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Watching the Halema`uma`u Crater

The collapse pit within the Halema`uma`u Crater at Kilauea taken January 7, 2010. Image courtesy of the USGS/HVO. Eruptions reader Boris Behncke pointed out that things are afoot in the Halema`uma`u Crater at Kilauea. To steal his description: ” the lava lake returned triumphantly to the active pit last night, and now it is filling…

The weekend! No updates until next Tuesday – I’ll be off to give a talk at Western Michigan University. Coal-erupting volcanoes defeat the Permian dinosaurs … according to FOX News. Anyway… You know that mainstream media (FOXNews) must have done something appalling when even I can’t write about it thanks to my seething rage. I’ll…

A pile of news for the new week! The glow of new lava flows from Nyamuragira in the Congo, taken from the Virunga Park Headquarters, January 2, 2010. Mayon PHIVOLCS may lower the alert status at Mayon to Level 2 after almost a week of lower seismicity and no ash explosions since December 29th. Schools…

2009: The Volcanic Year in Review

Here it is, my attempt to recap a year’s worth of volcanic events. By no means is this supposed to capture every event, but rather the highlight/lowlights and what most captivated me during 2009. I’ll be announcing the winner of the 2009 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year tomorrow. Waimangu Geothermal Valley in New…

It’s the last week of classes and it’s also AGU (which I will be missing for the first time in 5 years). If you happen to be at the big meeting in SF and hear something you think we’d like to hear, feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment so we…

Some news for today: Yellowstone National Park, USA. Another fine example of media headline versus actual research, an article in the Jackson Hole Daily about a new study by Dr. Robert Smith and others on the Yellowstone plume was titled “Park’s giant magma plume eating up mountains”. Yikes! Well, the actual study published recently in…

Its already Friday! News! Print of the Temple of Jupiter at Pompeii with a steaming Vesuvius in the background. You can now wander down the streets of ancient Pompeii from the comfort of your own home or office. Google Streetview now cover the streets of the city wiped out by the 79 A.D. eruption of…

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…

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 –…

All the news to start the week: Galeras with a grey ash-and-steam plume behind Pasto, Colombia. Well, after my article on Friday about Colombian volcanoes, Galeras must have decided it was left out. The volcano has been placed back at alert level Orange/II (eruption in days to weeks). An increase in seismicity and sulfur dioxide…