Archived Volcano News - John Seach
March 2006


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

Yasur Volcano (Vanuatu)
19.52 S, 169.42 E, summit elevation 405 m, Stratovolcano
Sunday 26th March 2006
Strombolian and mild Vulcanian eruptions continue at Yasur volcano. Three main active vents are visible inside the summit crater. Incandescent lava explosions reached 250 m above the crater, accompanied by loud explosions. On 7-8th March, ash emissions increased at Yasur producing ashfall over villages within 4 km of the crater. Projectiles were observed falling on the crater rim, 170 m from the vents.
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Santa Maria Volcano (Guatemala)
14.756 N, 91.552 W, summit elevation 3772 m, stratovolcano
Sunday 26th March 2006
Moderate explosions have been reported at Santa Maria volcano on 24th March. Short pyroclastic flows and lava avalanches descended the south western flank.
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Fuego Volcano (Guatemala)
14.47 N, 90.88 W, summit elevation 3763 m, stratovolcano
Sunday 26th March 2006
Mild explosive activity has been reported at Fuego volcano. On 23rd March, incandescent lava explosions 100 m high were accompanied by roaring noises similar to an airplane engine. White emissions reached 300 m above the crater.
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Pacaya Volcano (Guatemala)
14.38 N, 90.60 W, summit elevation 2552 m, complex volcano
Sunday 26th March 2006
Weak incandescent lava explosions to 25 m height were reported at Pacaya volcano on 24th March. A lava flow 100 m in length was visible on the south flank. Exhalations of white gas reached 200 m above the crater.
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Tungurahua Volcano (Ecuador)
1.467 S, 78.442 W, summit elevation 5023 m, stratovolcano
Sunday 26th March 2006
Explosive events have been registered at Tungurahua volcano, accompanied by moderate seismic activity. On 24th March, ash emissions reached height of 3-4 km above the crater, and incandescent blocks of lava were observed rolling down the western side of the volcano. Roaring noises have been heard, and local ashfall.
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Soufriere Hills Volcano (Montserrat)
16.72 N, 62.18 W, summit elevation 915 m, stratovolcano
Saturday 25th March 2006
Lava dome growth continues at Soufriere Hills volcano on Montserrat. Numerous rockfalls and pyroclastic flows were observed down the Tar River valley on 19-20 March. The largest pyroclastic flows had travel distances of 2km. Sulphur dioxide emissions increased over the past week. The volcano continues to deflate.
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Merapi Volcano (Indonesia)
7.54 S, 110.44 E, summit elevation 2911 m, Stratovolcano
Saturday 25th March 2006
Merapi volcano remains at level 2 alert (highest is level 4). Visual observations show white gas rising 100m above the summit. Over the past week shallow volcanic earthquakes have doubled to 26. During the week there were six periods of volcanic tremor. Heavy rain has been falling in the area. The summit is closed to climbers.
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Bulusan Volcano (Philippines)
12.77 N, 124.05 E, summit elevation 1565 m, stratovolcano
Wednesday 22nd March 2006
Bulusan volcano erupted at 10:58pm on 21st March. The phreatic explosion sent ash 1.5 km above the summit. The eruption was preceded by felt volcanic earthquakes. Residents have been warned not to enter a 4 km exclusion zone.
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Merapi Volcano (Indonesia)
7.54 S, 110.44 E, summit elevation 2911 m, Stratovolcano
Tuesday 21st March 2006
The alert level at Merapi volcano has been increased since March 15. Observations at the volcano have detected volcanic earthquakes since February 2006, an increase in ground deformation, and a rise in magmatic gas emissions. Local residents are advised to avoid the following rivers to a radius of 7km from the volcano: Boyong, Putih, Krasak, Sat, Batang, Senowo, Trising, and Apu. Tourists are advised not to climb the mountain.
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Me-Akan Volcano (Japan)
43.38 N, 144.02 E, summit elevation 1499 m, caldera
Tuesday 21st March 2006
A small eruption occurred at Me-Akan volcano in Japan on Tuesday 21st March. Me-Akan volcano is located 850km north of Tokyo. A small amount of ash was erupted from the summit. The last eruption of Me-Akan was in 1988.
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Raoul Volcano (Kermadec Islands)
29.27 S, 177.92 W, summit elevation 516 m, stratovolcano
Friday 17th March 2006
Raoul Island volcano erupted on Friday 17th March. The volcano began erupting at 8.21am after a series of earthquakes since Sunday night. Seismic data showed the eruption continued for 30 minutes and was at its most intense for about 10 minutes. The eruption occurred at Green Lake. Mud, fallen trees and ash were visible from helicopter, quite a distance from the vent. New Zealand Department of Conservation arranged for an evacuation of the island by helicopter. One worker who was at the lake when it erupted, is missing and is feared dead. Raoul Island volcano last erupted in 1964.
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Merapi Volcano (Indonesia)
7.54 S, 110.44 E, summit elevation 2911 m, Stratovolcano
Thursday 16th March 2006
Residents living in vulnerable areas around Merapi volcano in Indonesia are making preparations to evacuate after a series of earthquakes under the mountain. Merapi volcano is located in a densly populated area of central Java.
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Barren Island Volcano (India)
12.29 N, 93.87 E , summit elevation 305 m, stratovolcano 
Thursday 16th March 2006
Volcanic activity continues at Barren Island in India. The active cone has increased by 50m in height in the past 9 months. Lava flows have covered the NW side of the island. 
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Ulawun Volcano (Papua New Guinea)
5.04 S, 151.34 E, summit elevation 2334 m, stratovolcano
Thursday 2nd March 2006
An eruption has occurred at Ulawun volcano in Papua New Guinea. Ash as reported to 10,000 ft. Ulawun volcano is a steep-sided stratovolcano on the coast of New Britain Island.
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Manam Volcano (Papua New Guinea)
4.10 S, 145.06 E,, summit elevation 1807 m, Stratovolcano
Wednesday 1st March 2006
Manam volcano erupted on 27th February at 2000 hr (local time). Satellite images showed multiple hotspots at the volcano, and ground observations indicated ash and lava emissions. Hundreds of people were evacuated from the island. Manam volcano produced a large series of eruptions in 2004-05, when 10,000 people were evacuated from the island. The volcano remains dangerous for residents who have returned to their villages.
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