New Hebrides – Ambrym

This really should be Ruminarian VI, but I got delayed/sidetracked in writing it. (or just plain burnt out). Someone posted a Vanuatu quake and… well, they are sort of common. Poking around at it I ran across Ambrym, and one of my discarded post ideas came back to lend an intro to this. For the…

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…

Shiveluch – the Bad Boy of Kamchatka: Part Two

For nearly a century after the 1854 eruption Shiveluch had been highly active, building cones that had eventually filled the ‘crater within a crater’ that had most likely been formed in the last major collapse event of 600 BP. But then, in 1950, activity came to a halt apart from steaming. For over a decade…

Shiveluch – the Bad Boy of Kamchatka

Every community has one. The ‘bad lad’ from the rough family on the wrong side of the tracks – never quite fits in with the crowd, always getting in trouble. Your folks warn you to keep away from people like that – too violent and unpredictable. As the years go by some grow out of…

Drumbeats of El Hierro

A magmatectonic phenomenon called Drumbeats was originally discovered by the USGS at Mount Saint Helens Back in 2006. At 16.15 a similar phenomenon started at El Hierro in the Canary Islands, Spain. First of all, let me say once and for all, El Hierro will not erupt like Mount Saint Helens. They are two totally…