Category Archives: Volcanic hazard

Volcanoes and Herzog

Werner Herzog, the legendary German director, has always been fascinated by Nature and Death. What more intriguing for him than volcanoes, that embody both the dersupting forces that shaped the Earth, as well as the destiny that awaits all those who choose to defy them?

This gigantic, unnamed Chilean volcano is an iconic representation of the mighty forces that shape Earth. Photograph by Fabio Luca Bonali.
This gigantic, unnamed Chilean volcano is an iconic representation of the mighty forces that shape the Earth. Photograph by Fabio Luca Bonali.

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Feature story: David Johnston and Harry Glicken, friends and scientists who paid with their lives their love for volcanoes

These days the world is watching as Popocatepetl Volcano is awakening, threatening the lives of as many as 9 million people in the Mexican state of Puebla and in the “Distrito Federal”, home of the 4th largest city in the world, Ciudad de Mexico.

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The world’s oldest geothermal power station in Larderello, Tuscany

Tuscany is known globally for its Middle Age and Renaissance architectonic and artistic jewels, from Florence to Siena to Pisa and Lucca, just to name a handful of places where millions of tourists from all over the world have a chance to admire works of art like Piazza del Duomo in Florence, Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa, Piazza del Campo in Siena.

Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy
Piazza del Campo, Siena, Italy

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Bardarbunga’s sulphur emissions threatening Reykjavik

Poisonous gas emissions from the current eruption at Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland, started blowing westward, affecting the western Icelandic coastline, where Reykjavík  and other large inhabited areas are located.

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Lava flow from Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. September 2014. NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data from the U.S. Geological Survey.

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The world is watching Iceland, as Bardarbunga eruption continues

The worldwide air industry is bracing for a new eruption in Iceland, which could turn out to be similar, or even worse, than Eyjafjallajökull Volcano’s eruptive sequence during spring 2010, which grounded countless flights across Europe, Canada and the US.

The current eruption is taking place in one of the most remote areas of central Iceland, where Bardarbunga stratovolcano, hidden beneath the NW portion of Vatnajökull, Iceland’s largest icecap, started giving signs of unrest in mid-August. Continue reading The world is watching Iceland, as Bardarbunga eruption continues

New study sheds light into ocean formation

Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washingto
Image courtesy NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, and Carnegie Institution of Washington

A team of US scientists recently found evidence of a huge volume of water, about three time as much as that in Earth’s oceans, hidden deep down beneath the surface. Continue reading New study sheds light into ocean formation