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Coverage of volcanic activity since May 5, 2023.

LETTER: Lawsuit against big oil a waste

"...Per the lawsuit against ‘big oil’ – more wasteful pursuit of human-caused climate change pseudo-science. The Volcanic Activity report (November 2023) lists 28 active volcanoes, and 12 on the warning list for they are “rumbling. ” And still the self-centred arrogance that human activities somehow impact the climate lives on..."

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Iceland town evacuates amid earthquakes, potential volcanic eruption

"...Since late October, the Reykjanes Peninsula has experienced an increase in volcanic and seismic activity. The Reykjanes region has seen several eruptions in unpopulated areas in recent years. The latest could begin on the seabed just southwest of Grindavik, the meteorological office said..."

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Of the many factors that cause wildfires, the influence of climate change and human activities is growing

"...Within this warming world, is climate change to blame for the increases in wildfire frequency and intensity? Well, wildfires are complex and multifaceted like all natural phenomena. There’s much more than just one factor that contributes to wildfire frequency, spread, and duration. But in short, climate change is special: it’s the new wildfire enabler..."

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Scientists Discover a Labyrinth of Life Hidden in the Deep Hakai Magazine

"...There may be no ecosystem on Earth that seems less hospitable than hydrothermal vents. In the perpetual darkness, cold, and relentless pressures of the deep sea, these volcanic seeps spew piping hot water so loaded with particles and metals that it looks like black smoke billowing from a chimney. But even these hellish habitats are crawling with life, ranging from giant clams and ravenous crabs to spindly octopuses and ghostly eelpout fish..."

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Worried about natural disasters while travelling? What insurance can cover

"...TuGo’s trip cancellation and trip interruption policy reimburses non-refundable, non-recoverable prepaid travel costs. And it covers a wide range of natural disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, cyclones, snowstorms, floods, wildfires and volcanic eruptions. That means if you have to cancel or cut short a trip because of any of the above reasons, then you might be able to file an insurance claim..."

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Alaska volcano spews ash cloud high enough to draw weather service warning for pilots

"...Shishaldin is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian volcanic arc. Most eruptions are small. An event in 1999 spewed an ash column that reached 45,000 feet (13,716 metres)..."

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The EV battery gold rush is here. Here’s how Canada can access its untapped resources.

"...With a road in place, the Ring of Fire (and other stranded deposits) could become sustainable and green sources of minerals critical to EV manufacturing. Several practices can help make that process environmentally secure. First off, wind power could provide enough energy to replace diesel fuel typically used in mines—this is already happening at the Raglan nickel mine on the other side of James Bay in Quebec..."

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We might not be smart enough to solve the climate crisis

"...To be fair, the foundation has been laid for the electrification of homes, vehicles and industry, while renewable energy solutions are being implemented at a rapidly accelerating pace. What’s missing is a widespread commitment to implement these solutions with the required urgency. Our technical knowledge continues to push the boundaries of the imagination..."

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Uranium warning back for Faulder water supply outside Summerland

"...The uranium in the water supply has been an issue for many years, and likely dates back to the region’s ancient geological history as a volcanically active area..."

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Huh, Our Fake Beach Is Good for Sharks Hakai Magazine

"...Out in the Atlantic Ocean, roughly 100 kilometers off the northwest coast of Africa, lies an archipelago known as the Canary Islands, created millions of years ago by intense volcanic activity. The biggest and most populated island, Tenerife, rises from the deep-ocean floor to a series of peaks, one of which is the third-largest volcano in the world. Tenerife’s interior highlands are a moonscape, while its coastline of lava rock and sheer cliffs is pounded by surf..."

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Montreal astronomers discover Earth-sized planet potentially covered with volcanoes

"...It’s believed the volcanoes on the planet are similar to Jupiter’s moon lo, the most volcanically active body in our solar system..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention volcanic activity.

Volcanic rumblings in Iceland

Duration: 29:38

"...Increased tremors have been felt in Iceland, and concerns about an impending eruption have led to the evacuation of the town of Grindavik..."

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Clive Oppenheimer on the volcanic offerings of our angry earth

Duration: 28:46

"...Clive Oppenheimer has, more than once, been threatened with guns (a Life Scientific first?)..."

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Tamsin Mather on what volcanic plumes reveal about our planet

Duration: 28:15

"...To volcanologist Tamsin Mather, volcanoes are more than a natural hazard. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about volcanic activity.

Let’s Talk About 💩! Square Wombat Poop! Why is it that Shape? 🟫

"...Have you ever wondered what wombats and volcanos have in common? 🌋 Let’s dive into the fascinating world of wombat poop and volcanic formations and uncover the secrets behind these peculiar phenomena..."

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Uncut and Unseen: Greenland Tsunami (First Wave to Largest Wave in 6 mins.)

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI Hits Village Caught On Camera - Camera 2 (Multiple Clips) | Nuugaatsiaq, Greenland

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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GREENLAND TSUNAMI: Teenager Films While Getting Flushed Away #shorts

"...Megatsunamis are caused by giant landslides and other impact events (including meteorite impacts in an ocean), while ordinary tsunamis are usually caused by underwater earthquakes or volcanic eruptions (which do not normally generate such large waves)..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about volcanic activity relevant to the latest news.

Climate and Water-Related Disasters and Eco-DRR (Disaster Risk Reduction) Sensitivity in Island Nations: Overview Analysis

"...Due to geographic location and limited resources, islands are highly susceptible to natural hazards such as hurricanes, water scarcity, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions..."

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Geological Heritage of the Kashmir Valley, North-Western Himalaya, India

"...Likewise, the jointed nature of the Panjal volcanics and the uplift associated with the Himalayan tectonics have resulted in the characteristic relief responsible for the development of waterfalls..."

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Assessing flank instability of Stromboli volcano (Italy) by reappraising the 30 December 2002 tsunamigenic landslides

"...Bearing in mind the destructive potential of tsunamis induced by volcanic landslides, the tsunamigenic event occurring at Stromboli volcano in Italy on 30 December 2002 has been re-examined here, by means of visible images and slope stability analysis..."

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A game theoretical approach to emergency logistics planning in natural disasters

"...Earthquakes are one of the major disasters that require emergency logistic planning strategies due to their devastating effects, the large-scale natural disasters could cause major problem on commodities such as food, medicine etc..."

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Geology and land use shape nitrogen and sulfur cycling groundwater microbial communities in Pacific Island aquifers

"...The significant presence of Acinetobacter infers the bioremediation potential of volcanic groundwater for microbial-driven coupled S-oxidation and denitrification providing an ecosystem service for island populations dependent upon groundwater aquifers..."

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The nature of the Pacific plate as subduction inputs to the northeastern Japan arc and its implication for subduction zone proc

"...The obtained seismic data have revealed (1) oceanic plate structural evolution caused by plate bending prior to subduction, suggesting the promotion of the oceanic plate hydration; (2) spatial variation of the oceanic plate structure, such as variations in the thickness of sediment and crust; (3) that the spatial variations are caused by both ancient plate formation processes and more recent volcanic activities; and (4) that spatial variations of the nature of the subduction inputs show good correlation with the along-strike variations in the seismic structure and seismic activities after subduction, including the coseismic slip distribution of the 2011 Tohoku earthquakes and the structural differences between the northern and the southern Japan Trench..."

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Characterization of Paver Block Developed Using Rice Husk Ash (RHA) for Medium Traffic Condition

"...Typically, the wastes generated from the industrial and agricultural sector have raised problems related to waste management and pollution..."

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First Insights into the Bacterial Diversity of Mount Etna Volcanic Caves

"...This study provides the first insight into the microbial diversity of the Etna volcano lava tubes, and expands on previous research on microbiology of volcanic caves across the world..."

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Trace element distribution and pollution status of surface sediments in lakes impacted by volcanic activity

"...Conclusions Despite being in a protected area, the sediments of some Patagonian lakes have concentrations of potentially toxic elements at levels that may cause pollution and be of risk to the aquatic biota, with the volcanic ashes acting to dilute this effect..."

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Heat as a Force of Nature

"...Even earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are the result of heat..."

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Detecting sources of shallow tremor at neighboring volcanoes in the Virunga Volcanic Province using seismic amplitude ratio ana

"...Volcano monitoring requires simple techniques to rapidly identify the cause of volcanic unrest..."

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