Airlines on “red notice” as volcano fires hot ash skyward

CBS News – February 19, 2018

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.

The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.

Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 16,000 feet southward.

The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a “red notice” to airlines.

Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years.

Earthquake swarm under Cumbre Vieja volcano, Canary Islands

– February 16, 2018

A new seismic swarm started under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma), the Canary Islands on February 10, 2018. Quakes in this latest swarm are stronger than those in the previous swarm in October 2017, the first swarm in this area in 30 years.

National Geographic Institute (IGN) registered a total of 83 earthquakes between 23:23 UTC, February 10 and 07:32 UTC, February 15 with magnitudes ranging from 1.6 to 2.6.

In addition, there have been several hundred more which weren’t detected due to their magnitude and depth.

The depth of the quakes decreased during the course of the swarm, suggesting an upward movement of magma towards the surface.

The Canary Government called for an urgent meeting of the Scientific Committee for Evaluation and Monitoring of Volcanic Phenomena to discuss why the quakes are happening again and what might happen in the future. This is the second such meeting in four months.

Lava spreads more than 2 miles from Philippine volcano

AP – January 31, 2018

Lava flowing out a Philippine volcano has spread up to 3.6 kilometers (2.2 miles) since it began intense eruptions more than two weeks ago.

Streaks of red glowed atop the summit of Mount Mayon during a mild eruption Thursday morning as the moon set, hours after a blue moon and supermoon coincided with a lunar eclipse.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said lava fountains and emissions of gas and ash have been sporadic. The eruptions fed lava flows in two areas that already exceed 3 kilometers (1.8 miles). The danger zone around Mayon extends 8 kilometers (5 miles), though authorities have struggled to keep villagers from returning to check on their homes and farms and tourists from trying to photograph the volcano’s dramatic displays.

Mayon in northeastern Albay province has been erupting for more than two weeks, forcing more than 84,000 villagers to flee to crowded emergency shelters. Scientists fear a more violent eruption could be imminent.

Major volcano cluster eruption IMMINENT: Warning raised to highest level

Paul Harper January 30, 2018

The country’s meteorological agency lifted the warning on Zao, a series of volcanoes in northern Japan whose highest point is 1,841 metres (6,040 ft).It comes a week after another volcanic eruption in Japan killed one man and left dozens of others injured at a tourist ski resort.

The Zao warning increased from two from one, meaning that people should avoid going near the crater.

“There is a possibility of a small-scale eruption,” the Japan Meteorological Agency said in a statement.

The agency said small earth movements were detected on Tuesday, along with a slight bulging of the ground in one area.

It also warned of the possibility that volcanic rocks could be thrown as far as a mile in any eruption.

Powerful eruption at Mayon volcano, heavy ashfall and zero visibility, Alert Level 4

– January 22, 2018

A powerful eruption took place at Mayon volcano, Philippines around 04:45 UTC on Monday, January 22, 2018 (12:45 local time), producing a column of ash that rose up to 7.6 km (25 000 feet) above sea level. At 05:10 UTC, the Tokyo VAAC reported ash cloud up to 12.5 km (41 000 feet) a.s.l. and corrected it within 30 minutes. Increased activity at the volcano forced authorities to raise the Alert Level from 3 to 4 (hazardous eruption imminent). The scale goes up to 5.

Heavy ashfall was reported in communities around the volcano and as far as Ligao City, some 35 km (21.7 miles) from Legazpi City. Albay Governor said zero visibility has been reported in parts of Guinobatan, Ligao, and Camalig after the major ash eruption, advising everyone to wear their face masks and to stay indoors, especially those in the 3rd district of Albay.

Classes in all public and private schools across the entire province have been suspended.

Volcanologist Ed Laguerta said the eruption lasted for some 8 minutes and generated pyroclastic flows towards Camalig and Guinobatan towns southwest of the volcano.

12,000 Flee As Philippines Volcano Crater Glows Red Hot

Mac Slavo – January 15, 2018

The Philippines’ most active volcano has awoken again. On Sunday, lava pooled to the surface of the volcano’s crater showing a glowing red hot core just below.

By Monday, the crater of a rumbling Philippine volcano was glowing bright red. Coupled with vulcanologists’ warnings it could erupt within days, the glowing crater caused thousands of residents to flee from their homes in search of safety. The volcano lies in the coconut-growing Albay province about 210 miles southeast of Manila.

More than 12,000 people have been ordered to leave a four mile (seven-kilometer) evacuation zone as scientists fear the eruption of the Mayon volcano, and there are warnings of destructive mudflows and toxic clouds. Volcanic earthquakes and rockfalls have also violently shaken the summit of Mayon over the last 24 hours, after a number of steam-driven eruptions, scientists said. Lava flowed just less than half a mile down a gulley from the crater and on Monday morning, ash clouds appeared mid-slope, said Renato Solidum, head of the volcano institute.

Sinabung volcano erupts spewing ash up to 4.6 kilometers into the sky and large pyroclastic flows hurtling down the flanks (pictures and videos)

Strange Sounds – Dec 27, 2017

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupted Wednesday afternoon, leaving a thick cloud of smoke over parts of the country’s North Sumatra province. The active volcano spewed ash up to 4.6 kilometres into the sky, Reuters reported. Officials tweeted that there were no deaths caused by the explosion because the red zone has already emptied. Thousands of FAMILIES will be relocated from Sinabung. Meanwhile, a thick rain of ash fell on villages East of the volcano.

The first flow spread 3.5 km to the east, the second flow spread 4.5 km to the southeast.

Ashfall was reported in several villages near the volcano. There are no victims.

Mount Sinabung has caused the island to be on alert since September 2013, when it first erupted. Its previous explosions have been fatal, including one in May 2016, which killed at least seven people.

Siberian Super Volcano Erupts Spewing Scorching Hot Ash 6 Miles Into The Sky

Mac Slavo – December 7, 2017

A Siberian super-volcano is worrying scientists after it’s shocking and sudden eruption flung hot ash six miles into the sky. This volcano is one of the most active in Russia.

Scientists working at the geophysical department of the Russian Academy of Science in north-eastern Russia’s Kamchatka Krai region have confirmed the giant eruption took place at the site of the Shiveluch Volcano yesterday over a 20 minute period.  They also verified and saw the volcano spew piping hot ash 10 kilometers (6 miles) into the sky.  So far, no locals or villages have been affected by this volcano’s eruption, but it’s sparking fears that a larger and more powerful explosion could occur in the very near future.

This eruption comes just days after Mount Agung in Bali in Indonesia began erupting, causing thousands to flee.  The head of the volcano station, Yuri Demyanchuk, said the eruption was powerful.  “It was a powerful outburst, although it wasn’t accompanied by pyroclastic flows. There was much lightning in the ash column,” according to Demyanchuk.

Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupts, prompting mass evacuation order

DW – November 27, 2017

Indonesian authorities on Monday raised the alert status of an erupting volcano in Bali to the highest level, ordering up to 100,000 people within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the crater to evacuate. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the alert was raised “in anticipation of the possibility and imminent risk of disaster.”

Mount Agung, an active volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, erupted on Sunday, sending ash 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) above the crater, according to disaster management officials. “Constant tremors can be felt,” said volcanologist Gede Suantika.

The alert was raised after the volcano shifted from steam-based eruptions to magmatic eruptions, said Kasbani, who heads Indonesia’s geological agency.

Strongest eruption since 2013 at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

– November 24, 2017

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano experienced its strongest eruption since 2013. Ashfall was reported in nearby communities, mainly to the south and southeast.

The eruption started at 20:13 UTC (14:13 local time), producing a plume of ash to around 1 800 m (5 900 feet) above the crater. That’s 7 226 m (23 700 feet) above sea level.

“This is the largest activity since 2013,” Carlos Valdes Gonzales, General Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) said on Twitter.

The eruptive event was registered by the Tlamacas and Altzomoni stations, located 4.5 km (2.8 miles) and 12 km (7.4 miles) from the volcano, respectively.

Valdes reminded residents living near the volcano to cover their water sources, wear protective masks and do not let ash accumulate on light roofs.