OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

A New Year, A Continuing Eruption

 

Mount Sinabung, a volcano located on the island of Sumatra, in Indonesia, is still erupting.

 

sinabung map

 

As one of the 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, its current eruption started in September 2013 and has since erupted over several times a day. The initial eruptions of ash and lava have escalated into pyroclastic flows that have stretched kilometers out from the flanks of the volcano. 

Sakurajima Volcano in Japan erupts for 500th time this year!

Sakurajima Volcano, located in southern Japan about 950 km from Tokyo (see map below), erupted for the 500th time this August, 2013. The explosive eruption of Mt Sakurajima, a 1117-meter peak, left the city of Kagoshima covered with volcanic ash (see photo below), causing train delays and poor visibility, forcing the residents of Kagoshima to use masks and umbrellas to protect themselves from the ash. The eruption also resulted in a small flow that traveled 1 km from the crater. The eruption sent a volcanic plume 5000 m in the air, as seen in the photo below.  

Amazing images of Pavlof Volcano erupting in Alaska!

These pictures of Pavlof Volcano in Alaska were not taken by satellite, but rather were taken by astronauts living on board the International Space Station on May 18, 2013. Pavlof volcano is located in the Aleutian Islands about 625 miles southwest of Anchorage, Alaska.