Welcome to another Friday update, after last week’s sad news of the death of one of our founding members (http://www.volcanocafe.org/in-memory-of-sissel-skramstad/) we have received some positive news.
Expressen, Sweden’s largest evening newspaper has conducted a short interview with Henrik and following that, they have run two front page stories featuring articles from VC. Firstly, they published a story on the New Decade Volcano Program (Expressen.se) and swiftly followed it up with the current Mars 2067 series (Expressen.se), unfortunately you may be required to be registered with Expressen to view them .
Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of VC in the news.
Onto this weeks activity, I start with one I missed last week.
TJEIJonny pointed out in the comments that I had missed an eruption at Aso in Japan. On the 18th, Asosan had a short lived eruption sending a plume up to 10,000 feet.
This week, we have had another quiet week in North America, Africa and only one event in Europe.
On the 23rd, Mount Etna on Sicily had a very brief burst of activity. A minor explosion occurred in the NEC (NorthEast Crater) sending a small plume into the sky. This was caught on the thermal and visual imaging cameras from INGV.
Etna Visual 230216 – INGV
In Indonesia, Dukono continues to send plumes into the sky, with Darwin VAAC reporting varying amounts of ash plumes up to 10,000 feet.
Sinabung also has daily reports from Darwin with ash plumes reported up to 15,000 feet. There have been a few very impressive images accompanying Sinabung this week on Twitter.
(photo from 21/2/16 from Albert Damanik)
Over at the Tengger Caldera, Mount Bromo has also had a steady week with continuous ash reported to 10,000 feet by Darwin, but this appears to have stopped on the 22nd, or at least the VAAC has no reports since then regarding Bromo.
In Japan, Sakurajima continues its explosive activity sending ash to 10,000 feet. The @en_sakurajima twitter account reports that the volcano had its 20th explosive event of the year so far on the 24th of February.
Meanwhile in Russia, the Kamkatcha volcanoes of Karymsky and Sheveluch have had a quiet week, Karymsky has 2 reports of note from the Tokyo VAAC with plumes to 15,000 and 25,000 on the 19th and 20th respectively and Sheveluch has reports on the 21st, 22nd and 24th with a plume to 21,000 on the 24th.
Also in Russia and a new entry into our updates is Alaid in the Kuril Islands. Tokyo VAAC reports a possible eruption on the 24th, spotted by the Himawari-8 weather satellite, this follows the reports from KVERT that “An intensive thermal anomaly was detected over Alaid volcano on February 20, 20:00 UTC (AVHRR 19) and on February 21, 00:56 UTC (NPP)”
Another new addition to the report appears to have caught everyone by surprise. Bulusan in the Philippines burst into life on the 22nd with a couple of explosions which are reported as “likely phreatic or hydrothermal” on Volcano Discovery. These small explosions sent a small cloud of ash into the sky to around 1600 feet.
I will apologize in advance because this section will become photo or external link heavy!!
Colima appears to have quietened a little, as has Popocatepetl with the Washington VAAC reporting light emissions of Volcanic ash for Colima, and “discreet” Ash emissions from Popocatepetl.
An overflight of Colima by Universidad de Colima managed to take a picture of the new lava dome forming inside the crater at the summer and Volcano Discovery report that is it estimated to be “25 m in diameter and 10 m tall.”
But El Universal reports on the 23rd that the dome had been destroyed.
Nicaragua is currently experiencing an increased level of volcanic activity with a number of volcanoes on alert, prompting The Express to say “Experts sent in to monitor volcano hotspot as THREE more magma mountains blow their tops”
Momotombo has produced once more some spectacular images with activity reported by Washington VAAC on the 19th, 22 and the 24th
The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET) reported an explosion at San Cristobal on the 24th, according to La Prensa
In Guatemala, Fuego continues to produce explosions and sending ash into the sky, the last video I posted below is very impressive and well edited and
Buenos Aires VAAC reports that the Copahue volcano in Chile continues to emit gases and steam at the summit, but I only mention it so I can post this video from the start of the month, which shows the activity at that time.
Callaqui had a report by Buenos Aires VAAC on the 20th of volcanic ash at 15-18000 feet, but I couldn’t find any further information on this.
Buenos Aires VAAC also reported that a Meteorological Watch Office (MWO) pilot had observed an eruption at Reventador in Ecuador.
Lastly, activity was also reported at Nevada Del Ruiz in Colombia on the 23rd and 24th with ash reported to 22,000 feet on the 23rd and an MWO pilot from Bogata reporting ash to 20000 feet.
So this brings this weeks report to a conclusion, I would love to include more images of the South American volcanoes in all there glory, but there appears to be a severe lack of sources.
Hopefully I have not missed anything this week, but please leave a comment below and I will include it in next weeks roundup.
Once more, thank you for all the comments. I was unsure how this would be received by everyone and I have been encouraged greatly by all the support from everyone.