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Things were relatively quiet, volcanically speaking, over the weekend and that reminded me, it is just about time to vote on the next in my Volcano Profile series. We’ve had two volcanoes featured so far: Rabaul in Papua New Guinea and Hood in Oregon. Take a look at the list below and vote for the…

The Decade Volcanoes

Ulawun Volcano, Papau New Guinea, one of the “Decade Volcanoes” There was some discussion earlier about the so-called “Decade Volcanoes”, so I thought I’d elaborate a bit on them (doubly so in light of certain other lists.) These volcanoes are defined by IAVCEI – the International Association of Volcanology and the Chemistry of the Earth’s…

The last moments of Pompeii

Sometimes I wonder if we know more about the fates of people who died in a volcanic eruption over 1800 years ago than we do about most people who died in any given eruption this year. Not that there is anything particularly wrong with that – we’re fascinated by both volcanoes and Roman antiquity –…

The Discovery Channel brings us a story on how the exact (well, semi-exact if you read the article) date for the 79 A.D. eruption of Vesuvius has been nailed down by dating, well, fish sauce. The findings? The records of antiquity were right, it was probably around August 24, 79 A.D. and if you get…

For those of us who track volcanoes and the hazards they present, the general consensus is that Mount Vesuvius in Italy is probably the most dangerous volcano in the world today. This is not because it is the biggest or most powerful, but because it is located on the outskirts of Naples, Italy, a city with over…

The Fires of Pompeii

So, this isn’t exactly about current eruptions, but I was able to watch the new (well, to the U.S.) Doctor Who episode centered around the 79 A.D. eruption of Mt. Vesuvius. Now, to me, this was two of my favorite things (volcanoes and Doctor Who) fuses into one, and while I enjoyed it, it wasn’t my…