Tagged: volcano

Scientists should welcome charges against agency over Whakaari/White Island — if it helps improve early warning systems - News

Guest Author Dec 01, 2020

Shane Cronin The decision by Worksafe, a government agency focused on workplace safety, to bring criminal charges against 13 parties in relation to last December’s eruption of Whakaari/White Island heralds a new chapter for volcano scientists in New Zealand. On December 9, 2019, 22 people died and 25 suffered injuries when Whakaari erupted. They were not locals caught … Read More

Call for clearer risk information for tourists following Whakaari/White Island tragedy - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 17, 2019

Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia and James Higham, University of Otago In the aftermath of the tragedy at Whakaari/White Island on December 9, many are analysing the risks of adventure tourism, particularly volcano tourism, and asking pointed questions. It is a sensitive time, with 15 people now confirmed dead, many hospitalised in critical condition, and two bodies yet … Read More

Why do people criticise emergency services and their decisions following a disaster? - The Psychology Report

Sarb Johal Dec 16, 2019

Why have we seen such criticisms of the emergency response and the decision to delay recovery rather than take immediate action? Why do some people think they can make better decisions that the Police and other authorities? To understand this better, we need to think about how and why we might feel the need to make decisions for other … Read More

Things to know about Whakaari/White Island - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 10, 2019

Brad Scott, GNS Science Volcanologist This post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode started in 1976. It was … Read More

Why White Island erupted and why there was no warning - Guest Work

Guest Author Dec 10, 2019

Shane Cronin, University of Auckland Five people have been confirmed dead, 31 remain in hospital with injuries and eight are still missing after sudden volcanic eruptions on Whakaari/White Island off the east coast of New Zealand. The island is a tourist destination and 47 people were on it when it erupted on Monday afternoon. Three of those rescued have now … Read More

Fuego volcano: the deadly pyroclastic flows that have killed dozens in Guatemala - Guest Work

Guest Author Jun 05, 2018

Dave McGarvie, The Open University and Rebecca Williams, University of Hull Dozens of people have been killed, and with many more missing, after Volcán de Fuego (Fuego) in Guatemala erupted on June 3 2018. In recent years, Fuego has regularly ejected small gas and ash eruptions, which hold little risk to surrounding populations. But Fuego also … Read More

Lava in Hawai’i is reaching the ocean, creating new land but also corrosive acid mist - Guest Work

Guest Author May 24, 2018

Dave McGarvie, The Open University and Ian Skilling, The University of South Wales There is something special and awe-inspiring about watching new land form. This is what is now happening in Hawai’i as its Kīlauea volcano erupts. Lava is reaching the ocean and building land while producing spectacular plumes of steam. These eruptions are hugely … Read More

The current eruption of Kīlauea: could it happen in Auckland - Guest Work

Guest Author May 08, 2018

Brad Scott This post was originally published by GeoNet. The ongoing eruption in Hawai’i this week allows us the chance to think about a similar event here in New Zealand. The current eruption of Kīlauea volcano on Hawai‘i has provided some spectacular footage of cracks opening in roads, fountains of glowing lava, and billowing clouds of gas – and … Read More

Exploring Scotland’s Loneliest islands - Guest Work

Jean Balchin Jan 18, 2018

Out in the North Atlantic exist a collection of wild islands, rising in jagged ranks off the northwest coast of Scotland. Leaving my cosy cottage on Lewis, I set off across miles of ocean to the splintery archipelago of St Kilda, abandoned over a century ago. Here, the weather is a fickle, flighty mistress, cloaking the islands in mist … Read More

Satellites reveal melting of rocks under volcanic zone - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 06, 2017

Simon Lamb, Associate Professor in Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington and Timothy Stern, Professor of Geophysics, Victoria University of Wellington Volcanoes erupt when magma rises through cracks in the Earth’s crust, but the exact processes that lead to the melting of rocks in the Earth’s mantle below are difficult to study. In our paper, published … Read More