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Tavurvur Ejects Clouds of Ash in PNG

Posted by feww on December 8, 2009

Rabaul Volcano’s Tavurvur Cone Spews Ash

On June 25, 2009 Fire Earth Moderators  said:

FEWW expects ongoing activity, punctuated by explosive eruptions by the volcano, for the rest of 2009 and possibly most of 2010.

Since a major eruption in 1994 that forced the complete evacuation of the nearby city of Rabaul [it covered parts of the city in more than a foot of ash,] Rabaul Volcano on the island of New Britain has remained intermittently active. Rabaul is a large caldera volcano whose eastern rim has been breached and flooded by the sea. Numerous vents and cones occur around the rim, including Tavurvur Cone, which was erupting when this image was captured by the Advanced Land Imager on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 (EO-1) satellite on November 30, 2009.

From November 20–26, strong eruptions from Tavurvur shot ash plumes 1.5 km  into the air and “showered the flanks with lava fragments that were incandescent at night.” said a report.  Rabaul Caldera was formed after an eruption that occurred  about 2,500 (± 1,000) years ago. NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon. Caption by Rebecca Lindsey. [Edited by FEWW]

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One Response to “Tavurvur Ejects Clouds of Ash in PNG”

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