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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 Update!!

Posted in Ecuador with tags , , , on March 1, 2011 by jkc23


The above picture is of Reventador’s large eruption back in 1976.  Although it has had eruptions since this was by far biggest.  Photo credit to Photo Atlas

Recently this week there have been several very interesting things that have been happening in Ecuador.  The first of which is the eruption of Reventador, which is a Stratovolcano that is located around 90 kilometers outside of Quito the capital.    In its fairly young history this volcano has erupted just about every 2-4 years.  It is arguably the most active volcano in the country at this time.  This eruption has not  attracted a lot of attention because it is a fairly common occurrence and the mountain itself is located in a very rural area where very few people live.  This current eruption is small consisting of mainly lava flows. (link is in Spanish)  Sorry for the language barrier but it seems that the Ecuadorians themselves are the only ones paying any heed to this eruption.    Several other things of relatively small importance have occurred over the last week.  It seems that over the last few days, there have been a series of earthquakes that are around a four on the richter scale.  The good news is that no property damage has been caused and there has been no one injured in these recent seismic events. Yet again I apologize for the language barrier I tried to find something in English but to no avail.

Jack Cowie, 2/22/2011