Is the Ring of Fire heating up again? Volcanic eruptions of Agung, Sinabung, Krakatau (Indonesia), Nevados de Chillan (Chile) and Sakurajima (Japan)


On May 12, 2019, many volcanoes around the Ring Of Fire very active, spewing lava, ash and gas hundreds of meters abover their craters. Here a summary of the most potent eruptions:

volcano, eruption, may 2019, photo, video, Activité de l'Agung, du Sinabung, du Krakatau, du Nevados de Chillan et du Sakurajima
Volcanic eruptions of Activité de l’Agung, du Sinabung, du Krakatau, du Nevados de Chillan et du Sakurajima.

Agung volcano eruption, Indonesia – Red Alert

Agung erupted on May 12, 2019 at 22:29 local time. The explosion lasted
2:16 minutes and was accompanied by a low-amplitude rumbling noise.

The Vona has gone red, despite the discretion of the eruption (VAAC Darwin).

The height of the plume could not be determined due to cloud cover. The Agung is on alert level 3, with a danger zone of 4 km radius.

Agung - 12.05.2019 - photo Cho Hamsyonk / Twitter
Agung volcano eruption. Picture via Cho Hamsyonk / Twitter

Eruption of Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

Sinabung’s activity is increasing in strength since the eruption of May 7, 2019, which sent an ash plume 2km in the air before falling on several villages around the volcano.

On May 11, 2019 at 20:39 local time, seismograms recorded an eruption with a maximum amplitude of 9 mm that lasted 33 minutes.

Sinabung - 11.05.2019 / 21h06 - photo Sadrah Peranginangin
Sinabung eruption on May 11, 2019. Picture by Sadrah Peranginangin

On May 12, 2019, at 12:33 local time, another explosion lit up the summit of the volcano.

Anak Krakatau eruption, Indonesia

At Anak Krakatau eruptions continue but with decreasing intensities. 

On May 12, 2019, 21 eruption earthquakes and 17 explosions were recorded by the PVMBG. Moreover, 12 low-frequency earthquakes and two harmonic earthquakes were recorded.

Anak Krakatau - seismicity of 12.05.2019 - Doc.  Magma Indonesia
Anak Krakatau seismicity on May 12, 2019. Diagram via Magma Indonesia

On May 12, 2019 at 12:20 local time, the volcano erupted during 152 seconds with a maximal amplitude of 58 mm. The VONA is orange.

Explosion of Nevados de Chillan, Chile

The Sernageomin reports an explosion on May 12, 2019 at 20:03 local time, which partially destroyed the summit dome.

Nevados of Chillan - 12.05.2019 - webcam Sernageomin
Nevados of Chillan eruption on May 12, 2019. Picture via webcam Sernageomin

The eruption was associated with an LP earthquake (dynamics of internal fluids).

An incandescence related to the emission of gases and pyroclastic materials of high temperature, as well as deposits in the vicinity of the crater are observed.

Sakurajima eruption, Japan

The Sakurajima volcano erupted on May 13, 2019, at 1:46 pm local time, with a plume of ashes rising straight in the air before drifting towards NSN.

Sakurajima 12.05.2019 / 1:46 pm LOC.  - JMA webcam
Sakurajima volcano eruption May 13, 2019. Picture via JMA webcam

Here some videos of the May 12, 2019 eruption:

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