The Ogasawara Islands, just south of Japan, are a beautiful and geologically active spot. In 2013, members of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force noticed a “hot spot” among the islands, near the Nishinoshima volcano. They had found a small, entirely new islet, just south of the main volcano.
Remember that brilliant picture of the Colima Volcano in Mexico we shared yesterday? The photographer, Cesar Cantu Quiroga passed along something better - a time lapse of the eruption, which shows just how awesome the volcano’s eruptions are.
The Colima Volcano is located in Mexico, Colima, and since November 2014, it’s been highly active.
Pixar’s geological love story Lava isn’t just meant to evoke the tropical islands of Hawaii; it’s actually inspired by a real underwater volcano off the coast of the Big Island. We spoke to the short film’s director and learned about the real geology simmering beneath Lava.
Most of us will never get to see a volcanic eruption in person, but thanks to these videos, we can not only see recent eruptions, we can journey into the mouths of volcanos without leaving the safety of our homes. You can almost feel the heat on your face.
In 2013, a new island was born off the coast of Japan. While some of these islands formed by volcanic eruptions are only temporary, Nii-jima (“new neighbor” in Japanese) kept growing, eventually consuming the nearby island of Nishino-shima as well. Now the entire landmass is coated in fresh lava just waiting for new…
Volcanic lightning is one of those crazy, Old Testament-type phenomenons that makes you think that maybe hell is hidden under Earth. We've seen crazy photos before but here it's captured on video by Marc Szeglat. He was chasing down the Sakurajima volcano as it was erupting in Japan and got this awesome footage.
Get to the chopper! Geologists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory rush to board a helicopter as fountains of lava erupt in the background, in the 1984 eruption of the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii. This picture was recently featured in the U.S. Geological Survey's #ThrowbackThursday series. (Photo: R.B. Moore.)
Though Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano isn't the media sensation it was a month ago, it's still steadily erupting—as shown by this incredible video shot with a DJI Phantom 2 drone and a GoPro Hero 3, which did not survive the trip (though the memory card did!).
Authorities in Iceland have raised its alert level to maximum after a small eruption occurred overnight in the Bárðarbunga volcano system. Airspace is now closed over the region up to 18,000 feet (5,486 meters) as a cautionary measure, despite no ash being detected by the radar system.
In March 2011, the most violent earthquake in Japan's recorded history shuddered through that country's bedrock. The greatest geological disturbance, however, was recorded not at the quake's epicenter in Tohoku, but the earth beneath Mount Fuji, indicating the active volcano is now likely in what researchers call a…
What could go wrong with setting off explosives all around an active volcano? As scary as it might sound, this is a carefully planned experiment to peer inside Mount St. Helens' mysterious underground magma chamber. No, we aren't blasting the volcano open, but the induced seismicity will let geologists finally map…
We've seen a volcano eruption filmed by a drone, and we've witnessed the fictional wrath of Mt. Doom. But this gallery of photos reveals the many faces of vulcanism, and they are the very definition of awesome.
Put your face close to your screen and hit play. This short video, uploaded by YouTuber Shaun O'Callaghan, was shot from a DJI Phantom quad-copter as Yasur volcano on Tanna Island in Vanuatu erupted.
It's difficult for geologists to witness the flow of lava on snow- and ice-covered volcanos, so researchers with the Syracuse University Lava Project decided to create their own simulation, melting 300 kg of lava and pouring it over ice to watch the effects.
VOLCANO LIGHTNING. The fusion of flash with ash! Say the words aloud, together, and it sounds impossible – the kind of thing a six-year-old might think up. And yet, volcanic lightning is very real. But how does it happen?
As if spewing molton lava wasn't injury enough, volcanoes can also generate lightning strikes. In this apocalyptic image taken by Martin Rietze, we see Sakurajima Volcano doing just that — and in extremely vivid detail.
It's been threatening to erupt for weeks, but on the morning of February 19th, Italy's Mount Etna finally blew, spewing rock, lava and gas skyward in what's being called the first big eruption 0f 2013, and among the largest of the Sicilian volcano's major eruptions in close to two decades. The scene was captured on…
A scientist from the University of Utah has confirmed that two continent-sized "thermochemical piles" are slowly converging at the bottom of Earth's mantle about 1,800 miles (2,900 km) beneath the Pacific Ocean. This process, says geologist Michael Thorne, could eventually lead to a cataclysmic eruption that could…
A single volcanic eruption wiping out life on entire continents isn't exactly a cheery thought, but at least we had the mild comfort that it would take as much as 200,000 years for one to erupt. Yeah, about that...