Latest Volcanic ash Stories
Mysterious green lightning, seen emerging from an ash cloud in images of a May 2008 volcanic eruption in Chile, is likely more common than we realize.
Several thousand people have been evacuated from the Tanah Karo district of North Sumatra following a volcanic eruption on Mount Sinabung. The volcano, which has emitted several sizeable eruptions over the past few months, is now threatening 10 nearby villages.
Frequent travelers can agree that flight delays are all too familiar these days. NASA is looking into a potentially dangerous, though much less frequent, problem that has recently caused major disruptions in flight schedules: volcanic eruptions.
Alaska’s Pavlof Volcano, which roared back to life on May 13, continues to send ash and steam nearly 20,000 feet into the air, just below the threshold that experts deem becomes a threat to air traffic in the region. Over the weekend, Pavlof also began spewing lava hundreds of feet into the air.
By using both optical and thermal sensing instruments onboard the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, NASA scientists were able to create a comprehensive image of the Pacific’s Paluweh volcano in mid-eruption.
The Cleveland Volcano, which sits at the western end of Chuginadak Island (part of the Aleutian Islands), erupted in at least three low-level explosions that were not severe enough to cause significant threats to air travel, but did force federal aviation authorities to divert some flights farther north of the volcano as a precaution.
Last month, Earth science researchers from NASA traveled to Turrialba Volcano near San Jose, Costa Rica. The research team was there to study the chemical environment of the volcano by flying a Dragon Eye unmanned aerial vehicle into the sulfur dioxide plume and over its summit crater.
A team of atmosphere chemists has devised a chemical trick for determining which historical cooling periods are the results of volcanic eruptions.
A surprising number of microorganisms – 99 percent more kinds than had been reported in findings published just four months ago – are leaping the biggest gap on the planet. Hitching rides in the upper troposphere, they’re making their way from Asia across the Pacific Ocean and landing in North America.
Volcanic ash is the term for very fine rock and mineral particles less than 2 mm in diameter that are ejected from a volcanic vent. Ash is created when solid rock shatters and magma separates into minute particles during explosive volcanic activity. The usually violent nature of an eruption involving steam (phreatic eruption) results in the magma and perhaps solid rock surrounding the vent, being torn into particles of silt to sand size. The plume that is often seen above an erupting volcano...
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