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The steam plume from Turrialba on December 26, 2009. Image by Eruptions reader Sahrye Cohen. Turrialba Costa Rican officials extended the evacuation zone around Turrialba from 3 to 6 km, raising the alert status at the volcano to Yellow. Vanessa Rosales of the National Emergency Commission described the seismicity as “intense but low,” but says…

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…

Undated image of the crater at Galeras in Colombia. UPDATE 1/3/09 Midnight: I’m bumping this up from the comments, but INGEOMINAS posted some stunning webcam video of the eruption as it happened. Wow is all I say. {Hat tip to Doug C. for the video} A quick note tonight: Eruptions reader Chance Metz alerted me…

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…

Soufriere Hills on Montserrat in an undated image from the Royal Navy. Just wanted to pass along this bit of news: the current eruptions at Soufriere Hills on Montserrat are prompting cancellations of over 40 flights today from Puerto Rico. This is due to the ash plumes from the current dome eruptions – the NASA…

Not much new to report today, so I’ll just add some notes to the two volcanoes in the news right now: Mayon and Redoubt. Mt. Redoubt in Alaska, taken on September 23, 2009. Image courtesy of AVO/USGS, taken by Game McGimsey. Mayon: The volcano continues to show signs that a major eruption is in the…

Mayon Update for 12/28/2009

Lava flows from Mayon, taken December 23, 2009. Volcano news over the holidays this year is still focused on Mayon in the Philippines. We’re reaching almost a month since the volcano starting showing signs of a major eruption, but no “big one” yet. Lava flows, ash and block-and-ash flows are continuing to be issued from…

Finals day for me, so I’ll be grading grading grading … but first, a little news: The May 2009 eruption of West Mata. Image courtesy of NSF and NOAA. I covered it in May, but the popular press is now all over the West Mata undersea eruption – mostly thanks to the media boost that…

Looks like last night was busy, volcanically speaking. Eruptions readers noted that VAAC warning of ash from both Mayon (to 10,000 feet / 3.0 km) and Bezymianny (to 32,000 feet / 10 km) were issued {hat tip to Chance Metz for the updates}. Here is some more news on these ongoing events: Mayon erupting 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…