Sheepy Dalek, Tungurahua, Hekla and a riddle

Some people are keeping a close eye on Hekla!

Screenshot taken Today by me, Mila Webcam

Screenshot taken Today by me, Mila Webcam

Here are some links from the treasury which might come in handy.


They are also on our page “Wonder whats going on in Iceland” sorted in the “dragons hoard

Grania caught the volcano in action:

And i was able to get a glimpse of a burp too yesterday.

To quote the uploader of the video linked below ( PartyxxxFunchannel):
Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano spewed glowing ash and pyroclastic material into the air on Sunday (March 10) as it showed intensified activity for a second day.
Local media on Saturday reported that ash was reaching 2 kilometres into the sky. Tungurahua is a towering 5,023 metres high and lies some 135 kilometres south of the capital city of Quito.
In December, the town of Banos de Agua Santa was covered in a thick layer of volcanic ash, forcing authorities to encourage local residents to evacuate the area.
Tungurahua, which means “Throat of Fire” in the local Quechua language, has been classified as active since 1999, and produced a strong eruption in 2008. It is one of Ecuador’s eight active volcanoes.

Here is a video from March 11

To watch Tungurahua the Insituto Geofisico EPN provides several camera on their page:

Off Topic  for your entertainment

Same sceen with music:

Kilgharrah’s Name those Volcanoes Riddle

No 1 – Although now classified as dormant it could also be interpreted as being one of the active ones. SOLVED
No 2 – Despite being located in a depression it can still be seen from afar. SOLVED
No 3 – 1983 saw its unhappy past independently transformed into a land of healthy, lush growth. SOLVED
No 4 – 930201918 SOLVED



115 thoughts on “Sheepy Dalek, Tungurahua, Hekla and a riddle

  1. {snicker} “From Afar” Nice.


    In the Last thread, DFM linked a Guatemalan volcano erupting. I recommend that you crank the audio and listen to the beautiful bass punch of it popping the top. That was awesome!

    “Some video footage of a volcano erupting in Guatemala.”

    • Hi Lurking

      Yes the sound is…well…impressive. Also they are not far cos the sound takes less than 1 second to get heard. You can even see the shock wave moving the camera at 9 s.
      By the way (and OT) I read somewhere that you has really huge mosquitoes in your state, they are called “Gallinipers”. Impressive in another way….

      • What I like about the vid is that the audio didn’t over saturate and clip (much).

        As for the mosquitoes.. yep. Huge. Most insects here are. They are definitely hazardous for un-helmeted motorcycle riders. I have had some hit so hard that I thought I had caught a rock and looked to see if the windshield was cracked. About a year and a half ago, I hit a bat. That was un-nerving. Clipped the roof of the truck at 60 mph.

        Speaking of bats. Washington High School (in washington county) had half of it’s buildings closed due to nesting bats that had taken up residence there. Dunno what ever came of that.

        • Yes I recall now you spoke of some striped bugs getting in the radiators of trucks a while ago. You do live in an interesting place. Well bats we have but they are called “pipistrelles” and are very tiny (maybe 8 cm span max). As I said before, europe has been colonized too long by man and all “dangerous” animals have been eradicated (mosquitoes, wolves, bears, lynx, you name it). If you want to see bears for instance, there are some (maybe a dozen in all) roaming the high valleys of the Pyrénées mountains between France and Spain. If you want to see some you need to go in Romania. No that I would want to, to think of it….

        • Something that literally scared me witless happened many years ago. We were at the old swinging bridge in Byram MS shooting bottle rockets off the bridge.

          To give you an idea… this road has no illumination. The bridge is wooden planking on a suspension cable framework. It is surrounded by several thousand acres (hectares) of flood plain scrub hardwoods and pine. It quite literally, is in the middle of nowhere. Down a dirt road on the east side of the bridge, people have found discarded murder victims wrapped in plastic. This was about two months before the following.
          We were down there doing what teenagers normally do. Hanging out. In this instance, we were firing bottle rockets off of the bridge out over the Pearl River. One of my bottle rockets went off about 500 feet out and at the same elevation as the bridge. A few minutes later, the slow piercing wail of what sounded like a baby happened off in the dark tree-line next to the river.

          It only took a few seconds for all of us to run back to the cars.

          That bridge is still there to this day, though a second bridge has been put in place to handle the traffic.

          Hindsight is 20/20.. or nearly so. What I believe happened, is that I disturbed a Bobcat, and that was what made the eerie wail.

          Here is a video of the bridge. The channel owner states that he heard that the bridge was haunted.

          The legend is that an 18-wheeler truck tried to cross it in the early 80s when this bridge was the only way to cross the Perl River. Some sources say that the driver got stuck on the bride and called for help, others say that he crashed and died at the bottom…

          Whether or not a trucker died there I don’t know, but I do know that trucks were always trying to cross it. On the map, it appeared to be the fastest way from Highway 49 over to Interstate-55. I had made that shortcut several times while driving back to Florida. And yes, I have seen the scars on the bridge framework from the trucks that couldn’t clear it. In my time, the ‘big spooky’ was to drive halfway across the bridge and stop, letting the vehicle sway with the bridge.

          MS-DOT eventually got smart and put in a proper bridge just north of it.

          Here is the lat and lon of the bridge 32.176670° -90.243469°

          And somebody’s video of it. The area around it is more populated than in my time.

          BTW, if you pay attention to the video, you can sot some Kudzu. (The Vine that Ate the South) 😀

          The scenery in the video is about how the bridge looked when I was a teenager.

          Gawd, this is getting long winded. One year, the area was so dry that the Pearl River was small enough to easily hop over. If you missed, your shoes got wet. The entire riverbed was mostly dry. A friend ad I went down there and found toolboxes, news paper stands, old pay phones, and even an empty baby carriage. I’m hoping the discarded baby carriage was empty when it was thrown off the bridge. for the most part, the bridge was used as a way to get ride of stolen goods before the criminal got caught with the evidence.

          Okay…enough spooky spooky. Back to volcanoes!

          Here is the very center of Jackson Volcano – 32.300131°N -90.171951°W.

          The bluff area to the west is Leflure’s Bluff. It used to be a trading post before someone came along and made it into a town, then the State Capital. To this day, it is illegal to try and turn a team of nine or more horses around on Capital Street. PRetty much every building you see there, no matter how old they look, (with exeption of the Old Capital at the end of Capital St) are post US Civil War. Ulysess S Grant burnt the city to the ground. He used the state capital building as horse stables while he occupied the city.

          The Center of the volcano is directly under the Colosseum at the Fair Grounds. (the lat-lon from I posted). That entire area (fair grounds) is “reclaimed land”… which means it used to be the garbage dump.

          The Volcano was last active when this area was part of a shallow sea. (When the Mississippi Embayment was actually a bay)

  2. #3 Mount Liamuiga on Saint Kitts or Nevis Peak, both in the Saint Kitts and Nevis Islands in the Caribbean,? On satellite, both look lush green, and if only one of them should be the right answer, I’d go for Mt. Liamuiga.

  3. Ok i am back home and sorted the post a little bit better.
    Sorry but that had to go in in a hurry Kilgharrah posted it for me because i had left the house to dine with friends.

  4. # 1 Mount Tongariro, New Zealand was supposed to be dormant and surprised everyone by erupting last year. Or Vulcano which is dormant and gave it’s name to all Volcanoes .
    # 2 If not Erta Ale then it must be Nabro which lies in the Danakil or Afar depression in eastern Africa. 2218-m-high Nabro stratovolcano is the highest volcano in the Danakil depression. Nabro erupted in 2011 but due to the political situation between Ethiopia and Eritrea recordings and observations were limited.
    # 3 I go with Granyia Mount Liamuiga once known as Mount Misery or it’s neigbour Mount Nevis . The islands of St Kitts & Nevis became independent in 1983
    # 4 has to be Katla as El Nathan says above. Erupted 1918 and 20 eruptions prior to that. The first recorded in 930 AD

  5. Since there are videos about a Maarten… this is on topic.

    Since the mid 1970s, the beech marten has been known to occasionally cause damage to cars. Cars attacked by martens typically have cut tubes and cables. A beech marten can slice through the cables of a starter motor with just one bite. The reason for this is not fully known, as the damaged items are not eaten. There is however a seasonal peak in marten attacks on cars in spring, when young martens explore their surroundings more often and have yet to learn which items in their habitat are edible or not.[26] The fishoil, often contained in the cables of cars of Japanese origin, may contribute to this.

        • Many US mfrs started buying branded Japanese cars and components. For example, my truck, a Ford, uses a Mitsubitshi gearbox. (its late and I’m not gonna try and spell it on a phone). As for my Wife’s Buick, dunno. But squirrels ate the wiring in it. (It’s gone to the happy happy land for unwanted cars.)

          • This is also known from the Alpine regions. I once had a VW Golf, which they liked well. And a collegue told us young martens had been playing “chute” at his front car window, running up onto the car roof and sliding down, time and again. He saw it from his house. :):

  6. Good Morning all. I detest football with a vengence for personal reasons and also I dislike the obscene amount paid for players and the behaviour of the drama queens at the slightest touch. However I loved that video. If it was not cruel I would get the white and black ball swapped with a marten for producing a game of surprises, encouraging movement and skills of the players and brilliant crowd interaction.
    No need for referees and bad decisions and injury time rarely allowed since the martin is obviously hard to get hold of!. Give the World Cup to that marten 😀 😀

    Back on topic Skjaldbreiður, The Icelandic Volcano that gave it’s name to describe Low, lava effusive volcanoes. “Shield Volcanoes”
    It’s decided it was time we noticed her. A small group of quakes there this morning, just reminding us there are other interesting volcanoes in Iceland. Skjaldbreiður erupted last only 9000 years ago. A big surprise if this one erupts. The tremors are a little to the north west of the mountain.

      • Ah! Thank you Inge B. 🙂 So these are more likely to be tectonic? At least I learned some more facts about Iceland Volcanoes. I would love to be taught how to pronounce the Iclandic names properly. I am sure if I asked directions in Iceland I would be met with total confusion 😀 I spent hours learning some Norwegian on the internet so I could talk to my son’s step daughter ….I evidently learned the wrong variety of Norwegian for a start and my pronunciation was way off course anyway!!!
        The only way to truely learn a language is to visit the country for several weeks at least or have personal lessons from someone who can speak the language correctly and fluently.

        • I recognise lots of Icelandic words now by reading place names and weather reports 😀 … eg. dalur = valley, og = and , vindur = wind, vedur = weather snae = snow
          vik = town/ settlement.
          However this would not help me much asking for directions, buying in shops or other general conversation 😀

        • First to the quakes: They are not forcibly tectonic, could be or not. It is a volcanic system anyway.

          Re. the Norwegian: This is esp. difficult for people from other countries, because they have two official languages, bokmal which is very similar to Danish and Nynorsk which is more similar to Icelandic, and such a lot of dialects, too.

        • Re. the Icelandic words:
          “vík” actually means “bay”, “city” or “town” would be “borg” in icelandic.
          Reykjavík eg. means “smoky bay”.

          • Ah Ha! Thank you.Inge. At least I now I can ask my wy to the sea side 😀 At least to a bay. 😀 When I win the Lottery I want to take my Husband to drive those mad, big, 4 x 4 s up the side of a volcano :D. Any excuse for me to get there and see for myself. ( just as long as the volcano is not erupting. He so wants to drive those monsters.) Therefore I am trying to be able to say at least please and thank you in Icelandic…and more if possible.
            The English have a real hang up about learning and speaking other languages.
            I learned more from my Norwegian Grandson aged 5 than any lessons on line :D. We managed to understand each other very well and he didn’t laugh at Granny B’s pronunciation, he just calmly and politely corrected me 😀

          • I got about 3/4 of the way through my Linguaphone Icelandic course about 20 years ago. I then spent a weekend on an Icelandic horse training course where the trainer and his brother were sat next to me talking in the pub at lunchtime. I understood about one word in a hundred and gave it up as a bad job.

  7. Good morning Cowboy Andre. Ah! That is because I have had Coffee #2 and so am awake and ready for action 😀

  8. #1 could be Yellowstone or the Eifel volcanic field or even Campi Flegrei.
    Anything which has not erupted for a long time but has fumaroles.

    • I will go with campi Flegrei mainly because I have been there.Campi Flegrei means, “burning fields.” This area is highly volcanic in nature. Although the area’s volcanoes are not considered active today,

  9. Good morning everyone – I have dinged all the correct answers so far ….. just No 1 to solve …… no hints yet!

  10. #1 could be any volcano which names has fire in it. There is a Feuerberg in Germany for example which is a dormant or i think even extinct volcano.

  11. Birgit you know better than most that my clues very rarely offer ambiguity and that somewhere in a clue is the precise and only correct answer …… look for an anagram!

  12. I wont be back for a while ….. so here are the Answers, Explanations, Links and Solvers for all the clues except No 1 …..
    No 2 – Erta Ale – arjanemm at 17.34 1 point
    Erta Ale is a continuously active basaltic shield volcano in the Afar Region of northeastern Ethiopia, the most active volcano in Ethiopia. It is in the Afar Depression, a badland desert area spanning the border with Eritrea, and the volcano itself is surrounded completely by an area below sea level, making it a relatively low-elevation volcano.
    No – 3 Mount Liamuiga – Granyia at 18.58 1 point
    Mount Liamuiga was formerly named Mount Misery. The renaming took place on the date of St. Kitts’ independence, September 19, 1983. However, many older citizens still refer to it as Mount Misery. The name Liamuiga is derived from the Kalinago name for the entire island of St. Kitts, which means fertile land.
    No 4 – Katla – El Nathan at 18.43 1 point
    Katla is a large volcano in southernIceland. It is very active; twenty eruptions have been documented between 930 and 1918, at intervals of 13–95 years.

    • No it is nothing like that at all, just the old tremor chart showing! and nothing past 8th March. How can that possibly happen that i click your link but get a different picture.?

      • Just had a word with my son who knows far more than me about computers so he said to press F5 which should empty the cache in case it is a cached image. Did that and STILL the same image came up. Then as i was running it on Firefox he tried Google Chrome. Hey presto! I got the same image you do bit Firefox ist still showing the old image. Any clever person out there knows why that could happen?

    • Hi there! I’ve been away from the computer and checked the INGV tremor graph: it is frozen on the same image Spica has posted – I guess that is the same thingt that happened to you people, only some time later… (BTW I’m using Opera browser)

  13. And that was the best image i was able to drag to my desktop. ( I got them ALL unfortunately the cam only updates every 3 mins)

  14. Hey Diana: concerning Langjokull. That volcanic system erupts rarely. About every 3000 years ago. Usually eruptions are massive effusive ones, and occur monogenic style in many different regions spread widely around the caldera. There is no evidence of recent explosive caldera eruptions there. Just large lava eruptions to the north of the caldera, and to the south, always in ice-free locations. Last eruption in Langjokull was circa 1000 AD.

    Langjokull and Hengill seem to erupt at temporally near occasions as eruptions occur in Reykjanes (by temporally close, think both within decades or a few centuries of each other). But eruptions at Reykjanes are much more often. Every few centuries.

    So around 1000 AC there was an eruption in Langjokull and also one near Hengill, and this was the few centuries between 900-1340 when Reykjanes was having many periodic eruptions. A similar period seems to have occurred about 2000-2500 years ago.

    I will return here within an hour and post more…

    • Thank you Irpsit. Are you suggesting there have been eruption every 1000 years or so? This is the slow moving western side of the MAR so an eruption here is possible ?

      • An eruption is possible anytime at active volcanoes, but not so probable in this part of the MAR, called the Western Volcanic Zone of Iceland.

        In recent surveys (C14dating of lavas, tephrachronology and gechemistry) scientists found that there is an ever decreasing eruption rate since the end of glaciation, around 9.000 years ago in the region (from Langjökull down to the sea near Selfoss).. 65% of the 19 dated lava units erupted in the timespan between 9.000 and 7.000 years ago. So the eruptions are not actually evenly spaced in time. The 2 last eruptions ocurred 1000 years ago (Christnitökuhraun) resp. around 1200 years ago (Hallmundarhraun). (Sinton, etal., 2005 – the a.m. weblink). 🙂

      • Couldn’t the activity in the blue spectrum be weather related?
        From my unterstanding of seismic events i would assume, that any tectonic or volcanic activity would also show up in the red and green frequencies, while the blue is mostly affected by things like weather and strong wind.

        For comparison: This is the Spectrum from the last eruption at Hekla, notic that all Frequency-Bands were affected, and not just a single one.

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