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Fogo volcano activity report - New satellite lava flow map

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December 31, 10:53 UTC (Armand)
Volcanologists in Fogo are reporting a slightly stronger eruption pattern since the last 12 hours

December 30, 16:54 UTC (Armand)
New map from yesterday evening based on Satellite imagery and Published by the emergency entity of copernicus.eu. The map shows still an active but less intense eruption.

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Cleck on the map to watch it in full size - Map courtesy and copyright copernicus.eu

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December 27, 13:37 UTC (Armand)
A local expert says that the the eruption may come to an end soon (source Ben Edwards)

December 27, 11:48 UTC (Armand)

December 23, 15:48 UTC (Armand)
Brand new map from yesterday evening based on Satellite imagery and Published by the emergency entity of copernicus.eu. Also to our surprise we acknowledge that the eruption is still going (at reduced rate), but that the lava is following a totally other less destructive path (West of the Crater). The flow is still present towards Portela and Bangaeira, but is channeled though a narrow lava tube and has only a minimal impact on these villages. If the eruption continues as it is now, the Mosteiras (downhill Bangaeira) does not have to fear any destruction.
About 10 to 15 houses from a small settlement called Ilhéu de Losna are now in a potentially dangerous area. They are build at the base of the rim.

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Houses who are now located in a dangerous perimeter

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December 23, 15:48 UTC (Armand): The eruption has not ended yet and the lava continues his way to lower valleys and settlements luckily at a lesser flow and speed. The situation this morning is the the  small settlement of  Ilhéu de Losna has been destroyed completely. Only 1 house which has been build up a hill survived the lava flow.


December 23, 12:34 UTC (Armand)


December 23, 11:28 UTC (Armand)
New MuzikaTV video recorded by flying with a drone over Portela and Bangaeira


December 21, 09:35 UTC (Armand)
After a relatively long silence MuzikaTV have published another video. They have used a drone to show the recent lava fields. Overlooking the flow, which is still red glowing at some points, we have to conclude that the destroyed villages of Portela and Bangaeira had really bad luck. The eruption is still ongoing but at a very reduced level.


December 18, 16:59 UTC (Armand)
Below the latest detailed Copernicus map with the lava flows until December 16. The eruption is ongoing and filling up more areas.

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December 17, 13:04 UTC (Armand)
Mainly relief funding collections in the Fogo media. More and more help gets in but surprisingly mainly from African states (like Angola) and from the earlier colonization country Portugal. Probably more is coming in but this is what we read.
Inhabitants from villages close to the volcano (Tinteiro and Cova Matinho) are reporting that the Volcanic Earthquakes are continuing and that some of these houses have been damaged by the earthquakes. The authorities are denying this but do admit at the same time that cracks in the ceiling do appear. For ER this is earthquake damage as well.
CultureVolcan mentions that based on satellite pictures, 2 lava rivers are still active.


December 15, 17:50 UTC (Armand)
Almost no news from Fogo means great news for the island. The lava flow is still active, but is hardly moving forward. No reason to evacuate more people at this time.

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December 14, 22:01 UTC (Janine)
Photos of the damage caused by the lava flows in Portela and Bangaeira released by the Asociación Canaria de Volcanología.

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología


December 13, 09:53 UTC (Armand)
A team of the University of Cabo Verde has reported that the eruption is more or less stable after having considerably decreased the last couple of days.  For those among you understanding Portuguese the below video is talking about it in detail


December 12, 19:05 UTC (Armand)
And yet another impressive Photovolcanica video from Richard Roscoe showing the fogo eruption at night at his best. Enjoy!

December 12, 13:05 UTC (Armand)
Wow what a new superlative lava video from Dr Richard Roscoe (www. photovolcanica.com). 2 minutes 54 seconds of lava action and certainly one of the best video's published so far.
Richard wrote : After crossing tremendously hot lava deposits it was possible for a short time to get really close to the lava flows of Fogo volcano near their source where they are at their hottest and most fluid. The ground was so hot that the soles of my shoes were smelling of burning rubber and the feet of my tripod melted. Further downstream, the flows sadly destroyed the settlement of Portela.

December 12, 11:06 UTC (Armand)
OCHA (United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) latest Fogo report
* The Chã das Caldeiras area has been evacuated following the eruption of Pico Fogo Volcano on 23 November and access restricted since 7 December by Civil Protection authorities due to increased volcanic activity and increased concentration of SO2 and CO2 gases.
* Updated figures indicate that 1080 persons have been displaced and are currently housed in temporary accommodation centres, shelter units built after the 1995 eruption, and with host families.
* Local authorities are working on a contingency plan for the possible evacuation of Cutelo Alto and Fonsaco areas. According to analysis provided by the local scientific community and international experts in Fogo, if the lava flow reaches Fernão Gomes, it may descend the north-east side of the volcano. An additional 2109 people would in this scenario need to be evacuated and require temporary accommodation and assistance. Presently, in the worst case scenario, at the decreased current flow rate, the lava would reach the area of Fernão Gomes within 7 to 10 days, according to experts.
* As a preventive measure, the Civil Protection has identified the area surrounding the football stadium in Mosteiros as a location where 20 tents sent by the Civil Protection in Praia to Fogo could be set up, should there be a need to host displaced people in the worst case scenario. About 60% of the 2109 persons have accommodation with host families and have started evacuation of their belongings spontaneously. There is no official evacuation order.
* According to reports from the Civil Protection, approximately 95% of the community of Portela and 70% of the community of Bangaeira has been destroyed.
* About 450 hectares of land have been destroyed, including about 120 hectares of various crops. Crops have been lost and livestock also perished.
* Volcanic activity continues, although no immediate threat to human health is reported.
* Humanitarian assistance is ongoing. Displacement will continue for a period of time to be determined as conditions in Chã das Caldeiras are not safe for return.

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- 2109 people have potential risk of displacement
- 1080 people are displaced from Chã das Caldeiras area
- 933 people receive assistance in displacement sites
- 100 buildings have been destroyed
Read the full article here

December 12, 00:46 UTC (Armand)
A short but great video from Marc Szeglat recorded during the first days of December.


December 11, 16:54 UTC (Armand)
An American? organization? started a Fund-raising campaign for the affected Fogo people. They set a goal of 500,000 US$ and have collected so far 27,500 $. The campaign looks legitimate and we ask our Cabo Verde readers to tell us immediately if it isn't. Why are we saying this. Although the goal is well aligned, the responsible persons behind it are a) not specified and b) we have no address at all of the organization who promises to give the money. We say this mainly because we have the experience that after major disasters fake fund-raising campaigns are getting a lot of money. It's a business like another it appears :).
Update 12 December 11:49 UTC :  ER received the following message from the people behind the Fund-Raising :
"We've launched a new website that explains a great deal more of what the Fogo Fund is about and how we plan to help the people of Cha and Mosteiros. I'm hoping you can take a look at www.fogofund.org and learn more about my wife, Linda, and myself, and why we are raising these funds. If you agree with what we're doing, we would very much appreciate an updated post on Earthquake Report.

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December 11, 16:54 UTC (Armand)
- The President of the Cabo Verde Islands has proposed to his citizens of his Republic to donate 1 day salary to the people of Fogo
- The earlier mentioned VAT tax hike with 0.5% will almost certainly be accepted by the political parties
- The United Nations coordinator for Cabo Verde, Ulrika Golinsky, is looking into the most urgent needs for the eruption affected people
- The greater caldera area is still no-go and guarded by the police and military. The main reason are the dangerous toxic gases.

December 11, 09:40 UTC (Armand)
Why have we heard so little about the devastating Cape Verde volcano (in the International press) ?
Around 60 volcanoes erupt in the average year. On any particular day, there are usually about 20 volcanoes erupting somewhere in the world. Naturally, they can’t all make headlines. But when there are human tragedies involved, we need to question the priorities of the news media.
Contrast the fuss about eruption warnings in Iceland with the vanishingly low media profile of the current eruption on Fogo, one of the islands in the Cape Verde archipelago off the coast of West Africa.
In Iceland, great fears of an ash cloud eruption that could down or ground aircraft subsided as the magma broke surface beyond the ice and fed a large and spectacular but pretty harmless fissure eruption across a remote and uninhabited region.
On the other hand, since Fogo’s eruption began on November 23 it has so far destroyed two villages and the homes of more than 1,000 people.
Read the full article here

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Earthquake-report.com comment : Based on our experience with volcano eruptions and earthquakes, the truth is fairly simple. If Reuters, AFP, DW, AP, etc are not covering the story, the world will not know about it. 98% of the world press are copy/paste journalists for subjects like these. Disasters and specific niches of science require specialized journalists. These journalists should at least know the basics of geology and volcanism. Even with a microscope they are really hard to find. So our opinion : shame on you international press. Oh yes, some fatalities would help getting attention (cynical remark)

December 11, 09:35 UTC (Armand)
Below the Copernicus map with the lave flows seen by satellites on December 9.

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Click on the map to watch it in full size - Credit: copernicus.eu


December 10, 13:30 UTC (Armand)
The map below has been published 20 hours ago and shows the situation of the lava flow front on December 8. Colors refer to different dates of the lave flow.
The lava flow seems to have decreased considerably nut nevertheless people living in lower settlements have started to move their belongings into safer places.

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December 9, 16:35 UTC (Armand)
Wow! What a beauty. Close by volcano video footage - Even closer would melt the camera 🙂 - All this thanks to the Involcan scientists (Canary Islands)

December 9, 14:59 UTC (Armand)

December 9, 13:14 UTC (Armand)
In honor to the scientists working at the field and making sure nobody is getting hurt during this tragedy. Fogonews, whom we will especially thank for their continuous following of the eruption, has labeled them "science". They are of course in Portuguese, but if you understand Spanish, you will understand large parts of it. In between the interviews you will see some not yet published material. INGT (Cabo Verde) and Involcan (Canary Islands)  are working together on this eruption.

December 9, 11:24 UTC (Janine)
The Cabo Verde Government is increasing the Value Added Tax (VAT) on most goods and services from 15% to 15.5% to help the displaced residents. This will become effective in 2015 and aims to help rebuild the devastated villages, repair infrastructure, and aid economic activities on Fogo Island.

December 9, 09:24 UTC (Armand)
Below the lava flow map updated until yesterday. The map from 02:16 (possible trajectory) posted by Janine is the extension of the this real flow trajectory map. The map shows clearly that the relatively narrow lava streams went right through the village. Why did people exactly build the village on that location. The answer is probably a water rich fertile valley (one of the only areas without earlier thick lava layer coverage)

Image courtesy and copyright copernicus.eu

Image courtesy and copyright copernicus.eu - Click on this image to watch it in full size

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December 9, 02:16 UTC (Janine)

The Asociación Canaria de Volcanología has posted a map showing possible lava flow directions and areas affected. The red areas are those already affected by the flow and the yellow areas are the possible flow routes for the near future. The thicker lines represent a higher likelihood of the lava traveling along that path.

Courtesy of the Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of the Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

December 9, 00:52 UTC (Armand)
Below a new Cabo Verde evening news video. The images are still impressive. The lava front is on his way to Fernao Gomes with an incredible speed of 20 to 30 meter per minute. Considering the flow we see on the video, we are not surprised. The destroyed villages on the video are Portela and Bangaeira


December 8, 23:23 UTC (Armand)
This page is brand new as Janine and myself decided that the Fogo volcano should have a page from its own, just like we did it for our El Hierro reporting. If the page gets too long, an archived part will be made and the link to it will be at the bottom of this page.
We invite our users to assist us in gathering information whatever this information can be.
This page should best be kept open in a browser tab as it will refresh every 30 minutes.

December 8, 21:41 UTC (Janine)
The below two maps posted by the Asociación Canaria de Volcanología shows the progression of the lava flows (the lava flow is NOT the red colored but the pastel colors).

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología

Lava flow extent on Dec 7. Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología.

Lava flow extent on Dec 1. Courtesy of Asociación Canaria de Volcanología.

December 8, 15:47 UTC (Armand)
The Prime Minister of Cabo Verde will publish an order to evacuate new areas on the island due to what he says is "increased (lava flow) activity" of the volcano. Almost the whole volcano caldera is being blocked by the military as nobody may enter it except geologists and volcanologists, a decision the population does not agree. More and more people are criticizing the authorities for the way they are handling the evacuation.

December 8, 15:29 UTC (Armand)
It is feared that due to the steeper slope and the flood increase speed some locations as Tinteira (municipality of Santa Catarina), Relva, Achada Grande and other nearby locations in the county of the Mosteira may be endangered. Geologist Sonia Silva of the University of Cape Verde said that at present it is impossible to make predictions as to whether the lava in its descent of the volcano and before eventually reaching the sea will hit Monte Velha or places like Tinteira, Relva, Achada Grande and Corvo all located in the northeast of the island.

Image courtesy and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands

Image courtesy and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands

December 8, 11:52 UTC (Armand)
70% of the second village, Bangaeira, has now been destroyed by the lava flow. 1700 people had to be evacuated and lost all their houses. Volcano destruction insurance is non-existent in Cabo Verde, in other words this is a real catastrophe. Urgent help from the international community is needed
Current situation : The lava is still flowing strongly and is on his way to Ferdinand Gomez (Fernão Gomes). Some houses in Bangaeira have been spared because they were build against some higher part of the hill. The slow front is now narrower than yesterday and goes downhill in 2 different narrower fingers.


December 7, 21:48 UTC (Armand)
Dramatic image from Portela. The village currrently being engulfed is Bangaoeira. After that, and if the eruption goes on like it is now, the topography of the crater will lead the lava to the Ocean, but that will take many days. No other villages on his path for some time.

Image courtesy and copyright Fogo News, Cabo Verde

Image courtesy and copyright Fogo News, Cabo Verde

December 7, 17:25 UTC (Armand)
After destroying Portela, the lava has now reached Bangaeira. Bangaeira is the village downslope Portela. Bangaeira has been build against the same slope. How far the magma will continue is unsure. The good news is that the distance to another village is very far.
May we ask the International Media why they are not covering this dramatic eruption. 2 villages are being completely destroyed and the world doesn't know anything. These people should be helped asap and housing should be constructed. Cabo Verde is a developing country and will have a hard time to pay for the expenses. An idea : charge 50$ to every Tourist departing from Cabo Verde Sal to support the communities of Portela and Bangaeira.
This Fogo News video (in Portuguese) was broad-casted an hour aga and describes the destruction in Bangaeira. The volcano footage which goes with the discussion of the anchorwoman with the reporter is the same as the video below, which is the reason why we haven't embed it.

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December 7, 09:12 UTC (Armand)
A new very active Lava front has engulfed almost the whole village of Portela the last couple of days. Compared to the slowly advancing lava from the last week, the current lava flow is much more fluid and makes that the front of the new outbreak advances at a higher speed. The video below is very recent and was part of the Cabo Verde news yesterday Saturday

Image courtesy and copyright David Calvo @Teideano

Image courtesy and copyright David Calvo @Teideano


Smithsonian volcano report

Fogo | Cape Verde
According to news articles the eruption from Fogo's Pico cone inside the Cha Caldera continued during 26 November-2 December. In the morning of 30 November the eruption intensified; lava travelled at a rate of 20 m/hour and caused the closure of the only alternative route between the national park and Portela, the main town in the caldera. Authorities warned all residents in the caldera to evacuate. Lava destroyed almost 25 homes, a large area of agricultural land, the Parque Natural do Fogo museum, and other infrastructure. By 2 December there were two lava fronts. After about 24 hours of minimal advancement, the rate of advancement increased; lava overtook several more houses, a school, and a hotel.


December 4, 17:30 UTC (Armand)
@CultureVolcan reports that the Fogo eruption has strongly decreased and that the destructive flow has (maybe temporarily) stopped. This means, at least for now, great news for the Portela inhabitants who's houses have survived the current flow. The eruption at Fogo is Strombolian, which means short lived strong eruptions.

December 4, 12:11 UTC (Janine)

December 4, 10:36 UTC (Armand)
That´s the way the #Fogo #volcano #eruption looks as an IR image (pre-processed) (Source Involcan, Canary Islands)

Image courtesy and copyright Involcan

Image courtesy and copyright Involcan

December 4, 09:19 UTC (Armand)
Below a map from INGT showing the situation of the lava flows along the Fogo volcano as it was yesterday morning in the Portela area

Click on this image to watch it in the original size

Click on this image to watch it in the original size


December 3, 18:10 UTC (Armand)
Involcan (Canary Islands) video of IR measuring of the erupting lava

December 3, 15:52 UTC (Armand)
It must be tragic to watch your house be engulfed by the slowly moving magma. So far, all efforts to deviate an AA lava flow have been unsuccessful. The lava makes concrete crumble like paper.

Image courtesy  and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands

Image courtesy and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands

December 3, 12:22 UTC (Armand)

Beautiful image made by the Involcan scientists - image courtesy and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands

Beautiful image made by the Involcan scientists - image courtesy and copyright Involcan, Canary Islands


December 2, 17:35 UTC (Armand)
The lava flow did not spare the school, the hotel and many houses.
Today being the worst of the 10 ten days from the start of the eruption. So far 57 houses (37 today only) were destroyed, 51 tanks and about 30 hectares of land have been consumed by the lava.

December 2, 14:48 UTC (Armand)
ESA Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano. Located on Cape Verde’s Fogo island, the volcano erupted on 23 November for the first time in 19 years and has been active ever since. Lava flows are threatening nearby villages, and local residents have been evacuated. Radar scans from the Sentinel-1A satellite are being used to study the volcano. The image above – an ‘interferogram’ – is a combination of two radar images from 3 November and 27 November, before and during the eruption. Deformation on the ground causes changes in radar signals that appear as the rainbow-coloured patterns.
Read the full article here

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December 2, 12:43 UTC (Armand)
Dramatic scenes this morning as more and more houses are eaten up by the cruel AA lava flow. The video below has been captured only a few minutes ago.

December 2, 10:48 UTC (Janine)
MODIS (on the Aqua satellite) image of Fogo volcano, Cape Verde, showing gas plume (faint blue-grey streak) acquired on Nov 29.

Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

Image courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory

December 2, 10:29 UTC (Armand)
When Pico do Fogo erupted on 23 November the first indication from a satellite came from SEVIRI on Meteosat-10 at 11:30 UTC. SO2 was detected from SEVIRI, and also AIRS on NASA's Aqua satellite, with an initial estimate of around 14 kilotonne (kt).
Read the full article here

Image courtesy and copyright Eumetsat

Image courtesy and copyright Eumetsat


December 1, 15:24 UTC
Harsh conditions at the FOGO volcano. The INVOLCAN team is forced to wear masks to protect themselves. Involcan also reports that the eruption becomes more explosive with lots of ash being ejected.
3 houses have been destroyed by the Lava Flow last night alone.

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New lava flow addition red). To the North the main part of Portula (still spared from destruction)

New lava flow addition red). To the North the main part of Portula (still spared from destruction) - Click on the image to watch the full size

Image courtesy and Copyright Involcan

Image courtesy and Copyright Involcan


November 30, 19:59 UTC
The lava flow is entering bit by bit in Portela and destroys everything which it finds on his path, here the building of the National Park headquarters


November 29, 14:03 UTC
Involcan volcanologists are cooperating with the local scientific people in measuring all kinds of data. On this picture an Involcan scientist is measuring the temperature of the eruption with an IR (Infra Red) instrument

Image courtesy and Copyright Involcan, Islas Canarias

Image courtesy and Copyright Involcan, Islas Canarias

November 29, 09:50 UTC
The images below are showing the extend of the current lava flow.

Images courtesy INGT

Images courtesy INGT

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November 29, 00:16 UTC
Incredible night scenery eruption video at Fogo, enjoy the beauty of nature - thanks to local MuzikaTV


November 28, 16:18 UTC
Again impressive eruptive explosions in the main vent. The eruption is intensifying at this moment, but the major part of Portula will probably escape devastation which is great news. The lava flow is now heading towards the hill above Portula. Unfortunately nobody will be able to predict at this time whether the flow will start again in the direction of the village or the other side. One thing is sure, you cannot do anything to deviate this thick layer of AA lava.
There are live images right now below this link

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November 27, 16:47 UTC
It is almost certain that a big part of the village of Portela will be destroyed by the advancing Lava. The flow advances slowly but as the feeder volcano is still erupting at full force high volumes of lava, it will be only a couple hours before the first houses of the village will vanish.
Follow the livestream here (we want to congratulate the video team at Fogo to regularly livestream images and to publish videos of this spectacular eruption).
Update 17:11 UTC : Unfortunately the LIVE event has just ended but save the link or let your browser tab active as LIVE footage will often restart. If your speakers are open, you will hear the sound of the commentator or other sound when it starts again.
Update 17:27 UTC : We are LIVE again

http://new.livestream.com/muzikatv/fogo

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November 27, 16:24 UTC

November 27, 15:46 UTC
Brand new video of some eruptive activity this morning. The video last 20 minutes has been shot a a distance but shows spectacular lava explosions with huge lava bombs.

November 27, 12:40 UTC
Volcano eruptions are great nature events for us followers but have a cruel side-effect for those living alongside them. This happened today in Fogo (the people did evacuate most of their belongings luckily) - Picture initially published @ Culture Volcan

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November 27, 11:49 UTC


 

Smithsonian volcano report

Fogo | Cape Verde
According to news articles an eruption from Fogo's Pico cone inside the Cha Caldera began in the morning on 23 November after increased activity detected in the previous weeks and felt earthquakes by residents the night before. The eruption started at a vent on the WSW base of Pico cone, near or at where explosions originated in 1995, and then rose from multiple vents. The activity was characterized by explosions, lava fountains, and ash emissions. About 700 people evacuated from Chã das Caldeiras and the local airport closed. During the afternoon on 24 November workers removed items from the national park headquarters and by the evening lava had overtaken the building. Lava flows had crossed a main road and taken down communication poles. The Toulouse VAAC noted that a cloud observed in satellite images composed mainly of sulfur dioxide drifted over 220 km NW at an altitude of 9.1 km (30,000 ft) a.s.l. Ash in the cloud was detected at lower altitudes. By 25 November the lava flow was 4 km long.


 

November 26, 00:37 UTC
Another great video from the action on the third day. The AA lava flow is thickening further. An unusual view in Fogo is that the people who had to evacuate their houses are now sitting in the open air on a slope next to the new lava field.


November 25, 09:49 UTC
New Video shows that 3 vents are active and are emitting lava and ash at full strength. Some lava bombs are really huge. Especially the sound of the emitted ash is impressive.


November 24, 16:43 UTC
And another great video of this powerful Strombolian eruption. The lava type is AA lava

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November 24; 14:31 UTC
The best eruption video so far

November 24; 10:25 UTC
The Fogo eruption on Cabo Verde islands resulted in the evacuation of hundreds of residents and the closure of a local airport.

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Video of the eruption captured by a local islander


November 23, 15:10 UTC
The volcano's last eruption was in 1995. The eruption started this morning at 10:00 local time (11:00 UTC).
The volcanologists had enough precursors to send an evacuation call to the people living near the volcano. Signs of increased activity were recorded since many weeks and even months.
The eruptive cloud was detected by the VAAC from Toulouse. A red aviation alert has been issued for the region around the volcano. There is almost NO ash in the air at this moment (see VAAC image below)
As there are NO live links with the instruments on Fogo, we can only guess on what is happening. Fogo has normally Strombolian eruptions. Strombolian eruptions are powerful lava fountains when the eruption starts but are mostly limited in time, lava flows are a normal part of it.
The best website to follow this eruption is the one from Observatório Vulcanológico de Cabo Verde (OVCV)

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Comments

  1. Thanks for this comprehensive site. I followed it for quite some time, having been in Cha das Caledeiras just two weeks before the eruption, and having seen it from the island of Santiago later.
    The eruption now seems to have "officially" ended: http://www.asemana.publ.cv/spip.php?article107423&ak=1

  2. In orange is the type of soil: Aglomerado consolidado, not the lava flow. The map of the lava flow in 8 december is this. http://emergency.copernicus.eu/mapping/system/files/components/EMSR111_01FOGOISLAND_GRADING_DETAIL01-MONIT05_v1_100dpi.jpg

    • Armand Vervaeck says:

      Thank you Diana, Have updated the maps and made the necessary corrections (Armand)

  3. Excuse me, you have post a map from INGT which shows the extend of the lava flow until 1 december, but you say that it shows the lava flow until 7 december. That´s wrong. This is the map and the site where it was post in Facebook. (Sorry for my english). https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=322776554580203&id=307892599401932

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