When the news reported multiple volcanoes erupting in Vanuatu – when new volcanoes appeared near Tonga Islands – when earthquakes shook most of Melanesia left right and center – I have often wondered if, or why, there are no volcanoes on the Fiji Islands? Well, you probably guess the answer – of course there are! They are just not very busy at the moment, so they may escape our attention, and may lull the residents in false security, too. The three that are mentioned by the GVP are Taveuni and Koro Islands, and Nabukelevu which occupies the SW end of Kadavu Island. Continue Reading
Ischia (pronounced: ‘Is-kyah) is a densely inhabited volcanic island in the Bay of Naples, on the mid-southwestern coast of Italy, some 30km from the Naples mainland. Most people know that the island of Ischia is of a volcanic nature. Many of them believe that it is just another extinct volcanic cone, layers over layers of lava, piled up throughout distant eruptive periods. Not so! The interesting thing is that it’s not your off-the-shelf volcano grown from a seamount before emerging above the sea surface. Ischia has a distinctly different geological history compared to the island volcanoes we know from subduction zones. And, of course, it is not extinct. Continue Reading
“The 7th June anno 1656. Att evening wee arrived att Ascention and anchored on the NW side of the iland. On our rightt hand was a faire sandy bay Continue Reading
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.