On the morning of November 11, just before 9:30 UTC, many seismographs around the world began scribbling a strange signal that looked only remotely like a normal earthquake. Someone spotted it, and it didn’t take long until, in the social media, tinhattery boiled over the rim and attention-seekers had a heyday. Continue Reading
On and off during recent years I caught some headlines about submarine volcanoes in Italy but never got round to read those studies. Since I came across some really Doom-&-Gloom-The-End-Is-Nigh videos I decided to have a closer look at these. And I’ll give the answer beforehand: Yes there is a real risk. And, yes, there is an awful amount of fearmongering. Continue Reading
Just when I think I will be finished with Antarctic volcanoes for a while, along comes a publication that posits one to several mantle plumes stretching from the Antarctic Peninsula to the Ross Sea. As such, it is probably time to discuss volcanoes in the Antarctic Peninsula.
Back in the 1980s I have travelled this part of Romania extensively, we hiked and hitch-hiked through villages and landscapes in 4-week holidays for several years – but never did we know there was a volcano – and such an interesting one at that! The travel guide books didn’t mention volcanoes and the locals didn’t care for geology much. I guess this has changed now; a volcano in the neighborhood has always proved a recipe for visitor attraction! Continue Reading