Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Karangetang Volcano (Indonesia)

Karangetang volcano in Indonesia has been placed on maximum level 4 alert since 22nd July. Visual observations were not possible today due to fog, but seismometers are recording volcanic tremor. Villagers close to the volcano have been warned about the possibility of pyroclastic flows, and advised to stay away from the crater. The regional government is preparing to evacuate residents. Rain will create mudflow hazards at the volcano. The Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation in Indonesia says a large eruption is possible.
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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Karai Volcano (Papua New Guinea)

A large shallow earthquake (mag 6.2) has hit 30 km west of Karai volcano in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday 19 July at 9:48 pm (local time). This was followed 6 hours later by a magnitude 5.7 earthquake north west of the volcano. West New Britain Province east of Kimbe has been subjected to high seismicity since the first recorded eruption of Karai volcano ten days ago.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Earthquake and Tsunami (Indonesia)

A major earthquake (mag 7.7) and tsunami hit Java in Indonesia on Monday 17th July at 3:19 pm (local time). A three metre high tsunami hit the town of Pangandaran, and other coastal areas in south Java killing 500 people. There have been large aftershocks. Active volcanoes close to the earthquake include: Krakatau, Salak, Gede, Tangkuban Parahu, Papandayan, Guntur, Galunggung, Ciremai, Slamet, Dieng, and Merapi.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Mt Etna Volcano (Italy)

Activity resumed at Mt Etna on 15th July. A fracture opened at the base of SE crater accompanied by lava flows at 3050 m and 3000 m elevation. The lava flows towards Valle del Bove. No seismicity preceded the eruption. A small cone is forming at the source with degassing and small jets of lava and old rocks. The following day there were Strombolian eruptions from the cone at 3050 m with lava ejected to a height of 100 m. The lava is flowing at a rate of 0.5 m per hour.
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Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bamus Volcano (Papua New Guinea)

An eruption has occurred at Bamus volcano in Papua New Guinea. Forceful white-grey emissions to the south and southeast were reported between 1110 and 1210 hr (local time) on 12th July 2006. Multiple reports from ground observers have confirmed the emissions. This is the first eruption at the volcano in 120 years. This follows the first historically recorded eruption of nearby Karai volcano two days ago.
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Karai Volcano (Papua New Guinea)

A series of light to moderate earthquakes has accompanied the first historical eruption at Karai volcano in Papua New Guinea.
Earthquake 1. Saturday 8 July at 0616 local time. Magnitude 4.9, depth 90 km, 160 km east of Kimbe.
Earthquake 2. Monday 10 July at 1038 local time. Magnitude 4.4, depth 82 km, 45 km east of Kimbe.
Earthquake 3. Monday 10 July at 1124 local time. Magnitude 4.6, depth 70 km, 60 km est of Kimbe.
Earthquake 4. Monday 10 July at 1958 local time. Magnitude 4.7, depth 64 km, 80 km east of Kimbe.
Earthquake 5. Tuesday 11 July at 2227 local time. Magnitude 5.1, depth 60 km, 62 km east of Kimbe.
Frequent earthquake activity continues.
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Monday, July 10, 2006

Karai Volcano (Papua New Guinea)

Activity has been reported at Karai volcano in Papua New Guinea. Weak to moderate white vapour emissions were observed. There has been no observed ashfall. This is the first recorded emissions at the volcano.
Frequent earthquake activity has been detected at Karai Volcano in Papua New Guinea. The largest earthquake measured magnitude 4.8 yesterday at 07:58 pm (local time). The earthquake epicentre was about 30 km SW of Karai Volcano at a depth of 80 km.
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Saturday, July 01, 2006

Batu Tara Volcano (Indonesia)

Batu Tara volcano erupted on Saturday 1st July, sending ash to 5000 ft. This is the first eruption of the volcano since 1852.
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