Eruptions

Archives for May, 2008

Tortoises vs. the volcano

I always find it interesting how and why news of a volcanic eruption makes it into the press. Sometimes it is just to report the eruption itself, however, a lot of the time it is more to report the “human interest” side of the story, or in this case, the wildlife side of the story.…

We’ve been hearing a lot of conflicting reports about the state and future of the Chaiten eruption. Now ending its fourth week of eruption, Chaiten was said to be easing up a bit, but recent reports have Luis Lara from the SERNAGEOMIN still worried about a potential collapse, followed by a devastating eruption. I’ll have to…

I only post this because this is the sort of meaningless, unintelligible science journalism that drives me nuts. It doesn’t really elucidate anything to the general public and it offers no details for the experts. I don’t even know exactly what the findings were, because based on the article, this is nothing new. This is…

This isn’t really new activity, but a report on the ongoing activity at Soufriere Hills on Montserrat in the West Indies. Soufriere Hills is a composite volcano that has been erupting for almost 11 years now, producing pyroclastic flows and ash fall that have wiped out entire towns on the island of Montserrat. Most of…

The Oregonian reports on the on-going desire to develop geothermal power in the Oregon and California Cascades and backarc. There have been attempted (or at least exploration) to develop geothermal power at Newberry Volcano, Crater Lake and Medicine Lake, but none have ever panned out. Well, it seems like this time it might happen, and…

Chaiten ash cancels flights

Some news from the Chaiten eruption. Apparently, LanChile has cancelled some flights around the region of southern Chile due to the ash. They likely implies that the eruption column is bigger than reported by the SERNAGEOMIN on Monday, but the report has little in the way of details. Sounds like the volcano is still huffing…

Etna Images

If you’re interested in the latest eruption at Mt. Etna (Italy), here are some great images posted at Stromboli Online. Nothing like some good spatter amongst friends.

Although the mainstream media seems to have lost interest in the Chaiten eruption beyond the “human interest” (or should I say “salmon interest”) aspect of the eruption, there is still a lot going on at the volcano. The SERNAGEOMIN recently released this excellent photo of the erupting caldera: What is pretty clear here is thank…

Hat tip to the Volcanism Blog

Looks like a lot of you have found my (fairly new) Eruptions blog via the kind post over on another excellent volcano blog, the aptly titled Volcanism Blog. That blog is run by Dr. Ralph Harrington, a historian, and I have to admit, does a much more thorough job with some of the foreign language media reports…

I’m always amazed by the number of volcanic eruptions captured by satellites that we might not have ever even had known occurred otherwise. Case in point is Rabaul on the island of New Britain in Papua New Guinea. An Aqua satellite captured this shot of Rabaul erupting on May 20th, leaving a gorgeous plume heading…