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Prehistoric East African Volcano Roars to Life

NASA's Aqua satellite captured Nabro's ash plume blowing westward into Ethiopia on Wednesday.
Eritrea's long-dormant Nabro volcano burst to life for the first time in recorded history, belching plumes of ash near the border with Ethiopia.

Air transport was disrupted in the immediate region, and briefly threatened to stream into airways of the Middle East.

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Nigeria: Dormant Volcano Stirring?

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Some rather strange reports from Nigeria seem to suggest some kind of volcanic activity in Gombe State in the north-east of the country: emissions of some kind, possibly including toxic/environmentally harmful gases, have apparently been taking place in the Abaduguri range in Funakaye Local Government Area. North-eastern Nigeria does have a history of active volcanism (although how recently the area was active is not known) so the idea isn't intrinsically unlikely. Descriptions of the supposed current activity, however, are rather baffling.

The Nigerian Observer quotes the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency saying that 'the rock, which has been emitting smoke in the past seven months, was a sign of "a dormant volcano which may erupt in future"', while a scientist from the Centre for Geodesy and Geodynamics of the National Space Research and Development Agency called the activity 'a result of the impact of an earthquake that occurred in Pindiga formation, Gombe State, hundreds of years ago'.

Elombah.com reports that 'Local communities living around the Ndanijam Kargo Hill in Funakaye Local Goverment Area and the surrounding villages in Gombe State of the North-Eastern part of Nigeria have been advised to relocate as a result of smoke emission at Abadaguri rocky range because the dormant volcano in the area is likely to erupt any time from now'. The gas has apparently been 'gushing out from the rocky area' for seven or eight months, and has 'an odour of burning plastic'.


Ash Cloud Spreads From Erupting Nabro Volcano In Eritrea

Nabro volcano, Eritrea
Nabro volcano, Eritrea, next to the border with Ethiopia.
The Anabro (Nabro) volcano in the Northern Red Sea Region of Eritrea has erupted sending an ash plume more than 13.5 kilometres into the sky and disrupting air traffic across eastern Africa.

Part of the Afar Triangle, the stratovolcano is one of many volcanic caldera complexes in the north easternmost part of the East African Rift valley region. Nabro is located in the Danakil Depression, close to Eritrea's border with Ethiopia and north of Djibouti, and has not erupted in at least 150 years. It is the most prominent of 3 large volcanoes (Nabro, Dubbi, Mallahle) in the region, each containing a large summit caldera.

The volcano erupted at 2103 GMT Sunday evening. The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) said Monday that the 5,331 ft volcano has resulted in a large ash plume of up to 13.5 kilometres (8 miles) high. The scale of the eruption, compared to the ongoing eruption in Chile and 2010′s eruption at Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, remains unclear.

Comment: And June 12th, we had these earthquakes: Eritrea/Ethiopia Region: Earthquake Magnitude 5.1 and 9 subsequent large aftershocks

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Eritrean volcanic ash cloud heading toward Israel

volcanic ash cloud
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A volcanic ash cloud created after a volcano erupted in the northern African country of Eritrea is heading toward Israel, the Israel Meteorological Service confirmed on Tuesday.

It is not yet certain whether the cloud will disrupt flights in the area.

According to current estimations, the ash cloud is moving high in the atmosphere, and will probably remain too high to cause any travel disruptions or changes in the quality of air.


Video: Chilean volcanic eruption DWARFS Eyjafjallajökull 2010 eruption

Puyehue volcano continued to erupt on Monday, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky. The volcano in the Caulle Cordon mountain range began erupting violently on Saturday afternoon. Lightning in the rising cloud provided a dazzling display. The eruption has forced more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate, but there are no reports of any injuries.

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Volcanic Ash Cloud from Space: A Gush of Volcanic Gas

Volcanic Ash Cloud
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This image shows the huge plume of sulphur dioxide that spewed from Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex, which lies in the Andes about 600 km south of Santiago. It was generated on 6 June using data from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer on the MetOp-A satellite and represents sulphur dioxide concentrations within the full vertical column of atmosphere. As the eruption continued, the image shows how strong winds initially swept the broad plume of sulphur dioxide northwards and then eastwards across Argentina and out over the southern Atlantic Ocean. The MetOp programme was jointly established by ESA and Eumetsat and forms the space segment of Eumetsat’s Polar System.
A new image shows the huge plume of sulphur dioxide that spewed from Chile's Puyehue-Cordón Caulle Volcanic Complex, which lies in the Andes about 600 km south of Santiago.

After lying dormant for more than 50 years, a series of rumbling earthquakes signalled the beginnings of this major volcanic eruption. On 4 June, a fissure opened, sending a towering plume of volcanic ash and gas over 10 km high.

Several thousand people were evacuated as a thick layer of ash and pumice fell and blanketed a wide area. Airports in Chile and Argentina were closed as a result.

The image was generated on 6 June using data from the Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer on Eumetsat's MetOp-A satellite. As the eruption continued, the image shows how strong winds initially swept the broad plume of sulphur dioxide northwards and then eastwards across Argentina and out over the southern Atlantic Ocean.


Rift more than six miles long and three miles across opens near Puyehue volcano, Chile

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There are no reports of injuries so far, but more than 3,500 people have evacuated their homes near an erupting volcano in southern Chile.

Authorities say a rift more than six miles long and three miles across was torn in the earth's crust about 2½ miles from the peak originally thought to be erupting. The violent eruption sent smoke and ash billowing into the sky.

About 600 people were evacuated when the first alert went up and hundreds more left their homes after the eruption began.

Wind carried ash across the Andes to an Argentine tourist town, which had to close its airport. Officials in the town warned residents to take precautions against a possible prolonged ashfall.

The eruption is nearly 620 miles south of Chile's national capital, Santiago.

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Volcano billows giant plume for 2nd day in Chile

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An electric storm lights up the sky on Sunday, June 5, after a volcano in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted violently, billowing smoke and ash high into the sky and prompting more than 3,500 people living nearby to evacuate.
Santiago - A volcano in the Caulle Cordon of southern Chile erupted for a second day Sunday, shooting out pumice stones and pluming a cloud of ash six miles (10 kilometers) high and three miles (five kilometers) wide.

Flights in the region were canceled and more than 3,500 people stayed away from their homes near the volcano, which produced an eerie show of lightning dancing through its clouds of ash overnight.

Most of the residents in 22 settlements near the Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcanic complex evacuated when the eruption began Saturday afternoon and were staying in government shelters or friends' homes. One group of 122 people were being moved from a shelter for fear that the eruption could cause flooding on the Nilahue River.

There were no reports of injuries.

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Something Strange With Volcano Eruption in Chile

Puyehue volcano erupts
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Puyehue volcano erupts in southern Chile, June, 2011
What appears to be an enormous ash cloud rising from the eruption of a long dormant volcano named Puyehuein southern Chile on June 4, 2011, isn't quite matching up with the location of the recorded earthquakes today in the immediate area.

"The Cordon Caulle (volcanic range) has entered an eruptive process, with an explosion resulting in a 10-kilometer-high gas column," Chilean state emergency office said.

The thing is, for some unknown reason, as of this writing, eight earthquakes near magnitude 5 have shook the earth near the Puyehue volcano. The problem is, the earthquakes are located 20 to 40 miles away from the eruption! Very Strange Indeed.

There's something brewing quite a distance from the eruption, but is quite obviously directly related. We're talking about enormous energies here.


Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano Erupts

Popocatepetl volcano has erupted sending columns of ash into the sky.

The 5,400-metre volcano erupted with a plume of ash after shaking for several minutes early on Friday. Civil protection authorities reported that the cloud drifted west before turning back eat towards Puebla City.

Lying j37 miles southeast of Mexico city and its 18 million inhabitants it remains to be seen how the ash cloud will effect the megalopolis.

The volcano's activity has been reported as stable and there is no threat to populated areas. However, authorities have urged people to stay at least seven miles from the area and to await further information from Mexico's national disaster prevention agency.

The gas cloud is the largest in many years with authorities eagerly keeping watch over any potential change in activity.

Popocatepetl has had more than 15 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519.