GLOBAL VOLCANISM: The Volcano Report For April 2, 2014 – Ubinas Volcano Rumblies To Life In Peru, Dozens Evacuated; The Karymsky Volcano Spews 2km Ash Column On The Kamchatka Peninsula; And Activity Resumes Mount Etna’s New Southeast Crater In Italy!

April 02, 2014 – WORLDWIDE VOLCANOES – The following constitutes the new activity, unrest and ongoing reports of volcanoes across the globe.

Ubinas (Peru): A volcano in Peru that has not blown its top in four decades spewed more ash skyward on Tuesday, after authorities evacuated villagers to avoid Ubinas’s wrath.

Image released by the Peruvian Center of Operations of National Emergency, of the Ubinas volcano spewing ashes
in Moquegua region, 70 km from Arequipa, Peru on September 2, 2013 (AFP Photo/)

According to AFP, the volcano in southwestern Peru blasted back to life causing about 60 villagers from Querapi, near its base, to be relocated Saturday, Ubinas town mayor Pascual Coaquira said.

“We are readying a shelter for refugees from the blasts,” he added Tuesday, noting that the whole Moquegua region was on alert.

“The volcano has been emitting a lot of ash all day, the people in the town (of Ubinas) are having some problems breathing, the mayor added. They have been given masks, he said.

Peru’s geological and mining agency (Ingemmet) said lava had been building up in recent weeks, and warned locals they should prepare for the possibility of more evacuations.

In the broader Moquegua area plus Arequipa and Tacna, there are about 40 volcanoes, most dormant.

Etna (Sicily, Italy): After a few days of apparent calm, new activity resumes on Etna: weak strombolian activity occurs at the NSEC and renewed small lava effusion from a fissure vent at the eastern base of the cone.

Thermal image of the lava flow (Monte Cagliato webcam, INGV Catania)

Current tremor amplitude (ECPNZ station, INGV Catania)

Seismic tremor is slowly increasing

Karymsky (Kamchatka, Russia): The Karymsky volcano has been highly active since the beginning of March.

ITAR-TASS/Igor Vainshtein

The Karymsky volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula has spewed a two-kilometer ash column. The eruption poses no hazard to the local population, the Kamchatka Volcano Eruption Response Team (KVERT) told ITAR-TASS on Tuesday.

The ash plume has spread to a distance of 50 kilometres southeast. There are no populated localities on its way, experts said.

The orange aviation color code has been assigned to the volcano. It warns of the hazard to aircraft posed by volcanic ash particles.

The Karymsky volcano has been highly active since the beginning of March. It has been spewing ash columns to a height of up to two thousand meters above sea level.

Karymsky is one of the most active volcanoes of Kamchatka. Its height is 1,536 meters. The volcano that belongs to the central part of the Eastern volcanic belt of Kamchatka is located 30 kilometres from the Pacific coast and 125 kilometres from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. There are no settlements in close proximity to the volcano. The volcano has been active since January 1996.

Complete Earthquake list (worldwide) for April 2, 2014.

SOURCES: Volcano Discovery | Yahoo | ITAR-TASS.

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