Category Archives: Volcanic hazard

When mankind almost went extinct…or maybe not

toba_AST_2006028
Image courtesy of NASA/GSFC/MITI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and the U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team.

For decades, scientists have tried to solve the mystery of one of the most devastating eruption of all time, one that might have almost canceled our civilization from Earth. After 30 years of investigations, volcanologists, paleoclimatologists, geochemists, pointed to the Toba caldera as the culprit for the apocalypse. Continue reading When mankind almost went extinct…or maybe not

The world’s fate threatened by Italian supervolcano

The surreal Solfatara Crater, arguably the best known volcanic vent in the Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields), represents the most compelling evidence of the deadly heat that lies underneath the surface. On September 12, 2017, that very heat caused one of the most harrowing tragedies ever brought about by volcanic activity.

Continue reading The world’s fate threatened by Italian supervolcano

Ischia: After 134 years, History repeats itself

When a tremor shook the Island of Ischia on August 21, causing two deaths and forcing 1500 people to leave their damaged homes, few seemed to remember that Ischia is a place prone to deadly quakes. The latest disaster on this beautiful Island happened during the same fatal summer of 1883, when Krakatoa wrought havoc in the southern hemispher, chancing Earth’s climate.

Continue reading Ischia: After 134 years, History repeats itself

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.

Continue reading Volcanoes and Herzog

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.

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

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

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