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Predicting Volcanic Earthquakes & Eruptions?

Thousands of volcanic experts & enthusiastic amateurs follow volcanos, one of the fundamental questions in modern volcanology is the manner in which a volcanic eruption is triggered; via the intrusion of fresh magma into a reservoir, the amount by which previously pooled reservoir magma interacts with a newly intruded magma will determine the nature and…

Beautiful Lake Taupo, New Zealand. The only hint of its volcanic origin are the distant volcanoes on the horizon, built at the edges of the ring fault system. (Provenance unknown)

When Is a Caldera a Caldera?

It does not take long for a newcomer to volcano-watching, if we are to call our hobby that, to come across the term “caldera”, cauldron. The term is very loosely used to describe large volcanic depressions ranging from volcanic craters a few hundred metres in diameter up to the huge depressions left behind by the…

Image Credit  Nagoya Broadcasting Network

Ontake-san (Japan) erupted on 27.9.2014

When I logged on the net this morning I found Ontakesan erupted in Japan in Austrian news.They had gotten the name not completely right cause it is Ontake-san. San meaning mountain in Japanese and it is also a title of respect. The name translates as “Honoured Peak” and Ontake is used for some more other mountains…

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The Strangest Volcanoes In The World – A Non-Official List

In light of the extremely unique and interesting events going on at Vatnajökull, it’s interesting to ponder how different they can be from one another. I had originally intended that this post would be an ordered ranking of the strangest volcanoes in the world, but you really can’t form proper comparisons between one type of…

Credits: http://press.anu.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/ch063.pdf

Meanwhile, over at Rabaul

Don’t shoot it Martha, it’s bigger than both of us!! “Do like the gallant Roman soldier who, at the destruction of Pompeii, died in his sentry box. Remain at your post. When the critical moment approaches you may — to cheer yourself up — sing ‘Let me like a soldier fall.” Well, talk about futile…