Eruptions

Archives for June, 2010

Have guests in town, so I’m a little busy, but you can hopefully keep entertained with the latest Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program Volcanic Activity Report. Chile’s Melimoyu volcano. The highlights (not including Taal and Eyjafjallajökull) include: Alaska’s Cleveland volcano has been reduced to and alert status of “unassigned” (used when a volcano is not closely…

Crater lake at Eyjafjallajökull

The crater lake at Eyjafjallajökull as seen on June 11, 2010. Image from the Icelandic Met Office by Sveinn Brynjólfsson. After keeping us transfixed for almost two months this spring, Eyjafjallajökull has slowly drifted from the headlines. However, this doesn’t mean that interesting things – volcanologically-speaking – have stopped happening at the Icelandic volcano. For…

The crater lakes at the summit of Gorely volcano in Russia. Possibly lost in the vuvuzela noise, but Eruptions readers over the weekend noted that Gorely on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia had its first eruption in over 20 years. The Russian media has a brief report mentioning that the volcano produced an ash plume…

Volcano Island in the caldera lake at Taal. The Philippine government is upping its concern about an eruption at Taal – and cracking down on tourists and resorts trying to get near Volcano Island in the volcano’s caldera lake. Tourists are only allowed to take boat tours in the lake that go halfway to the…

On advice of Eruptions reader Ekoh, I thought it would be fun to try to come up with a list of the most tongue-twisting and bizarre volcano names out there. I know there are a few out there that I’ve only typed once (the rest of the time I cut-and-paste), so lets review some recent…

Playing the waiting game at Taal

A partially-eroded scoria cone in the Taal volcano caldera. As I mentioned earlier this week, PHIVOLCS has raised the Alert Status at Taal in the Philippines to 2 (out of 5) after increasing tremors and gas emissions from the volcano’s crater lakes. Now, the Philippine government is taking this threat very serious, sending divers, helicopters,…

The latest update from the Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program! Highlights (not including Taal, Eyjafjallajökull and Bezymianny) include: Another thermal anomaly was spotted on an Kuril Island volcano – this one being Tiatia. The volcano has no seismic monitoring network, so the thermal anomaly is all that has been observed. Lava flows and strombolian explosions continue…

The steaming vent area at Taal in the Philippines in September 1965, when the volcano produced a VEI 4 eruption. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has raised the alert status at Taal to Level 2 (of 4) and officials in the Philippines are getting ready if the volcano does come back to…

Last year I mentioned the fundraiser for the excellent Mt. Baker Volcano Research Center – and lo and behold, I will mention it again. The new 2010 t-shirts are out and you can purchase one to support one of the best volcano research sites on the web (and off the web) – with a plethora…

Looking for some volcano news – you’ve found it. A shot of volcano “tourists” near the erupting Pacaya. Photo by the Associated Press. Eruptions reader Dr. Boris Behncke dropped a note that Kilauea has not one but two active lava lakes right now. The lava lakes can be seen on the webcams for the Halema`uma`u…