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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…

2009 is over! If you missed the Volcanic Year in Review, check out my summary of the volcanic events that captivated many of us over the past year. However, only one event will get the coveted 2009 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year. A lot of you wrote in with votes and comments –…

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…

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 –…

On the media (or press)

It seems like I’ve been stepping on a lot of people’s toes lately, so in an effort to foster more camaraderie and less belligerence between the “old media” (this is not derogatory, but rather refers to anything pre-internet news source or classic journalistic source) and “new media” (this includes internet-era news sources, bloggers and the…

News to finish up your week: Summit area of Hualalai in Hawai’i Another day, another “threat” of volcanic eruption in Australia. I’m impressed with the abject fear Aussies seem to have for this perceived increased threat of an eruption – or at least what the press wants you to believe. This time, watch out near…

A bit of news for your last Monday in September: Pumice deposits from the ~13,000 year old Laacher See eruption. Image by Erik Klemetti, taken in August 2007. More press for Dr. Joyce and his campaign to make the people of Australia terrified that volcanoes will destroy them. He warns of “new volcanoes” springing up…

The Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland, Australia. Nothing makes me shudder like any article titled “Blankety-blank volcano is overdue”. Typically the article that follows is full of nothing but vapid speculation and media fear-mongering. So, it wasn’t too surprising that an article titled “Volcano eruption ‘overdue’” in the Brisbane Times (amongst many other sites)…

The move is complete (finally) … so maybe I can settle down a bit, right? Right? The world’s deadliest volcano? Anyway, a few things I stumbled across this week: Forbes Traveler.com has a list boldly titled “World’s Deadliest Volcanoes“, which more or less is a slideshow of nice volcano pictures and some dubious ranking –…