Happy 10th Anniversary to the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report
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.
So, I'm about a week late to the party, but I wanted to make sure we all recognize the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonian Institute and USGS Global Volcanism Program's Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. I know, for me, it was one of the first things that got me interested in keeping track of the ever-changing landscape of volcanism on a weekly basis (of course, now I seem to have to keep track by the minute). Over 220 volcanoes have been mentioned in the reports since they started back in 2000 by Gari Mayberry (from the inspiration of Marriane Guffanti of the USGS) - and since 2006, Sally Kuhn Sennert has been providing is with a weekly blast of volcanic news.
In celebration of the anniversary, the GVP put together what can only be called a "best of" for the Weekly Volcanic Activity Report. So, if you want to wander through 10 years worth of important and interesting volcanic eruptions, be sure to check out their retrospective.
If you're more in the mood for what is going on right now, there is a new GVP Report for activity spanning November 3-9. It covers all the activity at Merapi and Bulusan, plus all those other volcanic events that don't make it to the front page at CNN.
Some other highlights include:
Here's to another 10 years of GVP Weekly Volcanic Activity Reports!
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