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February 01 2014

10 Photos of Indonesia's Deadly Volcanic Eruption

At least 14 people died when an Indonesian volcano erupted Saturday, following months of increased activity.

As of Saturday afternoon, the reported death toll was 14, but that number could increase, according to the Associated Press, citing officials. Four high-school students and their teacher, as well as a local television journalist, were among those killed by Mount Sinabung's eruption

The eruption was not entirely unexpected. As Sinabung became increasingly volatile, tens of thousands of people evacuated the regions around the volcano in Namantaran, North Sumatra over the past few months. Read more...

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November 21 2013

Volcanic Eruption Forms New Island South of Tokyo

An undersea volcanic eruption has created a new island some 620 miles south of Tokyo, the Associated Press reports, citing Japanese coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency

The island, which is about 660 feet in diameter, is located near the uninhabited Nishinoshima island, a part of a chain of approximately 30 islands called the Bonin islands.

The coast guard issued an advisory Wednesday, warning about the cloud of heavy black smoke from the eruption

"This has happened before and in some cases the islands disappeared," said Japan's chief government spokesman Yoshihide Suga Read more...

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September 07 2013

Scientists Confirm Largest Single Volcano on Earth

The largest volcano on Earth is not in Hawaii, but hidden beneath the western Pacific Ocean and covers an area the size of New Mexico, scientists announced on Thursday. The vast lump of lava is called the Tamu Massif and lies about 1,000 miles east of Japan. It is comparable, though somewhat less voluminous, than the enormous volcano Olympus Mons on Mars.

Tamu Massif itself is not a new discovery, but until now it had been considered the product of several undersea volcanoes heaping and clumping up lava on the seafloor. New seismic reflection data showing the structures of the lava flows inside Tamu Massif, along with specimens from the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program, now suggest the entire, very low-relief, 120,000 square-mile feature erupted from a single source. For instance, the seismic data show that some of the layers of lava — representing single eruption events — are 75 feet thick and spread out over huge distances. Read more...

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April 22 2010

Couple Grounded by Volcanic Ash Married via Skype

Oh, man, it’s just like one of those treacle-soaked romantic comedies: When one couple found themselves stranded in Dubai due to a pesky case of volcanic ash, they improvised and got married anyway… via Skype.

Brit Sean Murtagh, 24, and 30-year-old Aussie Natalie Mead almost missed their wedding day after their plane was grounded in the wake of recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland. Instead of despairing over lack of church, minister and multi-tiered butter cream cake with tiny bride and groom on top, the two scraped together the nicest clothes they could find and joined fellow passengers in a celebration that featured balloons and cake — courtesy of the airport. They shared the festivities with friends at home via webcam.

Caroline Black, who ran the shindig from London, told The Sydney Morning Herald: “It was just like any other wedding except the bride and groom weren’t there.”

Technology has certainly come in handy in the aftermath of the volcano — Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg used his iPad to run things back home while grounded in the U.S., and many turned to Skype to handle calls and workflow while stranded.

“We have seen an increase in the past few days in terms of video-calling because of the [flight disruption] situation,” a Skype spokesman told the paper. “I’ve heard of executives stuck in the U.S. on the way back to London running their companies via Skype.”

Have you heard of anyone else using tech in a creative way while waiting for the volcano-induced travel delays to subside? Let us know in the comments.

[img credit: The Sydney Morning Herald]

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Tags: Iceland, Skype, volcano, web video

April 16 2010

Iceland Volcano Satellite Image Shows Massive Ash Cloud [PIC]

A volcano in Iceland with probably the coolest and most formidable name ever, Eyjafjallajokull, erupted this Wednesday, April 14. As we wrote earlier, European travelers have since been stranded around the world — including the Norwegian prime minister, whose trusty iPad is thankfully keeping his country’s government afloat.

NASA’s Terra satellite captured the above image depicting the enormous ash cloud migrating from the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano into Northern Europe yesterday. It’s unknown how long it will take the hazardous cloud to disperse, but estimates start at 48 hours — leaving much of Europe grounded in the volcano’s wake.

For more imagery from the Icelandic eruption, check out this curated gallery on Flickr from photographers across Europe documenting the volcano’s impact.

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Tags: Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland, imagery, NASA, satellite, volcano, worlds news

Norwegian Government Run from an iPad During Icelandic Volcano

Thousands of travellers are stranded throughout Europe as ash continues to rain down from an erupting volcano in Iceland this week. Among them is Norwegian prime minister Jens Stoltenberg, whose press secretary reports the official to be “running the Norwegian government from the United States via his new iPad.”

CNN reports the Norwegian prime minister was in New York this week for President Obama’s nuclear summit, and has been left stranded on American soil thanks to the widespread closure of most of European airspace. The Iceland volcano eruption sent a cloud of ash towards mainland Europe that could take up to 48 hours to dissipate, resulting in over 6000 cancelled flights across the EU.

Luckily, the people of Norway can rest easy knowing all political affairs will be safely and soundly resolved via Apple’s latest gadget wunderkind. Meanwhile Israel has apparently not considered the potential diplomatic utility of the iPad, considering the country has banned all imports of the device. Maybe Steve Jobs can hire Stoltenberg to do some outreach.

The obvious question here is: should Obama get an iPad?

[img credit: Statsministerens Kontor]

[via Gizmodo]

Tags: government, Iceland, ipad, Israel, Norway, obama, politics, travel, volcano

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