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Volcano Profile: Erta Ale

The latest in my Volcano Profiles series, this one on Erta Ale in Ethiopia. The summit crater at Erta Ale in 1994 Location: The Afar region of Ethiopia. Height: 613 m / 2,011 feet Tectonic setting: Erta Ale (meaning “smoking mountain”) is part of the East African Rift, where the African Continent is tearing apart…

The flu has retreated and I’m getting back on track. Huzzah! I’ll get back to the blog by posting this week’s new USGS / Smithsonian Institution Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcano Report. Looks like some interesting stuff in it … Looks like there were some small eruptions from Oldoinyo Lengai in Tanzania. The volcano is…

News for the snowy (well, here) midweek: Lava flows from Kilauea surround an old structure at Royal Gardens in Hawai`i. A hearty thanks to all the Eruptions readers who offered advice on where to find a couple of great volcano videos I’ve been trying to track down. I think I’ve found copies I can get…

Quick news updates for a Wednesday… The island (and volcano) of Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Ocean. It last erupted in ~20 B.C. The earthquakes keep coming at Yellowstone – up to a M3.5 in the last 24 hours. Time has already put up an article wondering about whether people need worry about the swarm…

The weekly volcano report, brought to you by our friends at the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program and the U.S. Geological Survey. Highlights (not including Mayon, Nyamuragira and Turrialba): Eruptions continue at Piton de la Fournaise on Reunion Island – heck, this would be the volcano news if it wasn’t for all these other, more explosive…

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. First off, those of you looking for information…

Two volcanoes down, two volcanoes up! Fire fountain on Nyamuragira in the Congo, January 2010. Down Mayon Activity at Mayon has continues to drop – although PHIVOLCS warns that an eruption could happen at any moment and without much warning. About a quarter of the evacuated families have no returned home since PHIVOLCS gave the…

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…

It didn’t take long in the new year to get started! Nymuragira erupting in January 2010. Nyamuragira in the Congo erupted to start off the new year, producing explosions and lava flows. The flow are moving down the southern flank of the volcano. The eruption started with loud, concussive noises at 3:45 AM that startled…

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…