Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha'apai - image of the developing plume from 01.15.2022 / 2 p.m. - Doc. Geogin - one click to enlarge
Observations from satellite images captured of the eruption at Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha'apai between 5:00 a.m. on 01/15/2022 and 12:40 p.m. on 01/15/2022 are as follows:
The volcanic eruption is continuing, with ash emitted and detected at 7:20 a.m. this morning. This ash plume was due to an eruption that lasted 10-15 minutes and was drifting downwind to the east of Hunga.
Incredible images from the Himawari meso sector have seen multiple shock waves propagating through what was recently subtropical storm Cody. the speed of propagation of the shock wave is around 500 to 600 mph / 800-960 km / h. (https://twitter.com/i/status/1482231875049512960)
All domestic flights in Tonga have been canceled for today, Saturday, due to the active volcano, located 65 km north of the capital.
No other eruption has been detected since then.
TGS reported this morning that observations from satellite images between 5:10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. had shown the eruption to be ongoing, with a sustained 5 km-wide plume of ash, steam and gas rising to an altitude of 18 to 20 km above sea level.
The plume extended radially out to a radius of 240 km from the volcano, passing over the Tongatapu, 'Eua, Ha'apai and Vava'u groups. At 10:30 p.m., the plume had descended to an altitude of 18 km above sea level.
Hunga Tonga- Hunga Ha'apai - Tsunami warning 15.01.2022 / 6:35 p.m. - Doc. Mineral resources department - one click to enlarge
Coastal water turbulence caused by the eruption is expected to have ceased for all shores of Ha'apai and Tongatapu islands. The public is advised to watch the currents before entering the water.
At 10:00 a.m. this Saturday morning, the National Tsunami Warning Center canceled the marine tsunami warning for Tongatapu, Ha'apai and southern Tonga. Based on observation data recorded by the Nuku'alofa tide gauge, he said the sea level condition has returned to normal. The sea level fluctuation recorded in the Nuku'alofa tide gauge was less than 10 cm for the past six hours (until 10 a.m. Saturday).
Apart from Tonga, the impact of the tsunami has been confirmed in Fiji (Vanualevu) which is now under an official tsunami warning. The NWS Pacific Tsunami Warning Center has issued a warning to American Samoa, saying sightings are higher than forecast.
The trans-Pacific tsunami warning is maintained.
Owners of rainwater harvesting systems throughout Tonga are advised to check your roofs for ash fall before reconnecting your gutter systems. Please clean up if ash fallout is evident.
For resident locations where the acrid smell of sulfur or ammonia is felt, use breathing masks if helpful.
- Tonga Geological Services, Government of Tonga. publié à 13h45, le 15/1/2022.
- Mineral resources department
- Matangi Tonga
Ash emissions seen from the north crater of Mount Cerberus on Semisopochnoi Island, taken from the CETU webcam, January 13, 2022. / 14h45 HST - Doc.AVO
The eruption of the Semisopochnoi volcano continues. Small explosions producing low-level ash clouds from the northern crater of Mount Cerberus on Semisopochnoi Island have occurred intermittently throughout the past week.
These explosions were detected by local seismic and infrasound sensors. When weather conditions permitted, small ash emissions were observed in web camera images. For most of the week, these low-level broadcasts could not be seen on satellite views.
However, an ash plume drifting south could be seen by satellite on Thursday January 13 at an altitude of around 1,500 meters above sea level. (picture above)
Small explosions that produce minor ash deposits near the active north crater of Mount Cerberus, and ash clouds generally less than 3,000 meters above sea level have characterized recent activity and show no signs of slowing down.
The Semisopochnoi is monitored by local seismic and infrasound sensors, satellite data, web cameras, and remote infrasound and lightning networks.
Current volcanic alert level: Watch
Current Aviation Color Code: Orange
Piton de La Fournaise - Evolution of the RSAM (indicator of a surface lava emission) between 21/12/2021 22:00 local time (18:00 UT) and 15/01/2022 10:40 local time (6:40 UT) on the FOR seismological station located at the Château Fort crater (© OVPF/IPGP).
The eruption of Piton de La Fournaise, which began on 12/22/2021 around 3:30 a.m. local time, continues. Over the last 24 hours, the amplitude of the tremor has been decreasing for about thirty hours.
Fluctuations in the amplitude of the tremor are partly related to the level of the lava lake which varies according to the mode of degassing, the erosion of the eruptive conduit and the sporadic openings of the tunnels which allow emptying of the cone. The openings in the tunnels generate a drop in pressure at the level of the cone and within the tunnels, and lead to a drop in the amplitude of the tremor. This decrease in the amplitude of the tremor was accompanied by the appearance of numerous resurgences and a persistent flow within the lava field.
Piton de La Fournaise - the flows towards the rampart of the enclosure on 15.01.2022 / 01:51 UT - Webcam Piton de Bert 4 / OVPF - one click to enlarge
Piton de La Fournaise - note the impact of previous overflows on the top of the cone - Piton de Bert 2 webcam - 2022.01.15 / 03:46 UT / OVPF - one click to enlarge
The observations made show that the lava projections at the level of the cone above the cone have almost disappeared (we can however see the traces). In addition, no overflow from the lava lake has been reported in the past 24 hours.
The front of the last flow arm set up along the southern rampart of the Enclos Fouqué for several days is progressing only very slowly given the relatively low slopes in the sector.
Over the last 24 hours:
- The surface deformations always show a deflation at the level of the summit zone, linked to the emptying of the magma reservoir located under the summit (at about 2-2.5 km depth) feeding the eruptive site.
- 55 volcano-tectonic earthquakes, of low magnitude (<1), were recorded under the summit. This seismicity is linked to the emptying of the magma reservoir located under the summit, weakening its roof.
- Due to temporary improvements in meteorological conditions at the eruptive site, a series of lava flow estimates have been made over the past 24 hours by satellite method with the HOTVOLC platform (OPGC - Clermont Auvergne University). The flows could be estimated between 3 and 68 m3 /s. The dispersion of these measurements as well as the very high measured value (68 m3/s) do not reflect the real flow of lava and must be attributed to the method used (die from the IR radiation of the flow which increases when the liquid lava reappears on the surface of the lava field) as well as the events observed yesterday: emptying of the lava lake and a large number of associated resurgences throughout the lava field.
Alert level: Alert 2-1 (eruption in the Enclosure)
Find all the information relating to the activity of Piton de la Fournaise on the various OVPF-IPGP media: - the website: ipgp.fr/fr/ovpf/actualites-ovpf - the Twitter account: twitter. com/obsfournaise - the Facebook account: facebook.com/ObsVolcanoPitonFournaise
Sangay - Visual and thermal images of the southeastern and northern flanks. The presence and location of the central and western vents are clearly observed by their thermal anomalies in B and C (red-yellow colors on the upper part of the summit), as well as the lava flow emplaced in this ravine (reddish anomaly elongated). On the other hand, in E we observe the anomaly corresponding to the lava flow located in the northern ravine. - Doctor. IGEPN / 14.01.2022 - - one click to enlarge
Thanks to the coordination of the National Risk and Emergency Management Service (SNGRE) and the logistical support of the Aeronautical Group of the Army N ° 45 PICHINCHA, technicians from the IG-EPN, carried out overflights at the volcano Sangay on Monday, December 27, 2021 from the city of Macas, province of Morona Santiago in order to carry out visual, thermal and gaseous monitoring works, as well as the technical maintenance of the multiparametric monitoring station (SAGA).
As a result, the presence of 3 active vents and two lava flows descending on these two flanks has been confirmed. The referenced vents correspond to the central vent with Strombolian activity and lava flow towards the southeast ravine & to the northern vent with gas emissions and lava flow towards the northern ravine.
Thanks to the preliminary analysis of the thermal images, it was possible to measure maximum apparent temperatures (TMA) of up to 645°C, determined at the level of the central vent; The western and northern vents had values of 410 and 515°C respectively.
Additionally, active lava flows emplaced in the southeast and north gullies have been observed to reach lengths of 540 and 370 m, respectively, and have TMAs of 580 and 450°C.
The eruptive activity of Sangay in recent years has profoundly changed its morphology. The changes observed have been present mainly on the summit, the southeastern flank, and currently also on the northern flank.
At the time of publication of this report on January 14, 2022, the activity levels of the Sangay volcano are considered to be :
- high with an upward trend internally, and
- high with an upward trend in superficial.