Eruptions

Monday Musings, Part 2 (UPDATED)

Some more volcano news for the day …

UPDATE 10:40AM Eastern: It has been pointed out to me that both of these articles are old. They apparently made it into my Google News feed thanks to a glitch in the magic interweb tubes somewhere. Just goes to show that blogging before coffee on a Monday after traveling across the country = bad idea. Sorry for any confusion.


A summit dome at Kelud during the 2007 eruption.

  • OLD NEWS ABOUT SARYCHEV PEAK IN JUNE 2009. An unnamed Russian volcano in Kamchatka is disrupting flights from Canada to Asia. No ID in the article on which volcano, and I couldn’t find anything on the KVERT website or much news on the VAAC. Based on the brief note from the Anchorage VAAC, my guess is it could be Shiveluch, but that is just guessing based on which volcanoes have been active this summer. I’ll post any new info as I see it (and feel free to do the same).
  • REALLY OLD NEWS ABOUT KELUD FROM NOVEMBER 2007. HOWEVER, IT STILL ILLUSTRATES AN IMPORTANT POINT. Mt. Kelud (aka Kelut) is showing signs of a potential large eruption, but up to 25,000 settlers around the volcano in Indonesia refuse to leave. There has been concern seismic tremor at the volcano and a marked increase in the water temperature at the summit lake – all signs that magma is likely entering the main edifice. People living near the volcano (understandably) don’t want to leave their homes or farms, however it is disturbing to read reports of misguided folk remedies such as:

    Some apparently believe a local myth, which says that if residents turn off all the lights and speak softly, then the mountain won’t erupt.

    This is when it becomes plainly clear that the first step towards proper mitigation for a volcano disaster is educating the public. The 1990 eruption of Kelud was a VEI 4 and lead to evacuations and fatalities.

Comments

  1. #1 Rodger Wilson
    August 10, 2009

    Hi Eric,

    If you’re getting some of your international volcano info from seismic/volcanonews.com,…there seems to be some kind of computer glitch this morning where archived news pieces are being posted (i.e.,…the Kelud piece and others). So,..back to the volcano doldrums for now. Stand-by if Kizimen decides to go ahead and erupt though,…Russian volcanologists have long predicted it to be a doozy!

  2. #2 Miri
    August 10, 2009

    Hi Dr. Erik, the news stories for Kelud and the Russian volcano are both out of date but Google News Updates is circulating them as if they are new. I got them both today as well. The Kelud story is from Nov 2007, the Russian one from June this year (Sarychev, I guess). There’s no new activity at either place!

  3. #3 Erik Klemetti
    August 10, 2009

    Rodger and Miri, you’re both right. I need to pay attention to the datelines. Indeed, the Kelud piece is from November 2007 and the air travel warning is from June 2009 (so regarding Sarychev Peak). I’ll fix these right away.

  4. #4 theroachman
    August 10, 2009

    It may be old news but the cool photo makes up for it.

    Hope things are starting to normalize and you are settling well Doc.

    I think I need some coffee too.

  5. #5 Brian
    August 10, 2009

    That reminds me of an incident last year. Someone was on a news web site during the middle of the night, looking at an old articles about some financial problems a company was having, but since it was in the middle of the night, the news sight put it on their “top articles viewed”, which then got picked up by Google’s robots, was fed to a lot of people (“google news alert”), and the next day the stock value of that company crashed because everyone thought the bad news was current.

    Perhaps this is what happened here. Remind me tonight not to get up at 3 AM and find an old article about a terrorist attack or a natural disaster.

  6. #6 theroachman
    August 10, 2009

    Or birth certificates

  7. #7 doug
    August 12, 2009

    Hi Dr. Klemetti,

    In one of my earlier notes I inquired what you thought about recent cluster of small earthquakes under Mt. Baker, and you responded that they looked like mass wasting events. But this got me curious about whether there is any evidence that loss of glacial ice mass on certain volcanoes is associated with an increase in volcanic activity. I seem to recall reading about this in regard to Mt. Garibaldi (across the border in BC) many years ago. Any thoughts on this? If this happens it would be an interesting climate change feedback loop

  8. #8 Kvepalai moterims
    December 12, 2010

    Greetings. First of all – beautiful blog! Secondly this article was also good and interesting to read, but I don’t think everything you have said is how it is in reality. I will need to google about few things you have mentioned in your artcile to make sure. But anyway thanks for trying and good luck on writing other articles. P.S sorry for bad English, I aren’t English native speaker.

  9. #9 Kvepalai moterims
    December 13, 2010

    Hello. First of all – fantastic blog! Secondly this information was also good and interesting to read, but I don’t think everything you have said is how it is in reality. I will need to google about few things you have mentioned in your artcile to make sure. But anyway thanks for the great effort and good luck on writing other articles. P.S sorry for bad English, I aren’t English native speaker.

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