Paluweh volcano

6 people from the village Rokirole on Paluweh island died on Saturday August 10th, after the Paluweh volcano started to erupt 04:27 local time. They were probably caught in a pyroclastic flow sent down to the beach by a partial collapse of the Rerombola lava dome. Before the deaths occured there had been a partial…

Gunung Kelud – Or who poked a whole in the Volcano?

Volcano mitigation normally means monitoring and evacuation; very rarely does it involve altering a volcano to make it less deadly. There are many and good reasons for not doing any alterations in a volcano, but in some cases it is a good idea. Gunung Kelud – A brief summary The relatively small Indonesian volcano of…

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…

Sakura-jima – What type of lavas does she produce?

A quick re-cap: Sakura-jima is a post-caldera cone of the Aira caldera. She emerged roughly 13,000 years ago on the southern rim of the caldera, building an island which was eventually connected to the Osumi Peninsula during the eruption of 1914. She is located near the junction of several tectonic plates, whose movement drives eruptive…