Amazing volcano images: Kilauea and Nyiragongo

Some great volcano imagery has appeared online in recent weeks, mostly related to recent activity of Hawaiian volcano Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on the planet. Last week the floor of the volcano’s Pu`u O`o crater collapsed spectacularly, and soon after a new fissure started erupting, throwing lava up to 20 metres high into the air. The Eruptions blog is reporting regularly with lots of links and cool images, like the one below.

Lava pouring out of Kilauea's newly opened fissure (Image: HVO/USGS)

If ever a volcano looked like a bubbling cauldron of death, surely the Nyiragongo crater takes the prize. In late February, the Big Picture showed a series of amazing images from an expedition to the world’s biggest lava crater. It looks beautiful, terrifying, scary and mesmerising all at once. See the whole series here.




The Nyiragongo crater in Congo (Image: O. Grunewald)

Shinmoedake erupts

Another tongue twister of a volcano, Shinmoedake, is currently erupting in Southern Japan. Some great pictures are turning up on the web, including this amazing set on BoingBoing.  Apparently this is the highest level of activity seen from the volcano in 300 years. I hope everyone is safe and well in Japan!

Image: Takaharu Town Office

Schiphol: Closed for business

Click formega-high-res version on Dumpert… It might be the last day of chemtrail-less skies, let’s enjoy the view.

Volcano Fever

The eruption of Eyjafjallajoekull on 21 March (RAGNAR AXELSSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Air travel in Northern Europe is currently being disrupted by the ash cloud spewed out by Icelandic volcano (ok, deep breath:) Eyjafjallajoekull, which started erupting in late March. This is a bit of a pain for anyone with travel plans and a major pain for those actually living near the volcano, but as for once that doesn’t include me, I’m going to delight in the amazing pictures being posted from Iceland of this awesome spectacle. Volcanoes are fantastically photogenic. Never to disappoint, the Big Picture at the Boston Globe posted a great series of images today.

Here’s a few more of my favourites from Flickr:

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The ISS is watching you


This week the Big Picture ran a series of pictures taken from the ISS looking down at Earth. It’s a great reminder that the Earth is in fact a very beautiful place and we should be honoured to be able to live here and experience it. Seeing the variety of colours and landscapes from the sky is a solitary consolation prize for spending so much time in airplanes. Being a total volcano nut, of course the pictures of the recent eruption of the Sarychev Peak volcano in the Russian Kuril Islands are my favourites. [Read more…]