A major eruption started at Guatemalan Fuego volcano around 16:00 UTC (10:00 local time) on June 3, 2018. The eruption ejected volcanic ash up to 10 km (32 800 feet) above sea level and produced massive lava and pyroclastic flows in its most violent eruption in more than 40 years. At least 25 people were killed and 300 injured. The death toll is expected to rise.
It was Fuego’s second major eruption this year and the most violent since 1974. Lava and pyroclastic flows descended down the mountain and into nearby communities while volcanic ash rained down on communities up to 30 km (18 miles) from the volcano.
“It’s a river of lava that overflowed its banks and affected the small town of El Rodeo. There are injured, burned and dead people,” Sergio Cabanas, the general secretary of Guatemala’s CONRED national disaster management agency, said… more
Following four new explosions at Indonesia’s Merapi volcano on May 20 and 21, 2018, authorities have raised the alert level for the volcano from Alert Level 1 to 2 at 23:00 UTC on May 21, 2018. All residents living within 3 km (2 miles) are ordered to evacuate.
The eruptions took place after a major eruption on May 11, 2018 sent ash up to 15 km (50 000 feet) above sea level. The previous eruptive phase of this volcano lasted from March 9 to April 20, 2014. It had Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 3.
According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman for the national disaster mitigation agency, some 600 people living within the exclusion zone of 3 km (2 miles) have evacuated since early Tuesday (local time), May 22…. more
Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy): The activity at the volcano is at moderate levels and has been increasing over the past days, according to the local mountain guides.
When observed last evening, the vent towards the SE end of the crater terrace produced typical, moderate to strong strombolian explosions at intervals ranging from 30 seconds to (more often) 10-20 minutes, ejecting lava bombs to up to approx. 300 m and showering the outer crater flanks with incandescent bombs, some of which roll down the Sciara del Fuoco. Relatively strong detonation sounds and shock waves accompany some of the eruptions. The other vents seemed relatively quiet.
HILO, Hawaii – An “explosive” eruption from Hawaii’s Kilauea summit sent a plume of ash soaring 30,000 feet into the air Thursday morning, filling the air with the stench of sulfur dioxide as residents nearby are being urged to shelter in place.
The National Weather Service issued an ashfall advisory in effect until 8 a.m. Friday. USGS Volcanoes reported the explosion around 5 a.m. local time, showing photos at the Halemaumau crater that captured volcanic ash billowing out.
Local residents on the Big Island told Fox News they heard a loud explosion just before dawn.
Connie Carter, who lives near Pahoa told Fox News her mother “felt tiny pebbles hitting the roof.”
“She thought it was the rain at first,” Carter added…. more
Strong explosion at Kilauea volcano sends ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) a.s.l., Hawaii
A strong explosion took place at the Overlook vent within Halemaumau crater at Kilauea volcano’s summit about 04:15 HST (14:15 UTC) on May 17, 2018, ejecting ash up to 9.1 km (30 000 feet) above sea level. The Aviation Color Code is at Red.
Continued emissions from the crater are reaching as high as 3.6 km (12 000 feet) above sea level and drifting generally northeast.
Activity may again become more explosive at any time, increasing the intensity of ash production and producing ballistic projectiles near the vent… more
After a 5.2 magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines, the Ring of Fire was put on alert. After dozens of earthquakes rocked Hawaii this month, followed by a volcanic eruption, many fear the Ring of Fire has become much more active, which has prompted scientists to warn California.
The recent and strong Philippines earthquake struck 113 miles from Davao, which is home to about 1.2 million people. No tsunami threat has been issued for the Philippines, however, which is made up of more than 7,500 islands. The lack of tsunami warning has slightly calmed the fears of those living in the vicinity of the quake, but those who reside near the Ring of Fire are on alert… more
The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America’s West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.
The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes , from Washington state’s Mount Baker to California’s Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.
“There’s lots of anxiety out there,” said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. “They see destruction, and people get nervous.”… more
A cluster of earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park followed by the fourth eruption of its usually dormant geyser has sparked speculation about the world’s largest supervolcano.
Is the big one about to blow, blanketing the U.S. with ash and sending the Earth into a volcanic ice age?
Probably not, but some of the signs are there.
The United Nations world heritage site, which lies over giant chambers of molten magma, is actually the world’s largest supervolcano, which erupted 2.1 million, 1.3 million and 640,000 years ago, causing massive devastation across the planet…. more
MORE than 270 earthquakes have been recorded in just ten days near Spain’s Canary Islands raising fears of a volcanic eruption.
The quakes have struck near Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands where there is a huge submarine fault between the two islands.
Spain’s National Geographic Institute said the biggest recent quake reached a magnitude of 3.2 on the Richter scale at only about 35km from Puerto La Luz in Gran Canaria.
A report said the fault line has not been active in recent times, but it added, “What if it started spewing magma again? And what if it was reactivating the Teide volcano? That would be cataclysmic.”… more
A major 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Friday on Hawaii’s Big Island near the site where multiple eruptions from Kilauea Volcano sent lava spewing into communities, prompting evacuations.
The earthquake, the largest since 1975, was felt more than 200 miles away from the epicenter in Honolulu.
The 6.9 earthquake was the third large earthquake to rattled the eastern end of the Big Island since Thursday. Two smaller earthquakes, measured at 5.4 and 5.0 magnitude, signaled the beginning of the awakening of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano on Thursday and early Friday.
The quake triggered several landslides along the Hamakua Coast and small tsunami waves around the island. Sea fluctuations ranged from 8 inches in Hilo to 16 inches at Kapoho, the Hawaii Civil Defense Agency told Hawaii News Now…. more