Category Archives Volcanoes

El Hierro, the smallest of the heavily visited Canary Islands, is evacuating a targeted group of residents and tourists this week. This comes in response to the spike in intensity of the tremors that the Spanish National Geographic Institute began reporting in July and the fear that these events could lead to a volcanic eruption. El Hierro’s last reported eruption…

Reports from Sulawesi in Indonesia indicate that once again thousands are fleeing smoke, ash and lava from a spectacular eruption. Whether Indonesia, Chile, Iceland or Eritrea—volcanic activity is grabbing headlines and has made us wonder if world travelers are increasingly likely to encounter active volcanoes. We asked Robert Peckyno, webmaster for Volcano World at Oregon State University, what scientists think.…

Ten days of intermittent erupting by Chile’s Puyehue volcano has created an ash cloud stretching 6,000 miles through the atmosphere to Australia and New Zealand. The latest news reports carry accounts of cancelled flights throughout the southern hemisphere. On the ground, volcanic ash closed roads in southern Patagonia (Argentina).  Air traffic is reportedly often able to skirt the ash particles…

Central Java’s Mount Merapi continues to erupt, and to the casual observer, it may seem to be in a remote part of the world. But Merapi has been identified by the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth’s Interior (IAVCEI) as one of the few volcanoes around the world that poses a serious risk to human populations.  The…

The most volatile volcano in Indonesia has been experiencing increased activity in the past 24 hours.  On Monday, the Indonesian government raised the alert for Mount Merapi to the highest level and reported that the magma has risen to about 1km below the surface. About 500 volcanic earthquakes were recorded on the mountain over the weekend.  Officials have reported that…

Despite the World Health Organization’s warning last Friday that Icelanders and Europeans may have to stay inside to avoid respiratory problems once the Icelandic volcanic ash begins to settle, most experts agree that the effects should be minimal. “There is a massive diluting effect in the atmosphere as it gets dispersed by wind which means the amount reaching land is…

Dateline: Vienna Situation: Stranded by Airport Closures Medical Report: You can breathe the air but check out these developing issues. There’s no ash in the air here in Austria, but besides all the general travel headaches you are seeing on the news, I’ve uncovered some disconcerting trends in working with our members traveling around the world: Travelers are running out…

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