Archived Volcano News - John Seach
January 2007


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

Raoul Island Volcano (Kermadec Islands)
29.27 S, 177.92 W, summit elevation 516 m, stratovolcano
Wednesday 31st January 2007
A large earthquake (magnitude 6.5) hit 22 km south of Raoul Island Volcano on Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 1515 hr local time. Raoul Island is located halfway between New Zealand and Tonga, and the volcano last erupted in 2006.
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Sheveluch Volcano (Russia)
56.653 N, 161.360 E, summit elevation 3283 m, stratovolcano
Tuesday 30th January 2007
Ash plumes from Sheveluch volcano have stretched 210 km SW of the volcano. The current eruption began in December 2006 and the volcano is currently showing above background levels of seismicity. Hotspots have been registered at the volcano.
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Ruapehu Volcano (New Zealand)
39.28 S, 175.57 E, summit elevation 2779 m, stratovolcano
Monday 29th January 2007
Melting snow at Ruapehu volcano has filled the summit crater lake to within 1.5 metres of the rim. A lahar is likely within weeks down the Whangaehu River. Previous lahars have caused fatalities at the volcano. In 1953, a lahar destroyed a railway bridge, killing 151 people when a train plunged into the Whangaehu River.
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Bulusan Volcano (Philippines)
12.77 N, 124.05 E, summit elevation 1565 m, stratovolcano
Friday 26th January 2007
A 10 minute ash emission occurred at Bulusan Volcano at 6pm on Wednesday 24th January. Ash fell at five villages SW of the volcano, Cogon, Monbon, San Benon, Gulang-Gulang and Tinampo. The emissions were not visually observed due to cloud cover. Steam emissions and volcanic earthquakes have been recorded over the past 24 hours. Alert level 1 remains and there is a 4 km radius Permanent Danger Zone.
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Kurile Islands Earthquake (Magnitude 8.2)
Saturday 13th January 2007
A great earthquake hit east of the Kurile Islands, Russia on Saturday, January 13, 2007 at 2:23 PM local time. A 10-centimetre wave was reported at Nemuro, on Japan's northernmost island of Hokkaido. Active volcanoes within 200 km of the epicentre on Simushir Island include, Milne, Goriaschaia Sopka, Zavaritzki, Prevo Peak, Urataman, and Ketoi volcano on Ketoi Island. Earthquakes of this magnitude can sometimes disrupt volcanoes, leading to eruptions.
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Karthala Volcano (Comoros)
11.75 S, 43.38 E, summit elevation 2361 m, shield volcano
Saturday 13th January 2007
Eruptions began at Karthala volcano yesterday. A red crater glow was observed and residents of Mvouni, a town at 1,000 metres altitude on the volcano's western slope, were woken up by strong fumes.
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Telica Volcano (Nicaragua)
12.60 N, 86.84 W, summit elevation 1061 m, stratovolcanoes
Wednesday 10th January 2007
Satellite images indicate a possible eruption of Telica volcano in Nicaragua. Ash plume was visible near the volcano on 9th January at 1500 hr local time. The plume extended 35 nautical miles SW of the summit and was 10 nm wide. No hotspot was visible on images.
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Soufriere Hills Volcano (Montserrat)
16.72 N, 62.18 W,, summit elevation 915 m, stratovolcano
Tuesday 9th January 2007
An explosive eruption began at Soufriere Hills volcano on 8th January at 05:054 local time. Three distinct eruptions were heard at Woodlands north of the volcano. Pyroclastic flows travelled down Gages Valley and Tyres Ghaut into the head of the Belham River Valley with a runout distance of 5 km. Ash was emitted to 30,000 ft. By 09:30 seismicity had returned to background levels.
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Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii)
19.425 N, 155.292 W,, summit elevation 1222 m, Shield volcano
Tuesday 9th January 2007
Lava continues to enter the sea at Kilauea volcano in Hawaii. The PKK tube feeds the East Lae`apuki ocean entry, and the Campout tube feeds the East Ka`ili`ili and Kamokuna ocean entries. The current eruption along the east rift zone has been almost continuous since 1983.
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