Boglosof upgraded to red alert, Sabancaya to orange alert, Fuego explodes 4-6 times/hours, Nevado del Ruiz increasing unstability.
The volcanic unrest continues.
Boglosof volcano, USA
Seismic data from nearby islands detected a volcanic signal from Bogoslof volcano starting at 21:18 AKST today (6:18 UTC Jan 4) lasting ~5 minutes. Moreover, a series of lightning strikes were identified by the World Wide Lightning Location Network. An eruption cloud as high as 33,000 ft has been detected in satellite data. AVO is therefore raising the Aviation Color Code for Bogoslof to RED and Volcano Alert Level to Warning.
Fuego Volcano, Guatemala
Today morning, there has been an increase in the eruptive pattern of the volcano Fuego. Currently, there is an average of 4 to 6 explosions per hour of moderate character, generating an ash column of about 4,900 meters (16,076 feet). The plumes are dispersing between 12 and 15 kms west and south-west of the crater. Moderate avalanches are are also notified.
Ash falls were reported in Panimaché I and II, Morelia, Hagia Sophia, Villa Palo Verde, Sangre de Cristo, San Pedro Yepocapa.
Although the seismic activity shows that the energy of the explosions has considerably decreased, a sudden increase in the hours or the days to come should not be excluded.
Nevado Del Ruiz, Colombia
The various monitoring parameters show that the Nevado del Ruiz volcano remains unstable. The volcano continues to emit significant amounts of water vapor and gases, including sulfur dioxide (SO2).
The column of gas, steam and sometimes ash, reaches a maximum height of 1200 m measured at the top of the volcano on 02 January 2017. The Alert level stays at yellow or (III): changes in the behavior of volcanic activity.
The Scientific and Technical Committee recommended raising the alert level to orange for the Sabancaya. The Committee emphasizes a gradual increase in Sabancaya activity, which is reflected in the number of explosions per day (52 events) and reduced displacement parameters (DR) values (711 cm2 per day on average).
They also note that 14 hybrid type earthquakes are recorded every day, indicating the appearance of new volumes of magma towards the surface.
Columns of gas and ash have been observed up to 4500 meters above the crater, which have spread over more than 40 km. Different villages in the valley of the Colca were touched – such as Maca, Achoma, Yanque and Chivay – as well as to the west and northwest of Sabancaya – districts of Huambo, Cabanaconde, Pinchollo, Lari, Tapay and Madrigal.
This means defense to approach the volcano within a radius of less than 12 km due to the sharp increase in the number of explosions.
AND GET PREPARED, you never know were and where it will happen next!