The Ring of Fire is Heating up: 37 Volcanic Eruptions Right Now and Many Others Showing Increased Seismic Activity


The Ring of Fire is heating up with 37 volcanoes urrently erupting and others showing signs of increased seismic unrest.

What is the next that will blow up?

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Map showing the currently erupting volcanoes around the world as of April 28, 2017. Via

Latest volcanic eruptions:

Sakurajima volcano, Japan, April 28, 2017

Located on the Japanese Island of Kyushu, the Sakurajima volcano suddenly threw ash in the sky with a height of more than three kilometers on April 28, 2017.

This second video is kind of amazing and snaps the volano as it actuall explodes, two weeks ago:

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, it’s the first volcano eruption in the current calendar year. Last eruption took place in July 2016.

New eruption of the crater of the South East at Etna Volcano, Italy

Shortly after 18h, on April 26, 2017, activity took over on Mount Etna. Activity increased during the night, becoming strombolian.

Around 5:40, on the 27th, a lava fountain was visible, feeding a stream in the direction of the Valle del Bove.

The eruption of Nishinoshima in Japan is picking up speed

A week ago the volano started erupting for the first time after more than 1 year of calm. Now, there are newly 3 active vents, the main crater has strombolian eruptions and two new vents are erupting a flows of lava towards the South and West.

The western flow has entered the ocean. It will be interesting how long time this eruption lasts, and how much new Surface it will add to the Island of Nishinoshima.

Popocatepetl volcano explode 8 times between April 26 -27, 2017

After a week of calm, the Popocatepetl volcano emitted 40 low-intensity exhalations and eight explosions – seven on April 26 at 12:20 pm, 3:37 pm, 5:40 pm, 6:15 pm , 6:21 pm, 7:05 pm and 7:35 pm and one on April 27 at 9:24 am were identified.

Most were accompanied mainly by water vapor, gas and small amounts of ash. In addition, it was recorded 10 minutes of harmonic tremor.

Seismic unrest at Rinjani volcano, Indonesia on April 27, 2017

Since 6:30 pm, observers from G. Rinjani observed an increase in tremor’s volcanic activity, which lasted up to 2 hours. The recorded volcanic tremor signal is identical to the last eruption of September 27, 2016 at 14:45. Visitors are requested not to move within a 1.5 km radius of the crater. A notice for aviation was submitted with the yellow color code.

Sakurajima eruption april 2017
Sakurajima volanic eruption on April 28, 2017. Instagram

Mauna Loa, Hawaii inreased seismic unrest and others I forget to mention.

Here are the following eruptions and ash emissions as mentioned in the weekly report by GVP dated 19-25 April 2017:

Ibu, Halmahera (Indonesia): The Darwin VAAC reported that during 19-21 April ash plumes from Ibu rose 1.5-1.8 km (5,000-6,000 ft) a.s.l.

Kambalny, Southern Kamchatka (Russia): Moderate activity at Kambalny continued during 15-21 April. Observers in the South Kamchatka Sanctuary noted minor ashfall in the Kurilskoe Lake area on 19 April. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.

Sakurajima eruption on April 28 2017
Sakurajima eruption on April 28 2017. via Instagram

Langila, New Britain (Papua New Guinea): The Darwin VAAC reported that during 23-25 April ash plumes from Langila rose to an altitude of 2.1 km (7,000 ft) a.s.l.

Manam, Papua New Guinea: RVO reported that activity at Manam decreased on 18 April and continued at low levels through 21 April. Roaring noises came from both Main and Southern craters. Both craters were incandescent, but only Southern Crater ejected incandescent tephra, which became intense during 0900-1100 on 20 April.

Nishinoshima, Japan: On 19 April and processed by NASA’s Earth Observatory showed an area of hot lava in the crater. Observers aboard a plane passing the volcano on 21 April noted intense activity in the crater. Bombs were ejected as high as 100 m above the crater and incandescent rocks rolled down the flanks, reaching the sea. The report noted brown plumes rising from the crater and lava effusing from an area near the top of the vent.

Sakurajima eruption on April 28 2017
Sakurajima eruption on April 28 2017. via Instagram

Poas, Costa Rica: On 20 April a dense water vapor plume rose from a vent in the newly-forming pyroclastic cone at the site of the old dome in the hot lake at Poás.

Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea): During 16-17 April ash plumes from Bagana rose to altitudes of 1.8-2.1 km (6,000-7,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted N, SE, and S. Plumes drifted 55-85 km during 19 and 23-24 April.

Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia): During 14-21 April lava continued to advance down the NW flank of Bezymianny’s lava dome. A thermal anomaly was identified in satellite images during 14-17 April. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.

New Etna eruption on April 27 2017.
New Etna eruption on April 27 2017. Via Youtube video above.

Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA): On 19 April AVO noted that no new volcanic activity at Bogoslof had been detected in satellite, seismic, or infrasound data.

Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA): Lava dome extruded in the summit crater, with growth likely beginning after the last explosion on 31 March. The Aviation Color Code was raised to Orange and the Volcano Alert Level was raised to Watch.

Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia): During 19-25 April ash plumes from Dukono rose to altitudes of 1.8-2.4 km (6,000-8,000 ft) a.s.l.

New Etna eruption on April 27 2017.
New Etna eruption on April 27 2017. via Twitter

Ebeko, Paramushir Island (Russia): Eplosions on 14, 16, and 19 April with ash plumes rising as high as 3.2 km (10,500 ft) a.s.l.

Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA): During 19-25 April the lava lake continued to rise, fall, and spatter in Kilauea’s Overlook crater. Surface lava flows were active above the pali.

Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia): Weak thermal anomaly during 14-17 and 23 April. A steam-and-gas plume that rose to 5 km (16,400 ft) a.s.l. and drifted 125 km SW on 23 April contained some ash.

poas eruption april 2017
ontinuous eruption of Poas volcano sine beginning of April 2017. 26 April 2017. via Twitter

Nevados de Chillan, Chile: On 21 April a webcam recorded a steam, gas, and ash puff rising from Nevados de Chillán to 4 km (13,000 ft) a.s.l. and dispersing rapidly near the summit.

Sabancaya, Peru: Sporadic gas-and-ash puffs from Sabancaya during 18-25 April, sometimes rising as high as 8.2 km (25,000 ft) a.s.l.

San Miguel, El Salvador: 17 April, SNET reported an increase in seismicity and gas emissions from San Miguel.

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Ashfall after Poas Volano eruption on April 26 2017. Via Twitter

Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia): 15-21 April lava-dome extrusion accompanied by strong fumarolic activity, dome incandescence, ash explosions, and hot avalanches.

Sinabung, Indonesia: 20-22 and 24 April ash plumes from Sinabung rose to altitudes of 3.3-4.3 km (11,000-14,000 ft) a.s.l. and drifted SW and E.

Which volcano will blow next?

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