Eruptions prompt new evacuations at Tungurahua
I mentioned earlier today that I was hoping that nothing big happened over the weekend because of all the grading I needed to do. Well, it looks like I need to reacquaint myself with Murphy and swallow my words.
Ecuadoran officials have called for evacuations of the slopes of Tungurahua after the volcano increased its ash emissions and explosions, including the production of some pyroclastic flows (spanish). Eruptions readers have sent images that show the thermal bloom above the volcano and the Washington VAAC has issued an alert to FL260 (8 km / 26,000 feet). The evacuation around the volcano applies for people living within ~12 km of the volcano and you can see some images of the impressive explosive column coming from the volcano (see top left). The National Risk Ministry has kept the alert at Red near Tungurahua (spanish). In 1999, over 15,000 people had to be evacuated when the volcano erupted and Tungurahua has been erupting frequently since it began a new period of activity over 11 years ago.
Top left: Eruption at Tungurahua on December 5, 2010. Click on the image to see a larger version.
Upvote/downvote each of the videos below!
As you vote, keep in mind that we are looking for a winner with the most engaging social venture pitch - an idea you would want to invest in.
Here are 7 often-overlooked World Heritage Sites, each with its own history.
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites are locations of high value to humanity, either for their cultural, historical, or natural significance.
- Some are even designated as World Heritage Sites because humans don't go there at all, while others have felt the effects of too much human influence.
- These 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites each represent an overlooked or at-risk facet of humanity's collective cultural heritage.
An innovation may lead to lifelike evolving machines.
- Scientists at Cornell University devise a material with 3 key traits of life.
- The goal for the researchers is not to create life but lifelike machines.
- The researchers were able to program metabolism into the material's DNA.
A new method promises to capture an elusive dark world particle.
- Scientists working on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) devised a method for trapping dark matter particles.
- Dark matter is estimated to take up 26.8% of all matter in the Universe.
- The researchers will be able to try their approach in 2021, when the LHC goes back online.
SMARTER FASTER trademarks owned by The Big Think, Inc. All rights reserved.