Somehow I haven’t posted a bunch of interesting items collected over the last few weeks, so I need to catch up. A pre-emptive hat tip to everyone who has sent me links or notes that might seem familiar in this post.

Tungurahua in Ecuador erupting in 2000.


  1. #1 Boris Behncke
    January 13, 2010

    Once more, the tragedy within the tragedy is that the Haiti earthquake does not really come as a surprise for geologists: less than 2 years ago, at the 18th Caribbean Geological Conference, a group led by University of Texas geologist Paul Mann warned of an earthquake of up to M 7.2 right in the area now stricken by disaster:

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  2. #2 Erik Klemetti
    January 13, 2010

    That is quite the report, Boris. It is sad to think that Haitian officials might have known that an event like this could very likely happen, but lack any resources to mitigate against it.

  3. #3 Passerby
    January 13, 2010

    Reasonably strong SO2 signal coming off of Mount Nyamuragira

    Aver. long. : 24.6 deg.
    Aver. latit. : -0.9 deg.
    Aver. sza : 37.5 deg.
    Max. SO2 vcd : 15.3 DU

  4. #4 Diane
    January 13, 2010

    Geologists may have warned about the possibility of a quake like this, but now it is a moot point. Thing is, they need help and need it now and it is going to take some time to get the help there. Fortunately, there are several nations who are rising to the occassion to get the help there and that is the bright spot. Since they had very little infrastructure, not much could have been done to prepare for something like this.

    Let’s all remember them in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. #5 MadScientist
    January 14, 2010

    Can anyone else see the Easter Island face carving in that eruption plume (complete with the round stone on top)? ūüôā Obviously the pagan gods are angry about something again…

  6. #6 Diane
    January 14, 2010

    Yep. I see it now that you mention it, MadScientist. As for pagan gods? I don’t believe in them. Cool pic, though.

  7. #7 mike don
    January 15, 2010

    MadScientist: Maybe they’re telling us that old Thor Heyerdahl was right all along in his theory that the Polynesian Islanders came from South America :o)

  8. #8 Mike
    February 22, 2010

    So Doc, What is the eruption looking thing north and east of of Port-au-Prince/ it sure looks like a lava flow at night.

  9. #9 Brian
    February 22, 2010

    We noticed what looks like lava NE of Port-au-Prince tonight as well. We are stationed at the airport and had a good view. Big debate among the Soldiers here is whether it is actually lava or not. Don’t believe there is an active volcano in Haiti- could it be coming up from cracks that were formed by the earthquake? We would love your insight.

  10. #10 Jeffrey Francis
    November 27, 2010

    I saw something about this topic on TV last night. Good article.

  11. #11 Madalene Mossel
    December 16, 2010

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