6.4 Japan Earthquake / Tambora Scale VEI-7 Volcano Alert

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Japan has heightened monitoring on the Island of Kyushu, in the wake of a 6.4 Earthquake. Kyushu is a highly volcanic region which includes a…

Pavlof Volcano in Alaska Erupts Sending Ash Upwards 20,000 Feet

The Pavlof Volcano, which is about 600 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Aleutian Islands, erupted at 4:18 p.m. local time on Sunday, March 27th. The eruption sent ash 20,000…

Volcanoes and Ozone: Their Interactive Effect on Climate Change

Guest essay by David Bennett Laing, Asst. Prof.of Geology, Univ. of Maine (retired) Two different styles of volcanic eruption appear to have been the principal determinants of climate change throughout…

Claim: NASA simulation indicates ancient flood volcanoes could have altered climate

From NASA/GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER and the “maybe they should have checked with Willis first” department comes this modeling claim: In June, 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines exploded, blasting…

Why Volcanoes Don't Matter Much

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach The word “forcing” is what is called a “term of art” in climate science. A term of art means a word that is used in…

Another excuse for 'the pause' – it's a 'blip' from volcanoes, or something

From the University of Edinburgh: Warming slow-down not the end of climate change, study shows A slow-down in global warming is not a sign that climate change is ending, but…

Another thing more worrisome than global warming: Yellowstone super-volcano has 4x more magma than once thought

From the University of Utah and the “game over if it blows” department: In a big eruption, Yellowstone would eject 1,000 times as much material as the 1980 Mount St.…

Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

Eric Worrall writes: The Guardian has published an unusually interesting article about the danger to our civilisation, of a new Tambora scale volcanic eruption. According to Bill McGuire, professor emeritus…

Early Sunspots and Volcanoes

Guest Post by Willis Eschenbach Well, as often happens I started out in one direction and then I got sidetractored … I wanted to respond to Michele Casati’s claim in…

Inconvenient study: Seafloor volcano pulses may alter climate – models may be wrong

New data show strikingly regular patterns, from weeks to eons From The Earth Institute at Columbia University: Vast ranges of volcanoes hidden under the oceans are presumed by scientists to…

Time Magazine's Jeffrey Kluger writes what might possibly be the stupidest article about climate ever – climate change causes volcanoes

The stupid, it burns like a magnesium flare. Excerpt from the article: Now, you can add yet another problem to the climate change hit list: volcanoes. That’s the word from…

Ben Santer tries to explain 'the pause' in global warming

Add it to the list of over 50 excuses for the pause from climate science now on record…this time its small volcanoes. Small volcanic eruptions partly explain ‘warming hiatus’ From…

Study: Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano sits on a massive magma hot spot

By Kat Kerlin, UC Davis Spectacular eruptions at Bárðarbunga volcano in central Iceland have been spewing lava continuously since Aug. 31. Massive amounts of erupting lava are connected to the…

Another story about global warming causing volcanoes…

From the National Post Is it volcano season? From Japan to Iceland, scientists probe the reasons why there are so many eruptions lately Eruptions caused by climate change In recent…

Laki caused 1783 – could Iceland's Bardarbunga Volcano trigger another 'Year Without a Summer'?

Eric Worrall writes: The British and Icelandic MET offices are expressing concern about the possible effect on the climate, of a potentially enormous volcanic eruption in Iceland. According to The…

Iceland's 'Bardarbunga' volcano is lighting up the night sky

The image is from the “Live from Iceland” Mila webcam. A second webcam image shows the eruption in progress from a different angle. h/t to Chris Beal via Twitter The…

Dramatic video of explosive volcanic eruption with compression wave

Here’s something seldom seen – a volcanic eruption that is so fast and intense that it creates a condensation shock wave in the atmosphere (like is sometimes seen from bombs…

Spectacular eruption of Mount Tavurvur in Papua New Guinea

While we watch Iceland’s unpronounceable volcano, on the other side of the world, in Papua New Guinea, Mount Tavurvur is already causing damage and threatening lives as well as disrupting…

The volcanic area near Bárðarbunga is erupting

A fissure eruption has started north of Dynjujökull, seen in the photo. A live YouTube stream is available below Authorities in Iceland say the fissure is ~10 km north of Vatnajökull…

Should we bomb Iceland's Bárðarbunga volcano?

Aerial bombing of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa volcano was done in the past, widening the eruption crater to minimize high flying volcanic ash problems. WUWT reader “magma control” writes in with…

Icelandic Bárðarbunga volcanic eruption begins

From the Icelandic Met Office It is believed that a small subglacial lava-eruption has begun under the Dyngjujökull glacier. The aviation color code for the Bárðarbunga volcano has been changed…

Bárðarbunga volcano getting ready to blow? 1000 Earthquakes felt as magma moves into ice covered caldera

From the Icelandic Meteorological Office: A summary of seismic activity, written Tuesday evening 19th August 2014 at 20:00 Around 1.000 small earthquakes were detected in the Bárðarbunga region from midnight…

Earthquake swarm in Iceland raises threat level on Bárðarbunga volcano

Readers may recall that the Grímsvötn volcano caused quite an overwrought mess with air travel in 2011 when it erupted. FergalR writes in WUWT Tips and Notes about the nearby …

Study: Large volcanic eruptions cause drought in eastern China

Via AGU, and the “science is settled” department, once again we learn things we didn’t know about climate. In most cases, the annual East Asian Monsoon brings heavy rains and…