Volcano bits and bites - Sicily, Kamchatka, Indonesia, Alaska ...

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Important update
Starting from May 11, 2017 Armand (Vervaeck) will be assisting Janine (Krippner) and Philippa (Demonte) to feed this page as both volcanologists are sometimes too busy professionally.


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Stromboli volcano, Sicily (Philippa)
Image (below) via Adam Butler (@adambutler65) is a great example of one of Stromboli volcano's regularly short-lived, gas-rich explosive eruptions.
Stromboli adambutler65

Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Philippa)
Timing is everything. The images below, via the Institute of Volcanology and Seismology - Kamchatka webcams, were taken of Klyuchevskoy volcano at dusk today. Intermittent eruptions continue.
Klyuchevskoy IVS 29 May 2017 Klyuchevskoy 2 IVS 29 May 2017

Bogoslof volcano, Alaska, USA (Philippa)
An explosive eruption at Bogoslof volcano, Alaska, was confirmed  by the US Geological Survey (USGS) to have occurred at 22:16 UTC last night. The ash plume, which reached altitudes of over 35,000 ft., was reported by both the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Anchorage and the National Weather Service Oceanic Prediction Center (NWSOPC) as being clearly visible in satellite imagery (click on the link below to see the animated images from HIMAWARI satellite - via NWSOPC). Volcanic lightning was also detected by the USGS's newly augmented array of sensors.


Sinabung volcano, Indonesia (Philippa)
Image (below) via Endro Lewa of an eruption this morning at Sinabung gunungapi (volcano) in Indonesia
Sinabung Indonesia 29 May 2017 Endro Lewa

May 29, 2017


Indonesia, Mud volcanoes, a last one today
The damage from the Indonesia, Java, Luzi mud volcano is phenomenal. All the houses closest to the volcano  have been flooded by mud, some are even disappeared.
There are a lot of doubts about the start of the eruption, about 11 years ago.  One of the most heard reasons is a drilling project.
Thanks to @GeoSciTweeps and Mark Tingay in particular

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Kilauea, Hawaii, Unites States
Lava destroying a small orchard with burning pile of tires ignited by lava in Pahoa on 28 Oct. 2014
Photo: Kyle Anderson/USGS Via Jaime Sincioco

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Etna, Sicily, Italy

May 28, 2017


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Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Philippa)
One of the volcanoes which is currently intermittently erupting in Kamchatka, far-eastern Russia.

(Image via webcam, Institute of Volcanology & Seismology, Kamchatka branch)

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Arthur's Seat, Scotland (Philippa)
Did you know that there were once active volcanoes in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland? One example is Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh, the remnant plug from within the crater of a volcano which last erupted around 342 million years ago. The surrounding edifice was eroded by glaciation, which also exposed ancient lava flows. The source of this historic volcanism was the mantle plume (hot spot), which Iceland is now located above. (Image: via @WalesDTP)

Arthurs Seat Edinburg WalesDTP

Gwadar mud volcanoes, Pakistan
Massive earthquakes in parts of Pakistan trigger many times mud volcano eruptions offshore Gwadar! The phenomena can be compared with liquefaction as shallow underground layers  are getting liquid by the strong shaking. When the pressure builds up, the mud tries to find an exit and the Pakistan coast seems to be the ideal environment to produce these strange beauties.  Often they disappear in only a couple of days or weeks. The biggest ones are, for the time they exists, the most talked about excursion for tourists.

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Sakurajima volcano, Japan (Philippa)
Small, explosive eruption confirmed this morning at Sakurajima volcano in Kagoshima prefecture, southern Japan. Image from JMA via James Reynolds (@EarthUncutTV)

Sakurajima volcano 27 May 2017 JMA

Stromboli, Eolian Islands, Sicily, Italy

Important historic volcanic events
May 26, 1879, Mount Etna, Sicily, Italy erupts along two sides of the mountain, one of most violent eruptions in historic times
Via David Bressan

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May 27, 2017


Volcano activity for the week of  May 17 until May 23, 2017
Click on the picture to be redirected to the list with all possible details

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Ebeko volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Janine)
Explosive event on  May 23, 2017

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Kilauea, Hawaii, Unites States (Janine)
The lava lake at the top of the Kilauea volcano overflows into lava tubes who are ending (after nearly a km) into the Pacific Ocean.
Image USGS Volcanoes National Park (more then worth a visit)

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Sinabung volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia
Observed eruption of 3.5 km high ash plume drifting southeast above Sinabung volcano's crater at 12:53 pm on 5/25/17- Source PVMBG/Mbah Rono
Via Jaime Sinsioco

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Poas volcano, Costa Rica
Drone image of the current activity at Poas volcano
Image courtesy OVSICORI-UNA & CICANUM-UCR

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Nishinoshima volcano, Japan
Below the tweet from CultureVolcan, a zoomed Landsat image of the current activity

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May 26, 2017


Shiveluch volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Janine)
Explosions sent ash up to 7-8 km on May 24
Courtesy kscnet

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Mount St Helens, Washington, Unites States
Keeping an eye on the volcano with instrumentation who also withstands extreme winter conditions. 3 minutes video

Rinjani volcano, Lombok, Indonesia
Mount Rinjani's 6 x 8.5 km #caldera filled partially by Segara Anak lake & new volcano in the center of the caldera
Via Jaime Sincioco

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Mud volcano, Java, Indonesia
Steam and mud eruption of the big Lusi mud volcano in Java. Far too dangerous to get closer.
Via Mark Tingay

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Mud volcano, Myanmar
This is a mud volcano island, offshore Myanmar. The mud volcano has produced its own little river and delta.
Via Mark Tingay

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Bogoslof volcano, Alaska
Look at the steamy crater lake which has now, after the volcanic explosions from a week ago, an outlet towards the ocean.

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Mount Dukono - North Molucas, Indonesia
Video made by Aris Yanto - His description :it's not so nice video, but better than nothing. Use Mi5 mobile phone and can take lighting from the Volcano. No Zoom, No Editing.
Volcano Dukono, is impresive eruption with plume sometimes about more than 700 m from the Crater.

Erta Ale volcano, Ethiopia (Philippa)
The aerial shot (below) of Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia, which was taken by Joel Santos,  was the overall winning image in the 2016 Travel Photographer of the Year awards. This basaltic shield volcano is believed to be one of the longest continuously erupting volcanoes in the world, and is characterised by lava lake activity with occasional overflows. Joel's image is currently on display in Hull, North East England, as part of the City of Culture celebrations. (via @BBC and Travel Photographer of the Year)

Erta Ale Ethiopia Joel Santos

May 25, 2017


Maly Semyachik volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Philippa)
The image (below) taken by @Bromotengger (Roberto C. Lopez)  shows the crater lake within stratovolcano Maly Semyachik in Kamchatka, far-eastern Russia. The pale, milky-blue colour of the highly acidic lake is caused by the interaction of the volcanic gases with rainwater.

Maly Semiachik Kamchatka RobertoCLopez

Taal volcano, The Philippines (Philippa)
Fieldwork photos via @INVOLCAN from the crater lake within Taal volcano in the Philippines. Here they are sampling the levels of the volcanic gases permeating through the lake waters to the surface. An increase of carbon dioxide (CO2) levels in particular would indicate either lake overturn (where gases from the bottom of the lake reach a critical level and suddenly rise to the surface as vapour bubbles) and/or renewed activity of the volcano.
Taal volcano Philippines INVOLCAN
Taal volcano fieldwork INVOLCAN

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland (Philippa)
A fieldwork photo via @HTuffen (Hugh Tuffen, Lancaster University). @subglacial (Dave McGarvie, Open University) for scale against eruption and flood deposits on the north side of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland.
Eyjafjallajokull Iceland HTuffen

Space volcanoes, outer Space (Philippa)
For any of you in the UK, Ireland, BeNeLux, or other countries able to receive broadcasts from the BBC, look out for 'Horizon: Space Volcanoes' on BBC2 tonight (23 May) at 21:00 UTC.
Click on the link below for the trailer via BBC iPlayer.
Trailer for BBC2 - 'Horizon: Space Volcanoes' - 21:00 UTC 23 May 2017
Space Volcanoes BBC2 23 May 2017

Sakurajima volcano, Japan (Philippa)
Small, explosive eruptions continue at Sakurajima volcano in southern Japan. The image (below) from the JMA webcam was posted via @wataruen and @EarthUncutTV (James Reynolds).

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May 24, 2017


Tolbachik, Kamchatka, Russia

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Vesuvius, Italy
Tourism visiting Mount Vesuvius in 1906 (the good old times ... for the rich and wealthy)
Via David Bressan

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Piton de la Fournaise, La Réunion, Indian Ocean
The volcano is sleeping in again after the recent short-lived eruption of the Northern slope.
Image shows the direction of the ground deformation during the magma intrusion - Red : stronger inflation, Green: almost no change
(Map © OVPF / IPGP)

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Rano Kau (extinct) volcano, Easter Island
A spectacular geological location is the Rano Kau Volcano, at the SW tip of Easter Island. On top a truly beautiful crater lake.
Via GeoScience

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Mount Taranaki (Mt Egmont), North Island, New Zealand
PhD research on Taranaki volcano -  Unraveling the Unrecorded Eruptive History of Taranaki
Via Geoffrey Lerner and Benjamin Simons

Historic tephra layer
Some subaqueous tephra from a 4 mya volcanic center in Idaho
Alison Graettinger @AlisonGraetting
Via Alison Graettinger

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Sinabung volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia (Janine)
2 extraordinary pictures of the Sinabung volcano (the upper one showing the dome today)

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May 23, 2017


 

Koryakski volcano, Kamchatka, Russia (Janine)
Lenticular cloud over volcano Koryaksky #Kamchatka May 15, 2017 - Photo by Valentin Spichak
Via @WeatherSarov

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Massive Rock flow in the Himalayas (Janine)
Really too good not to show.

Sinabung volcano, Sumatra, Indonesia
Jaime Sincioco @jaimessincioco wrote: Documented 4 km high eruption ash plume drifting southeast above its summit on 20 May 2017
(Source: PVMBG thru Mbah Rono)

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Kamchatka volcanoes, Russia
Roberto Lopez, a photographer, had the opportunity to fly over Kamchatka and still enjoys the fascinating landscapes he was able to see.

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Bogoslof volcano, Alaska
Before and after the eruption (watch the similarities in sea color with the El Hierro eruption). If watched carefully one can see that the island like volcano did burst open at the northern end.
Via tweet from the great volcano watcher @CultureVolcan

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May 22, 2017


Popocatepetl, Mexico
Great webcam picture from a steam and ash cloud rising high above the clouds

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Kamchatka, Russia
Surreal volcanic landscape on the Kamchatka Peninsula by National Geographic photographer Jimmy Chin.
Via @pourmecoffee

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Deadly lahars: Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

Wolf volcano, Galapagos, Ecuador

Stromboli, Sicily, Italy

May 21, 2017


Turrialba volcano, Costa Rica
Ash and steam cloud as seen last Thursday May 19
Via @culturevolcan

Reventador volcano, Ecuador (Philippa)
Images (below) posted by (Ecuadorian Civil Defense agency) ECU911 of Reventador volcano (left-hand image) and Cayambe. Ongoing ash emissions have been observed at Reventador via the webcam and satellite imagery.

Popocatepetl, Mexico (Philippa)

Below are webcam images via @SkyAlertMx and one of the seismograms from (monitoring agency) CENAPRED showing several of the recent eruptions at Popocatepetl volcano. CENAPRED reported that in the previous 24 hours there had been 23 small, explosive eruptions with emissions of steam, volcanic gas, and ash, and 79 effusive eruptions. Seismometers monitoring the volcano had also registered 20 minutes of low amplitude harmonic tremor, which is indicative of a more gas-driven, continuous eruption.


Etna volcano, Sicily
(Philippa)
Archive images, such as the one below of Etna volcano in 1886, provide useful information about the previous eruptive behaviours of volcanoes so that we may better understand their potential future eruptions.


Bogoslof volcano, Alaska, USA
(Philippa)

Since the images below (from NASA) were taken, an eruption on 16 May 2017 caused a breach of the north shore of the crater lake, and tephra deposits have extended the northeast shoreline by 300m.

This picture especially for our readers without a twitter account, this fascinating picture reminding us somewhat at the "almost surfacing" eruption of the El Hierro volcano.

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Experiment - When water meets magma
Scientists are trying to determine the potential dangerous effects of introducing water into a pressurized pocket of magma underground.

Etna, Sicily, Italy

Kilauea, Hawaii
Aerial photo report on 61G lavaflow. Picture from Bruce Omori with @Paradisecopters
Via @Vulcanojeannie

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Vulcano island, Sicily, Italy
If you would fly into Catania, Sicily you might be viewing the beautiful and active! Eolian islands. Here a glimpse from the crater of Vulcano, the Southernmost Eolian island (an absolute MustTravelTo destination including a climb to the summit of the continuously active Stromboli volcano)

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May 20, 2017


How far can volcanic ash travel? (Philippa)
Willem van der Bilt and his research group at the University of Bergen, Norway, analyzed volcanic ash found within core samples of sediments from a lake in Svalbard, Northern Norway, and matched the chemical signatures of the ash to eruptions from around 7000 years ago in Kamchatka, far eastern Russia:

Tungurahua volcano Ecuador

Volcano activity for the week of  May 10 until May 16, 2017
Click on the picture to be redirected to the list with all possible details

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Mount Ruapehu volcano, New Zealand
The beautiful image was posted by Nico Fournier, Volcano geophysicist and Head of Volcanology at GNS Science. Lake Taupo in the background.

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Janine Krippner in action :) (Armand)
Showing children volcanic stones to get them to study volcanism when they grow up. Based upon Janine's enthusiasm, the whole world would be studying volcanoes :)

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Kaikoura, New Zealand M7.8 November 14, 2016 earthquake
This superb animation shows the simulations of ground motions and tsunami wave propagation.

Volcano dykes, scientific field work, Canada
A dyke cutting through glaciovolcanic tuff-breccia in British Columbia
Via Ben Edwards @LavaIce

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Sakurajima volcano, Japan (Philippa)
Eruptions continue at Sakurajima volcano, with the latest one confirmed at 02:27 UTC today (19 May 2017). The image posted (below) on Twitter by @WeatherRUS  was taken on 17 May 2017, and is typical of the majority of eruptions from this volcano, which are small and ash-rich.
Sakurajima 17May2017 @WeatherRUS
Sinabung volcano, Indonesia
(Philippa)
The image below demonstrates one of the reasons why people continue to live next to active volcanoes despite the dangers: agriculture and livelihoods. Volcanic ash creates fertile soils, in this example for carrot farming. (Photo: Endro Lewa)
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Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea

Video describing the activity of a couple of days ago.
Thanks to Shérine

Campi Flegrei, Italy
Erik Klemetti's title speaks for itself

Everyone Stop Freaking Out Over Italy’s Supervolcano

May 19, 2017


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