I'm back from my Christmas Eruptions break ... time to play a little catch up!

Popocatepetl in Mexico.

  • Thanks to everyone for voting/commenting for the Volcanic Event of the Year - The Pliny. It sounds like I have my work cut out for me in determining the winner, but there is still time to vote! Leave your choice for the the Pliny here or email me at email.jpg. Look for my year-end review of volcanic events coming in the next few days.
  • As for the Christmas Day Mystery Volcano Photo, Eruptions reader Don Crain did get it on the first try - they are, in fact, Popocatepetl and Ixtaccihuatl from the summit of the latter. Now, why the Christmas-related clue ... well, it is probably a little lame, but Popo did erupt in 2005 on Christmas Day. So, who gets the second point? There were quite a number of creative ideas, but I think it will go to Diane's "Rudolph"-related response (it seems very fitting for the photo).

    Current MVP Standings:
    The Bobs - 3
    Don Crain - 3
    gijs - 2
    Boris Behncke - 2
    volcanista - 1
    Lockwood - 1
    Elizabeth - 1
    Ralph - 1
    Anne - 1
    Cam - 1
    gg - 1
    Damon Hynes - 1
    Marco - 1
    Doug C. - 1
    Diane - 1