Eruptions at Marapi (Indonesia), Karymsky and Shiveluch (Kamchatka) and Copahue (Chile – Arg) volcanoes

Several volcanoes have started erupting around the Ring of Fire. Here the latest reports for June 4 2017.

Eruptions at Marapi (Indonesia), Karymsky and Shiveluch (Kamchatka) and Copahue (Chile) volcanoes.

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The Marapi volcano in Indonesia erupted several times on June 4, 2017. Photo by Ian Piliang

Gunung Marapi, located west of Sumatra, erupted several times on June 4, 2017. This volcano is not to be confused with the Merapi on Java.

According to the PVMBG, the first eruption occurred at 10:10 am, accompanied by a plume rising 300-400 meters in the air. The second explosion, more powerful, took place at 10:22; the ash plume rose to 600-700 m. A third one followed at 10:46 with a plume of ash and gas rising to over 400 meters above the summit.

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The 3 Marapi eruptions sent plumes of ash and gas several hundred meters in the air. via Twitter

Official sources describe these eruptions as typical for Marapi, including ballistic projections around the crater and the emission of ash plume but rarely accompanied by pyroclastic flows. The Marapi is on alert II since August 3, 2011. The alert level has remained unchanged since then with aprohibited zone of 3 km. radius around the crater.

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Pyroclastic flow at Shiveluch volcano in Kamchatka, Russia on June 3, 2017 at 12h58 – photo Volkstat.ru

The volcanic activity has started again at Karymsky volcano after a period between January and May of inactivity.

On 4 June, the KVERT reported a plume of ash rising to 2,000 meters asl. before drifting for 85 km to ENE. The aviation code is orange, as ash explosions can occur at any moment, accompanied by ash plumes more than 5 to 6 km. height.

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During the June 3 eruption, the main crater at Shiveluch volcano collapsed. Photo Volkstat.ru

Again in Kamchatka, the Shiveluch volcano ejected a plume of ash and gas to an undetermined height at 11:35 local on June 3, 2017. Pyroclastic flows hae also been observed on the flanks of the volcano. Satellite data show that the plume of ash and gas has already drifted more than 135 km southeast of the volcano. This must have been a very powerful explosion, which partially destroyed the old crater.

The alert level has been raised to Yellow for the Copahue volcano in Chile on June 3 2017
The alert level has been raised to Yellow for the Copahue volcano in Chile on June 3 2017

Meanwhile on the boarder between Chile and Argentina, the alert level of Copahue has been raised to Yellow on 4 June following an increase in energy and size of the ash plume emanating from the main crater.

Do you remerber this humanoid volcano in Chile too?

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  1. The COPAHUE Volcano is not in Chile. It’s located in Argentina, the Argentinian Patagonia (Province of Neuquén). It is being monitored by the National Geological Service in Chile, but the volcano is in Argentina, in the Andes mountains, close to the border with Chile.

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