Kolumbo Volcano – Theras younger brother

Kolumbo is an active submarine volcano in the Aegean Sea, about 300  7 km northeast of Cape Kolumbo, Santorini  Island.  It is the largest of a line of about twenty submarine volcanic cones extending to the northeast from Santorini.  It is about 3 km in diameter with a crater 1.5 km across.  Previous to the newly discovered Tamu Massif volcano in the northern…

The Great American Volcano – Aniakchak

The Caribou was standing on the plains 30 kilometers away from the mountain; it had not fled the roaring mountain more than that. After all, the ash was driven by the fierce wind to the north, and where it stood to the west in the early summer morning it was only a spectacular view. It…

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…

The Santorini Midget Lava Blob!

Sometimes there is news about volcanoes that get blown out of all proportion. The island volcano of Santorini has unassumingly been erupting with small eruptions for the last 2 000 years or so. It is though mainly known for its VEI-7 Thera eruption 3 600 years ago. Why do I mention the small ones? Well, a large…