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December 2015 – PHILIPPINES – The Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Oriental province spewed ash on Saturday afternoon, state seismologists said. In an advisory, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said “a low-energy ash eruption” was recorded from 1:01 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. Kanlaon also spewed ashes on Saturday morning starting from 11:40 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Last November 25, Kanlaon exploded for 30 minutes which prompted the Phivolcs to raise the alert level over the volcano. Phivolcs said Alert Level 1 meant that Kanlaon Volcano was at an abnormal condition and had entered a period of unrest. Phivolcs has earlier reminded local governments of Negros Oriental and the public not to enter the 4-kilometer radius permanent danger zone due to the further possibilities of sudden and hazardous eruptions. Kanlaon Volcano, which has an elevation 2,435 meters, has erupted 26 times, making it one of the most active volcanoes in the Central Philippines. –Inquirer
71: Ash emissions and growing unrest at East Java volcano in Indonesia
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December 2015 – EAST JAVA, Indonesia – Activity at the volcano has increased during the past two weeks. Ash emissions of fluctuating intensity began early December and have been near-continuous. On 7 December, a narrow plume extended 150 km south from the volcano. The past few days, the ash emissions have been weaker and mainly drifted westwards, causing Malang’s airport in only 30 km distance to close down temporarily. –Volcano Discovery
December 2015 – GUATEMALA – The activity at Fuego might be picking up towards a new paroxysm (eruptive phase with strongly increased effusion rate, resulting in lava fountaining and lava flows). We camped on the SW side of the volcano last night, and observed mild to strong strombolian explosions that occurred at intervals between 1 and 10 minutes. The strongest explosions sent incandescent material to heights of up to approx. 500 m and similar distances. One particularly intense explosion was accompanied by a very strong shock wave.
Although not seen directly from our location, a pyroclastic flow occurred around 10:15 (local time): we observed the co-ignimbrite ash plume rising from what was likely a collapse of a new lava flow on the southern slope. According to staff at the Panimache volcano observatory, who confirmed our observation, the pyroclastic flow could have reached a length of 7 km and seems to herald the start of the 14th paroxysm of Fuego in 2015… Following the initial sighting of the brownish ash plume, it gradually spread around the whole southern slopes and caused fine ash fall in the area lasting about 2 hours, graying all vegetation. –Volcano Discovery
January 2016 – GEOLOGY – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in the South Pacific Ocean about 650 miles (1,045 kilometers) south of the Australian island state of Tasmania, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor, which struck at about 1 p.m. Sydney time at a depth of 8 kilometers, was detected by more than 50 stations on the Australian mainland, Geoscience Australia said. No tsunami warning was issued. -Bloomberg
New Zealand: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted 122 km south of Raoul Island, New Zealand at 21:29 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 17.96 km, was initially determined to be at 30.3739 degrees south latitude and 177.9706 degrees west longitude. –Manila Times
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