The Friday Update #2 (13/2/16)
Firstly, a massive thank you to all the words of support from everyone. When I decided to start this project, I was unsure how it would be recieved and I have been encouraged greatly by the support shown by everyone!
The European volcanoes appear to be having a bit of a rest at the moment, with virtually no activity reported from any of them. Only Stromboli has had any activity of note in recent days and event then only a “light ash plume” was reported by a pilot near the summit of the volcano according to a report by the Toulouse VAAC.
Friday started with a bang in Asia, Literally!! at the end of last weeks report, I posted that Sakurajima had burst into life with a spectacular explosion. This was the first explosion of the year at the volcano.
Further activity was seen starting on the 8th and continuing until the 11th with 6 minor explosive eruptions similar to the first.
KVERT reports that “moderate eruptive activity” continues from Karymsky. The Tokyo VAAC reporting almost daily plumes and these plumes have been reaching up to 15,000 feet.
Zhapanovski continued its eruption cylce from last month throwing plumes up to 22,000 feet (7KM) on the 5th of February and also on the 9th according to the Tokyo VAAC reports and KVERT.
In Indonesia, Soputan, multiple explosions were reported on the 6th and 7th of February with “thunderous explosions” reported by the locals. Strombolian activity, pyroclastic flows were witnessed. A plume from this volcano would eventually reach 4km.
Over at the Tengger Caldera, Bromo continues to throw ash and tephra into the air. with Volcano Discovery reporting “moderate strombolian-type explosions” and “phases of more or less vigorous ash venting”.
A report from the Darwin VAAC reported a plumes up to almost 3km over the period from Dukono.
Sinabung keeps throwing plumes into the sky and extruding it’s lava lobe, which continues to break off, sending pyroclastic flows down its slopes
Our friend Rene Goad tweeted that “Wellington VAAC reports small constant minor eruptions on Ambrym.” Unfortunately, I was unable to find this report on the Wellington VAAC and an internet search failed to turn anything up.
Activity at Nevados del Chillan continued on the 5th and 6th with a plume reported on both days, but there was no reported activity on the Buenos Airaire VAAC to correspond to this.
Copahue was reported to have produce an almost continuous plume of mainly steam and gas, but some minor ashemmisions also. But a more vigorous emission was witnessed on the 8th and 9th.
Ecuador’s Reventador had a minor eruption on the 5th according to an isolated VAAC report,but I have been unable to find out much beyond this.
The last week has seen the activity at Colima and Popocatepetl continue with the same pattern of activity that we have mentioned in the previous report. Both these volcanoes have thrown multiple plumes and provided some spectacular images over the period.
In Guatemala, there have been 2 volcanoes that have provided us with some exceedingly impressive images this week. First up is Santiagutio, and according to the Smithsonian GVP website, a large blast occurred on the 7th of October and the shockwave from this was felt 25km away. Pyroclastic flows were seen on the east and south-east flanks.
The other volcano in Guatemala that has provided us with excitement is Fuego.
The activity on Fuego appears to have increased over the week with strong strombolian eruptions, pyroclastic flows and lava flows which reach 2km down the flank of the volcano.
Over in Costa Rica, the Turrialba volcano had a minor eruption of smoke and ash reaching 1km into the sky.
So, this ends another weeks report.
Have I missed anything? please let me know in the comments 😀
I still haven’t quite decided how this will eventually be formatted when I’ve been doing it for a while. It may end up more like last week’s, where every day has a run down of that day’s activity or if it will be more like this weeks.
What will be doing is continuing to post images from Twitter, these are normally screen grabs from the webcams, but occasionally a local resident will be out with their camera and capture something spectacular.
As ever, I welcome comments, corrections and criticsm and I look forward to hearing from everyone.