Eruptions

Archives for April, 2009

Volcano monitoring. Image courtesy of the USGS. Last night I had the opportunity to see a talk given by YVO Scientist-in-Charge Dr. Jake Lowenstern as part of the Volcanological Society of Sacramento meeting and he gave a great talk on the state of volcano monitoring today in the U.S. He laid out a lot of…

The weekly USGS/SI roundup is out. Highlights (beyond Slamet) include: Explosions (some heard 25 km away) and incandescent blocks that started fires at Galeras, Colombia. Ash and tephra being thrown tens of meters into the air and a 4-m tall spatter cone being built at Pacaya, Guatemala Also in Guatemala, Santa Maria’s Santiaguito dome produced…

Descabezado Grande, Chile showing increased fumarolic activity in 2009. Well, if they didn’t have enough already between Llaima and Chaiten, another volcano in southern Chile has started erupting. Descabezado Grande (roughly translated: “The Big Beheaded One”) has erupted or is showing of eruption (in spanish and NOTE that the picture in the article is of…

Wednesday Whatzits

This is another busy Wednesday for me as the Geology Dept. at UC Davis will be hosting Dr. Jacob Lowenstern, USGS scientist and director of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. He will be giving the weekly seminar, along with another talk in the evening at Sacramento State as part of the Volcanological Society of Sacramento meeting…

Mt. Pinatubo, Philippines taken by STS-050 in July 1992. Image courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory Few websites offer so many unique views of active volcanism than the NASA Earth Observatory. That is why I’d like to wish the EO a happy 10th birthday. The website first came online April 29, 1999. Keep up the…

One of the best resources for volcanism on the planet needs someone to run it: National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. anticipates hiring a distinguished scientist to become the Director of the Global Volcanism Program and to conduct a research program in volcanology in the Department of Mineral Sciences. As a Federal…

Eruption at Shiveluch from space

Shiveluch volcano in Russia. Image courtesy of KVERT. Over this past weekend, Shiveluch in Kamchatka experienced a plinian eruption, producing a 7-km / 23,000 foot ash column. The NASA Terra satellite caught a great image of the ash plume over the snowy landscape of the Kamchatkan Peninsula on April 26, 2009. KVERT issued these comments…

Mt. Slamet, Indonesia, with agricultural fields in the foreground. I’ll be brief, mostly because I’m still lost in a haze of jetlag and allergies, but … Mt. Slamet on the island of Java in Indonesia is showing signs of a “major eruption”. Preparations have begun by the Indonesian government to evacuate people in the event…

Volcano Profile: Mt. Hood

Back in the days when Eruptions was on WordPress, I held a vote about what volcano should be the next to be profiled on this blog. The winner was Mt. Hood in Oregon, and after much waiting, the profile is here. I will actually be out of town until Monday doing some house shopping in…

Satellite image of the island of Tenerife with the main vent of the volcano (El Teide) in the central part of the island. I will be out of town for the next few days, so I thought I’d leave this thread for breaking volcano news that any of you Eruptions readers notice. However, I couldn’t…