km last week.
Nugroho said the volcano still shows a high intensity of volcanic activity, despite the shrinkage of the danger zone.




A very strong explosion witnessed at the Stromboli volcano Eolian Islands Italy
Reports are coming of an explosion at the Stromboli volcano on the Italian island of Ginostra, below is a report translated from Italian...
A very strong explosion seems to have occurred on the Stromboli volcano last night around 21:00 local time, friends of ours who are currently on the island of Ginostra, Italy reported.








Concern for two boats sent to rescue 500 villagers from Kadovar Island as sleeping volcano erupts on Kadovar Island Papua New Guinea
Two dinghies from Kopar village in Angoram district have been sent out to assist in evacuating the more than 500 people on Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province.
This follows the eruption of a sleeping volcano, which erupted at least 16 hours ago.
Kopar councillor Tom Kelly told this newsroom that the boats were sent out as soon as they noticed that something was wrong.







Off we go! The highest active volcano in Eurasia is the first volcano activity report of 2018 as The Klyuchevskoy Volcano spews ash 5.5 km high!
It's exciting, it's an old friend and it's the highest active volcano in Eurasia, the first volcano activity report of 2018...Off we go!
The Klyuchevskoy Volcano in the Kamchatka Region has been spewing up ash for three days in a row, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) at the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology of the Far Eastern Department of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Friday. "The volcano emitted ash as high as 5.5 km [above sea level.] 




Kamchatka Volcano Russia rumbles back to life and blows ash and steam a massive 17 km into the sky
The Bezymianny volcano in Kamchatka has spewed up ash as high as 17 km above sea level, subsequently sparking a new eruption, the third this year, the Kamchatka Branch of the Geophysical Service at the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) told TASS on Wednesday.








The Reventador volcano Equador has exploded back to life! Ejecting lava bombs, ash clouds, and pyroclastic flows (Spectacular Video)
The Reventador volcano (3562m) is a rarely documented andesitic stratovolcano located in a horseshoe-shaped caldera in the Amazonian highlands of Ecuador.
Its massive explosive eruption of 2002 which was accompanied by pyroclastic flows threatened nearby oil pipelines.









Mount Sinabung spews ash 3 and a half Kilometres into the Indonesian Sky the third active volcano in the area
Indonesia's Sinabung volcano in northern Sumatra province erupted on Monday (Dec 18) spewing hot clouds of ash, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing an official monitoring the volcano.
The eruption took place at a 1.02pm local time and was accompanied by about 5 minutes of tremors around the area, the head of the Sinabung volcano monitoring post, Armen Putra, said.





Confirmed Volcanic Eruptions Stable This Century Averaging Around 40 Per Year
Although 2016 was a relatively average year for the world's active volcanoes, the activity that did take place was still spectacular.
Out of an estimated 1,500 active volcanoes, 44 erupted in 2016, spewing steam, ash, toxic gases, and lava.







Volcano eruptions of 2014 and all eruptions since 1600 to present
A total of 41 volcano eruptions where confirmed in the year 2014, which you can see on the wonderful graph below which falls into an average figure for the last 60 years or so.
The largest eruption of the year was the Kelut Volcano in Java, Indonesia measuring 4 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, ( VEI).