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  • Volcano Erupts in Southern Chile

    06/05/2011 5:38:20 PM PDT · by robowombat · 35 replies
    VOA ^ | June 4, 2011
    Volcano Erupts in Southern Chile VOA News June 04, 2011 The Puyehue volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time in a half century, sending a column of gas about 10 kilometers into the air. Authorities say they plan to evacuate 3,500 people from areas around the mountain, which is nearly 1,000 kilometers south of the Chilean capital, Santiago. The eruption also prompted authorities to shut a border crossing into Argentina. Emergency officials recorded many small earthquakes in the region Saturday. There have been no reports of injuries. Chile has the second largest volcanic chain in the world...
  • 800 tons of farm fish found dead in mass die-off

    06/05/2011 7:06:34 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 27 replies ^ | 6/4/2011 | Jonathan Benson
    More mysterious animal deaths have surfaced, this time in a volcanic lake in the Philippines. Reports say that 800 tons, or 1.6 million pounds, of fish have turned up dead in a lake near the Taal volcano, which is located south of the capital city of Manila. Officials say the deaths may have been a result of sudden temperature change in the water.
  • 600 evacuate as Puyehue volcano erupts in Chile

    06/04/2011 9:47:52 PM PDT · by quantim · 13 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jun 4, 10:52 PM EDT
    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Puyehue volcano in southern Chile erupted Saturday, sending a huge plume of smoke and ash into the sky and prompting officials to evacuate about 600 people living nearby. There were no reports of injuries. Authorities had put the area around the volcano on alert Saturday morning after a flurry of earthquakes, and the eruption began in the afternoon. The National Emergency Office said it recorded an average of 230 tremors an hour. On the other side of the Andes in Argentina, heavy ash fell on the city of San Carlos de Bariloche.
  • Barack Obama cuts short Ireland visit after concerns over volcanic ash cloud

    05/23/2011 2:07:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 56 replies ^ | May 23 2011 | Henry McDonald
    Barack Obama has been forced to leave Ireland early due to fears Airforce One could be grounded by a new volcanic ash cloud blowing down from Iceland. - A White House spokesman confirmed that concerns over the ash cloud from the Grimsvötn volcano forced the presidential entourage to make a swifter than expected exit from the Republic. He had been expected to stop off Tuesday morning at Glasnevin cemetery en route to the airport to pay homage at the crypt of Daniel O'Connell, in an acknowledgement of the 19th century Irish nationalist leader's role in opposing the slave trade.
  • No impact from Icelandic volcano for now: Eurocontrol

    05/22/2011 4:26:44 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 15 replies
    reuters ^ | 5/22/11 | Christopher Le Coq
    Europe's air traffic control organization said on Sunday it expected no impact on European or transatlantic flights from an Icelandic volcano eruption for at least 24 hours.
  • Increase in Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes in the Last 24 Hours (Vanity)

    04/29/2011 8:29:46 PM PDT · by Errant · 53 replies
    USGS ^ | NA
    A significant increase in magnitude 5+ earthquakes worldwide has occurred in the last 24 hours, especially in the area around Vanuatu Islands. A similar increase in 5+ earthquakes mainly near the east coast of Honshu, Japan, occurred prior to the magnitude 9.1 earthquake and resulting tsunami. MAP 5.0 2011/04/29 22:31:59 28.838 -113.088 10.5 GULF OF CALIFORNIA MAP 5.3 2011/04/29 22:19:33 38.915 141.932 51.3 NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN MAP 5.1 2011/04/29 20:24:35 -3.502 100.614 29.8 KEPULAUAN MENTAWAI REGION, INDONESIA MAP 5.0 2011/04/29 16:00:41 -19.313 167.705 27.0 VANUATU REGION MAP 5.5 2011/04/29 13:12:46 21.182 121.980 176.7 TAIWAN REGION MAP...
  • Largest Fossil Spider Found in Volcanic Ash

    04/21/2011 7:31:32 PM PDT · by greatdefender · 45 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | Charles Q. Choi, LiveScience Contributor
    The largest fossil spider uncovered to date once ensnared prey back in the age of dinosaurs, scientists find. The spider, named Nephila jurassica, was discovered buried in ancient volcanic ash in Inner Mongolia, China. Tufts of hairlike fibers seen on its legs showed this 165-million-year-old arachnid to be the oldest known species of the largest web-weaving spiders alive today — the golden orb-weavers, or Nephila, which are big enough to catch birds and bats, and use silk that shines like gold in the sunlight. The fossil was about as large as its modern relatives, with a body one inch (2.5...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, April 10-16, 2011: Triple Geyser Eruption

    04/15/2011 9:28:04 PM PDT · by cogitator · 9 replies
    Flickr ^ | February 24, 2010 | Rogerbee Fotografix
    Sorry for being gone awhile, but I came back with a superb shot of geysers in New Zealand: Rare triple eruption of Kereru, Prince of Wales Feathers and Pohutu Geysers, Te Puia, Rotorua. Click for full size!
  • Yellowstone’s supervolcano – worse than we thought

    04/13/2011 10:05:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 73 replies · 2+ views
    Watts Up With That? ^ | April 12, 2011 | Anthony Watts
    From via Eurekalert Electric YellowstoneConductivity image hints volcano plume is bigger than thoughtThis image, based on variations in electrical conductivity of underground rock, shows the volcanic plume of partly molten rock that feeds the Yellowstone supervolcano. Yellow and red indicate higher conductivity, green and blue indicate lower conductivity. Made by University of Utah geophysicists and computer scientists, this is the first large-scale "geoelectric" image of the Yellowstone hotspot. Credit: University of Utah. SALT LAKE CITY, April 11, 2011 – University of Utah geophysicists made the first large-scale picture of the electrical conductivity of the gigantic underground plume of hot...
  • Lost world of fanged frogs and giant rats discovered in Papua New Guinea

    09/08/2009 5:21:46 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies · 1,449+ views ^ | 9-7-2009 | Robert Booth
    A lost world populated by fanged frogs, grunting fish and tiny bear-like creatures has been discovered in a remote volcanic crater on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea. 'A giant woolly rat never before seen by science' Link to this audio A team of scientists from Britain, the United States and Papua New Guinea found more than 40 previously unidentified species when they climbed into the kilometre-deep crater of Mount Bosavi and explored a pristine jungle habitat teeming with life that has evolved in isolation since the volcano last erupted 200,000 years ago. In a remarkably rich haul from...
  • Super earthquake No2 alert in Japan

    03/13/2011 9:28:52 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The [UK] Sun ^ | March 14, 2011 | Tom Wells
    SHATTERED Japan is braced for a fresh quake nightmare - with a mega aftershock likely to hit at any moment. The alert was issued as millions who survived the tsunami that devastated the hi-tech superpower spent a third day without food and water - let alone electricity. Japan's world-renowned centre for earthquake prediction said there was a seven-in-ten chance of a tremor with a magnitude of seven or more hitting "within the next three days". Early today there was a hydrogen blast inside No3 reactor at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. The explosion was similar to an earlier one at...
  • Japanese volcano erupts

    03/13/2011 7:18:42 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 194 replies
    Times Live ^ | 03/13/11
    A volcano in southwestern Japan erupted Sunday after nearly two weeks of relative silence, sending ash and rocks up to four kilometres (two and a half miles) into the air, a local official says. It was not immediately clear if the eruption was a direct result of the massive 8.9-magnitude earthquake that rocked northern areas Friday, unleashing a fierce tsunami and sparking fears that more than 10,000 may have been killed.
  • Volcano in Kyushu of Japan Erupts Again... Spewing Gas and Ashes

    03/13/2011 5:27:18 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 84 replies
    Donga Ilbo ^ | 03/13/11
    /begin my translation Volcano in Kyushu of Japan Erupts Again... Spewing Gas and Ashes According to NHK Broadcast in Japan, a volcano in Southern Kyushu has erupted again on Mar. 13 after silent for a month. The eruption sent up gas and ashes 4,000 meter high in the sky. Kyushu had volcanic eruption on Feb. 11 and 24, and has had 10 eruptions since January, and there has been fear that a big eruption is imminent. /end my translation
  • Indonesia volcano erupts just hours after massive quake in Japan

    03/11/2011 11:53:39 AM PST · by Whenifhow · 59 replies
    ( -- One of the most active volcanos in Indonesia has erupted, blasting lava and hot gas down the slopes. Mount Karangetang is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. It erupted in August, killing four people. This mountain is along the "Ring of Fire, the volcano chain surrounding the Pacific Basin. The eruption took place hours after the Japan 8.9-magnitude Earthquake.
  • VIDEO: Hot Lava! Volcano Erupts At Hawaii's Kilauea

    03/07/2011 9:02:54 PM PST · by Islander7 · 11 replies
    Honolulu Civil Beat ^ | March 7, 2011 | Staff
    A new vent that opened Saturday on Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano continued to erupt yesterday, throwing lava 80 feet into the air. The fissure opened up after Puu Oo crater collapsed on Saturday, sending up a giant plume of ash. The crater — and the new vent nearby — are in a remote area about 10 miles east of the Jagger Museum in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The fissure now measures 1.4 miles long, with lava continuing to erupt up and down the vent. This development is considered part of the larger volcanic eruption that began in 1983, and has...
  • Residents look at Mount Bulusan spewing ash in Sorsogon province, south of Manila

    02/21/2011 1:59:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo Photos ^ | Reuters Photos
    Residents look at Mount Bulusan spewing ash in Sorsogon province, south of Manila, February 21, 2011. Mount Bulusan spewed a three-kilometer ash column covering several villages in the southwest, but the volcano's status remains at Alert Level 1, meaning the source of activity is hydrothermal and shallow, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. REUTERS/Stringer
  • Icelandic Volcano Appears on Verge of a Far More Powerful Eruption than Last Year

    02/10/2011 7:35:39 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 18 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 10, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Bárdarbunga dwarves the Eyjafjallajökull volcano,  which shut-down most of Europe's airspace in May 2010 Local experts have observed all the signs that another -much larger- Icelandic volcano is ready to blow, an event that could dwarf last year's series of eruptions that shut down air travel throughout Europe and changed weather patterns for months... Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano.  Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides...
  • Icelandic Volcano 'Set To Erupt'

    02/09/2011 7:19:07 AM PST · by blam · 51 replies
    Icelandic Volcano 'Set To Erupt' Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano looks set to erupt and threatening to spew-out a pall of dust that would dwarf last year's event. Lava and ash explode out of the caldera of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano Photo: REUTERS 6:38PM GMT 08 Feb 2011 Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano. Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides "good reason to worry"....
  • Japan's 'James Bond' volcano erupts again

    02/02/2011 8:17:24 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 32 replies
    CNN ^ | Feb. 2, 2011 | Kyung Lah,
    Tokyo (CNN) -- Japan's Mount Shinmoe erupted again on Wednesday, spewing more lava, smoke and ash through the area, the country's meteorological agency said. The volcano erupted twice on Wednesday, at 5:25 a.m. and 10:47 a.m., Japan's Meteorological Agency said. Since January 26 when it broke its decades-long slumber, the volcano has erupted seven times, the agency said. For many outside Japan, Mount Shinmoe is known for its role in the 1967 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice," where it served as the lair for the villain, Ernst Blofeld. In the nearby town of Takaharu, ash blanketed cars, houses...
  • Geology Picture of Last Week, Jan. 23-29, 2011: A Rock Made of Bubbles

    02/01/2011 8:36:08 PM PST · by cogitator · 10 replies
    Earth Science Picture of the Day ^ | June 2010 | NASA, USRA
    Sorry again about not being circumspect about posting every week. So I'll do two in a row. The first one is reticulite. It's not a sponge, it's a rock. From the Earth Science Picture of the Day, where this was a top pick for 2010: Pumice is a glassy volcanic rock that's so full of bubbles that most examples will float on water. Reticulite is an extreme form of pumice in which the bubbles have coalesced, leaving only a tenuous reticular network of glassy lava behind in the interstitial spaces between the bubbles. While pumice is more characteristic of...
  • Japan: Volcano eruption prompts evacuation warning

    01/30/2011 8:42:47 PM PST · by quantim · 15 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Jan 30, 10:57 PM EST | ERIC TALMADGE
    TOKYO (AP) -- Officials urged more than 1,000 residents to seek safer ground on Monday and expanded a no-access zone around a volcano that has exploded back to life in southern Japan. The 4,662-foot (1,421-meter) Shinmoedake volcano erupted last week for the first time in 52 years. The volcano is located in a remote part of the Kirishima range on the southern Japan island of Kyushu. No injuries have been reported. On Monday, five days after it burst back to life, the volcano was still spewing a spectacular plume into the air, sending a blanket of ash out over a...
  • Lightning and fire: Japan on alert after volcano's biggest eruption in 50 years

    01/27/2011 6:41:07 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 33 replies
    Daily Mail Reporter ^ | 3:59 PM on 27th January 2011
    A one-mile cordon has been established around a volcano on Mount Kirishima after it erupted scattering rocks and ash across southern Japan and sending smoke billowing 5,000ft into the air. The Meteorological Agency raised the volcanic alert to level 3 as ash today continued to spew from Shinmoedake on Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu, and residents have been banned from going within a mile of the volcano following its worst eruption in 50 years. Force of nature: Lightning strikes as Shinmoedake erupts, scattering ash and rocks across a wide swathe of southern Japan Ash and smoke continued to billow...
  • Is the world's largest super-volcano set to erupt for the first time in 600,000 years

    01/24/2011 11:10:36 AM PST · by FromLori · 164 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Mail ^ | 1/24/2011 | DANIEL BATES
    Is the world's largest super-volcano set to erupt for the first time in 600,000 years, wiping out two-thirds of the U.S.? (Full title) The super-volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has been rising at a record rate since 2004. It would explode with a force a thousand times more powerful than the Mount St Helens eruption in 1980. Spewing lava far into the sky, a cloud of plant-killing ash would fan out and dump a layer 10ft deep up to 1,000 miles away. Two-thirds of the U.S. could become uninhabitable as toxic air sweeps through it, grounding thousands of...
  • Geology Picture of This Week, January 9-15, 2011: New action from Mount Etna

    01/13/2011 9:01:12 PM PST · by cogitator · 3 replies
    Flickr ^ | 01/12/2011 | Flickr
    Etna Eruption 2011 A few days into the new year, Sicily's entertaining Mt. Etna kicked off a new eruptive phase. Picture below, and below that, link to video. Click image for BIG full-size. Etna eruption video (YouTube)
  • Geology Picture of Last Week, Jan. 2-8, 2011: Semisopochnoi Island

    01/13/2011 8:56:50 PM PST · by cogitator · 4 replies
    NASA Earth Observatory ^ | Last week | NASA
    Semisopochnoi Island, from space, from sea level This image came up a few days ago in the Earth Observatory. Clicking it here will go to the full image from space, which isn't labeled. I wondered if they were any images of the Semisopochnoi volcanoes from sea/ground level or aircraft. There are. Below are two pictures of the Fuji-esque Sugarloaf Peak. Second is clickable, first isn't.
  • Krakatau Erupting! Tens of thousands evacuate

    01/11/2011 8:03:43 AM PST · by NorwegianViking · 76 replies
    Volcano News ^ | Tuesday January 11, 2011 | John Seach
    Krakatau Volcano, Indonesia Eruptions from Krakatau volcano, Indonesia have forced the evacuation of tens of thousands residents. Seven districts affected are Kalianda, Rajabasa, Katibung, Sidomulyo, Ketapang, Sragi and Palas. On Monday ash from Anak Krakatau continued to cover residential areas in parts of Banten province and South Lampung. Visual observations showed ash emissions reaching a height of 600 m and drifting east. Ashfall has affected the operation of seismometers on the volcano. Fisherman and tourists are advised to stay at least 2 km from the volcano.
  • Geology Pictures of this and Last Week, Nov. 28 - Dec. 11, 2010: All Over the Place

    12/09/2010 10:07:37 PM PST · by cogitator · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Various Sources
    Since I missed last week, here's a few places around the world of interest. Kamchatka volcanoes from the International Space Station (click for 2x) Go here for an image identifying the peaks: Kamchatka volcanoes Salt pond at Laguna Ojo de Liebre (Baja California). Click for 10x! (Laguna Ojo de Liebre is the gray whale calving area biosphere reserve.) Salt Point State Park, California (Patrick Smith Photography). Click for 2x.
  • Mt Anak Krakatau Sees Rising Activities

    11/28/2010 11:16:40 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 27 replies · 1+ views ^ | November 29 2010 | Ita Lismawati F. Malau
    VIVAnews - Mt Anak Krakatau, a volcano located on the Sunda Strait between Sumatra and Java, Indonesia, has seen escalating expulsion of toxic gas. The volcanic activities were triggered by 5.5 magnitude tremor hitting southwest of Krui, Lampung, earlier in November. In addition, the sea temperature around the volcano has been rising as well. According to Andi Arief, presidential advisor on Disaster Issues, revealed through a short message today, Nov 29, that the plumes of smoke sent off by the Anak Krakatau reached the height of between 200 and 800 meters into the air. The data gathered was an accumulation...
  • Krakatau’s Crater Expands; Eruption Frequency Increases (aka Krakatoa)

    11/10/2010 5:44:11 AM PST · by tlb · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Jakarta Globe ^ | November 09, 2010 | staff
    Cinangka, Banten. The crater of Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait has expanded to a diameter of 25-26 meters, an Indonesian volcanologist says. The news comes as the frequency of eruptions of the volcano, once misidentified as Krakatoa, increases: On Friday there were 615 eruptions, on Saturday 623 eruptions, and on Sunday 668. Anton S Pambudi, a official from Banten province monitoring the eruptions, said the eruptions over the past two weeks had changed the shape of the crater. He said the team would continue to monitor the volcano. Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah said she believed that Anak Krakatau...
  • Toll from Indonesia volcanic eruptions rises to 135

    11/07/2010 11:50:46 AM PST · by Red Steel · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Nov 7, 2010, 08.36pm IST
    SLEMAN: The death toll from the eruptions of Indonesia's Mount Merapi rose to 135 Sunday, as the burial of dozens of the victims was held. Earlier rescue workers had battled hot ash from the volcano, about 500 km southeast of Jakarta, in the search for more victims of last week's eruptions. The National Disaster Management Agency raised the death toll after the latest round of volcanic activity, which started last month, to 135. More than 400 people were injured, according to the agency. However, Andi Arief, a presidential aide in charge of disaster responses, put the death toll at 149....
  • Emerging from hell, the dust-caked and bloodied survivors of Mount Merapi's worst eruption yet

    11/06/2010 4:01:52 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 24 replies
    Mail Online/ ^ | November 5,2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    Horror scenes greeted rescuers arriving at villages near Mount Merapi after the Indonesian volcano's worst eruption in a century last night sent the death toll soaring to 122.
  • Der Spiegel: Geologists Warning Of “Mega-Eruption”

    11/06/2010 9:07:55 AM PDT · by Errant · 108 replies
    Der Spiegal via NoTricksZone ^ | 5 November, 2010 | P Gosselin
    Der Spiegel reports on the growling-ever-louder Indonesian Merapi volcano in an article titled: Geologists Warning of Mega-Eruption of Merapi."The Merapi eruptions are becoming more violent – and the big bang could be just ahead. The Indonesian volcano has been spewing 800°C ash clouds for days." According to Der Spiegel, 122 people have been killed, most on Friday. “Merapi is among the most dangerous volcanoes,” says geo-scientist Volker Steinbach of the German Federal Administration for Geoscience and Raw Materials (BGR). Der Spiegel adds: "Friday’s eruption is its worst this decade, says the chief geologist of the Energy Administration, Raden Sukhyiar, in...
  • Singapore Airlines cancel flights to Jakarta

    11/06/2010 3:32:40 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 13 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 11/6/10 | SARAH DiLORENZO
    Singapore Airlines says it is canceling flights to and from Indonesia's capital following the eruption of the country's most volatile volcano. The carrier made the announcement on its website Saturday. Indonesia's most volatile mountain — around 280 miles (450 kilometers) west of Jakarta — unleashed its most powerful eruption in a century Friday. Towering plumes of ash continued to rise from the mountain Saturday, dusting windshields, rooftops and leaves on trees hundreds of miles (kilometers) away. It was not immediately clear when Singapore Airlines would resume flights.
  • Krakatau Joins Indonesia’s Volcanic Awakening (We're Doomed!)

    11/04/2010 9:41:11 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 50 replies
    New York Times ^ | 10/4/2010 | Andrew C. Revkin
    A growing number of volcanoes along Indonesia’s portion of the Pacific “ring of fire” have moved from simmer to boil, including Anak Krakatau, the cone that’s building where Krakatoa catastrophically exploded in 1883. I sent a query about Krakatau to James Reynolds, a self-described “extreme videographer” who races to chronicle volcanic eruptions and typhoons in the tradition of tornado chasers in the United States. I learned about him through the great volcano blog Eruptions, which recently move to the Big Think blog collection. Erik Klemetti, the Denison University earth scientist who writes Eruptions, mentioned that Reynolds had taken a boat...
  • Indonesian volcano unleashes new powerful eruption

    10/31/2010 9:41:39 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 29 replies
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 10/31/10 | SLAMET RIYADI
    Indonesia's deadly volcano unleashed another powerful eruption Monday, spewing searing clouds of gas and ash thousands of feet into the air to the sound of a booming explosion. There were no immediate reports of new casualties. On the other side of seismically charged country, a break in weather was helping rescuers get aid to victims of a tsunami that slammed into several remote islands, sweeping entire villages to sea. The twin disasters, which occurred almost simultaneously one week ago, have together killed nearly 500 people. Mount Merapi, among 20 mountains now rumbling and spitting out ash in Indonesia, is one...
  • Second Indonesian volcano erupts...(Anak Krakatau )

    10/30/2010 5:53:22 PM PDT · by TaraP · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | October 30th, 2010
    Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano in Sunda Strait, straddling East Java and Sumatra, has spewed ash and flaming rocks... Officials raised alert levels to 'high' on Friday as the volcano showed signs of increased activity, producing 117 small eruptions. Staff at the observation post in Pasauran, Banten Province are on a 24-hour watch. Residents in Pasauran have been told to stay at least two kilometres away from the volcano. Anak Krakatau means 'Child of Krakatau', named so because it rose in the place of Krakatoa volcano after it blew itself apart in one of the most destructive eruptions in history in...
  • Indonesian volcano's spiritual caretaker dies (job was to appease the violent volcanic spirits)

    10/28/2010 10:45:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 10/28/2010
    For 33 years, Maridjan spoke to Mount Merapi, believing he could appease its unpredictable spirits by throwing offerings of rice, clothes and chickens into the volcano's gaping crater. Many villagers took his word — not that of government officials or seismologists — as the last on when it would erupt. And the 83-year-old did appear to predict the volcano's latest eruption — which killed 33 people this week — but did not heed the warning himself. As Merapi began spewing 1,800 degree Fahrenheit (1,000 Celsius) gases and thousands of villagers streamed down the mountain's slopes, Maridjan refused to budge, and...
  • Russia's Shiveluch volcano erupts

    10/28/2010 10:35:28 AM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/28/10
    Video at site. Russia's Shiveluch volcano is erupting in Kamchatka, spewing ash to a height of 10 kilometres above sea level. Ash from the volcano has covered the settlement of Ust-Kamchatsky, about 90 kilometres away.
  • Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano erupts

    10/26/2010 4:45:36 PM PDT · by FromLori · 14 replies
    National Post ^ | 10/26/10
    YOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted three times on Tuesday, emitting searing clouds and volcanic ash, a volcanologist said. “We heard three explosions around 06:00 pm [local time] spewing volcanic material as high as 1.5 kilometres and sending heat clouds down the slopes,” government volcanologist Surono told AFP. Before the latest eruption people living in the shadow of Indonesia’s most active volcano had been warned to evacuate or risk being killed. Authorities had put an area 10 kilometres around the crater of Mount Merapi on red alert Monday, ordering 19,000 people to flee. A three-month-old baby died of breathing...
  • Indonesia's Merapi Volcano Erupts

    10/26/2010 5:54:42 AM PDT · by topher · 30 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 26, 2010 | Associated Press
    Indonesia's Merapi Volcano Erupts Published October 26, 2010 | Associated Press MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia – DEVELOPING: Volcano Merapi erupted Tuesday on Indonesia's Java island, according to a volcanologist. Earlier in the day, Indonesia's most volatile volcano groaned and rumbled, leading scientists to warn that pressure building beneath its lava dome could trigger one of the most powerful blasts in years. Thousands of residents living on its slopes were moved to temporary camps. An avalanche of rocks spilled down Mount Merapi's trembling slopes before dawn and gusts of hot ash shot 150 feet (50 meters) into the air. "The energy is...
  • Indonesia raises alert level against volcano eruption

    10/25/2010 8:46:39 AM PDT · by FromLori · 10 replies · 1+ views
    xinhuanet ^ | 10/25/10 | Editor
    JAKARTA, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia on Monday raised alert status of a volcano located in a densely populated area of Central Java to top alert, and asked for a massive evacuation for more than ten thousands people living in the slope of the mountain, officials said. The most volatile Mount Merapi of 2,968 meters high has shown increased seismic activity over the past week, head of volcanology observer at the National Volcanology who goes with a single name Kristianto said. "We have raised the alert status to the higest-level this morning, this means that the mount can erupt at...
  • Thousands flee as long-sleepy Sumatra volcano erupts (The Earth has a fever, yaknow)

    08/29/2010 10:10:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/29/10 | Karima Anjani
    JAKARTA (Reuters) – Thousands of Indonesians were evacuated from the slopes of a volcano on Sunday after it erupted for the first time in more than 400 years, spewing out lava and sending smoke and dust 1,500 meters (5,000 feet) into the air. Mount Sinabung, in the north of the island of Sumatra, began erupting around midnight after rumbling for several days, prompting some villagers to panic before the mass evacuation got under way. Indonesia is on the so-called Pacific Rim of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and geological fault lines triggering frequent earthquakes around the Pacific Basin. The eruption...
  • Thousands flee volcanic eruption in Indonesia

    08/28/2010 8:31:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 59 replies
    Jakarta - A volcano on the Indonesian island of Sumatra erupted Sunday for the first time in 400 years, shooting black smoke and ash up to 1,500 metres into the air and prompting the evacuation of thousands of residents. Mount Sinabung in the Karo district of North Sumatra province thundered to life shortly after midnight, shooting lava and other volcanic materials from its crater. Indonesia's state-run Directorate of Vulcanology upgraded the volcano's danger status to the highest level minutes before the eruption of the 2,451-metre peak, located about 1,300 kilometres north-west of Jakarta. Using trucks, ambulances and buses, local authorities...
  • Geology Picture of the Week, July 11-17, 2010: Brazil's Coastal Dunes, and an eye-popping bonus

    07/16/2010 10:09:58 PM PDT · by cogitator · 7 replies
    National Geographic ^ | July 2010 | National Geographic photographers
    National Geographic is still the best place for nature (and I will also add, social/cultural) photography. There are many other good and great photographic sources, but NatGeo maintains a level of excellence like no other. I will now provide a couple of examples. Don't forget that they have new desktop wallpapers every month. The Brazil coastal dunes were in the July issue of National Geographic. Click on each for desktop-wallpaper sized original. And as a bonus:
  • Katla - 14 earthquakes in 48 hours!

    07/09/2010 6:44:30 PM PDT · by Errant · 121 replies
    Ice Age Now ^ | 9 July, 2010 | NA
    9 Jul 10 - Fourteen earthquakes have occurred below Iceland's Mýrdalsjökull glacier during the past 48 hours - one within the last 4 hours. Katla Volcano lies beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Katla Volcano usually erupts every century, says Iceland's President Olafur Grimsson. and the last eruption was in 1918. "The time for Katla to erupt is coming close." "I don't say if, but I say when Katla will erupt," Grimsson says. "We have been waiting for that eruption for several years." "It can create, for a long period, extraordinary damage to modern advanced society."
  • N. Korea: Fear of Mt. Baekdu Eruption Grows(dormant volcano at Sino-NK border waking up)

    06/22/2010 7:20:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 06/22/10
    Fear of Mt. Baekdu Eruption Grows Geologists are warning of a volcanic eruption within a few years on Mt. Baekdu, the mountain on the border between North Korea and China traditionally seen as the birthplace of the Korean nation. Yoon Sung-hyo, a geologist at Pusan National University, who has been researching Mt. Baekdu along with Japanese and Chinese experts, said Friday there are "clear signs" of a Mt. Baekdu eruption in the near future, with Chinese experts expecting it to happen between 2014 and 2015. Yoon called on the government to be prepared. He cited several pieces of evidence, including...
  • The Well from Hell

    06/22/2010 6:42:42 AM PDT · by justlittleoleme · 18 replies ^ | 06/20/10 | Christian A. DeHaemer
    There is something primordial about BP's quest for oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It's an Icarus-like story of super-ambition; of reaching too far, delving too deep. I don't know if you've stopped to contemplate what BP was trying to do... The well itself started 5,000 feet below the surface. That's the depth of the Grand Canyon from the rim. And then the company attempted to drill more than 30,000 feet below that — Mt. Everest would give 972 feet to spare. Furthermore, the company sought oil in a dangerous area of the seabed. It was unstable and many think...
  • Geology Picture of the (long) Week, June 13-20, 2010: Portrait of the Outer Aleutians

    06/20/2010 9:31:46 PM PDT · by cogitator · 6 replies
    MODIS Project ^ | June 16, 2010 | NASA and USGS
    Portrait of the Outer Aleutians from space: Go here for links to larger resolution images: Outer Aleutian Islands Here are the names of some of the islands you can see in this image (from west to east): Kiska, Little Sitkin, Amchitka (long and narrow) Semisopochnoi (round), Gareloi, Tanaga, Kanaga, Adak, Great Sitkin, Atka (volcano on eastern end is Korovin) Obviously they're volcanic, so here are a couple of images of Gareloi. From the Space Station: From the surface:
  • Current Events and Biblical Warnings

    06/19/2010 7:09:47 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 26 replies · 510+ views
    June 1 2010 | Maria Kneas
    Current Events and Biblical Warnings This paper looks at some interesting current events in the light of Biblical prophecy. I want to make it clear from the outset that I am not trying to predict anything about the events described in the Book of Revelation. Rather, I am trying to see current events in the light of some Biblical warnings. God made it very clear that nations who bless Israel will be blessed, and those who turn against Israel will be cursed. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you;...
  • Another Volcano blows its top, posing new threat to air traffic....

    Russia's northern most active volcano is churning out ash to a height of 4,000 meters (13,000 feet) in the country's Far East, the local geophysics service said on Thursday. The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula last erupted in December 2006 and has been active ever since with the volcano spewing out gas and ash up to 8,000 meters (26,000 feet). The local seismological service reported registering dozens of tremors within the area in the past 24 hours. According to specialists, the volcanic activity over the past two-three years has significantly altered the contour of the volcano with...