Volcanic Unrest in Europe and Latin America
Start: October 1, 2011
Duration: 48 months
University of Bristol (UK)
University of Leeds (UK)
Geophysical Institute (Ecuador)
Seismic Research Unit (Trinidad and Tobago)
The VUELCO project consortium has come together for a multi-disciplinary attack on the origin, nature and significance of volcanic unrest from the scientific contributions generated by collaboration of ten partners in Europe and Latin America. Dissecting the science of monitoring data from unrest periods at six type volcanoes in Italy, Spain, the West Indies, Mexico and Ecuador the consortium will create global strategies for 1) enhanced monitoring capacity and value, 2) mechanistic data interpretation and 3) identification of reliable eruption precursors; all from the geophysical, geochemical and geodetic fingerprints of unrest episodes.
Tungurahua Volcano Erupts
(Photo credit: IGEPN)
Ecuadorian Volcano, Tungurahua, has erupted dramatically this month with ash plumes as high as six miles into the atmosphere! Known as 'the throat of fire', the last major eruption was between 1916 and 1918, although there have been long term minor eruptions since. IGEPN reports that minor ashfall was reported in El Manzano (8 km SW) and Cahuaji on 26 March. Seismicity was at moderate levels and then declined during 28 March-1 April. Lahars on 31 March traveled down the Vascún (N) and Mapayacu (SW) drainages, carrying blocks up to 1 m in diameter in the latter drainage.' The GVP database provides information on the latest activity as well as eruptive history of the volcano.