4 volcanoes for the price of 1 in Kamchatka
I write the Eruptions blog on Big Think. I've been mesmerized with volcanoes (and geology) all my life. It helps that part of my family comes from the shadow of Nevado del Ruiz in Colombia, where I could see first hand the deadly effects of volcanic eruptions. Since then, I've taken a bit of a winding path to become a volcanologist. I started as a history major at Williams College, almost went into radio, but ended up migrating to geology, including an undergraduate thesis on Vinalhaven Island, Maine. I followed this up by changing coast to get my Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Then I ran a MC-ICP-MS lab at University of Washington for a spell (and wrote for an indie rock website). I spent three years as a postdoctoral scholar at University of California - Davis studying the inner workings of magmatic systems. I am now an assistant professor at Denison University and have projects in New Zealand, Chile and Oregon.
I am fascinated by volcanoes, their eruptions and how those eruptions interact with the people who live around the volcanoes. I started this blog after getting frustrated with the news reports of volcanic eruptions. Most of them get the information wrong and/or are just sensationalistic. I will try to summarize eruptions as they occur, translate some of the volcanic processes that are happening and comment on the reports themselves.
And no matter what people tell you, I definitely do not have a cat named Tephra. (OK, I do).
You can find out more about my research by visiting my website. If you have any comments, questions or information, feel free to contact me at eruptionsblog at gmail dot com.
We've finally made it to the weekend, so I thought I'd leave you with a shiny new image from the NASA Earth Observatory folks. The new ASTER image (below) captured today shows four volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in Russia letting off steam and/or ash: Kizimen (furthest to the south with a thick, grey plume), Bezymianny (next north with a very wispy white plume), Kliuchevskoi (just north of Bezymianny, with a white plume) and Shiveluch (furthest north with a grey/tan plume). This isn't an unique event for Kamchatka - we're still 4 volcanoes erupting simultaneously before - but is still a cool thing to see. The NASA EO also had an image earlier this week of Kizimen by itself as well (top left).
You can check out the details of all the activity in Kamchatka in this week's USGS/Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report or the latest KVERT status update.
Enjoy the weekend (the last in February!)
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