Eruptions

Archives for August, 2009

Monday Musings

First day of class! As you might imagine, I’m a little scattered (well, with classes and the fact that we bought a house over the weekend. You know, just that). The Tavurvur Crater at Rabaul erupting in 1994. News! The Examiner.com (SF) has a slideshow and brief article on the current excavations of ruins buried…

Friday Flotsam

Not much in volcano news, however a lot of earthquake news this morning. Did anyone else notice that two M6+ earthquakes occurred last night within one minute of each other last night (eastern daylight time)? The first was in the Banda Sea near Indonesia at 01:51:19 UTC (M6.8), the next was in northern Qinhai in…

Koryaksky (Koryak) in Russia Yesterday in the USGS/SI update, I mentioned the current eruption going on at Koryaksky (a.k.a. Koryak). Today, the NASA Earth Observatory has some images of the plume from the Russian volcano heading out to the east over the Peninsula. The plume itself looks fairly diffuse and mostly whitish steam rather than…

The slow summer for volcanic eruptions continue. Only 11 updates in this week’s USGS/SI report. Thanks again to SI’s Sally Kuhn Sennert for compiling the news! Highlights this week include (not including Kilauea) include: Tungurahua in Ecuador produced some minor lahars on August 21 to go with steam-and-gas emissions. Popocatépetl in Mexico produced an ash…

Monday Musings

Some brief notes before I dive headlong into the exciting world of faculty orientation! A small steam plume coming from Turrialba in Costa Rica. Photo taken in August 2007. There are some preliminary reports of the state of wildlife (and everything) around Kasatochi Island in the Aleutians from the US F&W and USGS team that…

Halema`uma`u Update for 8/21/2009

The summit crater at Kilauea in Hawai’i has had a busy summer and now that fall is around the corner (yikes!), there is a bit of new info on activity in the crater. Halema`uma`u Crater emitting a steam plume in January, 2009. First off, the NASA Earth Observatory released an image of the steaming crater…

My favorite volcano books

I’ve gotten a number of questions about volcano books as of late, so I thought I’d write a little post detailing my favorite volcano-related tomes, mostly pitched towards people without a geology-background, but some technical books for those of you who want the gory details (and be sure, they can be very, very gory). Pumice…

Busy today with scouting out some field location for the class I’ll be teaching this fall. Here’s this week’s USGS/SI Weekly Volcano Report. The report is a little more eventful than last week’s, so enjoy! Kliuchevskoi Volcano in Kamchatka, taken summer of 2009 by Theresa Kayzar. Highlights include: Three volcanoes on the Kamchatka Peninsula are…

Monday Musings

I knew that the minute I said I’d be back to a “regular” posting schedule that I would fail miserably, so maybe the less said, the better. Cerro Galan caldera in Argentina (taken from space). Thanks to all the readers who have been avidly discussing a number of fascinating topics over the weekend. I have…

Even the SI/USGS Weekly Volcano Report seems a little light — welcome to the dog days of summer! Highlights from this week’s report include: “Thunderous sounds”, incandescence and small plumes (hundreds of meters) with more frequent seismicity at Ibu in Indonesia. A sharp increase in sulfur dioxide output was noted at Mayon in the Philippines…