Eruption has started

View from Mila webcam The IMO has confirmed that a fissure eruption has started north of Dyngjujökull. Please do not link to http://www.vedur.is and en.vedur.is sites at this time Please use the live Youtube stream for the webcam rather than the Mila link, as the latter is likely to be in use by emergency authorities…

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 2

What follows is a very rough guide to the satellites and their systems that routinely feature in volcano-watching. For anyone interested in learning more, most of the systems have dedicated websites with a lot more information. Just Google the name of the system/satellite, or search through the NASA, NOAA or USGS main sites (way too…

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 1

On 1 April 1960 US Army Signal Corps pilot Captain William M. Templeton lifted off in a Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter from Camp Evans, part of the Fort Monmouth complex in New Jersey, for the short journey to Monmouth County Airport. On board he was carrying precious cargo. At the airfield, Captains Lloyd J. Petty…

Alaid: Part 1 – the banished beauty

From the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk rises a vision of natural beauty. Located some 70 km west of the tip of the Kamchatka peninsula is a volcanic island of near-perfect symmetry, its treeless sides curving gracefully upwards to a flat-profiled crater top that is often crowned with snow. Its shape has been an…