Eruptions

Archives for April, 2009

Llaima eruption from space

Llaima in Chile, taken on April 9, 2009. Image courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory. The NASA Earth Observatory (currently celebrating its 10th year) has posted a number of great images of the current eruption of Llaima in Chile, taken from Earth Observing-1 and Terra Satellites. They show both the ash plume of the eruption…

Tambora, Indonesia There are big eruptions, then there are big eruptions. On April 10, 1815, Tambora, a volcano in Indonesia, produced one of the largest eruptions in human history. This eruption produced what became known as the “year without a summer” after the volcanic aerosols from the eruption produced some of the coldest summers in…

Your weekly dose of volcanic activity. As a sidenote, you can now get placemarks for the weekly activity report via Google Earth. Select “Google Earth Placemarks” from the SI / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report page. Highlights of this week’s report: New explosions at Ebeko. See my article today for more details. More evidence of…

Llaima in Chile erupting in 2009. A quick note to pass along about the ongoing eruption at Llaima in Chile. The eruption did seem to be waning earlier in the week, but the news now is that debris from the eruption is partially blocking the vent. The cone of pyroclastic material (tephra) that has been…

Back in the ol’ WordPress days, I did try to have a Mailbag column here on Eruptions. I’d like to restart that here on ScienceBlogs, so if you have any volcano-related questions (or heck, any questions), please email them to me at ewklemett (at symbol) gmail (dot) com. After I get enough questions, I’ll answer…

Canlaon volcano, Philippines Geothermal energy is one of those sources of energy that might be able to solve a lot of the planet’s energy problems – heck, the Earth has a lot of heat it is trying to get rid of, so taking that heat and turning into energy seems like an easy (and clean?)…

Image courtesy of KVERT, taken by L. Kotenko on Marhc 18, 2009. To me, one volcanic arc about which I wish I knew more is the Kuril-Kamchatka arc. I’m well aware of how active it is, with giants composite volcanoes like Bezymianny, Koryak, Klyuchevskoi and many, many others. This arc of volcanoes, although in a…

Llaima erupting at night in April 2009. Brief update for those of you following the somewhat spectacular eruption (above and below) going on at Llaima in Chile. The latest reports indicate the eruption is waning (in spanish) with less ash and explosions (in spanish) being produced. However, ONEMI, the Chilean Emergency Office, continues to keep…

Image courtesy of AVO/USGS taken by Kristi Wallace showing the eruption plume on March 31, 2009. Today’s update will be relatively brief: AVO has returned Redoubt to Orange/Watch status after this weekend’s eruptions. The new dome continues to grow and this is accompanied by the usual volcanic seismicity associated with dome construction. We should expect…

Popocatépetl from the ISS on January 23, 2001 It might be (and is likely) just normal behavior for Popocatépetl in Mexico, but the volcano produced six plumes over the last 24 hours, according to a report out of Mexico City (in spanish). Officials from El Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (The National Center for…