Stromboli and Etna

Stromboli showed heightened activity during the last days and weeks. IngeB found an article on this behavior: “The stronger eruption intensity of Stromboli has also been subject to an article in Italian webnews. Because of the explosions at its summit, the civil protection organisation has hightened the alert level. http://www.meteoweb.eu/2013/04/non-solo-letna-anche-lo-stromboli-sta-eruttando-con-forti-esplosioni-avviso-di-elevata-criticita-dalla-protezione-civile/200183/ “ Siencia Obsoleta found a…

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Activity update around the world

Etna has had its ‘paroxysm’ #many. Every eruption is spectacular, but when they are so frequent it gets easier to focus on what is different with every eruption. Bruce Stout and Newby noted that the activity lasted much longer than previously in this series of paroxysms. Why this is, is off course a mystery, but…

Fig.1	 The dead of Herculaneum, burnt to death by 800-centigree hot pyroclastic flows from Vesuvius AD 79 (O Louis Mazzatenta, National Geographic)

The Decade Volcano Programme

The volcanic eruptions of Mount St Helens in 1980 and Nevado del Ruiz in 1985 made the general public aware of the dangers of co-existing with a large and potentially lethal volcano. It doesn’t take much imagination to see the possibilities of a lateral St Helens-type blast on a population of a great city as…