Klyuchevskoy suffers Large Explosion & Friday Riddles

This beautiful image by Yura Koshel was posted by Shérine France over at the Volcanocafé Facebook-page.

This beautiful image by Yura Koshel was posted by Shérine France over at the Volcanocafé Facebook-page.

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.”
http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/kvert/van/index.php?type=5

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.

KVERT image of the large explosion at Klyuchevskoy.

KVERT image of the large explosion at Klyuchevskoy.

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.

Image captured by Cryphia showing the side vent towards Kamen volcano. Notice how the lava pouring out of the new vent is illuminating the clouds towards Kamen. http://www.emsd.ru/video/

Image captured by Cryphia showing the side vent towards Kamen volcano. Notice how the lava pouring out of the new vent is illuminating the clouds towards Kamen. http://www.emsd.ru/video/

Here is the link to one of the cameras viewing Klyuchevskoy:

http://www.kscnet.ru/ivs/video/Klyu.html

50 minute image capture done by Cryphia from October 7. This image shows a lenticular cloud lighting up from either a large lava flow, or from a flank vent eruption. You be the judge. http://www.emsd.ru/video/

CLICK ON IMAGE TO WATCH! 50 minute image capture done by Cryphia from October 7. This image shows a lenticular cloud lighting up from either a large lava flow, or from a flank vent eruption. You be the judge. http://www.emsd.ru/video/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/189749654542072/

Riddles

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.

And whom might this be? Combine the person with the rest of the image riddle.

And whom might this be? Combine the person with the rest of the image riddle.

  1. The Mighty (heavy) + image – Tondano (Evan Chugg, 2pt. Ton for heavy, mighty, Dan Rather = Dano)
  2. Record acompanying (A Record Company) – Deccan Traps (Harrie, 1pt)
  3. Under the shining mountain – Kilimanjaro (Stephanie Alice Halford, 2pt. Kilima = Mountain, Njaro = Shining, both in ancient Khi’Zwahili.
    Un’nataka kahaua anyone?)
  4. Bilingual sickening (french) beer – Mallahle (Evan Chugg, 1 pt, Edward, 1 bonus point “mal=ill”)
  5. Severely Arabic Field (What? Arafic? Is that even a word?) – Jebel Umm Arafieb (Sissel, 1pt)

Score-board

6 Henrik
6 KarenZ
3 Michael Ross
3 Shérine France
3 Talla
2 Alison
2 Diana Barnes
2 Evan Chugg
2 Harrie
2 Lughduniense
2 Sa’Ke
1 Cryphia
1 Sissel

Lava Pie Lake a la Nyiragongo

Lavapie by Lughduniense

Lavapie by Lughduniense

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
175ml milk
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

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408 thoughts on “Klyuchevskoy suffers Large Explosion & Friday Riddles

  1. I’m going to stick my neck out and speculate:

    Recently we have had two episodes of unusual seismic activity, first at Gjögurtá in the TFZ, then at Rekjanestá. Both have been accompanied by heightened tremor, a substantial rise in amplitude in the 2 – 4 band. The manner in which this rise has been evident in the SIL-net, the limited geographic spread, and their location at sea rule out the usual explanations and point to a very local and natural cause.

    Both seem to be the result of magmatic emplacements. In the case of Gjögurtá, first we had the intense earthquake swarm, then the heightened tremor for a period of five days. This could be consistent with a magmatic emplacement following a tectonic event, possibly including decompression melt, that resulted in heightened hydrothermal activity in the known field of “smokers” above. At Reykjanestá, the seismic event came after a run-up of heightened tremor. This could be consistent with a magmatic emplacement where the magma entered the known or hypothesised magma reservoir at the location and the re-heating in the sills of that magma reservoir caused such an increase in pressure that there was further, substantial cracking and widening of pre-existing structures.

    In the north at Gjögurtá, it seems the crisis is over. The magmatic intrusion has run its course and nothing more will happen unless there is further unrest, either tectonic that allows the emplaced magma to rise further or a new magmatic intrusion. The scenario is similar at Reykjanestá with the exception that we do not know what, magma-wise, was already emplaced in the known or hypothesised magma reservoir.

    This is my amateur interpretation of the two events.

  2. Here is the weekend action at Sakurajima. 2 Videos, full daylight hours Saturday and Sunday. Sunday has the better of the explosions.

    Saturday

    Sunday:

    • Thank you Greg, these really show the continuous action in a nutshell! Must be very enerving for those people there living downwind from the volcano. I can almost hear them groaning “Oh look, that f~~ing volcano is starting again, for the 8th time today! Where the heck is my dust mask? (cough) Dammit, I was going to play tennis this afternoon! (cough cough) And look at the car… I had it washed yesterday…! (cough cough wheeze)”

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