Nevado del Ruiz (also known as La Mesa de Herveo or Volcan Ruiz) is a massive active stratovolcano located some 129 km west of Bogota, Columbia. Its summit is covered with large glaciers. It is locally known as the ‘sleeping lion’, meaning that the locals remember and respect its danger.
An effusive eruption began on La Soufriere volcano on St Vincent (St Vincent and the Grenadines) island in the eastern Caribbean Sea in Dec. Note that this is currently an ongoing dome building eruption.Continue Reading
Seeing that SERNAGEOMIN recently has included the Reclus volcano into group III of the assessment of their volcanoes, according to hazards they may pose to the population, I had another go at finding out more about it. Continue Reading
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As so often, and generally without intention, I have hit upon yet another volcano that has all the trimmings of a beast but seems not really to be recognised as such. Up to a few years ago there have been very few studies to find out about the seismological and structural properties of the volcano. Volcán Ceboruco is considered among the five volcanoes with the highest risk in Mexico, and the second most active after Colima volcano in the western Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt. Yet, scientists had to point out, in a 2016 study, “that every effort should be made to monitor its seismic activity”. Continue Reading
About everybody knows that Guatemala has three very active volcanoes: Fuego, Pacaya and Santa Maria’s dome Santiaguito – but did you know that a staggering 324 eruptive centers have been identified in that country?
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.