Tag Archives: Volcano

Kilauea Eruption Fires Up Hawaii


Upon researching hazardous disasters, I was personally drawn to the recent eruption that took place on March 5, 2011, on the volcano Kilauea, one of the five volcanoes that are located on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is one … Continue reading

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Airlines Sit and Watch the Euros Fly By


The ash cloud that came from the volcano in Iceland about a year ago had a huge economic impact on the whole world.  It shut down airlines for over a week and cost them about 130 million Euros per day. … Continue reading

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A tale of two buried cities


The story of Pompeii is one that has been told many times, but little is known about its sister city, Herculaneum, which was also destroyed by a violent eruption from Mount Vesuvius. Citizens of these cities were unaware of the … Continue reading

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Studying Abroad in a Gloomy Cloud of Ash


Last spring I ventured across the pond with a group of MSU students and professors to study abroad. Our destination was The Netherlands where we would evaluate Dairy Husbandry and Environmental Stewardship. As we counted down the days to departure … Continue reading

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Dirty Thunderstorms, Volcanos Produce Lightning?


When thinking of a volcano a person thinks of lava, ash, and mudslides, but lightning?  Yes I said lightning.  This little understood and somewhat rare occurrence happens when the ash from the erupting volcano, ice particles, and rock fragments collide … Continue reading

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Mount Tarawera, New Zealand 1886- Farewell to the Pink and White Terraces


One of the most remarkable seismic events of New Zealand history occurred on the night of June 10, 1886. Signs of the destructive eruption came in the form of earthquakes just an hour before (1). Sometime between 1:30 and 2:00am, … Continue reading

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Move the date of Midterm 2 from Thursday March 17 to Tuesday March 22?


If you object to moving the date, please send me an email with the reason.

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Volcano Puts National Park in Danger?


One of the most frequented national parks in the United States may be in jeopardy due to a possible eruption of one of the “world’s largest super-volcanoes”. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is home to a caldera, which has been … Continue reading

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Lightning from “007” Volcano


Japan’s southern island Kyushu is home to Mount Shinmoedake, which was featured in a James Bond movie. Shinmoedake has been pretty inactive over the past 300 years, but erupted nine times this week. On Feb 1st, one of the eruptions smashed the windows of … Continue reading

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Posterizing Pompeii


In 19 hours, a city completely disappeared. Mount Vesuvius erupted so violently the city of Pompeii was completely demolished, killing thousands engulfing the city in 9 feet of ash and mud. This volcano eruption is known as one of the … Continue reading

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Volcano Shinmoedake Is Back


Just recently, volcano Shinmoedake, located in the Kirishima mountains in Japan, had its first major eruption in 52 years, exploding with smoke and ash over five times larger than in the previous week. This volcano has led to evacuation of several residents … Continue reading

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Welcome to the blog for ISP203B


Welcome to the blog for ISP203B, a class on Natural Hazards and Disasters taught at Michigan State University. Section 2 in Spring 2011 is taught by Remke van Dam, Assistant Professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. This blog will … Continue reading

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