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…

Spectacular flyover video of Kilauea eruption shows massive devastation

Aerial Survey of River of Lava as it Flows Down Valley in Hawaii  Footage from an Hawaii Army National Guard survey of the Kilauea eruption. Starting with fissure eight,…

The month-long Kilauea eruption as seen from orbit

In early May 2018, an eruption on Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began to unfold. Here’s what satellites saw in the first few weeks of the eruption. This video is a compendium…

Scientists listen to giant pipe organ in a volcano – to monitor eruptions

From the AGU and the “lava tooting” department VOLCANO MUSIC COULD HELP SCIENTISTS MONITOR ERUPTIONS WASHINGTON — A volcano in Ecuador with a deep cylindrical crater might be the largest…

When Eruptions Don’t

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Inspired by Richard Keen’s interesting WUWT post on using eclipses to determine the clarity of the atmosphere, I went to the website of the Hawaiian Mauna…

60,000 gallons of Flammable Liquid Removed From Volcano Risk Hawaii Geothermal Plant

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Puna Geothermal Venture has removed 60,000 litres gallons of flammable Pentane from a geothermal plant in the path of the Hawaii volcanic eruption. But concerns…

Japan's Mount Io erupts for the first time in 250 years

From wire reports: A volcano in southern Japan, Mount Io, erupted for the first time since 1768 on Thursday, spewing steam and ash 400 meters (1,300 feet) into the air.…

Claim: Global Warming Will Trigger Volcanic Eruptions

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Volcanic eruptions are now the fault of that wicked little molecule. Climate change could trigger volcanic eruptions across the world, warn scientists Melting of ice…

NASA: volcanic magma plume under Antarctica may explain ice sheet instability

From NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory and the “inconvenient science” department comes this study that dashes hopes of pinning melting in Antarctica entirely on human activity. Hot News from the Antarctic…

Study: Ice sheets may melt rapidly in response to soot from distant volcanoes

Study of ancient eruptions shows modern ice sheets could be vulnerable From THE EARTH INSTITUTE AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY and the “dirty ice” melts faster department Volcanic eruptions have been known…

Using the Orbiting Carbon Observatory for something useful: monitoring potential volcanic eruptions

From MICHIGAN TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY Is it gonna blow? Measuring volcanic emissions from space Late last month, a stratovolcano in Bali named Mount Agung began to smoke. Little earthquakes trembled beneath the…

Ancient Pacific Northwest eruption, blocked out sun, cooled planet

WSU researchers document one of planet’s largest volcanic eruptions Gases from Inland Northwest blocked out sun, cooling planet From WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have…

More evidence: Great Permian Extinction, 250 million years ago, was caused by massive volcanic eruptions

From NYU: New evidence that Siberian volcanic eruptions caused extinction 250 million yrs ago A team of scientists has found new evidence that the Great Permian Extinction, which occurred approximately…

Thousands flee 'imminent' Bali volcano eruption

[Update 9/25 12:05 am.  I have change the title from 240,000 to thousands to reflect the change in the underlying story and am modifying the first sentence of the post…

Volcanic Northern Winters

I see there’s a new study, unfortunately paywalled, which starts out by saying: Observations show that all recent large tropical volcanic eruptions (1850-present) were followed by surface winter warming in…

Summer of 1816 in New Hampshire: A Tale of Two Freezes

Preface This web page was written in 2016 during the 200th anniversary of the Year without a Summer. It probably has a lot of company, it certainly does with many…