As the week is finally winding down I had written that not much is happening. One should never ever do that when dealing with volcanoes. The only thing that had been really brewing was Klyuchevskoy and Sakurajima. Both have suffered from more prominent activity than normal.
What I had been writing was that Klyuchevskoy had suffered from 5 km long lava floods as could be seen in the image up above. The mountain had also gotten higher during the last week, and we were are all looking forward to what the new will be when the eruption finally winds down. Boom! As I was writing this report came in frin KVERT (thanks Cryphia!)
“Strong explosion occurred at the pass between Klyuchevskoy volcano and Kamen volcano at 08:20-08:30 UTC on October 11, 2013. Ash plume rose up to 6-7 km a.s.l. end extended to the east of the volcano. Probably a new flank eruption began at the pass between these volcanoes.”
One should remember that Kluychevskoy is one of the highest free-standing volcanic edificies on the planet, as such it is prone to sooner or later suffer from a flank collapse. This will though most likely not happen yet due to the lava creating a fairly sturdy type of rock.
What seems to have happened is that the flank facing the Kamen Volcano has suffered a flank vent eruption. This happened as a massive lava eruption happened at the top. My interpretation is that the massive edifice of Klyuchevskoy could not take the strain load and a secondary vent has opened up. If this will affect the eruption up at the top remains to be seen. It could though lower the pressure enough to halt the top eruption.
Here is the link to one of the cameras viewing Klyuchevskoy:
At Sakurajima the eruptions have continued to larger than normal, and the ash fall over the local citizens have started to feel tired of the constant sweeping of ash, something that local authorities have warned will continue to be the case for the immediate future.
Another thing that happened this week was that our Facebook-page received it’s member number 100, Andrew Reid. If you have not checked out our Facebook-page please feel free to do so if you are interested.
As usual, two points awarded if you can solve the riddle before I append any clues. 1 point after clues are appended. I restarted the score-board from when I started doing the riddles since the system of how points are awarded was so different between me and Kilgharrah.
- The Mighty (heavy) + image – Tondano (Evan Chugg, 2pt. Ton for heavy, mighty, Dan Rather = Dano)
- Record acompanying (A Record Company) – Deccan Traps (Harrie, 1pt)
- Under the shining mountain – Kilimanjaro (Stephanie Alice Halford, 2pt. Kilima = Mountain, Njaro = Shining, both in ancient Khi’Zwahili.
Un’nataka kahaua anyone?)
- Bilingual sickening (french) beer – Mallahle (Evan Chugg, 1 pt, Edward, 1 bonus point “mal=ill”)
- Severely Arabic Field (What? Arafic? Is that even a word?) – Jebel Umm Arafieb (Sissel, 1pt)
3 Michael Ross
3 Shérine France
2 Diana Barnes
2 Evan Chugg
Lava Pie Lake a la Nyiragongo
Dough: Easy to make by hand or with a food processor. You need:
125g (4oz) flour
55g (2oz) butter cut in little pieces
30-45ml (2-3 tablespoons) cold water
A pinch of salt
Put flour and salt in a bowl, add the butter. Knead till the butter is mixed with the flour but the dough is still lumpy and the butter not yet molten. Mix the water into de dough lumps with a knife so it all will stick together, then wrap dough into plastic wrapper and put in the fridge 10-15 minutes and go have a drink in the Sheepy Dalek Bar.
If you are lazy, you put flour, butter and salt in the food processor and mix till no butter pieces are visible. Add water bit by bit till all sticks together, then wrap dough into cling film. Put in the fridge 10-15 minutes and go have a drink in the Sheepy Dalek Bar.
Now for the finishing chocolate lava floor touch: this you need to prepare on beforehand because the molten chocolate needs to become hard again before you use it. Put a pan in another pan filled with water, put in a bit of milk and butter till the butter is molten and add 150 grams of dark chocolate and batter. Put backing paper or a silicone mat on a flat surface and poor the molten chocolate on it to form a circular blotch that’s 50-75% smaller than the cake form you use. I’ll come back to the chocolate later, for now just let it become hard.
For the Pumpkin filling:
750g (1lb 10oz) pumpkin, peeled, deseeded and cut in pieces
140g white caster sugar or honey
2 eggs, beaten
25g butter, melted
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
½ tsp fresh nutmeg, grated
Put pumpkin parts in a large pan, add water till covered and let it boil. Once boiling put the lid and simmer until tender, ~15 minutes (meanwhile, have a drink in the Sheepy Dalek Bar). Remove water and let the pumpkin cool.
Heat the oven to 180Cº (160ºC fan, gas oven 4). Now get the pastry from the fridge put some flour on a surface and roll out dough till wide enough to fill a pastry form or tart tin. Put in the oven till it just starts to look a bit golden brown. Take it out and let it cool a bit.
Now put the oven to 220ºC (200ºC fan oven, gas 7). (No drink this time, sorry.) Meanwhile crush the pumpkin pieces through a sieve into a bowl. In bowl two, you put sugar, melted butter, milk eggs, nutmeg, salt, and cinnamon and mix well. Add it to the pumpkin mash and mix.
Now you can pour the pumpkin mash into the pie dough and put the whole in the oven for 10 minutes; then lower temp to 180ºC (160ºC fan oven, gas 4). Let the pie in the oven for another 35-40 minutes till the pumpkin mash has set.
Take it out to cool off until slightly lukewarm, in the meantime: why not have another drink in the Sheepy Dalek Bar…
If you are back just in time before the pie has cooled completely, take a hammer and smash the chocolate pancake to pieces, you can also use a knife to carve out nice jigsaw pieces. Now you need to put the pieces one by one on top of the pie with space between them to leave the orange lava shine through between the parts, if the pie is still just warm enough the pieces will nicely melt onto the pumpkin surface, if still too hot they will melt into a chocolate floor fully covering the lava.
Sprinkle with Brandy, Sambuca or whatever you fancy as long as it burns well and serve flambé (have something ready to cover it with in case the pie will catch flames), if you like you can also use a cake sparkler set alight for an extra festive light show effect.
CARL, HENRIK & LUGHDUNIENSE