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Volcano Eruptions 2021

Audible Explosion ~ Popocatepetl Volcano, Mexico

Cots, tents, and respirator masks poured into the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent as officials expected to start distributing them on Saturday, a day after a powerful explosion at La Soufriere volcano uprooted the lives of thousands of people who evacuated their homes under government orders.

Nations ranging from Antigua to Guyana offered help by either shipping emergency supplies to their neighbour or agreeing to temporarily open their borders to the roughly 16,000 evacuees fleeing ash-covered communities with as many personal belongings as they could stuff into suitcases and backpacks.


Authorities in the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent have ordered mandatory evacuations on Thursday, saying they believe an active volcano is in danger of exploding. The island's emergency management office switched the alert level to red and said the first cruise line will in the next few hours evacuate those who live near La Soufrière volcano. It was not immediately clear how many people would be evacuated, where the ship would take them or if they would remain temporarily aboard. Roughly 16,000 people live in the red zone and will need to be evacuated, Erouscilla Joseph, director of the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Center, told The Associated Press.


Ten years ago this month one of the biggest earthquakes ever recorded a mag - 9.1 struck the East Coast of Japan. An ensuing tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant and killed 22,000 people. This afternoon a very powerful mag -7.2 reduced by USGS to magnitude - 7.0 rocked the same area with the authorities issuing a tsunami warning. Tohoku Electric Power Co has halted the Onagawa nuclear plant and is checking for any irregularities, NHK said.

There were no immediate reports of damage. (M6.1) west of Macquarie Island, The Japanese quake was the second major quake (mag 6 or higher) of the day after a (M6.1) rocked the Macquarie Island in the South Pacific. This mornings quake was the 18th major quake, mag 6 or higher of March and the 46th major quake of a very impressive year so far.


Tuesday, 16 March 2021 “We’ve never seen so much seismic activity!” The Fagradalsfjall mountain in Iceland approaches almost 50,000 earthquakes since late February as tons of Sulfur Dioxide is being released into the atmosphere: Philippines colossus Taal volcano on the verge of eruption
“At the moment we’re feeling it constantly. It’s like you’re walking over a fragile suspension bridge,” Rannveig Gudmundsdottir, a lifelong resident in the town of Grindavik, told Reuters. Grindavik lies in the southern part of the Reykjanes Peninsula, a volcanic and seismic hot spot, where more than 40,000 earthquakes have occurred since Feb. 24, exceeding the total number of earthquakes registered there last year.

Located between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates, Iceland frequently experiences earthquakes as the plates slowly drift in opposite directions at a pace of around 2 centimetres each year.


A new eruption of the Sinabung volcano in Indonesia:

The volcano on the island of Sumatra projected smoke and ash up to 1,000 meters high, which travelled up to 3 km to the southeast, according to the Indonesian Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Center. Villagers were advised to stay at least 3km away from the crater.

The alert is maintained at the second-highest level as authorities are closely monitoring the volcano after sensors have detected increased activity in recent weeks. The 2,600-meter mountain has been showing intense activity since last year. In recent years, around 30,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in the area around Sinabung. Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, the country is subject to earthquake shocks due to its location on the Pacific "Belt of Fire", an arc of volcanoes and fault lines that surround the Pacific Basin.


Thursday, 11 March 2021 Update on the Icelandic Fagradalsfjall volcano activity: Expansion of the magma dyke is resulting in strong earthquake activity: Earthquakes are happening at the rate of 1 to 5 or more earthquakes every minute. Since 24-February-2021 over 34.000 earthquakes have been recorded by Icelandic Met Office.
Since Monday 8-March-2021 there has been a lot going on and there are no signs of this activity slowing down. Currently, it seems that the volcano dyke is expanding to the south and that is more into Fagradalsfjall mountain that is an earlier eruption structure from maybe a few million years ago.

This expansion of the magma dyke is resulting in strong earthquake activity and during the night the strongest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw5,1 at 03:15 UTC. The second-largest earthquake had a magnitude of Mw4,6 at 08:50 UTC. Over the last 48 hours, 68 earthquakes with a magnitude above Mw3,0 have taken place. 

Monday, 8 March 2021 Volcano activity is just as impressive as the record-breaking number of major quakes in the first 67 days of 2021. Yesterday 49 volcanoes around the world were erupting or showing signs of activity with Europes largest colossus Etna once again exploding
A particularly spectacular blast from Italy's Mount Etna volcano belched out a towering cloud of ash and lava stone Sunday onto Sicilian villages, the latest in a series of explosions since mid-February. Italy's national geophysics and volcanology institute INGV said the powerful explosion at 2 a.m. local time was the 10th such big blast since February 16, when Europe's most active volcano started giving off an impressive demonstration of nature's firepower, colouring the night sky in hues of orange and red. Increasing tremors rattled the mountain throughout much of the night. Ash and small lava stones rained down on eight villages on Etna's slopes Sunday morning, while lava flowed from the southeast crater slowly down an uninhabited side, as it has been doing for the last three weeks, the institute said.


Sunday, 7 March 2021 Eruption imminent? Fagradalsfjall volcano activity in Iceland; 3300 earthquakes have been recorded during the last 48 hours with a further 20,000 in the last week; there remains a high risk of strong earthquake activity with magnitudes between M6,0 to M6,5 because of crustal stress changes
With almost 800 quakes mag 4 or higher and an astonishing 26 above mag 6 or higher rocking the eastern margin of the Australia plate since the first day of 2021 resulting in the biggest major quake of the year at mag 8.1 and the highest total of major quakes recorded in the first 65 days of the year ever, you would think other seismic events around the world couldn't get any more dramatic than what is happening down under right now, well, think again. Thousands of miles north of the eastern margin of the Australia plate during the last 48 hours over 3300 earthquakes have been recorded by the Icelandic Met Office with a grand total of more than 20,000 this week. We could well be witnessing an imminent eruption here as well as another Great Honshu event that happened along the Eastcoast of Fukushima in 2011 down-under off the Eastcoast of Australia and Northern New Zealand.


Saturday, 27 February 2021 Mount Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra spews ash 1,500 meters into the sky. 43 volcanoes are erupting worldwide or showing signs of activity as 2021's uptick in seismic and volcanic activity continues.

Mount Sinabung volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted on Thursday, spewing ash clouds as high as 1,500 meters into the sky. The Mount Sinabung observation post's head Armen Putra said that the eruption lasted about three minutes. There were no reports of any casualties or damages. The current alert status of the volcano with an altitude of 2,460 meters above the sea surface is at level 3 of the country's four-tiered alert system. Mount Sinabung has been rumbling since 2010, and in 2016 it underwent a deadly eruption with nine locals killed in the disaster.

 As of yesterday 43 volcanoes around were erupting or showing signs of activity as 2021's uptick in seismic and volcanic activity continues.


Wednesday, 24 February 2021 Spectacular eruptions of red lava from Mount Etna on the Italian island of Sicily, continued overnight from Monday into Tuesday, illuminating the night sky with ash and lava fountains soaring 1,500 metres high

Spectacular eruptions of red lava from Mount Etna, on the Italian island of Sicily, continued overnight from Monday into Tuesday, illuminating the night sky.

The volcano’s lava fountains soared to 1,500 metres, according to the Etna Observatory at Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.

There are currently 28 volcanoes erupting around the world at this moment and 25 of them are in the Pacific Ring Of Fire. 2021 has seen an impressive uptick in seismic and volcanic activity.


Thursday, 18 February 2021 Second spectacular eruption within 48 hours lights the Sicilian night sky as Europes largest volcano as Mount Etna spews ash and gas 2000 metres into the Italian sky cancelling flights to and from Sicily. (Spectacular Videos)
No injuries or damages were reported. According to the news agency Adnkronos, the lava flow had reached an altitude of 2000 metres. The airport in Catania temporarily ceased operations due to ash in the air. The Ansa news agency reported that a column of smoke and ash had risen more than a kilometre into the air, making it unsafe to fly. Ash rained down on houses, streets and balconies across the city. It's not uncommon for Etna, which is 3300 metres tall, to erupt. The volcano in eastern Sicily is considered a UNESCO world heritage site.


Guatemalan rescue services reported that the Fuego volcano, located 50km away from the capital city of Guatemala, has started to erupt, Prensa Libre newspaper report says. Lava flows reach up to 1.5 km long, and a column of ash rises above the volcano, spreading up to 5 km away, the report says. There were no reports of evacuation yet. Last time, Fuego erupted on June 3, 2018, which led to deaths of over 200 people.

Just down the road from the Fuego volcano, authorities at the Pacaya Volcano have issued an  Ash Advisory as explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 12000 ft (3700 m) altitude or flight level 120.


Wednesday, 27 January 2021 Merapi Volcano blows a volcanic ash plume to an estimated 40000 ft (12200 m) altitude releasing its biggest lava flow since the Indonesian authorities raised the danger level back in November 2020: Europe's most active and largest volcano, Mount Etna remains highly active
Indonesian colossus, Merapi Volcano eruption continues with a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 40000 ft (12200 m) altitude or flight level 400. Mount Merapi volcano is Indonesia's most dangerous and active volcano.

Yesterday, the volcano stepped up to the plate releasing its biggest lava flow since the Indonesian authorities raised the danger level back in November 2020. releasing a river of lava and gas flowing 1,500 metres, (4,900ft) down its volatile slopes.

Monday, 25 January 2021 Strong activity is recorded at the Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, the world's largest and most active stratovolcano: Increased lava effusion from the summit leads to glowing avalanches on the SW flank and ash flows (pyroclastic flows) with tall ash plumes rising several kilometres.

Time-lapse of strong activity at Klyuchevskoy volcano in Kamchatka, the world's largest and most active stratovolcano, today 24 Jan 2021: increased lava effusion from the summit leads to glowing avalanches on the SW flank that trigger massive block and ash flows (pyroclastic flows) with tall ash plumes rising several kilometres.

Kamchatka's activity continues the impressive start to 2021 regarding volcanic and seismic activity, so far 2021 has recorded 12 major quakes, the highest number at this date since 2009 at this precise moment 43 volcanoes around the world are erupting or showing signs of activity, with 40 of them around the Pacific Ring Of Fire.


Sunday, 24 January 2021 Scientists have speculated that Etna may set off deadly tsunamis alongside the coast of Italy and Sicily if the enormous volcano slides into the Mediterranean sea after Europes biggest active volcano has suffered a dramatic rupture after a "new cut-up" opened
Mount Etna had suffered a dramatic rupture after a "new cut-up" opened up alongside its energetic crater. Footage from the scene exhibits lava rocks flying into the air and orange streams oozing down Mount Etna's slopes.

The brand new cut up within the crater seems to have bisected the well-known volcano. The risky volcano started erupting final Sunday, in keeping with an area volcanologist. Boris Behncke, from the INGV-Osservatorio Etneo in Catania, Sicily, stated that lava started "oozing" from the Etna's southeast crater and towards the east final weekend.

Sunday, 24 January 2021 A magnitude 7.0 quake, rocks the South Shetland Islands causing panic in Chile with a mistaken tsunami warning: 12th major quake of 2021 highest no since 2009: 45 volcanoes active, 40 along The Pacific Ring Of Fire!
A  very powerful, shallow magnitude 7.1 major quake, reduced to a mag 7.0 by USGS has rocked the South Shetland Islands during the night causing panic in Chile with a mistaken tsunami warning calling for people to get out of coastal areas. The mag 7.0 quake is the 2nd mag 7 quake since Thursday when a powerful magnitude 7.0 rocked the Philippine Islands region. Last nights quake was the 12th major quake, mag 6 or higher to be recorded in just the first 24 days of 2021, with 11 of them being along The Ring Of Fire. At the same stage in 2020, 10 major quakes had been reported, in 2019, 10, 2018, 7, 2017, 8, 2016, 9 and 2015, just 2.
If we go further, 2014 saw just 4 at the same stage, 2013, 3, 2012, 9, 2011, 10, 2010, 11, 2009, 14. 


Friday, 22 January 2021 Here's another! Mexico's colossus and most active volcano blow ash and gas emissions 23,000ft into the sky: The Eruption continues an impressive start to 2021 concerning volcanic and seismic activity in and around The Pacific Ring Of Fire with 11 major quakes, mag 6 or higher and a plethora of volcanoes erupting or showing activity in the first 3 weeks of 2021.
Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico): strong explosion; emissions to 23,000 ft. Over the past week, the activity of the volcano has remained at moderately high levels.

On 19 January at about 15:00 local time, a powerful eruption occurred from the summit crater generated an increasingly tall and dense dark ash plume that rose to estimated 23,000 ft (7,000 m) altitude and drifted N. The Eruption continues an impressive start to 2021 concerning volcanic and seismic activity in and around The Pacific Ring Of Fire with 11 major quakes, mag 6 or higher and a plethora of volcanoes erupting or showing activity in the first 3 weeks of 2021.

Wednesday, 20 January 2021 Europes biggest colossus Mount Etna blows out of the relatively new crater on the southeastern slope of the ionic volcano spewing out "sporadic bursts" of lava and ash plumes: A very impressive 38 volcanoes around the world are at this moment erupting or showing activity (Video)
Mount Etna belched out a spectacular double fountain of lava onto its summit towering above Catania on Monday night. The fireworks show is part of a 'Strombolian' eruption that started yesterday and is ongoing. Etna is Europe's tallest active volcano.

In its latest show of pyrotechnics in eastern Sicily, the relatively new crater on the southeastern slope of the ionic volcano spewed out "sporadic bursts" of lava and ash plumes, volcanologists said. Catania's international airport, 60 km to the south, has not yet been affected, a local crisis unit said. Bigger blowups in the past have shut down the airport and covered Catania in ash. The volcanic activity was said to be subsiding Tuesday. (ANSA).


Tuesday, 19 January 2021 The 10th major quake of 2021 a Mag 6.4 rocks San Juan, Argentina, the 9th major quake to hit the Pacific Ring Of Fire this year: Death toll from Indonesia’s Sulawesi quake last week at 84 people and 30,000 displaced: 29 Volcano eruptions ongoing
A very powerful shallow magnitude 6.4 quake rocked San Juan, Argentina this morning continuing an impressive uptick in volcanic and seismic activity to 2021. Today's quake is the 10th major quake, mag 6 or higher to be recorded in the first 19 days of 2021, 9 of the 10 have occurred along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

The earthquake of magnitude 6.8, reduced by USGS to a magnitude 6.4 struck west-central Argentina on Monday, followed by at least five aftershocks that shook buildings and sent products tumbling off supermarket shelves, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

Sunday, 17 January 2021 Spare a thought for Indonesia! Mount Semeru, on the most densely populated island of Java, spews hot clouds 4.5 kilometres high with another 9 volcanoes erupting or showing activity and 56 dead and hundreds injured from recent quake and a further 33 dead from flood disasters
Mount Semeru, the highest volcano on Indonesia's most densely populated island of Java, spewed hot clouds as far away as 4.5 kilometres (nearly 3 miles) on Saturday. There were no immediate evacuations, but the National Disaster Mitigation Agency warned people who live in the villages on the slopes of the 3,676-meter (12,060-foot)-high mountain to be vigilant in looking for signs of danger. Agency spokesperson Raditya Jati said that people around the river basin on the slopes of the mountain should beware of high rainfall intensity that can trigger lava floods.

Saturday, 16 January 2021 January's impressive volcanic activity continues with 28 volcanoes worldwide currently erupting with 22 of them along the Pacific Ring Of Fire: Ones to watch Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya, Suwanose-Jima

January's impressive volcanic activity continues with 28 volcanoes worldwide currently erupting with 22 of them along the Pacific Ring Of Fire.

Volcanoes Today, 16 Jan 2021: Fuego volcano, Klyuchevskoy, Popocatépetl, Semeru, Reventador, Sangay, Sabancaya, Suwanose-jima.


Klyuchevskoy (Kamchatka): (15 Jan) Volcanic Ash Advisory Center Tokyo (VAAC) issued the following report: ERUPTION AT 20210115/2125Z FL200 EXTD NE REPORTED OBS VA DTG:15/2120Z

Friday, 15 January 2021 Pacific Ring Of Fire Rattles Indonesia: 36 dead 100's injured as a mag 6.2 rocks Sulawesi island after a mag 5.9 foreshock: The 9th major quake to strike the planet in the first two weeks of 2021, with 8 of them hitting around The Pacific Ring: a total of 26 volcanoes erupting at this moment 21 of them in the Ring of Fire
A strong, shallow (shallow ones cause the most damage) earthquake shook Indonesia's Sulawesi island just after midnight, causing landslides and sending people fleeing from their homes in the dark. At least 36 people have died, 100's were injured, but Indonesian officials said they were still collecting information from devastated areas.

In a video released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, a girl trapped in the wreckage of a house cried out for help and said her mother was alive but unable to move out. "Please help me, it's hurt," the girl told rescuers, who replied that they desperately wanted to help her.

Tuesday, 12 January 2021 2021's impressive start continues with its first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) outside The Pacific Ring Of Fire with a powerful shallow magnitude 6.7 - 33 km SSW of Turt, Mongolia. 23 volcanoes erupting worldwide with 17 of them around The Pacific Ring Of Fire
2021's impressive start continues with its first major quake, (mag 6 or higher) outside The Pacific Ring Of Fire with a powerful shallow magnitude 6.7 - 33 km SSW of Turt, Mongolia.  According to USGS a low chance of fatalities and damage to buildings are expected in the low populated area, however, the area is being rocked by strong aftershocks. The reported mag 6.8 quake was reduced to a mag 6.7 by USGS. This morning's quake was the 8th major quake of January and of course 2021.

A mag 6.1 quake struck the North West coast of Japan this morning but was also reduced to a 5.9 quake by USGS.

Sunday, 10 January 2021 The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued it's 2021 impressive explosion with two more major quakes this morning bringing the total to seven in just the first ten days of 2021 along with an equally impressive number of volcano eruptions.
USGS
The Pacific Ring Of Fire continued it's 2021 explosion with two more major quakes, (mag 6 or higher) bringing the total to seven in just the first ten days of 2021. 
A powerful magnitude 6.1 rocked Salta in Argentina and later a  magnitude 6.0 rocked the volcanic island of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, the second major quake, (mag 6 or higher) to strike the island since Friday when a magnitude 6.1 rocked the island.

Saturday, 9 January 2021 2021's impressive volcano eruption uptick continues! An eruption has produced two lava flows from vents on the northern flanks, currently about 50 m and 200 m long at the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala
Ashy eruption at Pacaya, shortly after a very large earthquake affected the area in 1976. Photo credit: USGS.

The effusive-explosive eruption of the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala has been increasing during the past days confirmed by the INSIVUMEH volcano observatory.

A new effusive eruption has been producing two lava flows that started to descend slowly from vents on the northern flanks, currently about 50 m and 200 m long. New vents are eruptive fissures.

Friday, 8 January 2021 The 4th and 5th major quakes of 2021 rocked the Kermadec Islands and Vanuatu in the South Pacific: All five major quakes this year have happened around the Pacific Ring Of Fire as well as more than 20 volcanoes erupting or showing activity there too

2021 has the Pacific Ring Of Fire shaking! Two more major quakes, mag 6 or higher have struck the area through the night. A powerful magnitude 6.3 shook the Kermadec Islands, north of New Zealand, the second major quake to strike the islands in the last 48 hours and a magnitude 6.1 rocked Vanuatu in the South Pacific earlier in the night.

The two quakes bring the total of major quakes, mag 6 or higher to 5 in the early days of 2021 which is a very impressive start to the year.

While the quake activity is impressive, well so the volcanic activity with more than 20 volcanoes erupting or showing activity around the Ring Of Fire.


Mount Merapi and Sinabung volcano erupt and a powerful (M6.1) rocks Indonesia in the last 24 hours along with 2 more major quakes showing a 2021 uptick of seismic and volcanic activity along the Pacific Ring Of Fire

7 Jan 2021

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano spewed avalanches of hot clouds Thursday morning as more than 500 residents were evacuated from its fertile slopes. The fog was covering the volcano at the time, so the distance the pyroclastic clouds spread was not visually observed. The amplitude record and seismic recording data from the Geological Disaster Technology Research and Development Center estimated the hot clouds spread less than 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) from the crater.

Local authorities on Thursday evacuated more than 500 people living on the mountain in Magelang district on Java Island.


BOOM! A series of eruptions have occurred from one of the worlds most active volcanoes. Mount Sinabung volcano (Indonesia) eruption generated ash plumes that rose to an estimated 10,000 ft-12,000 ft (3,000 m-3,600 m) altitude
6 Jan 2021
Sinabung volcano (Sumatra, Indonesia): A series of eruptions occurred from the high activity volcano over the past few days. During 3-5 January the explosions generated an ash plumes that rose to estimated 10,000 ft-12,000 ft (3,000 m-3,600 m) altitude and drifted W-SW direction. Visibility of the explosions are limited due to dense clouds. Incandescent blocks from the actively growing lava dome slid down over the slopes and caused avalanches of material. The warning bulletin states that ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could affect an area of about 3 km distance from the main crater and 5 km on the SE flank and 4 km on the NE flank. The Volcanic Alert Level remains at Orange.

100,000 residents of two eastern Caribbean islands have been advised to evacuate their homes after volcanoes that have been quiet for decades came to life: Scientists have said that the simultaneous increase in La Soufriere and Mount Pelee activity is unrelated. 

6 Jan 2021

Residents of two eastern Caribbean islands have been advised to evacuate their homes after volcanoes that have been quiet for decades came to life. Officials issued alerts in the island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, home to more than 100,000 people, as scientists scrambled to study the renewed activity. The government raised the alert level to orange for La Soufriere volcano, indicating it could erupt within 24 hours and recommended that people living nearby leave their homes immediately. 


1 Jan 2021
Sleeping volcanoes rumble to life in the eastern Caribbean Officials reports seismic activity, strong gas emissions and changes to the crater lake of a once-dormant La Soufriere and Mount Pelee volcanoes.

CASTRIES, St. Lucia (Reuters) - Residents of the eastern Caribbean island chain of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were advised to evacuate their homes on Thursday after a volcano, dormant for decades, came back to life and began spewing ash. The government raised the alert level to orange for the volcano La Soufriere, indicating that it could erupt within 24 hours, and recommended people who live nearby should leave their homes immediately.

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