An Invitation to a Volcanocafé Scientific Project

A couple of days ago, VC reader VerboselyLaconic posted an interesting observation about the Andean Volcanos of Equador and Columbia. Here is what he said: It seems almost a rule that when they erupt BIG, it is a lateral blast, and all but a few of them blow in a westerly direction. Now, I have…

Millennium Volcanoes

As we labour to rescue what can be saved, we shall continue from where we last were. Here again is that fabulous post by Albert, alas, without the original reader comments: Volcanic eruptions have become major attractions, and even rather minor eruptions can make front page news. In modern days, any volcano deciding to erupt…

Volcanocafé has been stolen

Hello all! It is with a heavy heart I have to say that Volcanocafé has been stolen. All of the current administrators have been kicked out and content is being deleted from there. We are frantically trying to restore things and save everything from back ups that we have. Sadly any comments from the deleted…

The Tiger in the Smoke, Taal – The New Decade Volcano Program #8

About 50 km from the capital of Manila (pop 1,652,171, urbanised area 22 million+) lies Taal Volcano, near the middle of the 25 to 30 km wide Taal Caldera which was formed by a series of very large eruptions between 140,000 – 5,380 BP, the last of which has been identified as a VEI 6…

Perfect Symmetry – The New Decade Volcano Program #9

For sheer beauty, few volcanoes can match the symmetrical cone of Mayon as it rises almost directly out of the Gulf of Albay, not even mount Fuji itself. Indeed, the cone is considered the world’s most perfectly formed volcano for its symmetry ( David Lee, 2008). Added to that, a beautiful tropical setting, tranquil blue…

The Water Volcano – The New Decade Volcano Program #10

What is a better starting point for our proposed list of new Decade Volcanoes than a volcano that operates in a way that almost no other volcano does? As the number ten of our list we hereby present a volcano that equally blends being an artesian well and an andesitic tephra producer of note. Without…

A new Decade Volcano Program – An Introduction

The current Decade Volcano Program First of all, let me make one thing abundantly clear. This is a list put forth by us as suggestion for a new Decade Volcano program. But, in the end it is the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) that decides if there will be…

The Top-10 most Dangerous Volcanic Systems – Introducing the MDE-concept

There are reports in local Sumatran newspapers that Toba has a bout of indigestion. Low level volcanic type earthquakes have occurred and in the village of Purasa there is gas and steam coming out of the ground. It is important to remember that Toba currently is in a phase of reconstruction and that it is…