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Archives for November, 2009

Mystery Volcano Photo #14

Well, now that Lockwood got #13 on the first try, I will have to reach back into my vault to attempt to find a stumper … Current Standings: Don Crain – 2 gijs – 2 volcanista – 1 Lockwood – 1 Elizabeth – 1 Ralph – 1 Anne – 1 Cam – 1 gg –…

Mystery Volcano Photo #13

Busy week leading up to Thanksgiving for me, with a talk to give later in the week and quizzes a plenty! The Mystery Volcano Photo series has a couple clear frontrunners now, with both Don Crain and Gijs with multiple points. Current Standings: Don Crain – 2 gijs – 2 volcanista – 1 Elizabeth –…

The email eating machine

Just a note to all my readers: I’ve discovered today that Gmail has been eating (sending to the Spam folder) a significant amount of emails I’ve received to eruptionsblog gmail.com. This includes some of the questions submitted to Dr. Behncke (and other emails I’m sure) and comments pending on the blog. Sorry about the inconvenience,…

We’ve arrived at Friday. The local time is 8:45 A.M. Set your watches accordingly. Batur, Indonesia Some news! More evacuations have been authorized near Mayon as the volcano continues to show signs of significant eruption. Activity has quieted some since Tuesday’s explosion, but PHIVOLC still expresses concern that an eruption in impending within weeks. I’ll…

Mayon volcano in Albay province, Philippines. Yesterday, Mayon in the Philippines, which has been showing signs that it might be headed towards a significant eruption, produced an ash plume that reached as high as 3.5 km / 12,000 feet according to some reports. Evacuations of villages near the volcano have begun, while many other towns…

Busy week at the Italian volcanoes

The volcanoes of Italy must have known that Dr. Boris Behncke would be in the Q&A spotlight here at Eruptions because three have shown signs of new activity over the last week. Here is a quick summary based on information from Dr. Behncke and Sonia Calvari of IGVN. Etna erupting in 1989. Image by Dr.…

Geologic and structural map showing the extent of the Campi Flegrei caldera on the north of the Bay of Naples, Italy. Image courtesy of INGV. One of the writing assignments I always enjoyed in high school was the “compare and contrast”. You could sit back and look for stylistic differences between writers and texts –…

Mystery Volcano Photo #12

Alright, there has been some complaints that the last few MVPs have been too easy, so I tried to reach back and find one that might be more of a challenge for you all. Maybe this photo will do the trick … Current standings: Don Crain – 2 volcanista – 1 Elizabeth – 1 Ralph…

On the media (or press)

It seems like I’ve been stepping on a lot of people’s toes lately, so in an effort to foster more camaraderie and less belligerence between the “old media” (this is not derogatory, but rather refers to anything pre-internet news source or classic journalistic source) and “new media” (this includes internet-era news sources, bloggers and the…

Piton de la Fournaise erupting on November 5, 2009. Image by Julian Balboni in Clicanoo. Eruptions reader Richard Oliver pointed out to me that Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion Island erupted (in french) on Thursday night. The volcano produced at least two lava flows that reached the ocean flowed downslope to ~1970 m above…