Volcano News - John Seach
June 2015

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Friday 29th May 2015
Kuchinoerabu-jima Volcano, Japan

An explosive eruption occurred at Kuchinoerabu-jima volcano, Japan on 29th May 2015. Ash cloud 32,000 ft altitude. The island of Kuchinoerabu-jima in the northern Ryuku Islands contains three stratovolcanoes: Furu-dake, Shin-dake and Sankakuten-yama. The island contains approximately 140 residents and is located 130 km south of the city of Kagoshima.
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Tuesday 26th May 2015
Wolf Volcano, Galapagos Islands

An eruption of Wolf volcano, Galapagos Islands began on 24th May 2015. The eruption began with a magnitude 4.7 earthquake and explosive activity. Wolf Volcano is located in the northern part of Isabela Island, and is the tallest volcano in the Galapagos (1710 m). The previous eruption at Wolf volcano occurred in 1982. At 04:34 hr on 24th May an eruption column reached an altitude of 50,000 ft and drifted east-northeast. Satellite images showed an intense hotspot on the southeast flank of the volcano, confirming eruptive activity. National park staff observed a fissure on the upper south-southeast flank of the volcano with several lava flows moving towards the sea. The eruption will have effects on the flora and fauna as well as the marine environment when the lava reaches the sea. The previous eruption of Wolf volcano occurred in 1982. More on Wolf volcano…
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Thursday 30th April 2015
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

The lava lake in the Overlook crater at the summit of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii overflowed on 28th April 2015. The lava spilled out onto the floor of Halemaumau crater. Pahoehoe lava flowed 130 m across the crater floor. The lava lake activity was accompanied by rockfalls, explosions and ashfall at Jaggar museum overlook. A perched lava lake has begun to form similar to lava lake activity seen during 1800’s and 1900’s. Additional volcanic activity is possible along the east rift zone between between Pauahi Crater and Pu'u O'o.
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Tuesday 7th April 2015
Calbuco Volcano, Chile

An explosive eruption occurred at Calbuco volcano, Chile on 22 April 2015. About 1500 residents were evacuated from the nearby town of Ensenada. The eruption plume reached an altitude of 40,000 ft.
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Thursday 23 April 2015
Rabaul Volcano, Papua New Guniea

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit 70 km southeast of Rabaul volcano, Papua New Guinea on 30th March 2015. The earthquake focus was shallow at a depth of 33 km. Earthquake of this magnitude are able to disrupt volcanic systems. Nearby volcanoes include Rabaul, Tavui, and Ambitle. A tsunami threat was issued for areas in the Pacific as far away as Hawaii, but no destructive wasves were recorded.
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Monday 30th March 2015
Rabaul Volcano, Papua New Guniea

A magnitude 7.6 earthquake hit 70 km southeast of Rabaul volcano, Papua New Guinea on 30th March 2015. The earthquake focus was shallow at a depth of 33 km. Earthquake of this magnitude are able to disrupt volcanic systems. Nearby volcanoes include Rabaul, Tavui, and Ambitle. A tsunami threat was issued for areas in the Pacific as far away as Hawaii, but no destructive wasves were recorded.
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Sunday 22nd February 2015
Ambrym Volcano, Vanuatu

A new eruption was reported at Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu on 21st February 2015. A new vent opened in the caldera and dense ash 8000 ft altitude. A lava flow was reported by pilots. If confirmed, the new lava flow is the first at Ambrym since 1989. Tourists and residents are advised of the danger near the active vents due to increased activity. The new eruption was preceded by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake 6 km south of Ambrym Island on 20th February 2015. The alert level at Ambrym is raised to 3 (on scale from 0 to maximum 5).
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Wednesday 11th February 2015
Home Reef Volcano, Tonga

A new eruption of Home Reef Volcano, Tonga began on 10th February 2015. Steam cloud reached 6000 ft altitude.
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Thursday 5th January 2015
Piton de la Fournaise Volcano, Reunion

An eruption of Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion began on 4th February 2015. Lava was ejected 10 m high and lava flowed from a fissure on the SW side of the volcano.
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Saturday 24th January 2015
Kuwae Volcano, Vanuatu

A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit under Kuwae volcano, Vanuatu on 23rd January 2015. The focus was at a depth of 218 km.
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Thursday 8th January 2015
Soputan Volcano, Indonesia

Eruptions of Soputan volcano began on 3rd January 2015. On 6th January ash emissions reached 27,000 ft. A 6.5 km exclusion zone was placed around the volcano and the alert level raised to RED.
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Thursday 1st January 2015
Hunga Ha'apai Volcano, Tonga

Eruptions of Hunga Ha'apai undersea volcano, Tonga, began on 19 December 2014. Activity was reported by fisherman. Hunga Ha’apai is located 63 km away from the capital, Nuku’alofa. A white plume was visible from Kanokupolu coastline since 24 December.
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Thursday 1st January 2015
Tangkubanparahu Volcano, Indonesia

Tangkubanparahu volcano in west Java was raised to level 2 alert (waspada) on 31st December 2014 due to an increase in seismicity.
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