Eruptions

Archives for June, 2009

Volcano Profile: Mt. Vesuvius

The latest in my Volcano Profiles Series, we turn to Europe and Vesuvius. You could fill many, many volumes with the works produced on Vesuvius since Roman times. This profile will barely scratch the surface when it comes to the vast geologic and human history surrounding the volcano, but it is a start. If you…

One brief note before I head out the door … Fissures formed in western Saudi Arabia during the earthquake swarm near Harrat Lunayyir during May and June 2009. Image courtesy of Ahmed Al-Hussaini. The earthquakes in the Harrat Lunayyir region of western Saudi Arabia seem to be like a character out of Monty Python and…

Eruptions break open thread

Post any new volcano news you find here! I’ll be back on June 15. Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania. Image courtesy of Peter Elliston, taken in 2006.

This will likely be my last new post for the next week or so. I’ll be off to my home town for a wedding and a reunion. If you’re jonesing for up to date volcano info, be sure to visit the Volcanism Blog or the European Volcanological Society news page. Feel free to post any…

We’ve already talked about how many active volcanoes reside in Indonesia, but this week’s USGS/SI update just drives that point home. Listed in the update are no less than 5 volcanoes were activity is being seen or is on the increase (Karangetang, Slamet, Dukono, Batu Tara and Makian). This doesn’t mean mention the activity at…

Wednesday Whatzits

This week’s edition of Wednesday Whatzits could have been called “Miércoles Materia” as all the updates are for South American volcano. Enjoy! Tungurahua in Ecuador (Note: all links in spanish) INGEOMINAS in Colombia is reporting that Nevado del Huila experienced 343 earthquakes over the past week, suggesting that something is brewing at the volcano. This…

Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica. Turrialba, one of Costa Rica’s active volcanoes, is apparently showing signs of life according to a brief report by Teletica 7 (in spanish). There is increased seismic activity and elevated gas emissions at the volcano that last erupted in 2007* and 1866 prior to that. The fumarolic activity at the…

Fissures formed by seismicity in the Al-Ais region of Saudi Arabia. Image courtesy of Ahmed Al-Hussaini. Although it seemed last week that the earthquakes in western Saudi Arabia were subsiding last week, there have been a number of reports that there was still significant seismicity in the area over the weekend. Earthquakes in the M2.5-3.5…

Karangetang in Indonesia erupting during the mid 1990s. Image courtesy of VolcanoWorld. The alert level at Karangetang, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, was raised to Orange over the weekend and people living near the volcano have been evacuated. The volcano is apparently already producing ash and lava flows, but it is mostly…

Redoubt steaming away on May 4, 2009. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS Fairly quiet weekend (except for the start of the College World Series regionals … I do have a favored team*), volcanically speaking, but the ever-vigilant folks up in Alaska are keeping an eye on Redoubt as the eruption of 2009 continues. The weekly status…