Volcano News - John Seach
October 2014

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Tuesday 28th October 2014
Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

Lava from Kilauea volcano has flowed across Apa'a Street and passed through Pahoa cemetery. Houses and a school are at risk of destruction in the next few days.
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Wednesday 1st October 2014
Ontake volcano, Japan

An eruption of Ontake volcano, Japan on 27th September caused up to 48 fatalities. Ontake is the second highest volcano in Japan.
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Tuesday 23rd September 2014
Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu

Lava lake activity continues at the summit of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu. On 11th September 2014 the alert status of Ambrym was raised from 1 to 2 (on a scale of 0 to 4) due to increased seismicity.
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Sunday 14th September 2014
Kilauea volcano, Hawaii

In September 2014 lava from Pu'u O'o crater flowed to within 300 m of Kaohe Homesteads. Kilauea volcano was raised to highest alert level WARNING on 4th September 2014.
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Friday 29th August 2014
Rabaul Volcano, Papua New Guinea

A large explosive eruption occurred at Tarvurvur crater on 28th August 2014. Ash emissions reached an altitude of 60,000 ft.
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Sunday 24th August 2014
Bárdarbunga Volcano, Iceland

A subglacial eruption began at Bárđarbunga volcano, Iceland on 23rd August 2014 at 11:18. A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit under volcano on 24th August 2014. The eruption was preceded by an earthquake swarm which began on 16th August 2014. An intrusion, 25 km long, formed beneath Dyngjujökull, at a depth of 5-10 km.
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Saturday 23rd August 2014
Bárdarbunga Volcano, Iceland

Seismic swarm continues at Bárdarbunga volcano, Iceland. On 21st August a magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit 4 km southeast of the volcano. So far most earthquakes at Bardarbunga are at a depth, 8-12 km and caused by magma movement.
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Sunday 17th August 2014
Bárdarbunga Volcano, Iceland

An earthquake swarm began under Bárdarbunga volcano, Iceland on 16th August 2014. Bárdarbunga volcano is located under NW part of the Vatnajökull icecap in southeastern Iceland.
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Tuesday 12th August 2014
Bagana Volcano, Papua New Guinea

Ash emissions from Bagana volcano reached 25,000 ft on 12th August 2014.
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Saturday 5th July 2014
Ambang Volcano, Indonesia

Ambang volcano, Sulawesi was raised to level 2 alert on 3rd July 2014 after an increase in shallow earthquakes. A 1.5 radius exclusion zone was placed around the crater.
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Saturday 31st May 2014
Sangeang Api Volcano, Indonesia

An eruption of Sangeang Api volcano, Indonesia occurred on 30th May 2014. Ash reached an altitude of 50,000 ft and extended 3000 km southeast to western Queensland, Australia. Flights were cancelled from Darwin, Australia.
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Saturday 5th April 2014
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Observations during a visit to Sinabung during last week of March showed continued activity at the volcano. At night a glowing lava dome was visible and glowing avalanches from the lava flow. Sounds of avalanches could be heard from areas close to the volcano. A 5 km radius exclusion zone remains in place around the volcano. Several villages have been permanently evacuated and residents are being relocated. Sinabung volcano has been on the highest level of alert RED since 24th November 2013.
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Monday 17th March 2014
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Activity continues at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia. During the week 8-15 March 2014 earthquake tremor was recorded at the volcano. An average of 5 volcanic earthquakes were measured per day indicating intrusion of magma. Avalanche earthquakes produced by growth of lava dome have increased over past week with an average of 223 events per day. A 5 km radius exclusion zone continues around volcano. Sinabung remains on highest level of alert (AWAS).
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Friday 14th February 2014
Kelut Volcano, Indonesia

A major eruption occurred at Kelut volcano (Kelud), Indonesia on 13th February 2014. The eruption was heard 200 km away in Yogyakarta. Ash reached an altitude of 55,000 ft and extended 500 nautical miles WSW. A 10 km exclusion zone was placed around the volcano, and 200,000 people ordered to evacuate. Kelut volcano has a history of dangerous eruptions. 
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Monday 3rd February 2014
Kelut Volcano, Indonesia

Kelut volcano, Indonesia was raised to level 2 alert (Waspada) on 2nd February 2014. Between 22-31 January 2014 there were 234 shallow volcanic earthquakes recorded at the volcano. Earthquakes had a focus of 2-8 km depth. Water in the crater increased by 5.5 degrees Celsius. A 2 km radius exclusion zone was placed around the crater.
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Saturday 1st February 2014
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

On 1st February 2014, at least 14 people were killed by a pyroclastic flow inside the restricted zone at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia. A large eruption sent the burning cloud into Sukameriah village 2.7 kilometres from the volcano's crater. More victims are suspected but rescue teams were prevented from entering the area due to the risk of more pyroclastic flows. The restricted zone is between 5-7 km radius from the crater. Sinabung volcano began erupting in 2010 after being dormant for centuries.
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Wednesday 22nd January 2014
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

During an expedition to Sinabung volcano, Sumatra in January 2014 John Seach observed eruptions. Pyroclastic flows were descending the southeast flank of the volcano with a runout distance of 5 km. On 14th January there were almost continuous pyroclastic flows. The eruption was accompanied by ash emission from two locations on the summit of the volcano. Pyroclastic flows were approaching close the the edge of the exclusion zone. Heavy ashfall occurred on the south and southwest of the volcano causing damage to crops.
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Tuesday 2nd January 2014
Vanua Lava Volcano, Indonesia

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit 20 km west of Vanuatu Lava volcano, Vanuatu on 2nd January 2014. The earthquake focus was at depth of 200 km. The volcano is also known as Mt Suretamatai. It last erupted 1965 simultaneously with nearby Gaua volcano.
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Tuesday 2nd January 2014
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Ash emissions at Sinabung volcano, Sumatra reached 20,000 ft altitude on 2nd January 2014. In the past 24 hours there have been continuous eruptions and pyroclastic flows. Almost 20,000 people have been evacuated. The volcano has remained on RED alert for the past 39 days.
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Tuesday 17th December 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Seismic activity has increased at Sinabung volcano in Sumatra. On 14th December 1000 earthquakes were recorded at the volcano. Magma has been detected at a depth of 2 km. A 5 km radius exclusion zone has been placed around the volcano. Sinabung volcano remains on RED alert.
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Tuesday 10th December 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Large eruption occurred at Sinabung volcano, Sumatra on 10th December 2013. Ash reached altitude 38,000 ft and extended 50 nautical miles northwest. Sinabung volcano is located in northern Sumatra adjacent to the town of Berastagi. Eruptions began in 2010 after being dormant for 1200 years.
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Sunday 1st December 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Eruptions continue at Sinabung volcano, Sumatra. Almost 18,000 people have been evacuated. The volcano remains at the highest level of alert (AWAS).
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Monday 25th November 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

An increase in activity has occurred at Sinabung volcano, Sumatra over the past week. On 18th November 2013 ash emissions reached altitude of 37,000 ft. On 24th November Sinabung was raised to the maximum level 4 alert (awas). Four centimetre diameter projectiles were ejected 4 kilometres from volcano. A 5 km radius exclusion zone has been placed around the volcano, and 15,000 people evacuated. Relief supplies needed include masks, clothing, blankets, mats, baby food, sanitation, psychosocial, and health services.
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Thursday 21st November 2013
Nishino-shima Volcano, Indonesia

An eruption of Nishino-shima Volcano, Japan occurred on 20th November 2013. The eruption created a small island. Nishino-shima Volcano is located 950 km south of Tokyo, in the volcano islands. It has a volume of 534 cubic km. Between 1974 and 2013 there were several unconfirmed underwater eruptions at the volcano.
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Monday 18th November 2013
Merapi Volcano, Indonesia

An eruption occurred at Merapi volcano, Indonesia on 18th November 2013. Ash reached an altitude of 6500 ft and drifted 40 km east to the city of Solo.
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Monday 18th November 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

A large eruption of Sinabung volcano in Sumatra occurred on 18th November. Ash emissions reached 37,000 ft altitude and extended 35 nautical miles west.
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Thursday 14th November 2013
Yasur Volcano, Vanuatu

Over the past month increased activity has occurred at Yasur volcano, Vanuatu. A large amount of ash emissions have caused widespread damage to vegetation on Tanna Island. Ashfall was reported at Erromango Island 150 km north of Yasur volcano. On the evening of 3rd November 2013 John Seach witnessed large strombolian eruptions at Yasur. Explosions sent molten lava bombs up to 4 m diameter 250 m from the vent. Bombs were expelled onto the outside flanks of the cone, putting visitors at risk. The eruptions were some of the largest at the volcano since 1995.
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Saturday 26th October 2013
Zhupanovsky Volcano, Kamchatka

Explosive eruption began at Zhupanovsky volcano, Kamchatka on 23rd October 2013. Ash emissions reached 16,000 ft altitude and extended 75 km southeast of the volcano. Zhupanovsky volcano is located in eastern Kamchatka, 65 km north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. The last eruption of the volcano was in 1957.
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Thursday 17th October 2013
Klyuchevskoy Volcano, Kamchatka

Renewed eruptions began at Klyuchevskoy volcano, Kamchatka on 15th October 2013. The eruption was preceded by strong seismicity. Strombolian and Vulcanian eruptions occurred, and lava flows on the south-western, western and south-eastern volcanic flanks. Ash emissions reached 32,000 ft altitude and extended 480 km northwest, and 150 km southwest of the volcano. Klyuchevskoy is Kamchatka's highest and most active volcano. The volcano contains a 700 m wide summit crater. Between 500 m and 3600 m elevation there are about 80 lateral explosive vents and scoria cones.
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Saturday 12th October 2013
White Island Volcano, New Zealand

A small eruption occurred at White Island volcano on 12th October 2013. The eruption lasted one minute and produced ash emissions which covered the crater floor. New Zealand Geonet said if the eruption occurred during the day it may have been life threatening to visitors.
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Thursday 3rd October 2013
Heard Island Volcano, Australian Territory

Pilot reports ash emissions at Heard Island volcano, southern Indian Ocean. Satellite image shows hotspot at summit on 1st October 2013.
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Thursday 19th September 2013
Sinabung Volcano, Indonesia

Eruption of Sinabung volcano in Sumatra occurred on 15th September. Ash emissions reached altitude of 20,000 ft. 15,000 people were evacuated from 11 villages, and a 3 km radius exclusion zone was places around the volcano. 250 people were treated for respiratory and eye problems.
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii

Kilauea volcano remains active with lava flowing into the sea near Kupapa'u Point outside the national park boundary. At the summit a lava lake 220 m x 160 m is located in a pit 35 m below the floor of Halemaumau crater. The Kahauale'a 2 lava flow has been burning forest on the east rift zone.
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala

Seismic activity increased at Pacaya volcano, Guatemala on 20th August 2013, indicating magma ascent. Pacaya is one of the world's most active volcanoes. It lies approximately 25 km south of Guatemala City. Activity at the volcano consists of strombolian eruptions, ash eruptions, and lava flows.
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Tuesday 20th August 2013
White Island Volcano, New Zealand

A small eruption occurred at White Island volcano on 20th August 2013. The eruption lasted 10 minutes and sent a plume to an altitude of 4000 m. The eruption occurred in a area of recent bubbling mud. The eruption was preceded by a short period of intense volcanic tremor the previous day. White Island is at level 2 alert (on scale of 0 to maximum 5).
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Monday 12th August 2013
Paluweh Volcano, Indonesia

An eruption occurred at Paluweh volcano, Indonesia on 11th August. Volcanic ash reached a height of 14,000 ft and extended 70 nautical miles west. The eruption resulted in 6 fatalities and 3000 people from Palue Island have been evacuated. The paroxysmal phase of the eruption lasted 7 minutes.
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Sunday 21st July 2013
Makura Volcano, Vanuatu

A magnitude 4.5 earthquake occurred under Makura volcano, Vanuatu on 20th July 2013. Makura is a little known volcano in central Vanuatu. It's summit lies on the island of Emae.
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