Sunday, January 13, 2013

Manam volcano: large explosive eruption sending ash plume to 45,000 ft altitude

A large eruption seems to have occurred yesterday morning around 05:30 GMT from Manam volcano in Madang province.
Manam volcano (Credit: Wally Johnson /Australia Bureau of Mineral Resources)
Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC)  Darwin reported an ash plume rising to 45,000 ft (approx. 14 km) altitude.
A hot spot is visible on MODIS satellite data. 
MODIS hot spot visible on Manam (data summarised from past seven days, does not yet include the recent eruption)

For the moment, no precise other information about the nature of the eruption is available, as the island is remote and most of its population had been relocated after the last major activity in 2004.

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