In the western Aleutian arc, the alert level and aviation code of the Semisopochnoi were increased to watch and orange following an eruption that began on October 26, 2018 at 4:47 UTC / 20:47 AKDT. A strong tremor was recorded and a small cloud of ash observed by satellite at about 3.600 m asl.
At Piton de La Fournaise, the eruption started on September 15th at 4:25 am local time continues. The intensity of the volcanic tremor (indicator of eruptive intensity at the surface) has stabilized for about 24 hours, at a very low level.
Piton de la Fournaise - Evolution of the RSAM (indicator of the volcanic tremor and the intensity of the eruption) between 04h00 (00h UTC) on September 15th and 15h34 (11h34 UTC) on October 25th on the seismic station FOR, located nearby Château Fort crater (2000 m altitude on the southeast flank of the terminal cone) (© OVPF / IPGP).
No volcano-tectonic earthquake was recorded during the day of 24 October, nor during the day of 25 October.
Inflation (swelling) of the building is always recorded. This inflation reflects the pressurization of a localized source beneath the summit craters (Bory-Dolomieu) at a depth of 1-1.5 km, related to the recharge of the superficial reservoir by deeper magma.
SO2 emissions from the eruptive vent remain low, close to or even below the detection limit. CO2 emissions from the ground in the area close to the volcano are decreasing.
An outline of the flow could be determined by the OI2 platform (OPGC - Clermont Auvergne University) from the Sentinel 1 satellite data acquired on October 24th. This new contour does not show (or very little) evolution of the flows and their fronts.
Source: OVPF - Find all the information related to the activity of Piton de la Fournaise on the website (http://www.ipgp.fr/en/ovpf/actualites-ovpf), the Twitter account (https: //twitter.com/obsfournaise?lang=en), and the facebook account (https://www.facebook.com/ObsVolcanoPitonFournaise/) of the OVPF-IPGP.
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Piton de la Fournaise - the Enclos Fouqué and the eruptive site 24.10.2018 - image Sentinel 2 Bands 12,11,4 - one click to enlarge
The effusive eruption continues on Barren island. An image of the Sentinel 2 satellite of 23 October shows the active lava flow to the north-west of the cone and significant degassing at the upper vent and lesser at the peripheral level, where the flow is likely to reach the ocean.
Thermal anomalies are detected by Mirova, between 204 and 10 MW for 22, 23 and 24 October, downing.
Sources: Sentinel 2 & Mirova
Barren island - important degassing and lava flow 23.10.2018 - image Sentinel-2 image false color Urban - one click to enlarge
IMO scientists confirm that Öræfajökull is still active after a dormancy period of more than 250 years (flank eruption in 1727).
The seismic activity has increased over the last year, and does not show signs of decline. The deformation measurements show a magmatic recharge at a depth of only 5 km below the caldera, from a deep source , and that puts all under pressure ... Kristín Jónsdóttir, group leader of the IMO declared in a meeting with the inhabitants of the area of Hof that the volcano prepares an eruption .
When and how ? The difficulty remains to fix the mode of evolution of the Öræfajökull, towards an eruption, or towards an increase of its geothermal activity, and that of a delay, in term of months, or years.
IMO keeps him under close surveillance.
- RÚV in Icelandic 24.10.2018 - 22:25 / http://www.ruv.is/frett/kvika-ad-safnast-saman-undir-oraefajokli
- Iceland review - Öræfajökull, Iceland's 2nd deadliest volcano, is preparing for eruption, scientists confirm - link
- Future Volc - Catalog of Icelandic Volcanoes - Öræfajökull