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This report is compiled out of many information sources and is brought to you by volcanologist Philippa (Demonte). Armand (Vervaeck) is backing her up as Philippa is sometimes too busy professionally to post updates.


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Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: 11 July - 17 July 2018
Via Smithsonian Institution - Global Volcanism Program / US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program

Ibu | Halmahera (Indonesia)
PVMBG reported that during 10-15 July white-to-gray plumes rose 200-800 m above Ibu’s crater rim. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to stay at least 2 km away from the active crater, and 3.5 km away on the N side.

Krakatau | Indonesia
PVMBG reported that an event at Anak Krakatau was recorded at 1722 on 15 July that generated an ash plume that rose 700 m and drifted N. An ash plume from a 44-second-long event recorded at 1651 on 16 July rose 500 m and drifted N; thumping and vibrations were noted at the PGA observation post. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4); residents and visitors were warned not to approach the volcano within 1 km of the crater.

Nevados de Chillan | Chile
Servicio Nacional de Geología and Minería (SERNAGEOMIN) Observatorio Volcanológico de Los Andes del Sur (OVDAS) reported continuing activity during 11-17 July associated with growth of the Gil-Cruz lava dome in Nevados de Chillán’s Nicanor Crater. Seismicity consisted of long-period events and tremor associated with explosions. The webcam recorded pulsating white gas emissions, nighttime incandescence, and intermittent ejection of ballistics from explosions. A local M3.7 earthquake recorded at 2055 on 13 July was associated with an explosion, and located 430 m below Nicanor Crater. Another earthquake associated with an explosion was recorded at 1530 on 14 July. The event was a local M3.9 and occurred at a depth of 1.4 km. Weather conditions inhibited visual observations of the crater, though a thermal camera measured increased thermal output with a max temperaturs of 300 degrees Celsius. A third earthquake, a M3.8 located at a depth of 1.8 km, was recorded at 0324 on 15 July. Incandescent material was ejected 340 m high. These three explosions partially destroyed the lava dome, ejecting material onto the N and NE flank. The Alert Level remained at Orange, the second highest level on a four-color scale, and residents were reminded not to approach the crater within 3 km. ONEMI maintained an Alert Level Yellow (the middle level on a three-color scale) for the communities of Pinto, Coihueco, and San Fabián.

Oraefajokull | Iceland
After a series of meetings between the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the University of Iceland, and Iceland Geosurvey, the Iceland Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management stated on 13 July that Öræfajökull has shown clear signs of unrest for at least the past year and a half. The report noted ongoing inflation and increased seismicity, despite a decrease in geothermal activity since December 2017. The volume change since the beginning of the unrest was about 10 million cubic meters, likely from an injection of new magma.

Piton de la Fournaise | Reunion Island (France)
OVPF reported that inflation at Piton de la Fournaise began at the beginning of July. An abrupt seismic increase was detected at 2340 on 12 July, coupled with rapid deformation. Tremor beneath the N flank appeared at about 0330 on 13 July and gradually increased, and webcams recorded the emergence of lava at 0430. The eruption originated from four fissures which had a total length of 500 m, and were located upstream of Chapelle de Rosemont. Tremor intensity peaked at 0600. By 0800 all four fissures were ejecting lava as high as 20 m, and ‘a’a flows had traveled over 200 m. The most upstream fissure was inactive by 1230. After a period of decreasing tremor and pulsating gas emissions the eruption ended at 2200. Strong seismicity continued to be recorded on 14 July, but then decreased over the next two days. The lava flows covered about 400 m of the trail leading to the summit.

Sierra Negra | Isla Isabela (Ecuador)
Based on satellite data and wind model data, the Washington VAAC reported that on 11 July gas-and-ash plumes from Sierra Negra rose 3.7 km (12,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted almost 85 km W. Gas plumes on 13 July drifted N, NW, and SW. On 16 July gas plumes with minor amounts of ash rose 2.4 km (8,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW. Incandescence was visible in webcam images.

Villarrica | Chile
POVI reported that webcam images captured a powerful vapor plume rising from Villarrica at 1047 on 16 July. Tephra was deposited on the inner crater walls.

July 19, 2018


Kilauea volcano, Big Island, Hawaii, USA (Philippa)
Here at Earthquake-Report.com, it saddens us greatly to hear that 13 people have been injured, including one person who was air-lifted to hospital with a serious pelvic/leg injury, as a result of their tour boat being hit by a lava bomb.

Coast guards currently have a 300 m (recommended) seaward exclusion zone from the shoreline at Kapoha, south-eastern Big Island, where lava flows from fissure 8 are currently entering the ocean. As reported by us only yesterday and countless times before, the thermo-chemical reaction of hot lava mixing with cool ocean water can cause secondary volcanic hazards, including littoral explosions, which is exactly what happened in this incident.

via Mileka Lincoln (@MilekaLincoln) / Ikaika Marzo / Kalapana Cultural Tours

Although the tour boat operator had been vetted by coast guards, clearly they ventured within 300 m of this stretch of shoreline.

Villarica, Chile (Philippa)
This has not been confirmed by monitoring agency SERNAGEOMIN, but another organisation reports that they have observed some activity, including ash emissions, from Villarica volcano in the Pucon area.

via P.O.V.I. (@povi_cl)

Nevados de Chillan, Chile (Philippa)
Meanwhile, monitoring agency SERNAGEOMIN are still concerned about Nevados de Chillan, which is still on orange alert. It is currently winter time in Chile, and Nevados de Chillan is a popular location for skiing and other outdoor pursuits. An eruption at this time of year could cause rapid snow and ice melt, and the biggest concern other than explosivity in the summit area, is therefore the potential for lahars. SERNAGEOMIN therefore asks tourists and other visitors to the area to make themselves aware of the volcanic hazard maps for Nevados de Chillan, to stay informed via the official channels, and to follow any instructions given by the local authorities, which includes (Chilean Civil Defense) ONEMI.

Nyiragongo, Democratic Republic of Congo (Philippa)
If you live in the UK or other countries which have access to BBC iPlayer, just a reminder that Episode 1 of the award-winning tv programme 'Expedition Volcano' will expire at 9 p.m. GMT tonight (17th July).

The programme featured a team of international geo-scientists, a medical doctor specializing in tropical diseases, and a former marine soldier (as the safety officer) as they investigated Nyiragongo volcano and its past, current, and potential future impacts on the nearby city of Goma (population: 1 million). The programme also featured members of Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO), a local journalist, former rebel fighters, and the widows of park ranger killed trying to protect the gorillas in nearby forests.

Nyiragongo is one of only six volcanoes in the world that has an activity lava lake, and of these, Nyiragongo has the largest. The volcano is unusual in that it has flank eruptions of very low-viscosity (i.e. runny and fast-flowing) lava. During its last eruption the lava flows swept through Goma, destroying buildings and infrastructure, and cutting the city into three. The combined effects of people fleeing the volcanic activity, coupled with civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the humanitarian crisis that had spread from across the border from Rwanda lead to poor sanitary conditions and a massive outbreak of cholera, which killed thousands.

'Expedition Volcano' showed not only how the geo-scientists' latest tech ideas could help expand GVO's monitoring capabilities, but how Civil Defense are helping with preparedness for future eruptions with evacuation drills, and how the inhabitants of Goma themselves are showing resilience.

via BBC iPlayer:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b09hlzbb/expedition-volcano-series-1-episode-1

Active lava lake within the caldera of Nyiragongo

From left-right: Aldo Kane (@AldoKane - explorer; rigging; security), Dr Xand van Telleken (@xandvt - medical doctor and tropical disease specialist), Professor Jeff Johnson (@BoiseStateGeos - researcher: volcano seismology and infrasound), Dr Kayla Iacovino (@kaylai - researcher: volcano gas; experimental petrology), Professor Chris Jackson (@seis_matters - researcher: structural geologist). This is the scene when the expedition team reach the summit of Nyiragongo and look down into the crater at the active lava lake. Xand asks the volcanologists if this is just a typical day in the office for them, to which they respond with much glee that, no, this is a pretty spectacular volcano!

Professor Chris Jackson abseiling down from the crater's edge of Nyiragongo. In the background we can see the active lava lake and the tents on tier 2 within the crater where Chris and a select handfull of others camped for a couple of nights whilst making observations, taking rock samples, and testing novel ways of additionally monitoring Nyiragongo volcano.

Mt. Etna, Sicily (Philippa)
I know that you love to look at volcanoes (see below for some great shots), but I personally am equally as fascinated by the sounds that volcanoes make, particularly in using their seismo- (through the ground) and aero-acoustic emission to monitor eruptions. Here we have the first of two examples of some volcano belly rumbles. Either turn up the volume on your computer, or better still, listen to this wearing headphones.

via Boris Behncke (@etnaboris)

Krakatau, Indonesia (Philippa)
...and here is a second example of some of the sounds made by a volcano, this time at Krakatau, and at a much greater distance away from the volcano than in the previous example.

With regards to aero-acoustics, volcanoes emit low-frequency sounds that are below the human level of hearing (infrasound: less than 20 Hz), but which can be detected by animals, e.g. as vibrations via their whiskers (dogs). Low frequency sounds have longer wavelengths, and therefore these sounds travel further than high frequency sounds, which have shorter wavelengths. In the case of Krakatau, the acoustic emissions from this volcano's 1883 eruption were so low, but so loud that they were heard as far away as Australia!

Mt. Ngauruhoe, Lake Taupo, New Zealand (Philippa)
A great shot of Mt. Ngauruhoe, aka Mount Doom in 'Lord of the Rings', which is a vent of Mt Tongariro in the Taupo volcanic complex. Ngauruhoe last erupted in 1977, and with the exception of some short-lived, increased counts of seismic activity during three weeks in 2015, has since been relatively 'quiet'.

Via Jo Mohi Photography / Great Lake Taupo NZ (@GreatLakeTaupo)

Mount Kelud, East Java, Indonesia (Philippa)
Another fantastic volcano photo, this time taken on a trip to Mount Kelud, which last erupted unexpectedly in 2014.

via Gunung Bagging (@gunungbagging) - taken on 14th July 2018

Colima, Mexico (Philippa)
...and the great fieldwork photos of volcanoes just keep coming. The one (below) of Colima was taken by a volcanology PhD student, who is based at UNAM.

via Xavier de Bolos (@xbolos)

July 17, 2018


Kilauea volcano, Big Island, Hawaii, USA (Philippa)

Summit area:
A collapse/explosion event occurred yesterday (Sunday 15th July) at 03.26 a.m. local time with energy equivalent to a M5.2 earthquake. The on-going series of collapses of the walls of Halema'uma'u Crater, which then cause the active vent to choke, build up pressure, and explode, are now forming a smaller caldera within the larger Kilauea caldera, is due to subsidence caused by the magma draining out of this part of the system and diverting down the East Rift Zone (ERZ).

via Hawaiian Volcano Observatory / USGS (@USGSVolcanoes)

In the latest image of Kilauea's summit area (above), we can see both how the middle of Halema'uma'u Crater has radically slumped compared to a few months ago, and the coverage of the ash fall from the on-going collapse/explosion events, including over the US Geological Survey's (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) and Jagger Museum (lower, centre) and Ka'u Desert (top, right). Personnel from HVO have been re-located to a building elsewhere, and the Jagger Museum and this part of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park remains closed.

Video regarding on-going damage to the HVN Park infrastructure due to the on-going subsidence activity. Via Big Island Video News:

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2018/07/12/video-hawaii-volcanoes-national-park-closure-update/

HVO report that the seismicity caused by continued downward subsidence is increasing, and they are expecting the next explosion/collapse event to occur sometime today.

Sulfur dioxide emissions at the summit area remain low compared to along the Lower ERZ, which is further evidence of the migration of the magma away from the summit area.

Below is a link to a time-lapse video of Kilauea's summit area, with one image from every day between 14th April - 11th July 2018. It starts from the time when there was an active lava lake overflowing onto the floor of Halema'uma'u Crater, and then captures the draining of the lava lake and subsequent collapse/explosion events.

via Hawaiian Volcano Observatory / US Geological Survey:

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/multimedia_uploads/multimediaFile-2418.mp4

HVO report that Halema'uma'u Crater is now seven times larger than it was before the start of this subsidence, and that subsidence is occurring at a rate of at least 1 m per day.

Lower East Rift Zone (LERZ):

Video showing the formation of a cinder cone as a result of the build-up of material from Fissure 8 lava fountaining. Via Hawaiian Volcano Observatory / US Geological Survey. In this video we can also see a small whirlwind:

https://volcanoes.usgs.gov/observatories/hvo/multimedia_uploads/multimediaFile-2417.mp4

Lava flows continue to be active along an active perched channel from Fissure 8 in the LERZ, although these flows ceased briefly following the collapse/explosion event at the summit area early yesterday (Sunday 15th July) morning.

A channelized a'a lava flow is entering the ocean just west of Kapoho Crater, and has formed a lava delta extending approximately 800m from the former shoreline. It should be noted that not only is this delta unstable and subject to possible collapses, but there are also magma-sea water interactions occurring underwater beyond the visible delta which sight-seeing boats need to be aware of. The chemical reaction between the hot lava and cool sea-water creates secondary hazards, including laze (hydrochloric acid steam), which can cause skin and eye irritation and respiratory problms. In addition, the hot-cold interaction can also result in explosive activity with flying shards of lava fragments and lava sand.

The other margins of the lava flows from Fissure 8 were reported yesterday to be approximately only 1 km away from Isaac Hale Park.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory and staff from other U.S. Geological centres continue to map the flow margins and make other observations, including of cracks forming in the area of Highway 130. This information is then being reported to the Hawaii County Civil Defense, who in turn are monitoring the situation with respect to required road closures and evacuations for local residents.

See the link below for a video of a public meeting with local residents in Pahoa (south eastern area of Big Island, Hawaii) from 10th July 2018. Via Big Island Video News:

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2018/07/11/video-volcanic-eruption-public-meeting-held-in-pahoa/

Thermal imaging map showing part of the lava flow route from Fissure 8 to the main ocean entry. Via Digital Globe / USGS / HVO (@USGSVolcanoes)

July 16, 2018


Piton de la Fournaise, Réunion
Video of the fissure eruption captured yesterday
(via @SherineFrance)

Kilauea, Hawaii, USA
Video from Thursday. Just as the continues earthquakes, also the fissure eruption keeps going. It will probably stop when something important happens at the main crater. How long can this continue? Nobody knows, hours, days, weeks, months even years. let's hope it ends soon for the sake of the people living in the fissure zone.

July 12, 2018 Aloha Oe Ahalanui-Kua O Ka La from Mick Kalber on Vimeo.

Etna, Sicily, Italy

July 14, 2018


Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: 4 July - 10 July 2018
Via Smithsonian Institution - Global Volcanism Program / US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program

Agung | Bali (Indonesia)
PVMBG reported that the eruption at Agung continued during 4-10 July. Sulfur dioxide flux was 1,400-2,400 tons/day on 3 July and 400-1,500 tons/day on 4 July. Satellite data acquired on 4 July indicated continuing lava effusion in the crater, with 4-5 million cubic meters effused in the past week. At 1220 an ash plume rose 2.5 km above the crater rim and drifted W. An event was detected at 2216, though an ash plume was not visible possibly due to poor viewing conditions. At 0047 on 5 July an ash plume rose at least 1 km and drifted W, and an event at 1633 produced an ash plume that rose 2.8 km and drifted E and W. A small event was detected on 6 July. According to BNPB a third Strombolian event occurred at 0522 on 8 July, generating an ash plume that rose 2 km. They noted that 4,415 evacuees were housed in 54 evacuation centers. An ash plume rose from the crater at 1120 on 9 July and drifted W. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4) and the exclusion zone was stable at a 4-km radius.

Ambae | Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department reported that the recent eruption at Ambae’s Lake Voui was characterized by three phases of activity: Phase 1, September to late November 2017; Phase 2, late December 2017 to early February 2018; and Phase 3, February to April 2018. A fourth phase, which began on 20 June, consists of gas-and-steam emissions sometimes with ash; an ash plume on 1 July caused ashfall on the NW and W parts of the island and also on the NE part of Santo Island. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 0-5), and the report reminded residents to stay at least 2 km away from the active crater.

Ibu | Halmahera (Indonesia)
Based on satellite images and PVMBG (a ground observer) notices, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 6 July an ash plume from Ibu rose to 2.1 km (7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to stay at least 2 km away from the active crater, and 3.5 km away on the N side.

Karangetang | Siau Island (Indonesia)
Based on analyses of satellite imagery and model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 4 July a diffuse ash plume from Karangetang rose to an altitude of 3 km (10,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted ENE. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4).

Krakatau | Indonesia
VMBG reported that during 4-5 July there were four ash-producing events at Anak Krakatau, each lasting between 30 and 41 seconds. Inclement weather conditions prevented an estimation of the ash-plume height from the event at 0522 on 4 July; ash plumes from events at 1409, 1425, and 1651 on 5 July rose 300-500 m above the crater rim and drifted N and NW. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4); residents and visitors were warned not to approach the volcano within 1 km of the crater.

Saunders | South Sandwich Islands (UK)
Satellite data acquired during 1 January-9 July periodically (a few times a month) showed volcanic plumes originating from Michael on Saunders Island. A thermal anomaly was last detected on 3 April 2018.

Sierra Negra | Isla Isabela (Ecuador)
IG reported that a new magmatic intrusion at Sierra Negra was heralded by a M 5.2 earthquake recorded at 1830 on 4 July, and followed by 68 events between M 1.1 and 3.9. Seismic tremor began to be recorded at 1700 on 7 July by a station on the NE edge of the caldera. At the same time satellite data showed an increase in the intensity of the thermal anomaly on NW flank (it had decreased the previous day). Parque Nacional Galápagos staff confirmed strong incandescence in an area near the beach. A weak plume of water vapor and ash rose as high as 3.3 km (10,800 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW and W. Tremor continued to be registered on 8 July, though the amplitude gradually decreased. Vapor-and-ash plumes reported by the Washington VAAC rose about 2 km (6,600 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW, and the thermal anomaly remained intense. Gas clouds drifted 115 km W.
The current eruption at Sierra Negra began on 26 June and, according to news articles, prompted tourist restrictions and the evacuation of 50 residents.

July 13, 2018


Volcan de Fuego, Guatemala (Philippa)
It has been just over a month since the devastating eruptions at Fuego volcano, which generated pyroclastic density currents (avalanches of hot volcanic gases, ash, and other plume fall-out) and lahars (fast-flowing floods of water, volcanic ash, and other debris). The effects are still very much on-going.

via Matthew Watson (@Matthew_Watson)

The first image is a view looking down Las Lajas Barranca, and shows pyroclastic flow deposits. The two plumes have been caused by collapse of eruption material, assumed to be from the barranca wall. The right-hand side shows (road) RN-14, which has been dug out since it was inundated by the eruption on 3rd June.

The second image shows the tail end of a lahar in the Guacalate River. Viewpoint from a bridge just north of Sarita on the RN-14 road.

In the Tweet (above), journalist Daniel Guillen Flores shows the national route RN-14 road being excavated after being inundated by volcanic ash and other debris in the 3rd June eruption.

This Tweet from Javier Juarez shows a comparison of two sites in the Las Lajars before (left-hand images) and after (right-hand images) PDCs raged through.

Statistics from CONRED (Guatemalan civil defense) regarding the 3rd June 2018 eruption of Fuego (@ConredGuatemala). The top half of the poster shows statistics regarding local inhabitants, including the 113 people who died in the eruption and the 332 people who are still reported as missing. The lower half of the poster shows statistics regarding infrastructure, including the effect on roads and bridges, electricity power lines, and schools.

Several of our volcanology friends and acquaintances from the UK, Mexico, and Ecuador have just been or still are in Guatemala at the moment assisting their Guatemalan counterparts at INSIVUMEH and (Guatemalan civil defense) CONRED, in particular with mapping the extent of PDCs and lahars as part of the post-eruptive response to aid continuing relief efforts and generate revised volcanic hazard maps.

via Matthew Watson (@Matthew_Watson) (Bristol University Drone Development Initiative)

From another image taken by Matthew (see below), we can see approximately how thick the PDC deposits are in some areas by the fact that they almost entirely inundated building. Everything in the village to the right of the image was completely buried.

via Matthew Watson (@Matthew_Watson) - taken at San Miguel Los Lotes on 25th June 2018

The UN have reported the important role of local women in playing a key role in the resilience of the Guatemalans affected by the eruption of Fuego:

http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/stories/2018/6/news-guatemalan-women-rescue-reconstruction-and-resilience-after-volcanic-eruption

Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia (Philippa)
Mount Agung on the far eastern side of the Indonesian island of Bali had a small eruption around 12:50 local time on 6th July. Volcanic ash was emitted, but the eruption plumes were not high.

via Oystein Andersen (@OysteinLAnderse)

Note that the image above was taken from a distance with a zoom lens.

4,894 local residents self-evacuated as a precaution and went to a refuge point, although this was not necessary this time.

By the evening of 6th July the ash emissions had ceased, but a glow was visible at the summit area, which was most likely due to the heat from effusive eruptions of new magma into the crater.

via Oystein Andersen (@OysteinLAnderse)

By yesterday (7th July 2018), activity was back to 'normal' at Agung.

via Oystein Andersen (@OysteinLAnderse)

Visitors to Bali are reminded that there is currently a 4 km exclusion zone around Agung. Please do not venture within this. If you are going to the east of the island, as a precaution, take a face mask with you in case of an eruption with ash emissions, and make sure that you are familiar with the updated volcanic hazard map, particularly if you are venturing near a river that leads from Agung, as these may still be prone to lahars in the event of heavy rainfall. In the event of further eruptive activity, passengers should first contact their airline before heading to the airport to check on their flight status.

Tourist areas elsewhere on Bali remain unaffected, and all airports, including the international airport on Bali, are operational as normal at the moment.

Steamboat Geyser, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA (Philippa)
Some great videos are starting to show up on social media of an eruption on 6th July 2018 of Steamboat Geyser, which is one of the biggest geysers in the world.

via jsj1771 / YouTube

Bear with this video, which is half an hour long, but nicely shows the pre-play phase of the geyser before it fully erupts. During this phase, the geyser system has completely re-charged (with water) and heated to its boiling temperature for this altitude, but the pressure has not been fully released at the surface, and so most of this superheated water remains in its liquid phase. Pre-play is characterised by excess water run-off at the surface and effusive steaming as gas bubbles gently rise to the surface.

Eventually more and more steam bubbles rise at a faster rate to the surface, causing a runaway effect, a release of pressure at the top of the geyser conduit, and then a full-on eruption. In the case of Steamboat Geyser there is also a transition from fountain-type activity to more intensive steam jetting, until the geyser's system eventually empties of water and the surface activity ceases as the system starts to re-charge with water and heat up again.

July 8, 2018


Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: 26 June - 3 July 2018
Via Smithsonian Institution - Global Volcanism Program / US Geological Survey's Volcano Hazards Program

Agung | Bali (Indonesia)
PVMBG reported that seismicity at Agung continued to be dominated by low-frequency events. The number of earthquakes increased from 15/day on 25 June to 69/day on 28 June; harmonic tremor emerged on 27 June, and at 2221 an event generated an ash plume that rose 2 km above the crater rim and drifted W. Gas-and-ash emissions were continuous during 28-29 June, rising around 2 km and drifting W and SW, and incandescence was reflected in the plume; satellite data confirmed that high-temperature (1,200 degrees Celsius) lava flowed onto the crater floor. The intensity of the thermal anomaly on 29 June was the largest recorded at Agung since the beginning of the eruption on 21 November 2017.
BNPB noted that the ash plumes on 28 June caused some airlines to cancel flights to Bali, and ashfall was reported in several villages on Bangli. The International Gusti Ngurah Rai (IGNR) airport (60 km SW) in Denpasar, the Blimbing Sari Airport (128 km W) in Banyuwangi, and the Noto Hadinegoro Airport (200 km W) in Jember closed for portions of the day on 29 June.
Lava continued to effuse, and by 1 July the estimated volume of new lava was 4-5 million cubic meters making the total volume erupted since 21 November 2017 around 27-28 million cubic meters (50% of the total crater volume). The height difference between the lowest part of the crater rim (SW side) and the highest part of the lava surface (in the center of the crater) was 85-90 m. Satellite data showed that the intensity of the thermal anomaly decreased during 28 June-2 July, though still remained at a high level. At 2104 on 2 July an explosion generated an ash plume that rose 7-9 km above the crater rim, and ejected incandescent lava as far as 2 km onto the flanks. News articles noted that the deposits caused forest fires on the upper flanks, and that the event prompted about 700 people to evacuate. An event at 0413 on 3 July generated an ash plume that rose around 2 km. The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a scale of 1-4) and the exclusion zone was stable at a 4-km radius.

Great Sitkin | Andreanof Islands (USA)
AVO reported that after the brief explosion at Great Sitkin on 10 June seismicity gradually declined to background levels. On 27 June AVO lowered the Volcano Alert Level to Normal and the Aviation Color Code to Green.

Halmahera (Indonesia)
Based on satellite images and model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that on 27 June an ash plume from Ibu rose to 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted W. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4), and the public was warned to stay at least 2 km away from the active crater, and 3.5 km away on the N side.

Krakatau | Indonesia
PVMBG reported that white plumes were seen rising as high as 100 m above Anak Krakatau during infrequent periods of clear weather from 27 June to 3 July. Incandescence from the summit was observed at night during 1-2 July. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 1-4); residents and visitors were warned not to approach the volcano within 1 km of the crater.

Sierra Negra | Isla Isabela (Ecuador)
Based on video and photos shared by Parque Nacional Galápagos staff, IG reported that the eruption at Sierra Negra that began at 1340 on 26 June originated from several fissures on the N flank and one within the caldera. The flank flows reached the sea between Elizabeth Bay and Punta Morena. A gas-and-ash plume rose about 10.5 km and drifted W. Seismic and acoustic data indicated a gradual decrease but continuing activity on 27 June. A small seismic event was recorded at 1552 on 1 July, followed by at least four hours of tremor. At 1600 national park staff observed lava flows on the NW flank.

Yasur | Vanuatu
The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department reported some stronger explosions at Yasur during 27-28 June. Based on webcam images the Wellington VAAC reported that on 29 June intermittent, low-level ash plumes rose to an altitude of 1.8 km (6,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted NW. The Alert Level remained at 2 (on a scale of 0-4). VGO reminded residents and tourists that hazardous areas were near and around the volcanic crater, within a 395-m-radius permanent exclusion zone, and that volcanic ash and gas could reach areas impacted by trade winds.

July 7


Mount Agung, Bali, Indonesia (Philippa)
For the first time since the eruptive crisis at the end of 2017, Mount Agung on the Indonesian island of Bali for a short time this week emitted eruption plumes, which caused some concern.

via MAGMA Indonesia (https://magma.vsi.esdm.go.id/)

The main activity, featuring thick white emission plumes to elevated heights of around 1.5-2.0 km above the summit area, occurred on 27th and 28th June. The plumes contained small amounts of volcanic ash, which were dispersed in south and south westerly directions.

The image below shows ash fall within rain, which was observed by (monitoring agency) PVMBG in Puregai Village around 7 km from the summit area.

via Sutopo Puro Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN)

Communities around Agung and climbers, visitors and tourists were reminded of the 4 km exclusion zone around the volcano's summit, and communities living around rivers in the vicinty of Agung were reminded to be vigilant about the secondary hazard of lahars should there be heavy rainfall. Around 300 inhabitants from hamlets around the volcano temporarily self-evacuated to 3 centres.

A VONA (Volcano Observatory Notifivation to Aviation) was issued by PVMBG at 15:01 on 27th June with an Orange Alert, with a follow-up VONA also with an Orange Alert at 08:00 UTC on 28th June. As a precaution, 3 airports were temporarily closed for nearly a day: Ngurah Rai International airport on Bali, and regional airports Blimbing Sari in Banyuwangi and Noto Hadinegoro in Jember. Around 446 flights equating to almost 75,000 passengers were affected (including a friend of ours, a volcanologist, who ironically was on holiday on Bali at the time). Following a decline in the emission plume by yesterday (29th June) afternoon, all three airports were re-opened and are now operating as normal again.

The seismic data observed by PVMBG indicates that there were around 5 instances of increased emissions on 27th June lasting between 70-292 seconds, with a main eruption around 22:21 local time. From around 14:00 on 28th June until around 04:00 on 29th June there was continuous tremor, which then sharply declined thereafter. The seismic signals correspond to the emissions plumes observed from Agung, which as of this morning have been weak and effusive.

With regards to the other signals monitored by PVMBG:

  • Deformation - inflation, without any deflation phases, of around 5 mm has been observed since 13th May 2018 until now. This is far less than the inflation of 6 cm of uplift which was observed between September-October 2017 upfront of last year's eruptive crisis. Inflation is indicative of increasing pressure from magma (and gases) within a volcanic system.
  • Gas - a flux of around 200 tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) per day is being measured from Agung. SO2 is indicative of new magma coming up within a system.
  • Satellite imagery - thermal hot spots were observed on the latest images of the summit area captured on 28th June. These were shown to have a maximum thermal energy of around 819 MegaWatts, which is the largest observed since the December 2017 erupative crisis (which was around 97 MegaWatts). The satellite imagery and observations of incandescence (glow) at night time from the summit of Agung are indicative of new, effusive lava within the summit crater.

Via Sutopo Purwo Nugroho - Incandescence (glow) observed at the summit of Mt. Agung on the night of 28th June 2018 under moonlight

Via MAGMA Indonesia - night of 28th June 2018

Note that there were some increased emissions also on 13th June, but these were short-lived in comparison to this week's activity at Agung.

Mt. Gunung is currently at Alert Level III (standby).

For any of you due to visit Bali on holiday, the advice is: take a face mask with you just in case of further activity which may cause respiratory irritation, and check flights before travelling to the airport. Bali is otherwise safe to visit. Mt. Agung is on the east of the island, and is therefore not near most of the tourist areas.

Anak Krakatau, Lampung Province, Indonesia (Philippa)
Cinder cone island Anak Krakatau, which is one of the four volcanic islands which formed within the 1883 caldera (collapsed volcano) of Krakatau, has been displaying an increase in eruptive activity since 18th June. The activity has been relatively small-scale, and is fine to observe outside of a 1 km (oceanic) exclusion zone around the cone. Anak Krakatau is currently at Alert Level II (stay alert).

via Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (@Sutopo_PN)

June 30, 2018


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  2. Are there any volcanic action around Mexico City?

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