Science Snap (#18): Tragic Sinabung Eruption

Originally posted on the EGU blog network Last Saturday (1st February 2014) an eruption at Sinabung volcano in Indonesia claimed the lives of 14 people. That death toll has since risen to 16, and could rise further as people battle in hospital with severe burns and other wounds. The volcano has been erupting since September […]

Conference Diaries: VMSG Meeting 2014

Originally posted on the EGU blog network The Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group (VMSG) is a combined specialist group of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain & Ireland, and the Geological Society of London. Each year they hold a meeting, alternating the venue between different UK university departments. This year marked the 50th anniversary of […]

“I’m a scientist, get me out of here…!”

Having had just over a week to recover I can finally begin to look back on what were two incredible weeks of “I’m a scientist, get me out here” excitement! To the uninitiated, think academia meets X-Factor in a science communication and outreach fiesta. The premise is simple – school students ask science questions, scientists […]

Science snaps (5): Colima lava dome

This photograph, taken from a helicopter, is of the lava dome at Volcan de Colima volcano, Mexico in November 2009. Volcan de Colima has been active throughout history with over 40 eruptions since the sixteenth century. The last explosive Plinian eruption was in 1913 blasting out the summit crater. Nowadays, eruptions tend to be effusive […]

Eruption of Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska 1974

Mount Edgecumbe is a basaltic/dacitic stratovolcano reaching 970m in height. The volcano hadn’t erupted for nearly 9000-13,000 years, until in 1974, it erupted in the most unusual fashion. Erupted in a way no volcano had ever done before. 39 years ago to the day, inhabitants of a town woke up to a simmering mountain. There […]