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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 –…

Too many tourists in Tonga

Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai, taken in late March 2009 Redoubt did the tried-and-true American trick of shoving news of volcanoes in other parts of the world off the news pages, but shockingly, these international volcanoes continued to erupt. Remember that volcano in Tonga? Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’aapi? Still erupting, weeks after the volcano was first…

M7.9 earthquake in Tonga

This falls under the category of “when it rains, it pours”. A M7.9 earthquake struck today in the Tongan arc. It doesn’t appear to be related to the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai eruption as it occurred a few hundred kilometers to the SSE of the volcano (remember folks, correlation does not mean causation). The earthquake…

Mixing volcanoes and oceans seem to always produce exciting results. Whether it is something as simple as the ocean entry of a lava to something as impressive as a new island emerging, formed by volcanic eruption. Back in the 1960s, a previous unknown undersea volcano off the coast of Iceland erupted to form the island…

The eruption of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga looks to be a big one. Keleti Mafi, head of the Tongan geological service, calls this “a very significant eruption, on quite a large scale”, which is no surprise considering some of the spectacular picture we saw of the eruption yesterday. In fact, the eruption…

New Eruption in Tonga

Image from keizo/weblog Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai (how’s that for a name?), a shallow seamount in Tonga, appears to have erupted. An air passenger snapped some pictures of an eruption occurring in the ocean between the Tongatapu and Vava’u and pilots in the area report that (unsurprisingly), the feature is new. Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai – at…

The big boulders of Tonga

This might not be directly related to a volcanic eruption, but it has been picked up by a lot of news sources, so I thought I’d give it a mention. A report from researchers at University of Texas hypothesize that some very large coral boulders (up to 10 meters tall) that can be found on…