Eruptions at Sinabung and Merapi (Indonesia), Fuego (Guatemala), Kanlaon (Philippines) and Erta Ale (Ethiopia)


Everyday new volcanoes erupt. Here a summary for December 14, 2017: 

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Sinabung eruption on December 14 2017. By Nachelle Homestay

Sinabung volcano, Merapi volcano, Agung volcano, Indonesia

The Sinabung volcano erupted three times on Dec. 14th followed by at least 28 flank avalanches.

The volcanic seismicity at Agung volcano is similar to previous days with with 3 VA volcanic earthquakes, 4 VB volcanic earthquakes, 32 emission earthquakes and a continuous tremor of dominant amplitude at 1 mm. The ejected plumes reach about 1,500 meters above the summit and nocturnal glow is observed. The ratio of magma emitted has decreased since the end of November, and only 1/3 of the crater is filled with lava.

Meanwhile, at Merapi volcano, two hikers who had lost their way due to bad weather, were found unharmed by the SAR teams, and finally evacuated. The volcanic activity of the volcano however remains stable, without increase in seismicity, and any deformations.

Fuego volcano, Guatemala

After the Santiaguito yesterday, it is now another Guatemala’s volcano that makes the headlines. The explosive activity of Fuego volcano increased on Dec. 14th ejecting strong ash columns 4,500-5,000 meters asl during long-lasting vulcanian-type explosions. Ash drifted 15 km towards NW, N and NE and fell onto San Miguel Duenas, Alotengango, and Ciudad Vieja.

Kanlaon volcano, Philippines

The Kanlaon volcano in the Philippines is always on Alert level 2, but was rattled by an impressive 1,217 volcanic earthquakes in the past 24 hours. White plumes of steam are constantly being puffed by the volcanic peak and the flux of sulfur dioxide was measured at 687 tonnes / day on December 13th.

Officials are closely following the volcano instability.

Erta Ale, Ethiopia

Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia has now three lava lakes more or less connected. The summit lava lake is very agitated and a new active zone is forming on the flank of the volcano.

Last satellite image (Dec. 10) shows a strong degassing of the caldera pit crater and a thermal activity at the lava zone on the flank and in the northeast lava field. via Sylvain Chermette/ 80 jours voyages

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