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6 Dead, Thousands Evacuated

Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, and nearly 3,000 people have been evacuated from the area on Palue island. Click below to watch the eruption!

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Volcano gods honored in Java

From the Yadnya Kasada Festival at the crater of Mount Bromo, July 23, 2013. On the fourteenth day of the Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people of Probolinggo, East Java, travel up the mountain in order to make … Continue reading

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Corium: Man Made Lava Flow

I came across this article today from Wired and just had to pass it along…! “Lo and behold, what do I find but an entire research field that has been making manmade lava for decades. Sure, we’ve seen some of the recent manmade … Continue reading

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On Orbits

Hey all, I usually try to keep all of my ‘lives’ seperate and not cross-post, but I’m going to break the rules for today.   Below is the video for my latest piano release, “Orbit: A Love Story.” We spend … Continue reading

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Some great new “Disaster Zone” volcano hazards educational resources from Oxford / vHub

“Disaster Zone”, a natural hazards educational resource. Including: Volcanoes Poster Series (13 posters providing a comprehensive introduction to volcanoes and volcanic hazards) ( Hazards Posters (an introduction to earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and tornadoes)( Deadly Quiz (96 questions on natural hazards) … Continue reading

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New images of Batu Tara volcano, Flores Sea, Indonesia

Dr. Tom Pfeiffer, volcanologist with VolcanoDiscovery (an adventure & study travel group that gives tours of active volcanoes) , just posted some amazing photographs from their recent expedition to Batu Tara volcano to observe the ongoing strombolian activity from close range. … Continue reading

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Can Volcanoes Form Just Anywhere?

There are three main places where volcanoes originate: Hot spots, Divergent plate boundaries (such as rifts and mid-ocean ridges), and Convergent plate boundaries (subduction zones) The origin of the magma for hot spots is not well known. We do know … Continue reading

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When was the last time Mt. Fuji erupted?

Mt. Fuji is a beautiful example of a stratovolcano, and is almost a perfect symmetric cone (at least when viewed from far away).  It is mostly basalt, which is a little bit unusual for stratovolcanoes as most stratovolcanoes are constructed … Continue reading

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Rise and fall of underwater volcano revealed by sonar

More great stuff from the researchers studying Monowai and undersea volcanism near Tonga.  In a period of less than a month, researchers noted “huge changes” in the height of the volcano – according to a recent article in Nature Geoscience … Continue reading

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Fantastic Pictures from Bezymianny

Dr. Olga Girina from KVERT sent a message with a link to this excellent website with current pictures from Bezymianny.   Very very cool stuff!

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