Erta Ale Images

Tom Pfieffer from Volcano Discovery.com (http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/) has just come back from an expedition to Erta Ale!erta_ale_i39795.jpg


He reports that "Erta Ale volcano in Ethiopia recently became very active as we found out on our last expedition, when we stayed on the volcano from 25-28 Nov.

The lava lake in the south crater had largely filled up the crater with and overflows started to invade the caldera, completely reshaping the area!"

To see the images he has posted from this trip, visit: 


(image credit: Tom Pfeiffer)

3rd ed. of Volcanoes of the World coming in January!


The 3rd edition of the Smithsonian’s Volcanoes of the World will be available for distribution in January.   This widely utilized (including lots of VW content!) scientific resource, by Lee Siebert, Tom Simkin, and Paul Kimberly, presents updated information on ten thousand years of volcanic activity on Earth. In the decade and a half since the previous edition was published new studies have refined assessments of the ages of many volcanoes, and several thousand new eruptions have been documented.

Merapi Activity

Central Indonesian volcano, Mount Merapi, began erupting on October 26th and has already been responsible for over 150 deaths.  

Click here for the VW page on Merapi

Click here for a virtual tour of Merapi

Click here for a brief introduction to the hazards of Merapi

Right:  Rescue workers head to Mount Merapi

(image courtesy of AFP

Below:  You Tube News story on Mount Merapi

(courtesy Al Jazeera)