Thursday, December 27, 2012

Blog Improvements

I will be making some cool improvements to the blog this coming week, and while I will probably not be posting much about current eruptions during this time, check back here to see some neat site enhancements that I have been working on. One thing you're going to notice today is that I have added VolcanoDiscovery.com's worldwide volcanic activity interactive map to the right sidebar.

This map is interactive, and shows most, if not all, worldwide volcanic activity with quick links to reports. I have been wanting this widget to work for a while, and was able to get it showing up today with a little finessing. This widget has replaced my Google donate button as it really wasn't being used, but the ads will stay as it is a minor source of money for the blog (by all means, please visit my sponsors!).

I also plan to update some of the resources section with new links to other cool volcano, earthquake, and geology related sites and blogs for your reading pleasure.

I hope everyone is having a good holiday season. More than likely I will be resuming reports after New Years (as I imagine several of my resources will as well), as right now the Smithsonian GVP is on break, and nothing really spectacular save the impressive fissure eruption at Tolbachik, Russia that is occurring (but winding down it sounds like).

See you all in 2013!

-M

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Lack of Posts - Holidays - New Job

Hello readers,


I'm sure many of you have noticed I have not been posting much lately. Due to the holiday season, and a recent job move, I have been quite busy getting all of my ducks in a row, so to speak. I will resume blogging volcano news shortly.

I hope everyone had a great holiday season, and no volcanoes exploded in your backyard. Obviously, Yellowstone didn't blow up, and all the world's supervolcanoes remain quiet, so the world keeps moving on!

In case you missed some of the more recent volcano develpoments, Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano continues to have large eruptions and pyroclastic flow. Tolbachik in Russia's Kamchatka peninsula is continuing a spectacular fissure eruption, which is issuing long lava flows. Kilauea has resumed feeding lava into the ocean, and lava lake levels are on the rise again.

Other than the usual culprits, not much is going on in the way of new eruptions, however on the Chile-Argentina border, Volcan Copahue has been raised to Alert Level Red, the highest alert, after a few days of strong seismicity, and minor ash eruptions. This volcano is expected/suspected to increase its eruptive power soon, if seismicity is any indicator. The last eruption for Volcan Copahue was in July-Oct, 2000.

I will resume the normal blog format when I get some time, and if anything really cool happens, I'll make some time to write about it.

Happy Holidays, and I hope everyone has a great New Year!

-M