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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 –…

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…

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…

Details on the Tongan Eruption

Now that people have been able to get a better look at the are about Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai, we’ve been able to get a better idea of what sort of eruption occurred. The explosions and ash/tephra from the eruption have all but wiped out life on Hunga Ha’aapai, as the island contains one of…

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…