Bárðarbunga – Nature of the beast

First let me write one thing, and that is that we are not in Kansas anymore. And with that I mean that we are in totally uncharted country. Icelandic Met Office has the best volcanologists on the planet, and they pretty much never make a mistake. They are quite simply the best and their reputation…

Waiting for Etna + Riddles

Some people wait for Goudot, we wait for Etna. While we are waiting for Etna to do her thing and Kverkfjöll is doing whatever she is doing out on her glacier, we can as usual fall back on the weekly riddles. This week’s big issue have without a doubt been Etnas earthquake swarm, and the…

Ruminarian VI – Launching Hobbits

21 November 2012, Mount Tongariro lofted a 6.5 km column of material from the Te Māri Craters. Analysis turned up that it was a phreatic event, meaning that groundwater had flashed to steam and pulverized some rock, and launched that along with re mobilized ash skyward. Recently, Kverkfjöll had a similar episode. Both events were…

Goðdali, Kverkfjöll, Skaftá West Cauldron & Iliwerung

The volcanic silly season seems to be going strong now. And with silly season I mean miniature eruptions, unconfirmed eruptions, unconfirmed Jökulhlaups and so forth. These are of course interspersed with real eruptions and Glacier floods. Let us go through them. Goðdali There have been reports of sulphuric smell and unusually coloured water coming out…