Energy unleashed by submarine volcanoes could power a continent

The research shows that submarine eruptions cause megaplumes to form but the release of energy is so rapid that it cannot be supplied from the erupted molten lava alone. Instead,…

Mount Semeru: Erupting volcano on Indonesia’s Java island

Indonesia’s Mount Semeru has erupted, pouring ash and smoke an estimated 5.6km (3.4 miles) into the sky above Java, the country’s most densely populated island.

Kilauea: Biggest Eruption Since 2018

Guest “geology” by David Middleton The world’s most active volcano is at it again… Happening now: a new eruption of Kīlauea inside Halemaʻumaʻu See live webcams inside Halemaʻumaʻu, courtesy of…

Claim: Alaska Okmok Eruption Volcanic Winter Caused Social Turmoil in Ancient Rome

Just after the time of Julius Caesars death ancient Rome experienced crop failures, disease, social upheaval and extremely cold Summers. Researchers are pointing the finger at Alaska’s Okmok Volcano.

Scientists “Discover” Largest Shield Volcano on Earth

Guest “How about that geology fans?” by David Middleton And it’s not Mauna Loa… UH researchers reveal largest and hottest shield volcano on EarthPosted on May 13, 2020 by Marcie…

Using Cosmic Rays to Predict Volcanic Eruptions?

Guest “cool schist” by David Middleton Are Cosmic Rays a Key to Forecasting Volcanic Eruptions?A combination of relativistic particles and artificial intelligence may provide a new way to forecast when…

1D Model of Global SST Shows 40% of Warming Since 1979 Due to Early Volcanic Cooling

From Dr. Roy Spencer’s Blog January 14th, 2020 by Roy W. Spencer, Ph. D. In 2017, Christy & McNider published a study where they estimated and removed the volcanic effects…

Active Volcanoes on Venus?

Guest geology by David Middleton Recent analyses of data collected by ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft indicates that some of the lava flows on Venus might be very young… RESEARCH ARTICLE…

When Volcanoes Attack… White Island Edition

Guest commentary by David Middleton I’m sure many WUWT readers have read Eric Worrall’s post, the headlines and seen the videos. CNN: “14 feared dead in New Zealand volcano eruption”…

Volcanic Eruption in New Zealand, 20 Injured, 5 Dead, Many Unaccounted

Guest essay by Eric Worrall A large volcano has erupted in New Zealand, causing 20 injuries and at least 5 deaths. Some people remain unaccounted for. At least one US…

Geoengineering vs. volcanic activity for a cooler climate

[More crazy talk from Carnegie Institute’s Ken Caldiera… Anthony] Washington, DC– Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun’s radiation back into space…

Gangs of Pompeii: Volcanologists vs Archaeologists

Guest “you couldn’t make this sort of schist up, if you were trying” by David Middleton Pompeii row erupts between rival scientific factions Volcanologists say excavations by archaeologists are destroying…

Birth of an underwater volcano: “This thing was built from zero in 6 months!”… Which is a lot less than 12 years

Guest geological observation by David Middleton From the American Association for the Advancement of SCIENCE! of America… Ship spies largest underwater eruption everBy Roland PeaseMay. 21, 2019 , 1:20 PM…

Internet Science Made Stupid: “Scientists Warn Gulf Of Mexico ‘Supervolcano’ About To Erupt”

Guest geological storytelling by David Middleton In my recent post, How Climate Change Buried a Desert 20,000 Feet Beneath the Gulf of Mexico Seafloor, we discussed the rifting that enabled…

New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever

Mercury found in ancient rock around the world supports theory that eruptions caused ‘Great Dying’ 252 million years ago. From the University of Cincinnati: Researchers say mercury buried in ancient…

Guess where the biggest volcanic eruption of 2018 was? Hint (not Hawaii)

There have been voluminous headlines, photos, and video describing eruptions on Hawaii’s Kilaueua in 2018, and while they were visually impressive, when it comes to potentially climate altering sulfur dioxide,…

Revising the history of big, climate-altering volcanic eruptions

New method, co-developed at UMD, refines the 2,600-year history of large eruptions that inject planet-cooling particles into the stratosphere From the UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND For all their destructive power, most…

Spot The Volcano, 1815 Edition

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach It’s been a while since I played “Spot The Volcano”. The premise of the game is that the decrease in temperatures from volcanic eruptions is…

USGS issues first USA Volcano Threat Assessment in over a decade

18 volcanoes in the USA are classified as “very high threat”, many are in the Pacific Northwest. The United States has 161 young, active volcanoes within its borders. Since 1980, there…

Krakatoa volcano stirs to life again

The volcanic island of Krakatau (previously called Krakatoa) is situated in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in the Indonesian province of Lampung. The name is also used for the surrounding island group comprising the remnants of…

Iceland’s monster volcano charging up for eruption

The Katla volcano, hidden beneath the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland, has historically erupted violently once every 40-80 years.  In-as-much as it’s last such eruption took place one…

Worrying: ‘Child of Krakatau’ volcano stirs to life in the Pacific

From the “this can’t be good” department and AFP: An Indonesian volcano known as the “child” of the legendary Krakatoa erupted on Thursday, spewing a plume of ash high into…

Has a new volcano formed in Hawaii?

Story by David Rothery Professor of Planetary Geosciences, The Open University Kilauea, the most active volcano on Hawaii, has been in continual eruption since 1983. It entered a new phase in early May…

Stacking Up Volcanoes

  Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach [See Update at end] As readers of my posts know, I’ve held for many years that there are a variety of emergent phenomena that…