Montserrat Island, Soufriere Hills Volcano

The island of Montserrat is a British overseas territory and is situated in the northern part of the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Christopher Columbus named the island “Santa Maria de Montserrat” after the famous mountain monastery in Catalonia, Spain. Due to its similar appearance of coastal Ireland and early Irish settlers, it is…

Mount Shasta or Úytaahkoo, the “White Mountain”

Volcanic activity in North America is surprisingly infrequent. In spite of there being no less than 255 volcanoes or volcanic features such as maars or volcanic fields listed for California (20), Oregon (65), Washington (21) and British Columbia (149), situated on or adjacent to the Cascades Range and above the subduction zone where the last…

Popocatepetl

“Popocatépetl provides an excellent example of how the perception of risk is strongly influenced by the recent eruptive history and not by a full geological record, particularly among the people dwelling in the endangered areas and the media.” I think the above is probably a good quote that describes one of the biggest issues that…