Archived Volcano News - John Seach
November 2003


News reports posted in Eastern Australian Time (UT + 10 hr)
Reports written by John Seach

Papua New Guinea Earthquake (Magnitude 6.6)
Thursday 27th November 2003
A large earthquake hit the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 at 06:19:46 AM local time. The magnitude 6.6 earthquake was located 80 km (50 miles) E of Kimbe at a depth of 33 km.
Volcanoes of Papua New Guinea...

Mt Fuji Volcano (Japan)
35.35 N, 138.73 E, summit elevation 3776 m, Stratovolcano
Wednesday 26th November, 2003
There is a strong possibility that eruptions occurred simultaneously on the north and south slopes of Mt. Fuji about 1,000 years ago, according to a recent geological survey. The researchers found not only two formerly unknown eruption sites on the north side of the mountain, but also four fissures on the south side. They believe the fissures probably were caused by an eruption around 1,000 A.D. It is thought to have been a simultaneous eruption because the four fissures surround the mountain top on the south side and run parallel to two fissures on the north side. According historical data, Mt. Fuji erupted three times during the Heian period (794-1192), 937, 1032 and 1083.
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Rabaul Volcano (Papua New Guinea)
4.271 S, 152.203 E, summit elevation 688 m, Caldera
Tuesday 25th November, 2003
A moderate earthquake has hit the Rabaul Volcano region on Monday 24th November at 12:54:17 AM local time. The magnitude 5.8 earthquake hit 45 km east of the volcano at a depth of 33 km.
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Kliuchevskoi Volcano (Russia)
56.06 N, 160.64 E, summit elevation 4835 m, stratovolcano
Tuesday 18th November 2003
Intense light and heat 300 meters above the crater of the Kliuchevskoi volcano in Kamchatka has been observed on 17th November. Powerful ash, gas and vapor eruptions reaching the heights of up to 1,500 meters were observed. The ash cloud stretched for over 20 kilometers to the northeast. Seismological stations in the area of the volcano recorded a large number of surface earthquakes and an uninterrupted spasmodic volcanic vibration. 
Experts said the Kliuchevskoi volcano "entered a long eruption phase." Its activity is gradually intensifying. Presently, the eruption of the volcano does not pose a threat to the population of the peninsula. However, the ash eruptions and clouds are dangerous for aviation; ash in the turbines of a plane can lead to mechanical failure and unexpected eruptions make navigation difficult. 
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Dukono Volcano (Indonesia)
1.70 N, 127.87 E, summit elevation 1185 m, Complex Volcano
Sunday 16th November 2003
Eruptions continue at Dukono Volcano. An ash plume was visible yesterday extending 40 nm NE of the summit. Reports from Dukono are rare, but there has been regular ash emissions from the volcano in 2003.
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Stromboli Volcano (Italy)
38.79 N, 15.21 E, summit elevation 926 m, stratovolcano
Friday 7th November 2003
Stromboli Volcano has resumed its normal eruptive state with several eruptions per hour. Access to the summit area is still forbidden. The characteristic Strombolian eruptions at the volcano were absent for many months after the December 2002 landslides and tsunami.
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Vanuatu Earthquake (Magnitude 6.6)
Friday 7th November 2003
A large earthquake hit southern Vanuatu on Thursday, November 06, 2003 at 09:38:04 PM local time. The location was 19.37S 168.89E which was 45 km (30 miles) WNW of Isangel, on Tanna Island. Yasur Volcano is located on the Island of Tanna and a close watch will be made for any change in volcanic activity. 
Volcanoes of Vanuatu...

Ulawun Volcano (Papua New Guinea)
5.04 S, 151.34 E, summit elevation 2334 m, stratovolcano
Wednesday 5th November 2003
An eruption of Ulawun Volcano has been reported on Wednesday 5th November. A faint ash plume was visible on satellite images 10,000 ft high extending 15 nm towards WSW.
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