GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Report for June 9-15, 2010
The latest Volcanic Activity Report from the Global Volcanism Program including news from Russia, Japan, Chile and Alaska.
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.
Have guests in town, so I'm a little busy, but you can hopefully keep entertained with the latest Smithsonian/USGS Global Volcanism Program Volcanic Activity Report.
\nChile's Melimoyu volcano.
- Alaska's Cleveland volcano has been reduced to and alert status of "unassigned" (used when a volcano is not closely monitored so AVO doesn't know what exactly is "background") after a few weeks of activity. The same was done for the submarine volcano south of Sarigan in the Marianas Islands after no signs of activity since the eruption a few weeks ago. \n
- Chile's Melimoyu has seen increased long-period seismic tremor over the past week, enough so that the SERNAGEOMIN increased the alert status to Green Level 2. All the earthquakes are less than 15 km underneath the volcano, but no other signs of activity were noted in the report. \n
- Karymsky, on Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, continues to make noise, with ash plumes reaching 2.6-6.1 km (8,200-20,000 feet) and a thermal anomaly at the summit. \n
- Eruptions readers have been talking about the recent activity at Japan's Sakurajima. The volcano experiences frequent explosions and this week produced ash plumes that reached as high as 3 km (10,000 feet). You can check out the activity on the webcam for the volcano.
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