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Kamchatka’s Karymsky volcano unleashes 3100 meter ash cloud- aviation alert code orange

March 16, 2012 – KAMCHATKA


"Karymsky volcano, erupting in Kamchatka, alert level has been raised to a Code Orange threat to aviation, although all routes on the peninsula are stretched so that the planes do not appear in the action zone of active volcanoes.  The height of gases and ash that accompanies the eruption has reached three thousand one hundred meters above sea level. Lava has been detected oozing from the slopes of volcano.



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Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano rocked by major explosions, noise heard 14 km away

March 20, 2012

Tungurahua Volcano (Ecuador): new eruption and ash fall

Tuesday Mar 20, 2012 16:39 PM | Age: 11 hrs


" Another series of explosions has occurred early today at Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador, the Instituto Geofísico (IG) reports. The eruption was reported to be very noisy and caused minor ash fall in nearby villages, but no damage.

From 23:39 (local time) on March 19, a rapid increase of tremor was detected and observers reported roaring noises from the volcano in up to 14 km distance. About an hour after the onset of tremor reports of ash fall came from El Manzano and Choglontús.



Volcanologists watch increase of activity at Mount Iliamna

update...March 20, 2012

"MOUNT ILIAMNA - Mount Iliamna is showing more seismic activity than normal, so scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) are keeping an eye on it.

AVO upgraded Iliamna to a code yellow at the beginning of March after an increase in earthquakes and gas emissions.

It's been about 16 years since Mount Iliamna has shown this kind of activity.

The fumaroles, or gas vents, near the summit usually produce about 100 tons of carbon dioxide per day. Now that's up to 1,000 tons per day."

read more at...


14 more emissions reported at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano

update March 19, 2012

"March 19, 2012 – MEXICO - The Popocatepetl volcano registered 14 exhalations of low intensity accompanied by water vapor, gas and a low amplitude spasmodic tremor, reported the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred).  In its latest report, the agency of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that the exhalations of greater intensity occurred yesterday 13:30 and 22:42 hours.



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Main stream media still keeping quiet.

How many are erupting at the moment?  :-\

Not much use for a no smoking sign i guess ...

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Increase in seismic activity at Montserrat volcano forces zone closure

March 23, 2012  Update...


Above: activity at the Soufriere Hills volcano (Photo: GIS)

By the Caribbean Journal staff

"An “noticeable” increase in seismic activity at the Soufirere Hills Volcano has resulted in the closure of the Zone C area near the volcano, which had been reopened for daytime entry in December.

Dr Paul Cole, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, told a radio station Friday that it was a precautionary measure as authorities continue to monitor the volcano.

“Following two volcano-tectonic swarms on the March 22 and 23, 2012 involving 49 and 54 events respectively, mild ash venting began at Soufriere Hills Volcano at around 8:00am local time on March 23,” the MVO said in a statement.

Read the story here....


Awakening? 7.4 Mexico earthquake sets off seismic swarm at San Salvador volcano

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"March 22, 2012 – SAN SALVADOR – The National Service of Territorial Studies, which is known as SNET is reporting that 8 earthquakes have rattled the San Salvador Volcano which is located northwest of the capital city of San Salvador- a population of about 540,000 people. An emergency declaration has been declared at the volcano as a precautionary measure. .

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More tremors recorded near Mt. Etna’s slopes

March 22, 2012  update

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"AGI) Palermo - New earth tremor last night on the southern slope of Etna, in the same area where tremors had already been felt yesterday afternoon.



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activity in Yellowstone

Clintonville Wisconsin -- be sure to search the terms ... "marathon wisconsin volcano" ... "caldron reservoir" .. and "lake superior volcanic" . The nuclear power plant to the east is called the Kewaunee plant .. all these sites have ONE thing in common... deep earth shafts... pumped or filled full of water.... add in craton/plate pressure and a bit of deep earth magma surge underneath the plate as it gets pushed by the Pacific unrest... and you get underground explosions in Wisconsin near a dormant volcanic site.

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Batu Tara volcano in Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia erupts

March 26, 2012


"INDONESIA – According to the regional VAAC, the Batu Tara volcano has erupted and is emitting a dense ash cloud. The aviation alert-status for the region has been raised to orange. Batu Tara volcano is located 50 km north of Pulau Lembata in the Flores Sea. The crater is in the middle of the island with dimensions of 900 m x 700 m. The uninhabited island of Batu Tara is the steep-sided summit of an active stratovolcano and has a small summit crater which is open to the east. The base of the island lies about 3,000 meters below sea level. Batu Tara is the northern-most active volcano in the Adonara Pantar sector of the Sunda arc.–The Extinction Protocol"


Intensification of activity at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano – 33 emission events in 24 hours

March 26, 2012


"MEXICO - The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours the Popocatepetl volcano registered 33 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that on Saturday one of these incidents occurred at 22:29, 23:21 and 23:56 hours on Sunday while they were at 5:14, 5:41 and 8:32 hours. In a statement, adding that Cenapred at 08:42 hours, an earthquake of low magnitude was followed by 96 minutes of spasmodic tremor segments, while the other parameters concerning the volcano remain unchanged.  -Cronica  (translated)"



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Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano emits 3 km ash cloud amidst explosions

March 27, 2012 update


Eruptive column above Tungurahua volcano reaching about 2 km height and heading towards the northeast. March 26, 2012, 09:30 (local time), L. Troncoso - IGEPN

"Tungurahua volcano's activity has been increasing, Ecuador's Instituto Geofísico reports. Throughout the morning of March 26, a constant column of steam and ash was rising from the summit crater, reaching up to 3 km height and drifting towards the northeast, where ash fall occurred. Ash fall was significant in the San Francisco and Black River areas, and mild in Baños, the Ventanas en Runtún, Juive, Pondoa, Puntzán and Cusúa sectors.


Guatemalan volcanoes increase activity

March 26, 2012

"Guatemala, Mar 26 (Prensa Latina) Guatemalan volcanoes Santiaguito and Fuego increased their activity in the last hours and the authorities recommended on Monday took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic.

  The dispersion of ash in various directions and changes in wind pattern led to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) to warn about the civil aviation.

An Insivumeh report that Santiaguito volcano recorded 33 explosions in 24 hours, with a range of up to 800 meters above the crater, leaving ashes scattered in the southwest and southeast.


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Semeru volcano (East Java): frequent eruptions and glowing lava

March 29, 2012


"Our expedition leader Doni just returned from a visit to Semeru and reports that on 27 March, he and our group observed frequent explosions every few minutes, with many powerful enough to eject glowing bombs to produce small glowing avalanches down on the southern flank of the volcano"




Montserrat volcano active again

March 29,2012  update


"St. John’s Antigua- For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall.

Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware.


Alert level raised for remote Alaska volcano

March 28, 2012

"ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The alert level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised again after scientists found another lava dome has formed in the crater in the last week.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory on Wednesday increased the level for Cleveland Volcano, a 5,675-foot peak on uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The status was raised earlier this year when the center detected two small, likely ash-poor eruptions through March 13, but lowered the alert level last week after 10 days of inactivity.


Turrialba Volcano emits gas and steam

March 27, 2012

A vapor trail of volcanic gas measuring 1 kilometer in height is escaping from the volcano's crater.


"Two large steam and gas emissions were spotted Tuesday morning atop the Turrialba Volcano in the province of Cartago, east of San José, authorities from the National Seismological Network (RSN) at the University of Costa Rica said.

Turrialba residents said the two gas columns measure nearly 1 km in height and are moving towards the north face of the volcano.


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Los Nevados national park closed over volcano alert


April 2, 2012

– COLOMBIA – Central Colombia authorities closed the national “Los Nevados” park Sunday after an increase in seismic activity of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Meteorological authorities raised the alert level to orange in 17 municipalities in Tolima and Caldas departments while visitors are prohibited to enter the park in an area in four departments. –Colombia Reports


April 1, 2012  update...

Mount Etna blows her top for 5th eruption in 2012 

"Europe's tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fifth time in 2012, spewing hot lava and ash in the early hours of Sunday.


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Significant increase in the activity of the volcano Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia

4/4/2012  update


"Nevado del Ruiz seems to be getting closer to a new eruption. INGEOMINAS reports that during the last week, there has been a significant increase in the activity of the volcano, which can be summarized as follows:

- From March 27, there have been phases of volcanic tremor pulses related probably to deep magma movements


- On March 29 at 10:54 local time, for a period of 25 minutes, there were over 135 earthquakes located south of Arenas crater at a depth of about 4 km.


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Small, short explosion rocks Cleveland Volcano in Aleutians

April 4/4/2012


"The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud.

Clouds prevented satellite observation of an ash cloud.

The observatory says the explosion at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday was of short duration and similar to small events in December. Those explosions created ash clouds that dissipated quickly and did not affect air traffic.

Cleveland Volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Scientists detected the explosion on distant infrasound seismic networks. Infrasound refers to frequencies below what can be heard by the human ear.



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Ecuador: Increase in Seismic Activity of Tungurahua Volcano

April 9, 2012

"Quito, Apr 9 (Prensa Latina) A new increase in the seismic activity of Tungurahua Volcano, in Ecuador, began early Monday with a constant sign of high energy tremor linked with ash emissions.

  According to the report of the Geophysics Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the increase of the seismic activity in this crater started with a column of smoke that reached 3 kilometers high along with low intensity roaring and sounds.

The first explosions caused minor thunders or crashes due to the rolling of blocks through the side walls of the volcano.


Colombia issues Nevado del Ruiz volcano warning

April 9, 2012  update

"BOGOTA (AFP) - Colombia on Sunday issued a warning for areas crossed by rivers that pass through the Nevado del Ruiz volcano area, amid heavy rains and concern that an eruption could be in the works.


The volcano has been rumbling at a greater rate in recent days; its alert level was boosted on March 31.


Anak Krakatau Volcano - Small Eruptions - 7th April 2012.

April 7, 2012  update

Anak Krakatau Volcano - Small Eruptions - 7th April 2012.wmv

"On the morning of the 7th April 2012 Anak Krakatau started to produce small eruptions from the southern part of the crater. The eruption clouds only reached a height of 100-150meters and only contained small amounts of ash and only a little rockfall, the eruptions was not of a explosive character.

Aleutian Island’s Cleveland volcano continues to erupt

April 6, 2012  update

"FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Alaska's Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands is continuing to erupt.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Friday that low-level eruptions continue to occur inside the volcano located on a remote, uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.



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This might be nothing, but it might be something.

A lake( Öskjuvatn ) in the highlands of Iceland is suddenly clear of all ice. There is not even ice floating on it.

See pictures in article. You can see the lake in the center of the larger picture as the only thing not covered in ice.


Normally the lake is not clear of ice untill June or July. All other lakes in the area are covered in ice.

Scientists from Iceland and England have gone to the lake and taken temperatures but they seem normal. Some samples were taken from the water to analyse. Then they also collected data from earthquake scensores in the area and put up some temperery ones that will send data every 24 hours.

Scientists say that there are no special signs of an eruption. But there has been increasing heat around Askja. Askja erupted last in 1961.

Scientists will keep a close eye on the area and the development as well as trying to find out what caused the ice to vanish.

And here are some more pictures:


Keep you updated if there will be any further developments.

All my best


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Thank  you Narnug...please keep us updated...I don't catch everything, so am happy to have help...

49th Volcano this year going off

Sangay volcano (Ecuador), activity update: growing lava dome, lava flows and ash explosions

April 17, 2012

"During an overflight on 13 April, an explosion from Sangay volcano was observed at 08:25 local time. It generated an ash and steam column of 2 km above the summit crater.

A new vent was detected, both on visible and thermal images, located next to the active dome on the SE flank (Ñuñurqu). The activity in this area has intensified since October, when the last aerial survey had taken place.


Russian Volcano Spews Ash to 9,500 Meters

April 17, 2012



"Russia's northernmost active volcano is churning out ash to a height of 9,500 meters (over 31,000 feet) in the country's Far East, local scientists reported on Tuesday.

The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers.

“A powerful eruption of ashes took place 05.59 a.m. local time [17:59 GMT on Monday], a source at the Far Eastern Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.


Mexico's Popocatépetl sleeping volcano awakens

April 15, 2012---update


A plume of steam rises from the Popocatepetl volcano seen from the city of Puebla, Mexico, Saturday April 14, 2012. An early morning exhalation from the volcano sent ashes to towns near the area as moderate activity at the volcano continues. (AP Photo/Joel Merino) Photo: Joel Merino / AP

"MEXICO CITY - Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000 foot volcano that hovers like a sentinel on the southeastern fringe of Mexico's capital, awakened again Sunday, punctuating an especially shaky seismic season.


Rincón de la Vieja Rumbles


"Thursday last the Turrialba sent experts scurrying to analyse the recent activity at the colossus souteast of San José. On Saturday, however, the Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, decided on a rumble of its own. 

It was around 2pm when residents heard the rumbles from the volanco located north of San José in the province of Guanacaste"

notice this is mentioning two different volcanoes....


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Popocatepetl Volcano Threatening to Erupt, 19 Million Prepare to Evacuate

April 18, 2012  UPDATE

Sami K. Martin

"The Popocatepetl volcano is making movement and threatening to erupt, causing Mexican officials to raise the alert level from yellow phase three to yellow phase two.

The volcano has already begun spewing red-hot bits of rock, and its opening has expanded. These are signs that the volcano, still quite active, could soon erupt. In a statement by Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention, the volcano could produce "moderate exhalations, some with ash, sporadic low to moderate explosions with likely burning fragments, and flaming magma within the crater."


Lamington (Papua New Guinea): smoke and ash emission


AFTER 56 years...

"Local community of Popendetta reported smoke and ash emission on March 25. No official reports have come in yet. Lamington is an andesitic stratovolcano with a 1.3-km-wide breached summit crater containing a lava dome.

Batu Tara volcano (Indonesia): larger ash eruption


"Volcano Batu Tara in the Sunda Sea off the island of Flores in Indonesia had a larger than usual ash eruption on March 26, which triggered an alert of the VAAC Darwin, who raised the aviation color code to “orange”, as the drifting ash cloud is be a hazard to local air traffic.

Batu Tara is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and is characterized, similar to Stromboli volcano, by semi-permanent explosive summit activity.

Until 2006, the only confirmed historical eruption from Batu Tara were during 1847-52, which produced explosions with volcanic bombs and a lava flow. On July 1st, 2006, Batu Tara was observed erupting again

Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador): constant ash emissions and ash fall


"Eruptive column above Tungurahua volcano reaching about 2 km height and heading towards the northeast was reported on March 26.

Tungurahua volcano’s activity has been increasing, Ecuador’s Instituto Geofísico reports. Throughout the morning of March 26, a constant column of steam and ash was rising from the summit crater, reaching up to 3 km height and drifting towards the northeast, where ash fall occurred.

Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): increased activity

"Guatemalan volcano Santiaguito increased activity. The authorities on March 26th took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic. The dispersion of ash in various directions and changes in wind pattern led to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) to warn about the civil aviation.

An Insivumeh report that Santiaguito volcano recorded 33 explosions in 24 hours, with a range of up to 800 meters above the crater, leaving ashes scattered in the southwest and southeast.

Fuego (Guatemala): increased activity

"Guatemalan volcano Fuego also increased activity. Authorities took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic. The Insivumeh reported white and blue plume up to 100 meters above the crater, with displacement to the southwest, in the case of Fuego volcano, whose height is 3,763 meters above sea level and is located between the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla (center south).


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Mexico volcano spews ash

April 20, 2012  UPDATE

The Popocatepetl volcano shot a heavy plume of ash into the sky southeast of Mexico's capital and spewed glowing rock from its crater at dawn on Apr. 20


Reventador volcano (Ecuador), activity update: steaming and ash emission

April 19, 2012

by T


eruption plume from Reventador on 18 April (photo: L. Gomezjurado / IG)

"Reventador continues to be mildly active with ongoing weak to moderate steam and ash emissions. The Instituto Geofísico reports a 2 km high column of steam and ash rising from Reventador volcano on 18 April. The ash cloud moved to the NW.


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Colombia prepares for imminent volcano eruption

April 20, 2012


"Colombia's government has called for high risk areas to be prepared for the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

"The Interior Ministry has ordered the fire departments of 19 municipalities in the central Caldas and Tolima departments to be on high alert after the Colombian Geological Survey (SGC) announced that an eruption is "probable" in the coming days or weeks.


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Monster volcano looming over Mexico City spews ash and steam – authorities ready population for evacuation


"The white-capped volcano that looms over Mexico City emitted a terrifying low-pitched roar this morning spewing ash and steam as it vented the pressure built up by a massive chamber of magma.

As a result authorities have now prepared evacuation routes, ambulances and shelters in the event of a bigger explosion.


Eruptions: The Popocatepetl volcano southeast of Mexico City is venting steam and clouds of ash and glowing red rocks

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2133142/Monster-volcano-looming-Mexico-City-spews-ash-steam--authorities-ready-population-evacuation.html#ixzz1soeCiyF9

A webcam to watch Mt. Popo....enjoy...


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Tungurahua Erupts Launching Gravel to Nearby Town

April 23, 2012  <<UPDATE


Photo: Tungurahua's recent eruption makes gravel fall on local town.

"Over the weekend, the Tungurahua’s volcanic eruption had a strong explosion that caused gravel to fall down in the nearby town of Pillate, Ecuador.

The explosion, characterized by its loud “cannon ball shot”, was immediately detected by locals and scientists observing the volcano’s progress. The explosion was later followed by a slight tremor and a constant pulsation of “high energy” said reports.

The constant cloud coverage surrounding the volcano has caused scientists, from the Geophysical Institute branch of the National Polytechnic School to have trouble determining its current state.


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Etna's fingers of fire

Europe's most active volcano sends molten lava streaming menacingly down its mountainside

April 24, 2012--UPDATE

Fourth eruption of 11,000ft volcano in last month alone

"Etna, erupted for the seventh - and without doubt the most spectacular - time this year today, spewing forth molten lava hundreds of metres into the air.

Residents living close by were covered in hot ash but Europe's tallest and most active volcano didn't seem to pose any threat to human safety.

Local inhabitants of the Sicilian town of Catania were grateful that Etna at least didn't close the local airport as it did last month, preventing a visiting Serie A football"


Spewed forth: The fiery fingers cascade down the side of Etna after it erupted again today

"The highest active volcano in Europe has blown its top three times in the past month alone, depositing a surface of black ash on its snowy higher slopes.

Standing nearly 11,000ft high, Etna regularly spews lava on to the plains below. However a quarter of Sicily's population take the risk of living on its slopes, their crops and vines thriving in the rich volcanic soil."

See those spectacular pictures and read the story...at....


Heavy Breathing in Santorini

April 25, 2012

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The iconic white roofs of the Greek isles of Santorini may not stay that way forever. Those buildings are perched, after all, on the rim of a massive underwater volcano blamed for destroying the Minoan civilization of Crete. And it’s restless

ANALYSIS: White Roofs Help Volcanoes Chill Out

"About 3600 years ago, at the height of Minoan civilization, Santorini let loose with one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history. The explosion blanketed nearby islands with piles of ash hundreds of feet thick and sent out a gigantic tsunami that devastated Crete, about 68 miles to the south.


Residents evacuated over eruption fears

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 04/24/2012 UPDATE MT. LOKON ERUPTION/EVACUATION

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"Local residents around Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, have been asked to evacuate the area, following the mountain’s steady increase of activity since 4 p.m. Monday.

"We are on alert status [Level 3]," National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Monday.

"We ask that local disaster mitigation agencies follow the technical recommendations we have given them. There should be no community activity within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the volcano’s crater.”

Mt Lokon is located on the outskirts of Tomohon. It is 1,580 meters high and is located 20 kilometers west from Manado, North Sulawesi.


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Nyamuragira volcano (DR Congo): new lava lake forming in summit crater ?

April 28, 2012


Nyamuragira volcano in the DR Congo might be forming a new lava lake in its summit caldera.

The volcano's last eruption from the Kimanura fissure NE of the summit caldera seems to have ended by now. Until early to mid March, a lava lake was observed in the eastern vent and a strong heat source could be detected on satellite imagery, but has now disappeared.

Seismic explosion signals from a source under the summit were noted on 24 February from the summit crater and overflights showed increased degassing from the central pit, which contained a lava lake until 1940.


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Nicaragua Monitors Microseismic Activity Increase in Volcano

April 28, 2012

"Managua, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan Experts reported Sunday more seismic activity at Masaya volcano, about 20 kilometers south of Managua, with an increase in expulsions of sulfur gases, which keeps the disaster warning system in high alert.

  According to the report, a crack in the main crater causes higher emissions and a sound similar to a jet engine.


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Yellowstone: New Picture Emerges Of A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano

April 30, 2012

Brett Smith for Redorbit.com


"New research is casting doubts on the frequency or even the possibility of a ‘super-eruption’ that could blot out the sun from the Earth with a thick veil of volcanic ash.

A joint research team from Washington State University and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre said the biggest Yellowstone eruption on record was actually two different eruptions at least 6,000 years apart.

According to the study published in the June 2012 issue of the Quaternary Geochronology, these eruptions are thought to have created the Huckleberry Ridge around 2 million years ago.  The first eruption generated 2,200 cubic kilometers of volcanic material, while the second, smaller eruption generated 290 cubic kilometers.


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