Fernandina volcano erupts, lava flow reaching the ocean, Galapagos
A new eruption started at Fernandina volcano (Cerro la Cumbre) in Ecuador around 15:00 UTC on June 16, 2018, IGEPN reports. This large shield volcano is a part of Galapagos volcanic archipelago.Its last eruption occurred in September 2017. The eruption is taking place on the north-northeast flank of the volcano and is so far characterized by the emission of lava flows and a gas column rising up to 3 km (1.8 miles) and drifting southwest. According to the personnel of the Galapagos National Park, the lava flow has already reached the ocean. The eruption of Fernandina volcano on June 16, 2018. Credit: Sabina Estupiñan, Marcelo Izquierdo and Daniel Muñoz There are no human settlements in the area of the eruption and until IGEPN's latest report on June 16, there was no evidence of ash emission. The agency is advising residents and tourists to stay away from the area in eruption and in particular from the area where lav…
Strong eruption at Sakurajima volcano, pyroclastic flow, ashfall reported in Kagoshima, Japan
A strong eruption took place from Sakurajima's Minamidake crater volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018 (07:20 JST, June 16). The eruption sent ash up to 4.7 km (15 400 feet) above the crater (5.8 km (19 000 feet) above sea level) and produced several pyroclastic flows.  Ashfall was reported in the city of Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima prefecture, located 8 km (5 miles) west of the volcano. jaime s. sincioco@jaimessincioco