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Friday, June 12th, 2009
4:48 pm - 'Supervolcano' possibly brewing under Mount St. Helens

MOUNT ST. HELENS, Wash. - Mount St. Helens could blow its top again - and the eruption could be bigger and more powerful than its 1980 eruption, say New Zealand scientists. But local scientists aren't quite convinced.

In a new article published in NewScientist, a team of scientists from GNS Science, an earth and nuclear science institute in Wellington, New Zealand, say they have found evidence a "supervolcano" may be sitting under the mountain. Mount St. Helens has been steaming and spewing ash since its eruption on May 18, 1980.

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Monday, March 23rd, 2009
7:40 am

Alaska's Mount Redoubt has erupted.

The AVO has recorded four large explosions overnight, and one of their seismic monitoring stations has stopped transmitting.

For updates, either go here or here.

current mood: excited
Wednesday, March 11th, 2009
3:10 pm - Erupting Sakurajima

A friend kindly passed this on--Sakurajima erupted early this morning (local time). Not a huge eruption, but there was a definite fountain of lava there for a bit.



I geeked out and translated the kanji to track down the camera's location--I believe this was a shot of the east side of Minami-dake (southern peak), which is the currently active peak in the Sakurajima volcanic system. I've been to Sakurajima once before--I made a few volcano "sojourns" when I was teaching English in Japan--and it put on a nice show of billowing smoke while I was there. :) It was one of my favorites.

Sakurajima, 09/2006
Monday, December 15th, 2008
3:19 am - GeoNetworx. New main page structure.

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
10:45 am - What's to be Done

So, Mt. Vesuvius is covered in various excavation sites... whose physical needs and logistical support come from local communities living on top of the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum despite Vesuvius having erupted 50 times since they were buried. When including the modern city of Naples, 3 million people live in its blast radius today.

Mount Ranier is a massive volcano and the most glaciated peak in the continental U.S... its massive Lahars have historically reached all the way to Puget Sound, putting parts of Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue in their deadly reach.

So, if money and political will were unlimited, what would you do about situations like these? (Check all that apply)

Educational Efforts
Financial Incentives to move
Forced migrations
Spend money and political will researching early warning systems
Spend money and political will researching radical ways to stop nature
Other (leave comment)
Saturday, November 29th, 2008
3:15 am - New Groups on GeoNetworx

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Have a pleasant weekend!

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008
4:33 pm - www.geonetworx.com

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Saturday, May 17th, 2008
9:04 am

Attention fellow PNW volcano geeks:

Tomorrow is May 18, and you know what that means! That's right, it's been 28 years since Mount St. Helens blasted the crap out of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. In honor of the 28th anniversary, all visitor center entrance fees in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument are waived. All centers are open for business, and the weather is supposed to be mostly sunny and warm.

I can't think of a better excuse, can you?

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
10:54 am - Massive Eruption Meets Massive Electrical Storm


A Chilean volcano which had been dormant for nearly 10,000 years began erupting 5 days ago. Last night a massive eruption shot ash 20 miles into the sky... at the same time a storm was raging overhead. The result was some astounding images of the two forces clashing. [article] [another article] and [this] is a Spanish-language article which includes a huge, breath-taking image of the event. Definitely a must-see.
Friday, March 7th, 2008
8:37 pm - A New Crop

In 1943 a Mexican family was plowing their corn field near the village of Paricutín. A fissure suddenly opened up in the cornfield and a new volcano began erupting. This is the only volcano on record to have been witnessed from its very creation. Within a year the corn field had become this:

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
11:00 am - What's that smell?

Hello everyone, long time no see!
I got a question: At the Hawai'i Volcano National Park, at the sulfur banks near the steam vents, I noticed a distinct smell of fireworks and I was wondering (well still am wondering, 3 years later :), what produces that smell? I know H2S has that rotten egg smell, but it wasn't like that at all.
Was it the SO2 maybe?
Thanks a bunch.
Friday, November 9th, 2007
1:48 pm - Anak Krakatau erupts

Link with pics here: http://news.aol.com/story/_a/indonesian-volcano-roars-to-life/20071109094609990001

Indonesian Volcano Roars to Life

ANAK KRAKATAU, Indonesia (Nov. 9) - Sending a boom across the bay, the offspring of the fabled Krakatau volcano unleashes another mighty eruption, blasting smoke and red-hot rocks hundreds of feet into the sky.

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007
1:49 pm - Volcanoes killed the Dinosaur.
bitterfun There's a new (to me at least) theory volcanoes may have lead to mass dinosaur extinctions not a meteorite:

""This is the first time we can link the main phase of the Deccan Traps to the mass extinction," says team leader Gerta Keller, a palaeontologist at Princeton University in New Jersey. Keller and Thierry Adatte of the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland presented their research on 30 October in Denver, Colorado, at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America.

Earlier work indicated that Deccan-like eruptions would have resulted in huge amounts of sulphur dioxide quickly building up in the atmosphere. And new work in press, from Vincent Courtillot of the Institut de Physique du Globe in Paris and his colleagues, suggests that the Deccan flows released some 50–100 gigatonnes of sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide — about 10 times more than estimated from the meteorite strike, at Chicxulub on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.""

Monday, October 22nd, 2007
7:45 am - NPR vs Tambora
bitterfun For any of you that weren't listening(or don't) to NPR this morning there are a couple of scientists studying the climate effects of Tambora (circa 1816). The idea is to reverse/delay global warming by injecting gases into the atmosphere. That is, if we don't have a similar/better event happen within the next 100 years. There were also some mentions on the modern day effects of a massive volcanic eruption (like a complete shut down of airlines, global communiciations disrupted, etc.).
Monday, October 1st, 2007
7:44 am - Volcano erupts on Yemeni island
bitterfun James Orr and agencies
Monday October 1, 2007
Guardian Unlimited

At least four soldiers are reported dead and more are missing after a volcanic eruption on a tiny Yemeni island in the Red Sea.
Lava and ash were spewed hundreds of feet into the air during the explosion on Jabal al-Tair, forcing authorities to evacuate a military base.

The AFP news agency reported that four Yemeni soldiers were burned to death and a major rescue operation was mounted for the rest of the garrison.

Nato said a fleet of its ships nearby had been asked to help locate nine soldiers missing from the island, which is 70 miles off the Yemeni coast.
HMCS Toronto, part of the Nato fleet en route to the Suez Canal, was sent to help search for the survivors, believed to have made it out to sea.

Ken Allan of the Canadian armed forces said: "The entire island is aglow with lava and magma as it pours down into the sea. The lava is spewing hundreds of feet into the air, with the volcanic ash also a thousand feet in the air."

Jabal al-Tair, meaning bird mountain, is one of several volcanoes at the southern end of the Red Sea between Yemen and Sudan.

The island, two miles wide, has no civilian population, only military installations used for Yemeni naval control. It is not clear how many military personnel were there during the eruption.

The Yemeni news agency SABA reported that rescuers were still searching for missing soldiers.

Jabal al-Tair's last eruption was in 1883, according to the Washington-based Smithsonian Institute's global volcano programme.

There had been considerable seismic activity around the island ahead of yesterday's eruption, the Yemeni defence ministry said on its website, including an earthquake of magnitude 7.3 on Friday.

Wednesday, September 19th, 2007
11:55 am - Tungurahua Erupts

whoah! this is soooo beautiful!

current mood: impressed
Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
10:59 am

exquisite image of Volcano Tungurahua eruptingCollapse )

More info [here]
Friday, August 17th, 2007
3:32 pm - Mt. Pavlof: promises, promises... less talk more action!
bitterfun http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=3490157

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Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
1:43 pm

A volcano blowing smoke rings, among other pictures: [link]

(thanks hilltop)

current mood: sore
Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
11:02 am - Mt. St. Helens Climb

This past weekend I had the pleasure of climbing Mt. St. Helens, here in Washington State. There are three kick off points (trailheads) that lead to the crater and only one of them was open. The other two had rain erosion and were closed due to severe drainage. So both of the short routes were closed. But hey, what's a 12 mile hike up hill in snow (both ways), at a 13 hour roundtrip hike anyway?

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current mood: rejuvenated
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