There was so much on the volcano news today that we thought it’s enough stuff for a post just on volcano news. Here you go:
Japan, Sakurajima: after the volcano had taken nearly five months off it was back to usual procedure today with a big bang. It seems there was only that one mighty blast and the volcano went quiet again.
In Mexico, both Fuego del Colima (left) and Popocatepetl (right) are working hard on the destruction of their lava domes:
Guatemala: One of the stronger explosions with pyroclastic flow(s) occurred in Santiaguito (Photo left: Prensa Libre; middle: Chay Antonio; right: NASA). Some nearby communities had to be evacuated. A MODIS Terra satellite image shows the ash cloud from space:
Also, Fuego went back to higher activity after a quiet week or so.
Nicaragua‘s Momotombo still shows a nightly glow, the various vents at the crater lining up like a necklace. By day one can see that neither Momotombo’s constant gas plume nor the brush fires on its slopes are doing air quality any good. (webcams INETER)
Also, Nevados de Chillán goes on emitting ash from the old and from a new crater that had opened on January 8th. Left image from 1 Febr., right one from today, 5 Febr. (webcam Portezuela, SERNAGEOMIN)
Not volcano, but… a very strong earthquake M6.4 or 6.7 at ~20 km depth hit south-west Taiwan, with much damage in Gaoshu and other nearby communities. Horrible pictures of collapsed buildings appear on the internet; so far reported are 2 fatalities, 127 wounded hospitalized, more than 300 families homeless, but to believe there were no more is probably just wishful thinking… Liquefaction has been mentioned but no details so far.
Last but not least I would like to recommend a good read on the “volcano” that isn’t a volcano – Dallol of northern Afar (Ethiopia) – by Culture Volcan
There has been much more happening today in the volcano world, those events I have mentioned above just came my way and I passed them on to you. Have a great weekend!
Enjoy! – GRANYIA