Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pacaya Volcano, Guatemala - John Seach

Pacaya volcano, Guatemala erupted yesterday. Guatemala's President declared a state of "calamity" in two provinces and opened emergency shelters to accommodate over 1,700 residents who were evacuated. More than 65 people were injured, some people are missing, and hundreds of houses damaged by the eruption which sent stones and ash over a wide area. The international airport at Guatemala City was to remain closed for 20 hours. The runway was covered by 2.5 cm of volcanic ash.
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Friday, May 28, 2010

Vanuatu Earthquake (Mag 7.2) - John Seach

A major earthquake (Magnitude 7.2) hit Vanuatu on 28th May 2010 at 04:14 hr local time. The epicentre was located 125 km NW of Gaua volcano at a depth of 36 km. A tsunami warning issued for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia was later canceled.
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland - John Seach

Eruptions have stopped at Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. Since Saturday, there have been no explosions at the summit, and tremor has almost reduced to pre-eruption levels. The have been no reports of ashfall, no lightning, and low water discharge from Gígjökull glacier. Renewed eruptions are possible.
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Katla volcano, Iceland - John Seach

In the past 48 hours 3 earthquakes occurred at Katla volcano, Iceland. The earthquakes may be due to ice movements within Mýrdalsjökull glacier or magma movement under the volcano. Scientists have been keeping a close watch on Katla volcano, due to the possibility of an eruption triggered by the activity at nearby Eyjafjallajokull. An eruption of Katla volcano has the potential to be more devastating than the current eruption of Eyjafjallajokull.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland - John Seach

Eruptions have decreased at Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland. Yesterday the eruption plume reached a height of 12,000 ft. No explosions are occurring at the summit and no lava is flowing from the crater. There were two hours of elevated tremor yesterday. No lightning has been observed since 13:00 hr on 20th May, local time.
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Kilauea volcano, Hawaii - John Seach

Yesterday marked 10,000 days of the current eruption on the east rift zone of Kilauea volcano, Hawaii. The east rift zone began erupting 3rd January, 1983, and Halemaumau crater at the summit has been erupting since 9th March, 2008. Lava is currently flowing into the sea west of Kalapana.
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland - John Seach

Ash emissions from Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland reached a maximum height of 27,000 ft on 15th May. An earthquake swarm was recorded beneath the volcano between 23:54 hr (14th May) and 02:45 (15th May). Over 30 earthquakes less than magnitude 2 were recorded at a depth of 30 km. Lightning continues to be recorded in the eruption plume with a rate of about 30 strikes per day. Ash emissions from Eyjafjallajokull volcano are expected to drift over parts of Scotland on Sunday and the rest of UK on Monday, causing flight disruptions.
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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Video, Iceland - John Seach

World's first summit eruption video of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland, taken by John Seach.
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Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland - John Seach

Intensified eruptions occurred at Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland on 6th May 2010. Ash emissions reached a height of 30,000 ft, and caused cancellation of flights in Scotland. Melt water discharge has decreased from Gígjökull glacier in the west. New melt water discharge is flowing towards the east, which indicates a change in direction of lava flows. This could crate more hazardous floods. Explosions are increasing at the summit, and a cinder cone is forming in the crater. Tremor is similar to that seen in the phase of the eruption from 14-17 April 2010. On 6th May, there were 10 earthquakes detected under the volcano. Most earthquakes are located beneath or south of the summit crater.
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Thursday, May 06, 2010

Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland - John Seach

The first summit expedition to Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland after the March eruption was made by John Seach in April 2010. While on the summit John observed two active vents inside the main crater. The southern vent was showing almost continuous Strombolian activity, and the northern vent showed phreatomagmatic eruptions. Intensified activity occurred under the Gigjokull Glacier on 1st May.
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