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Looking for some volcano news – you’ve found it. A shot of volcano “tourists” near the erupting Pacaya. Photo by the Associated Press. Eruptions reader Dr. Boris Behncke dropped a note that Kilauea has not one but two active lava lakes right now. The lava lakes can be seen on the webcams for the Halema`uma`u…

The level of news-frenzy on some of the recent volcanic eruptions has died down, but if you’re looking to see information on the many rumbling going on worldwide, look no further. Here is this week’s Volcanic Activity Report put together by Sally Kuhn Sennert of the Global Volcanism Program. Highlights – not including Pacaya, Yasur,…

Tungurahua in Ecuador erupting on May 31, 2010. Two volcanoes along the edge of the north Pacific had explosive eruptions over the weekend. We have some more details on both of the eruptions, so I’ll pass them on: Bezymianny KVERT is excited because they claim to have predicted the explosive eruption of Bezymianny almost to…

Quick news on Memorial Day (in the US at least): Ash soaked by rain from Tropical Storm Agatha on the roofs of homes in Guatemala after the late May eruption of Pacaya. Sixteen scientists were evacuated from islands in the northern Marianas due to the eruption of the unnamed submarine volcano south of Sarigan Island.…

Brief news! Lava flows reaching the sea at Kilauea in Hawai`i. Image from November 2009, courtesy of HVO/USGS. The Alert Status at Cleveland in the Alaskan Aleutian Islands was raised to Yellow (Advisory) by the Alaska Volcano Observatory after new signs of activity emerged. The latest report from AVO on the volcano says a thermal…

Part 2 of your recollections of the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens. You can read Part 1 here. You can also check out an amazing set of satellite images spanning 1979-2010 at the NASA Earth Observatory. Great stuff! ————————————————————————————————- Eruption plume from Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980. Image courtesy of…

Some news for a sleepy Monday: Mt. Hood in Oregon. The ash from Eyjafjallajökull is, once again, causing significant airspace closure over northern Europe – close of 1,000 flights today. However, much of the closures are fairly short-lived, but that isn’t keeping people happy. The eruption hasn’t actually changed much, just that the winds are…

May 18, 2010 marks the 30th anniversary of the dramatic eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington state. Now, rather than recount the event when the USGS and the Cascade Volcano Observatory have done such an excellent job, I turn it over to all the Eruptions readers and their memories of the eruption. Now, as…

Ah yes, a reminder that there are other volcanoes erupting around the world than Eyjafjallajökull – but yes, it is true! Here is the latest USGS/Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report! Highlights (not including Iceland) include: Another volcano in the Kuril Islands of Russia is showing signs of, well, something. Ketoi was noticed…

Mt. Saint Helens erupting in 2004. I had a chance to watch a new NOVA special that airs May 5 (PBS) on the 1980-1986 and 2004-2008 eruption cycles at Mt. Saint Helens, along with the recovery of the blast zone from the 1980 eruption. It is a fitting episode as we approach the 30th anniversary…