Late again: Monday volcano

Two weeks in a row. I’m such a failure. This week: Sakurajima Sakurajima (literally “cherry blossom island”) is not quite an island; it’s connected to the rest of Kyuushuu on one side by a bunch of lava flows that occurred in 1914. But the “island” itself is basically a volcano poking up in the middle ...

More volcanic lightning

Check out today’s astronomy picture of the day. Very cool picture, and different from a lot of the other pictures of volcanic lightning I’ve seen since this one lacks the really striking, ash-filled plume.

(Very belated) Volcano for Monday

It’s Tuesday, and I just remembered that I forgot to find a deadly geological hazard for Monday. Mea culpa. The Soufriere Hills volcano in Montserrat has a minor explodey incident last Friday. For ignorant Americans like myself, Montserrat is a little island nation in the Caribbean, which we’ve been so recently and strongly reminded is ...

Volcano for Monday

Mount Rainier is an absolutely gorgeous stratovolcano that has its own national park, and is in fact not threatening to explode at any moment. Fun fact: Mount Rainier is the grandaddy of the Cascade volcanoes, the tallest of the bunch. Actually, the hazard that Mount Rainier is currently presenting is of a different geological variety: ...

Volcanic lightning

You can got a lot of extremely cool pictures out of a volcanic eruption. Giant Exploding Things That Could Kill You are always incredibly photogenic for some reason. But I think the coolest eruption pictures are the ones that involve lightning, such as this picture of the Chaitén Volcano erupting in Chilé. Actually, I hadn’t ...

Volcano for Monday

Philippines’ Mayon Volcano to explode ‘within days’ – alert status has been moved from three to four, which means that an eruption is imminent. Five is when the volcano is actually erupting. Expect to see some pretty pictures of the full fury of the Earth unleashed soon, I’d say. “Audible booming and rumbling sounds were ...

Diappointed that it’s not the end of the world?

I know I’ve complained about this before. And I know it can’t possibly be getting on my nerves as badly as it might get on the nerves of the scientists at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. But still, is it me, or does Time magazine’s short article come across as just a little disappointed that we’re ...

Your volcano for Monday

Sorry, like last week, it’s a non-explodey one. Still, this makes me happy; the Valles Caldera is being considered for inclusion in the National Park System. I visited the Valles Caldera during my last field class, and it’s a beautiful area. Making it in to a national park would certainly help maintain that beauty. I ...

Your volcano for Monday

The Yellowstone caldera, where absolutely nothing of note is going on. I swear, if I had a nickel for every time someone breathlessly told me about the apocalyptic disaster coming soon1 to the Western US when Yellowstone explodes, I’d… well, I’d have a lot of nickels, to start. I’d quite possibly be planning for an ...

Your volcano for Monday

Nyamuragira in the Congo is erupting. As it’s one of the most active volcanoes in Africa, this isn’t exactly a surprise to anyone. Nyamuragira is a shield volcano, so it tends to have runny rather than explodey eruptions. Scientific, I know.