Update, Aug. 2019:
In the five years since this was first posted, science continues to grind away, answering a few questions which in turn create a bunch more questions. The Baillie tree ring / ice core team is increasingly of the opinion that the 535 – 540 AD global cooldown was caused by huge volcanic eruptions, at least two of them bracketing the period. A team including Robert A Dull published a paper August 16 entitled “Radiocarbon and geologic evidence reveal ilopango volcano as the source of the colossal ‘mystery’ eruption of 539/40 CE” that appears to nicely define the most recent end of that bracket.
This post will cover remaining volcanic activity in southern Australia. The majority of it is in the southeastern state of Victoria. The most recent activity has spilled over the border to the west into South Australia. Finally, we will take a look at volcanic activity in the Bass Strait, the water separating Tasmania from the rest of the continent and a quick look at volcanic activity in Tasmania.
Aerial view of Mayotte: Petite Terre, with Grande-Terre in the background. Aug. 2018. (© Gil40100, via tripadvisor.com)
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