Volcanic update: Seismographs go crazy at Rinjani (Indonesia), new eruption at Ibu (Indonesia) and Karymsky (Russia), important SO2 emissions over Ambae (Vanuatu), Kilauea (Hawaii) and Sierra Negra (Galapagos), strong incandescence at Villarica (Chile)


Here the latest volcanic news with some new eruptions at Ibu (Indonesia) and Karymsky (Russia) and some updates about the ongoing volcanic activity at Rinjani (Indonesia), Ambae (Vanuatu), Kilauea (USA), Sierra Negra (Galapagos) and Villarica (Chile).

Seismographs going crazy on Lombok, Indonesia

The M6.4 earthquake on July 28, 2018 was followed by an amazing 280 aftershocks (at 30.07 / 10:00 local) ranging between M5.7 and M2.1.

Seismometers are going crazy after the M6.4 earthquake near Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island Indonesia, rinjani seismograph july 2018
Seismometers are going crazy after the M6.4 earthquake near Rinjani volcano on Lombok Island Indonesia. Picture by BNPB

Many landslides were reported on the slopes of Rinjani volcano, situated just a few tens of kilometers away from the epicenter, stranding more than 500 hikers… Their evacuation in helicopters was sheduled for today.

Sources: media

New lava flow and explosions at Ibu volcano, Indonesia

In the Moluccas, a Volcanodiscpovery team observed numerous explosions and a new lava flow on the western flanks of Gunung Ibu.

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Ibu volcano eruption July 2018. Picture by Volcano Discovery

Seismicity has been high for the last few days. Only on July 28th, 113 eruptive earthquakes, 129 emission earthquakes, 45 avalanche earthquakes, and 4 distant tectonic earthquakes were reported. On July 29, these numbers even increased with 125, 136, 32 avalanche events, and 4 distant earthquakes, respectively.

Here a video showing Ibu activity from 27. to 29.Nov. 2015:

Sources: 29 Jul 2018 – Vona28 Jul 2018 – Vona

Karymsky volcano erupts in Kamchatka

In Kamchatka, the Karymsky volcano shows a high volcanic activity ejecting ashes since July 14, 2018. On July 29, the emissions of ash and steam rose 1,500-2,000 meters asl., drifting 33 km to the southeast of the volcanic peak.

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Karymsky volcanic ash eruption in July 2018

These ash emissions are still ongoing dispersing over 92 km to the northeast.

Source: KVERT

High sulfur emissions reported at Ambae (Vanuatu), Kilauea (Hawaii) and Sierra Negra (Galapagos Islands)

An image of the Suomi NPP / OMPS satellite of 29.07.2018 summarizes the sulfur dioxide emissions of volcanic origin in the Pacific.

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SO2 emissions over the Pacific ocean: Bottom left: Ambae volcano. Center-up: Kilauea volcano; Right: Sierra Negra volcano. Picture by Suomi NPP / OMPS satellite image taken on 29.07.2018

Observable is an important SO2 plume associated with the July 26-27 eruptions on Ambae, as well as SO2 emissions from the East Rift Zone of Kilauea and of Sierra Negra, which are still erupting.

Villarica incandescence is growing bigger

On July 29, 2018, a short window in the cloud cover shows the summit of Villarica with incandescence; it is stronger than that observed in recent days, and shows two active orifices.

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Villarica summit incandescence is growing up.

A video of the crater that is filling up:

There is maybe a larger eruption building up. Keep safe! Be aware! Be prepared!

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