Icelandic BBQ. Photograph copyright by Eggert Norðdahl.

Bárdarbunga – The Elevator to Hell

Due to me having had a couple of hectic weeks at my day job and catching this year’s influenza I have not gotten around to writing as much as I have wished. What I had wanted to do by now would have been to explain more in detail what is happening at the Icelandic eruption,…

Kizimen, my personal favourite erupting on 3 12 10

Schaturday Schummary: Kamchatka.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b0/Kizimen_cropped_2_by_Don_Page_2010_12_10_03_14_UTC.jpg So, to kick us off: an apopolylogy, an announcement, an appeal and some articles from our very own Ukviggen: “Apologies if this has been mentioned (been away 🙂 ) but it seems that the end of the Tolbachik eruption was *tentatively* called on the 24th.” Webcam; if you want to check: http://www.emsd.ru/video/Tolbachik/img_1.jpg “Since my…

AVHRR imagery from the sensor's band 4 shows Klyuchevskoy erupting on 30 September 1994. (NOAA)

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 2

What follows is a very rough guide to the satellites and their systems that routinely feature in volcano-watching. For anyone interested in learning more, most of the systems have dedicated websites with a lot more information. Just Google the name of the system/satellite, or search through the NASA, NOAA or USGS main sites (way too…

Photographed by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Etna erupts on 22 July 2001. (NASA)

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 1

On 1 April 1960 US Army Signal Corps pilot Captain William M. Templeton lifted off in a Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter from Camp Evans, part of the Fort Monmouth complex in New Jersey, for the short journey to Monmouth County Airport. On board he was carrying precious cargo. At the airfield, Captains Lloyd J. Petty…

Photograph of Tolbachik taken by Roman Melnyk.

Central Kamchatka Depression

The Central Kamchatka Depression is a roughly 100km wide valley between two volcanic belts, the Sredinny Ridge and the Eastern Kamchatka Ridge in the middle of the Kamchatka Peninsula. The Central Kamchatka Depression (CKD) is known as the most active arc volcano system in the world (*1). CKD’s volcanic activity is mostly clustered in the…