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Underwater volcano behavior captured by timely scientific expedition

Wed, 14/03/2018 - 15:20
Researchers got a rare opportunity to study an underwater volcano in the Caribbean when it erupted while they were surveying the area.

Ash from dinosaur-era volcanoes linked with shale oil, gas

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 15:17
Nutrient-rich ash from an enormous flare-up of volcanic eruptions toward the end of the dinosaurs' reign kicked off a chain of events that led to the formation of shale gas and oil fields from Texas to Montana.

A new discovery that makes possible prediction immediately before plasma loss

Thu, 01/03/2018 - 16:36
In phenomena occurring in nature and in society, it is often commented that "Something may happen at any time, but it is difficult to predict when that something may occur." Solar flares, volcanic eruptions, extreme rainfall, and economic crises are examples of this. Such cases are called sudden phenomena. Prediction of sudden phenomena is one of the important issues in physics. By comparing physical processes related to sudden phenomena by researchers from various fields, new research is being initiated in which we fully understand sudden phenomena and what we understand leads to predictions of those phenomena.

Another clue for fast motion of the Hawaiian hotspot

Tue, 27/02/2018 - 15:07
Recent studies have suggested that the Hawaiian hotspot moved relatively quickly southward in the period from 60 to about 50 million years ago. This hypothesis is supported by a new study. Researchers have evaluated new rock dating of the Rurutu volcanic chain and added data from the Hawaiian-Emperor chain and the Louisville chain. It shows that the Hawaiian-Emperor hotspot displays strong motion between 60 and 48 million years ago.

New insight into how magma feeds volcanic eruptions

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 16:35
Researchers have provided new insights into how molten rock (magma) moves through the Earth's crust to feed volcanic eruptions. Using laboratory experiments involving water, jelly and laser imaging, researchers were able to demonstrate how magma magma flows through the Earth's crust to the surface through magma-filled cracks called dykes.

Scientists eavesdrop on volcanic rumblings to forecast eruptions

Fri, 16/02/2018 - 20:26
Sound waves generated by burbling lakes of lava atop some volcanoes point to greater odds of magmatic outbursts. This finding could provide advance warning to people who live near active volcanoes.

Giant lava dome confirmed in Japan's Kikai Caldera

Fri, 09/02/2018 - 16:07
Researchers have confirmed that a giant lava dome was created in the Kikai Caldera, south of Japan's main islands after the caldera-forming supereruption 7,300 years ago. The dome is in the world's largest class of post-caldera volcano, with a volume of over 32 cubic kilometers. It is possible that currently a giant magma buildup may exist under the Kikai Caldera.

Tidal cycles could help predict volcanic eruptions

Wed, 24/01/2018 - 17:41
A study of a New Zealand volcano suggests that a volcanic system's response to tidal forces could provide a tool for predicting a certain type of eruption.

Tiny crystals could help predict volcanic eruptions

Tue, 23/01/2018 - 16:19
They can be as small as a grain of salt, but tiny crystals that form deep in volcanoes may be the key for advance warnings before volcanic eruptions. Volcanologists have said the research provided new information that could lead to more effective evacuations and warning communications.

Atmospheric changes leave their mark in tree rings

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 20:29
A new study shows the chemical register of climate change and global episodes such as volcanic eruptions in high-mountain centennial forests in the Iberian Peninsula (Spain).

Large volcanic island flank collapses trigger catastrophic eruptions

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 20:29
New research not only implies a link between catastrophic volcanic eruptions and landslides, but also suggests that landslides are the trigger. At the heart of Tenerife and standing almost 4 km high, Teide is one of the largest volcanoes on Earth. Over a period of several hundred thousand years, the previous incarnations of Teide have undergone a repeated cycle of very large eruptions, collapse, and regrowth.

A close-up look at an uncommon underwater eruption

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 20:13
A new article describes the first up-close investigation of the largest underwater volcanic eruption of the past century.

Chemical tipping point of magma determines explosive potential of volcanoes

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 20:35
Scientists provide evidence, for the first time, that a subtle tipping point of the chemistry of magmas clearly separates effusive from explosive eruptions worldwide.

New Tongan island made of 'tuff' stuff, likely to persist years, NASA shows

Mon, 11/12/2017 - 18:01
In late December 2014, a submarine volcano in the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga erupted, sending a violent stream of steam, ash and rock into the air. The ash plumes rose as high as 30,000 feet (9 kilometers) into the sky, diverting flights. When the ash finally settled in January 2015, a newborn island with a 400-foot (120-meter) summit nestled between two older islands -- visible to satellites in space.

Unearthing the underground effects of earthquakes and volcanoes

Wed, 06/12/2017 - 18:25
Researchers analyzed high-resolution seismic velocity data from 36 seismograph stations across the island of Kyushu to identify variations before, during, and after the MW 7.0 2016 Kumamoto earthquake. Velocity decreased in the region of the rupture fault when the earthquake struck, and then gradually recovered, although this recovery showed spatial variability. This variability corresponded to aftershock concentration and volcanic activity. The findings may be useful for disaster prediction and preparedness.

Submarine volcanoes add to ocean soundscape

Mon, 04/12/2017 - 15:12
Most volcanoes erupt beneath the ocean, but scientists know little about them compared to what they know about volcanoes that eject their lava on dry land.