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Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on April 19, 2011 by indonesianvolcanoes

Indonesia’s most active volcano, mount Merapi, erupted six months ago. There were 322 dead and an additional 136,585 locals had to be evacuated. You might wonder why this is relevant now. Of those 136,585, 100,000 lost their houses during the eruption, but since then another 3,750 had to leave their homes as well so as not to be swept off with them by what this article calls “cold lava”, more commonly known as mudflows. These mudflows careen down the slopes of the volcano, torrents of water, ash and debris creating a cement-like substance. These people have fled to shelters set up by the government and various Non-governmental Organizations or been taken in by kind-hearted inhabitants of surrounding villages.

By Clara Lang-Ezekiel.

April 19th 2011

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Guatemala Update

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2011 by zaradaula

According to the Global Volcanism Program, Fuego in Guatemala has been erupting the last two days. It produced ash plumes that rose up to 700 m above the crater and lava flows that traveled nearly 200 m down the South West side of the volcano and created block avalanches.

Also in Guatemala, Santa Maria erupted on March 28, producing ash plumes that rose 800 m above the lava dome. This plume traveled North East and deposited ash on the town of Quetzaltenango, which is 10 km away. Then in the last couple of days, explosions created ash plumes slightly smaller (only 400-700 m) and drifted South. Avalanches were produced and traveled down the South West and Eastern flanks of the volcano.

I couldn’t find any current footage of either volcano, so I found photos instead.

Santa Maria:


Zara Holderman, April 6, 2011


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 5, 2011 by indonesianvolcanoes


In early March the Indonesian volcano Karangetang began to show signs of being active and potentially dangerous. By mid March the country’s National Disaster Management Agency had evacuated up to 1,200 people from the two villages built on the slopes of the volcano.

The 7,500 feet high volcano, Karangetang, being one of the country’s most active volcanoes had already erupted in August, killing four people. By March 21st lava flows had started to run down the flanks of the mountain.

Seismicity had decreased by March 24th, and the warning level was lowered to a 3.


Another volcano to have erupted on the same weekend as Karangetang was Mount Merapi. By that Saturday ( March 19th) it had already buried 21 houses. The eruption has claimed no lives, and few injuries.


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Ecuadorian/ Colombian Update!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on April 5, 2011 by jkc23

My favorite volcano in the world

Unfortunately there isn’t any new activity going on in my region. I thought maybe I might say some words about Ecuadorian Volcanism. Perhaps My favorite volcano in the world is Cotopaxi. I went there in 2008, and was amazed by its size and shape. It has erupted as recently as 1877. It was thought to be the tallest volcano in the world before the discovery of Mt. Everest.

One Year Later, Eyjafjallajökull

Posted in Iceland, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on March 30, 2011 by italyicelandvolcanoes

With April fast-approaching, we are now reaching the one year anniversary of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Eyjafjallajökull is a volcano located in Southern Iceland which took the global spotlight when its ash plumes shut down air travel across Europe. Many were surprised when the volcano erupted, because it has been historically less active in comparison to Iceland’s numerous other volcanoes. The last eruption took place over the course of 14 months from 1821-1823. Yet, regardless of what was or was not expected, Eyjafjallajökull certainly erupted, and the media and various governments responded in a multitude of ways. With many sources having covered the eruption in detail, I saw it fit to take a look at the reaction to the eruption, and plume that surpassed 8 km on numerous occasions throughout April and May across Europe.

One of the many ways that the media responded was through political cartoons.

The worry proposed in this cartoon is that the ash plume would do serious damage to the environment. Though this provides an interesting topic for a cartoon, in the end, climatologists determined that the atmospheric effects would be short lived. This is not to say that the immediate effects were not devastating. Some stunning photographs of the eruption can be found here.

The reality painted in this cartoon, however, was far more real. Over three-quarters of European airspace was closed for a week. Thousands of flights and millions of airline passengers were affected. The financial loss for airline companies was approximately $2.8 billion. This does not even include the drop in tourism and other economic issues. Like the cartoon says, Eyjafjallajökull happens, and we can only hope that it doesn’t in the future, though that hope is likely fruitless.

By Khia Johnson, 3/29/11


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 22, 2011 by indonesianvolcanoes

With over 13,000 islands, Indonesia is best known for its luxurious Bali tourist resorts. However the country is also home to the highest concentration of active volcanoes in the world. Indonesia has suffered from every kind of volcanic disaster, from mudflow to pyroclastic flow, from earthquake to tsunami. In fact it was the devastating wave that hit Sumatra in 2004 that turned the word “tsunami” into one commonly used outside of scientific spheres. Despite this sad fame, Indonesia continues to attract a steady flow of tourists from all around the world; A flow that is only rarely interrupted by events such as those of this January.

Mount Bromo, a volcano situated in east Java, came to life Thursday January the 27th disgorging massive clouds of ash.  The volcano had been “rumbling” since November but the alert level that had been set to red, had been lowered in the month preceding the eruption. None of the inhabitants were injured, but the volcano may have caused some damage to those livelihoods related to tourism or air-travel, due to the large quantity of ash produced by the volcano more than 30 international flights were cancelled in the three days following the eruption.

By Clara Lang-Ezekiel, added February 22nd 2011

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