El Hierro and the Physics of magma chambers

Part 1 Not many people think about what is great with physics. People are normally more occupied with buying Prada hand-bags to carry their rat-sized yapp-dogs than physics. The great thing with physics is that the laws of nature are universal. And with that I mean that they can be transferred easily from the school…

El Hierro – Day 7

This will mainly be a short update. Not much new has happened during the last few days, I will just try to explain why. What we are seeing now is the formation of a new part of the magma chamber(s) under the island of El Hierro. The progression of earthquakes that we have seen moving…

Hellisheidahraun Lava

Hello Everyone! I wish to congratulate the winners of this weeks competition. I had done a lot to the image by Eggert Nordahl. I croped it to remove the Hellisheidarvirkjun pipelines on the left of the picture, and I also croped off the Hellisheidar-SIL. Then I inverted it to further bungle up any Google Image Searches.…

Spectacular fireworks of Etna

Etna has had one of the more memorable paroxysms. The tramor peaked at 190/106. The Paroxysm (eruptive phase) was short and very energetic. At the end of it it looks like the ash-column failed rapidly as the heat driving it stoped. As the heated ash and suspended tephra fell down it took the same route…

El Hierro and the art of Bad Science

After releasing the sixth missive that volcanic vent affectionately known as Bob is dead, the authorities have now finished the monitoring of the volcano. This declaration of cessation of activity is contrary to all known data. All released data point towards that the volcanic edifice is still growing at a rate of 10 to 15…