Red Alert at Bogoslof Volcano, 6 explosions at Colima volcano and enhanced volcanic activity around the world

After a small Christmas break, volcanoes are rumbling again around the world.

On December 27, 2016, the Aviation Color Code and the Alert Level at Bogoslof Volcano were raised to RED and WARNING, respectively, while the Colima volcano ejected ash at least six times.

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bogoslof eruption on December 27, 2016 Picture by US Coast Guard Alex Haley

An ash-producing eruption started at 14:05 AKST (23:05 UTC) on December 27, 2016 and is continuing as recorded by seismic data on nearby islands, by lightning, and as seen in recent satellite images.

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Animation showing ash dispersal. via USGS

Satellite images suggest that two explosions occurred within one hour. The first eruption sent a plume of ash at about 10,000 meters (30,000 ft asl) in the air. The second wasn’t so powerful. Regional winds are from the west-southwest. 

AVO reports: We are raising the Aviation Color Code to RED and the Alert Level to WARNING.

In Mexico, the Colima volcano has experienced several explosions on December 27, 2016.

Yes, really impressive!

Colima eruption on December 27, 2016.
Colima eruption on December 27, 2016.

Ash plumes were reported rising between 1,000 and 3,000 meters above the summit (2:07 > 2km; 6:21 > 1 km; 11:09 > 2 km; 1:36 p.m. > 2km; 2:58 p.m. > 3 km; … 23h39 > 2.5 km)

Colima eruption on December 27, 2016.

Meanwhile, three weak explosions with gray ash plume rising to 3,000 meters asl were reported at Guatemala’s Santiaguito volcano. Between these explosions, a constant white degassing was recorded.

3 explosions and constant degasing at Santiaguito volcano on December 27, 2016.
3 explosions and constant degasing at Santiaguito volcano on December 27, 2016.

The Sabancaya volcano, in the Arequipa region of Peru, also made a comeback overnight sending ash and smoke as far as 3,500 metres into the sky, affecting the neighbouring areas of Cabanaconde, Tapay, Lari, Madrigal, Pinchollo, Maca and parts of Achoma.

An earlier explosion was registered last Friday when Sabancaya sent a plume of smoke 2,500 meters into the sky.

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