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Photo of the 2008 Okmok eruption

Here’s a stunning shot of the current eruption at Okmok Caldera in Alaska (brought to us by National Geographic). Personally, I think the best part is the fact that this was shot by an Alaska Airlines pilot! Talk about “to the right of the plane…” fodder.

More on Okmok

Sorry about the brevity of this update, but I’m exhausted. From the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO): At this time, based on AVO analysis of satellite data, ash is continuing to erupt from a composite cinder and spatter cone called Cone D in the eastern portion of the 6-mile wide caldera or crater of Okmok. It…

Okmok Update

Sorry about the delay with updates, I am actually at a meeting filled with volcanologists (of all things), so updates might be a little sporadic. A lot of news today about Okmok erupting in the Aleutians. The Alaska Volcano Observatory had this to say: The eruption at Okmok continues based on high levels of seismicity and…

Okmok Caldera in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands erupted today, sending an ash column to at least 30,000 feet. Very little news has been released about the eruption so far beyond this information about the eruption column and some bits about precursor seismicity. A number of flights to Unalaska Island were cancelled due to the eruption. I’ll…

Kilauea’s new fire fountain

  Kilauea is busy keeping geologists and tourists alike wondering what the volcano will be doing next. The current report on the volcano tells of a new fire fountain at the Thanksgiving Eve Break-out “rootless cone”, about 6 miles from the ocean. The fire fountain started on Sunday night, issuing lava up to 40 feet in…

There are some nice videos of the current eruption of Kilauea (after some tedious commercials via the link at the top of the article) with lava spattering and lava reaching the sea on the 4th of July. Not much description of the eruption in the article, but it sounds like it is just the Hawai’ian…

Not much in the way of science to add here, but photographers at Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park are still busy around the clock documenting the summit vent activity at Kilauea that started in March. Most of the activity is steam escaping from the vent, but at night, the vent glows red, proving just how close to the…

The western Pacific basin is pockmarked with active and extinct volcanoes related to the subduction of the Pacific plate along almost all of its western boundary. An Australian National University research group recently discovered a pair of undersea volcanoes that would put any good mining geologist into a fit of joy. These volcanoes are spewing…

Cerro Azul eruption photos

I had been looking for some pictures of the recent eruption of Cerro Azul in the Galapagos, and finally I found some posted on the BBC. There are some rather stunning pictures of the rift eruption (#3), the lava flows heading downslope (over older lava flows, #4) and even a little lava spatter (#1). 

The latest reports from Cerro Azul in the Galapagos indicate that the current eruption that started last week is over. The volcano erupted from Thursday to Sunday and produced lava flows that travelled 10 km from the vent, but little damage was reported. It is hard to tell from the report if this is the…