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    Nearly all of the eruptions have been explosive with VEI of 2-3. The lava-flow rate slowed to 3-5 m a day, likely because it was no longer being fed. During 2017, sporadic explosions occurred between late June through early November with ash plumes rising no more than 3 km in altitude (BGVN 42:12). Plume extends 80 NM W of volcano, height to 4 km. The Alert Level was raised to Stage 3 (the second highest level on a four-stage scale). On the 8th and 11th there followed peaks of over 20 units. | May When the system was restored, daily earthquake totals were ~400-500. For example, 04/2240Z means the fourth day of the stated month at 2240 UTC (i.e. The maximum daily number of recorded events was ~350. During 23-26 February gray ash plumes occasionally drifted NE, SW, and NW. Lava flowed throughout the eruption. Four Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAAC): Tokyo, Washington, Darwin, and Wellington, have an interest in this volcano, because plumes may enter their areas of responsibility (figure 12). Information Contacts: D. Lolok, and C. McKee, RVO. Volcano seismicity was low, with daily totals of 20-30 recorded events.". Most advanced less than 4 km from the crater, but a few traveled about 5 km downslope. Data were provided by the Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO) and Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC). A large eruption in 1915 deposited 10 cm of ash at Toriu, 50 km northeast of the volcano. The eruption intensified at 1900 and a lava fountain rose more than 100 m above the crater rim. Volcanic tremor occurred at Ulawun on 24 September at 2200 through 30 September. RVO reported diffuse gray plumes that rose 200-500 m above Ulawun during 16-21 July 2010. The plumes appeared white-gray on occasions and were unusually strong bluish white gray over the last three days of the period. RVO reported that during 1-12 October white and sometimes light gray emissions rose from Ulawun’s summit crater. During the last few days of April 1978, a number of barely discernible events, probably of the same kind, were recorded (mostly on 27-29 April) and a few were seen every day until the start of the eruption. Activity remained low from September through December 1994. Ash plume observed on satellite imagery [27/]2030Z. Wisps of blue vapor were reported on 4-5, 7, and 12-14 July. Seismicity remained low until 27-29 October; it increased again and peaked on 30 October, reaching an RSAM value of 1,700 before dropping and fluctuating around 1,200-1,500. The plume then detached and drifted S and then SE. White vapor plumes were emitted during 2-6 July, and occasional roaring noises were reported during 1-3 July. "Dry tilt measurements indicated summit area deflation of up to 55 µrad since the last eruption in November 1985. remained at a low, non-eruptive level throughout February. Note that a 16 January 2001 VAAC report of Ulawun emitting a cloud, ashes, and 'flames' ~ 10.6 km altitude, which was not confirmed by satellite imagery or RVO, has not previously been mentioned in the Bulletin. RVO reported that during 19-22 May gray-to-brown ash plumes rose above Ulawun and fine ash fell on the NW and W flanks. . "One or more nuées ardentes traveled down the SE flank at the peak of this phase, starting at about 1545, but were not directly observed, being on the opposite side of the volcano to the observation post. Fine ash fell in Ubili and Ulamona on the NW flank on 26 May. Quiet during early 2004; thin ash plumes 12-14 April. The Darwin VAAC reported that ash plumes from Ulawun were visible on satellite imagery on 21, 22, and 25 December drifting ENE, NW, and SW, respectively. This activity built the dark-colored islands of Nea and Palea Kameni inside the caldera. A weak, steady glow was observed on 27 March. Similar summit activity was reported on 4 February with occasional booming noises between 1300 and 1400. On 6 June, satellite imagery of Ulawun showed a plume up to 3 km a.s.l. Microscopic examination of ash samples indicates that the ash is very fine grained with a large proportion of accessory material. "Z," spoken as Zulu, is shorthand for Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Most ejecta were contained by the crater walls, but occasional larger explosions showered the upper flanks of the volcano with incandescent tephra. According to the Darwin VAAC, a steam-and-ash emission from Ulawun was identified in satellite images and reported by ground observers on 5 October, rising to an altitude of 4.6 km (15,000 ft) a.s.l. The summit crater released white vapours in weak to moderate volume on most days. The long-term deformation trend based on measurements from an electronic tiltmeter is slow deflation of the summit area. Sources: Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO); United Nations in Papua New Guinea. According to the Darwin VAAC, during 1-5 July ash plumes drifted 55-195 km at an altitude of 3 km. A team of officers from RVO and West New Britain Provincial Disaster Office informed communities on the activity status of Ulawun. Thermal anomalies, based on MODIS satellite instruments analyzed using the MODVOLC algorithm, were observed at Ulawun only on 26 June 2019 (8 pixels by the Terra satellite, 4 pixels by the Aqua satellite). Low-frequency events dominated the record, although some high-frequency activity was recorded at a daily rate of 1-6 events. Earthquake amplitudes showed a progressive increase after 12 April. Emissions were more energetic on 24 August, rising 200 m. A single booming noise and weak incandescence was also reported that day. High-frequency volcanic earthquakes were recorded occasionally throughout October. The most recent eruption began in late June 2019 involving ash and gas-and-steam emissions, increased seismicity, and a pyroclastic flow (BGVN 44:09). Occasional roaring noises were heard on 28 June and during 5-6 July. On some days, emissions appeared to contain ash. The tremor ceased on 25 May. Seismicity was at a very low level and dry tilt measurements indicated no significant tilt between 18 and 21 November. Based on analyses of satellite imagery and model data, the Darwin VAAC reported that during 31 August-1 September and 5 September ash plumes from Ulawun rose to an altitude of 2.7 km (9,000 ft) a.s.l. Ash plume may reach 14 km. Incandescent nose of lava flow now lowdown in area devastated by nuee in northwest valley. ", Low-level seismicity; weak vapor emissions, "Ulawun remained at non-eruptive levels of activity with emissions restricted to weak white vapour. Unlike some of its perpetually active neighbors on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. The eruption produced a moderate amount of ashfall. . The symmetrical basaltic-to-andesitic Ulawun stratovolcano is the highest volcano of the Bismarck arc, and one of Papua New Guinea's most frequently active. on 18 January and drifted SW. RVO noted that seismicity was at a low to moderate level, dominated by small low-frequency volcanic earthquakes. On 1 May, an ash plume rose to an altitude of 4 km (13,000 ft) a.s.l. When visible, the summit released mostly white vapour in weak to moderate and occasionally large amounts. Discrete low-frequency earthquakes continued to occur in small numbers. Activity had been low from the beginning of April until the 24th, with the summit venting mainly small, occasionally moderate volumes of steam. Taal Volcano (IPA: ; Tagalog: Bulkang Taal; Spanish: Volcán Taal) is a large caldera filled by Taal Lake in the Philippines. On 30 June, RVO reported that the level of Alert at Ulawun was at "Stage 2", or that there was an increase in seismic activity above background level. A Rabaul Volcano Observatory (RVO) report noted steam plumes (figure 13) and increased seismicity at Ulawun during February 2010. on the 1st. Information Contacts: P. de Saint Ours and B. Talai, RVO. According to a news report (Radio Australia), up to 10,000 residents live adjacent to Ulawun. Seismicity remained generally low with ~20 small B-type events recorded daily. There were less forceful emissions of blue vapour, and no increase in the level of tremor associated with the increase in visual activity. A plume 5-10 km long was formed by the emissions.". During airborne COSPEC measurements on the 27th from 1150 to 1240, a diffuse white plume extended 10-15 km from the crater. The RSAM values led to discussions with civil authorities and directions to local residents throughout the night at two-hour intervals. Incandescence visible on the N flank was from either a lava flow or pyroclastic flow deposits. | September On 14 May, an ash plume from Ulawun of unknown height was visible on satellite imagery. Twentieth-century eruptions were mildly explosive until 1967, but after 1970 several larger eruptions produced lava flows and basaltic pyroclastic flows, greatly modifying the summit crater. A white vapor plume was present throughout September; it appeared to vary in thickness, probably as a result of atmospheric conditions. . Sources: Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC); Papua New Guinea Post-Courier Online. During the rest of August, the summit crater released thick white vapor. "The volcano remained quiet, releasing only moderate white vapour throughout the month. RVO reported that small, discrete, volcano-tectonic earthquakes at Ulawun began occurring more regularly around 1000 on 30 September; by 1130 they were frequent and by 1220 they were characterized as a swarm. According to RVO, during 2-12, 16-19, and 23-25 June 2010 residents heard occasional low roaring or rumbling noises daily on the ESE, SE, S, and NW flanks. An explosion began between 0430 and 0500 on 3 August; booming noises commenced around 0445. Between 0720 and 0730 several particularly strong explosions occurred, accompanied by visible shaking of the volcano, likened to the initial shaking seen in quarry blasts. A steep-walled valley cuts the NW side, and a flank lava-flow complex lies to the south of this valley. General References. During the process, alert stages one and two were declared. ", "The low level of activity . During 2-3 July occasional roaring noises were reported. RVO reported that during 1 May-23 June 2017, white plumes rose from Ulawun. The ejections occurred at a rate of 1-2 per minute, and the largest rose about 100 m. The ash content of the emissions was low, and the plume was only a few kilometers long. Sulfur dioxide plumes drifted SE on 5 and 31 January. According to the Rabaul Volcano Observatory, the main summit crater at Ulawun released weak to moderate volumes of white-gray vapor emissions over the period 6 November-22 December 2003. Seismicity was at low levels, consisting of small low-frequency earthquakes. Weak, fluctuating incandescence was observed on 22 May. Diffuse plumes drifting N and NW. and drifted W, while ash plumes that rose to 12.8-13.4 km (42,000-44,000 ft) a.s.l. At the time of the inspection, few emissions escaped the vents; however, traces of white and blue vapor wafted from other areas inside the crater. A-type volcanic events also occurred throughout February, but the month was generally quiet. Other periods of tremor-like signals were recorded on 14, 27, and 28 June, but these were probably the effects of rainstorms on the volcano. On 25 April, Ulawun began what appeared to ground-based observers as a relatively small eruption that lasted about 6 days (ending the 30th). The first recorded eruption by Dampier. Only the glow's reflection on the walls of a vent at the crater base was seen. Explosive roaring and rumbling noises stopped at about 2200 on 29 September and projections of incandescent lava fragments began to subside at about the same time. RVO stated that RSAM values peaked at about 2,500 units during 1330-1600, and then dropped to 1,600 units as the eruption subsided. Box 386, Rabaul, Papua New Guinea; Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC), Bureau of Meteorology, Northern Territory Regional Office, PO Box 40050, Casuarina, NT 0811, Australia (URL: Seismicity subsides to inter-eruptive levels. Galeras is an andesitic stratovolcano that is part of an older volcanic complex. A previous report (BGVN 31:02) described small earthquakes on 1-2 March 2006, accompanied by "gray-blue emissions." MODIS looks at every square km of the Earth every 48 hours, once during the day and once during the night, and the presence of two MODIS sensors in space allows at least four hot-spot observations every two days. On about 26 August, both amplitudes and event counts dropped by a factor of three. A webcam sometimes recoded nighttime incandescence from the area. Mount Ulawun in the West New Britain Province erupted last Wednesday, blasting rock and volcanic ash into the air and forcing the evacuation of over 10,000 people. Many clouds form around Uluwan during the daytime, so there were no other reports to confirm this activity. The eruption was predominantly strombolian in style and most of the lava was ʻaʻā. Specifically, at 2240 on the 28th the observer saw the first glow reflecting off an ash-cloud emission. However, ejection of one or more smoke rings, seen to rise rapidly to about 500 m above the summit, was reported 11-18 April. "A change in visible activity was evident from 9 January when the emissions became rich in white vapour, and ash ejections were less frequent. RVO noted that during 12-27 February, Ulawun emitted steam, sometimes forcefully. Information Contacts: H. Patia and C. McKee, RVO. Despite their increase in number, there was no marked increase in amplitude. RVO reported that during 1-6 and 10-26 May white plumes rose above Ulawun's summit crater, and during 7-9 and 27-31 May gray-brown ash plumes rose from the crater. Electronic tiltmeter trends showed inflation beginning in early August 2000. No significant visible activity was reported. Seismicity was low throughout the month.". On 21 June, a small ash plume from Ulawun was visible on satellite imagery extending NW of the volcano's summit. On 3, 6, and 7 June plumes from Ulawun were visible on satellite imagery. There was no audible noise and no glow visible from the crater at night. 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