Tagged: volcano

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

Still warming after all these years (again) - Hot Topic

Gareth Renowden Jan 10, 2013

Spread this excellent new video from the talented team at Skeptical Science far and wide. It explains why the latest denialist trope — no warming for 16 years — is rubbish. Take out the impact of the three biggest factors driving natural variations in the global average temperature — volcanoes, the El Niño Southern Oscillation [...] … Read More

Spectacular Footage of Yesterday’s Tongariro Eruption – Risk Remains High - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Nov 22, 2012

Mount Tongariro Eruption. Source: TVNZ A Geonet webcam at Mt. Tongariro has captured spectacular footage of yesterday’s eruption, which lasted approximately 5 minutes, ejecting an ash column and plume some 3-4 km above the Te Maari crater. There have not been any reports of injuries or damage, beyond a light dusting of ash falling near the volcano. The … Read More

Mount Tongariro eruption – sleeping giant awakens - Shaken Not Stirred

Jesse Dykstra Aug 07, 2012

Seismic signature of Tongariro eruption. GeoNet Last night Mount Tongariro burst into life, erupting for the first time in over 100 years. The eruption raised the Geonet volcanic alert from level 1 to 2, with an accompanying aviation colour code of red. The Tongariro alert level had been upped to level 1 on 20th of July 2012, due to … Read More