Volcanic & Seismic Activity 

Another High-Level Eruption Observed at Ulawun Volcano — Ash Column Rising to a Colossal 63,000 feet (19.2 km)

Another high-level eruption took place at Ulawun volcano at 10:30 UTC, Aug 03. It follows the ejection to 63,000 feet (19.2km) on June 26 which was the world’s first full-scale subplinian eruption since Calbuco, Chile in 2015, which ranked as a VEI 4.

A repeat of that June 26 eruption has just taken place (Aug 03), firing another colossal ash column to 63,000 feet (19.2 km) a.s.l. and comfortably into the stratosphere, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin,

Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10 km) have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

This large eruption was preceded by two smaller, though still significant puffs, on Aug 03 — one to 25,000 feet (7.6 km) and the other to 50,000 feet (15.2km). While two powerful ejections have occurred since the ‘big one’ — both to an estimated 45,000 feet (13.7 km) a.s.l.

This latest eruptive activity looks set to be at least as big as 2000’s eruption, which ranked as a VEI 4.

Satellite imagery shows a large circular cloud over the volcano:

The Rabaul Volcano Observatory sent out an alert of “increasing seismicity” on Aug 02.

The volcano, located on the remote Bismarck Archipelago, is listed as one of 16 “Decade Volcanoes” targeted for research because they pose a significant risk of large, violent eruptions.

Stay tuned for updates.


Ulawun, also known locally as the “Father” is a symmetrical large stratovolcano on New Britain Island.

It is one Papua New Guinea’s most active and most dangerous volcanoes. And rising to 2334 m, it’s also the highest of the 1000 km long chain of the Bismarck volcanic arc which stretches from Rabaul volcano in the East to Wewak in the west and contains no less than 21 active volcanoes. 

The “Father” has a busy eruptive history, peppered with VEI 2s and 3s — it’s largest confirmedexplosion began on Sept 28, 2000 and last for around a month, eventually registering as a 4 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index, according to www.volcano.si.edu.

This latest eruptive activity looks set to be at least as big as that.

Stratovolcano: 2334 m / 7,657 ft 
Papua New Guinea: -5.05°S / 151.33°E 
Current statusMAJOR ERUPTION (5 out of 5)

Eruption list: 2010-2011 (ongoing), 2000-08, 1994, 1993, 1989, 1985, 1984-85, 1984, 1983-84, 1980, 1978, 1973, 1970, 1967, 1963, 1960-62, 1958, 1951?, 1941, 1937?, 1927, 1919, 1918, 1915, 1898, 1878, 1700

For more see VolcanoDiscovery.com


Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in our sun.

The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.

Check out these link for more info: 



Grand Solar Minimum + Pole Shift

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