GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for June 15-21, 2011: Noisy Chile and Batu Tara
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.
Brief post today after a few longer ones ... but first,
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And now back to our story.
Here is this week's Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. Not a long report, but definitely full of good info.
Chile: Both Puyehue-Cordón Caulle and Planchón-Peteroa make the report this week. Puyehue-Cordón Caulle is the still very much in the news thanks to the ash that has spread across the southern hemisphere and is still causing problems with air travel. Of course, with any large eruption like this, there are the articles about how it might effect climate - and at this point, we just don't know. The NASA Earth Observatory posted a thermal image of the summit area of the volcano and you can really see the small lava flow on the flanks of the volcano.
Indonesia: While other volcanoes have made the news, Batu Tara (top left) has quietly been emitting as and briefly showing up on the Darwin VAAC as a potential hazard to flights over Indonesia. One of these days I will have to focus on Batu Tara, it might be another underappreciated volcano thanks to its almost constant low-level activity since 2007 - but not a lot is known about this lonely island volcano.
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