by Chris Carrington
A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off
Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years.
The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water
giving rise to plumes of steam and ash.
Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after
a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into
the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few
In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate
ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and
shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6
miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has
been no damage so far.
In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although
the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the
mountain is starting to build up on farming land.
Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a
display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been
getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and
disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see
flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town
of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were
put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.
In Indonesia a four mile high ash cloud is making life hard for
residents. Mount Sinabung came back to life in 2010 after dormancy of
hundreds of years. Occasionally coming to life after its 2010 awakening,
the rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people
as scientists feared a major eruption. There has been no lava flows so
far but the ash cloud is growing.
Still in Indonesia but on the island of Java this time, Mount Merapi
exploded yesterday. Hundreds of people were killed when it last erupted
in 2010. There is no news of casualties at this point. Read More