Archive | June 12, 2015

Alert level raised at Asama Volcano in Japan

Volcano Alert

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) raised the alert of the volcano from 1 to 2 (on a scale of 1-5), as the volcano has recently been showing growing signs of unrest – increased seismic activity and strongly elevated gas emissions.
Seismicity started to show a weak upward trend already in early 2014, but then stagnated until past April, when the number of daily,and relatively shallow (2-3 km depth) earthquakes detected rose to over 80, the highest level since the volcano had quieted down after its last eruption in 2009.
According to a news article, gas emissions (SO2) have risen from averages of 100 tons/day in May to 500 tons/day on 8 June and 1,700 tons/day yesterday.
An access restriction of 2 km around the active Kamayama crater has been put in place.
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Lava dome is growing bigger at Sinabung Volcano in Sumatra, Indonesia

Sinabung volcano’s lava dome on 10 June (Photo: Sadrah Peranginangin / facebook)
The lava dome at the volcano’s summit continues to grow at a rate of approx 100,000 cubic meters per day. Small to moderate pyroclastic flows during the past week have mostly removed the viscous lobe on the upper southeast flank.
As lava continues to accumulate at the dome itself, more pyroclastic flows are likely to occur in the near future. Authorities are considering extending the exclusion zone in the southern sector.
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Subject To Change

Depth: 42 km

Distances: 270km (168mi) NNE of Bamboo Flat, India
272km (169mi) NNE of Port Blair, India
319km (198mi) SW of Bogale, Burma
320km (199mi) SW of Mawlamyinegyunn, Burma
692km (430mi) SSW of Nay Pyi Taw, Burma


Subject To Change

Depth: 12 km

Distances: 28km (17mi) N of Ranau, Malaysia
31km (19mi) ESE of Kota Belud, Malaysia
72km (45mi) ENE of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
72km (45mi) ENE of Donggongon, Malaysia
237km (147mi) NE of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei

Subject To Change

Depth: 48 km

Distances: 134km (83mi) S of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
214km (133mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
358km (222mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
389km (242mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
690km (429mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea


Subject To Change

Depth: 40 km

Distances: 244 km SW of Apia, Samoa / pop: 40,407 / local time: 00:07:06.6 2015-06-13
219 km S of Gataivai, Samoa / pop: 1,141 / local time: 00:07:06.6 2015-06-13

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MERS VIRUS kills 10th person with 1000’s isolated in South Korea

Epidemic Alert

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they believe the disease has peaked.
The victim was a 65-year-old man who had been treated for lung cancer and was hospitalized in the same facility as another MERS patient, the Health Ministry said. The outbreak of Middle East respiratory syndrome has caused panic in South Korea. It has infected more than 120 people since the first case, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to the Middle East, was diagnosed on May 20.
About 3,800 people remained isolated Thursday after possible contact with infected people, according to the ministry, and more than 2,600 schools and kindergartens across South Korea were closed.
On Wednesday, experts from the World Health Organization and South Korea urged the schools’ reopening as the outbreak in the country has so far been contained to hospitals and there is no evidence of sustained transmission in the community.
South Korean officials believe the outbreak may have peaked, although they say the next few days will be crucial to determining whether their efforts to isolate patients and control the disease have worked. Three people diagnosed with MERS were released from hospitals Thursday, bringing the total discharged to seven.
President Park Geun-hye postponed her planned US visit scheduled next week to focus on coping with the outbreak.
Most of the deaths so far have been of people who had been suffering from pre-existing medical conditions, such as respiratory problems or cancer.
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