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'Artificial intelligence' fit to monitor volcanoes

Mon, 15/07/2019 - 15:33
More than half of the world's active volcanoes are not monitored instrumentally. Hence, even eruptions that could have rung an alarm can occur without people at risk having a clue of the upcoming disaster. A research project has led to a volcano monitoring platform which analyzes satellite images using - amongst other methods - 'artificial intelligence' (AI) for the monitoring of volcanoes.

New clues to the origin of massive underwater volcano, Tamu Massif

Mon, 08/07/2019 - 20:40
The discovery of Tamu Massif, a gigantic volcano located about 1,000 miles east of Japan, made big news in 2013 when researchers reported it was the largest single volcano documented on earth, roughly the size of New Mexico. New findings conclude that it is a different breed of volcanic mountain than earlier thought, throwing into doubt the prior claim that it is the world's largest single volcano.

How tides can trigger earthquakes

Fri, 07/06/2019 - 14:10
Some earthquakes along mid-ocean ridges are linked with low tides, but nobody could figure out why. In a new study, researchers have uncovered the mechanism for this seeming paradox, and it comes down to the magma below the mid-ocean ridges.

Aftershocks of 1959 earthquake rocked Yellowstone in 2017-18

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 21:11
A swarm of more than 3,000 small earthquakes in the Maple Creek area (in Yellowstone National Park but outside of the Yellowstone volcano caldera) between June 2017 and March 2018 are, at least in part, aftershocks of the 1959 quake.

Rare volcanic rocks lift lid on dangers of little-studied eruptions

Thu, 23/05/2019 - 15:49
Unusual rocks discovered on a remote mountainside have alerted scientists to the dangers posed by a little-studied type of volcano.

Ritter Island gives new insights into the dynamics of volcanic landslides

Thu, 16/05/2019 - 16:46
The flanks of many island volcanoes slide very slowly towards the sea. Whether these landslides are forewarnings of a catastrophic collapse or, on the contrary, even reduce its risk, is not yet understood. Geophysicists now show that sporadic, slow landslides on the small volcanic island of Ritter Island in New Guinea preceded a catastrophic collapse.

From Earth's deep mantle, scientists find a new way volcanoes form

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 19:40
Far below Bermuda's pink sand beaches and turquoise tides, geoscientists have discovered the first direct evidence that material from deep within Earth's mantle transition zone -- a layer rich in water, crystals and melted rock -- can percolate to the surface to form volcanoes.

Iceland volcano eruption in 1783-84 did not spawn extreme heat wave

Wed, 15/05/2019 - 16:58
An enormous volcanic eruption on Iceland in 1783-84 did not cause an extreme summer heat wave in Europe. But, as Benjamin Franklin speculated, the eruption triggered an unusually cold winter, according to a new study. The study will help improve predictions of how the climate will respond to future high-latitude volcanic eruptions.

What does the future of Kilauea hold?

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 16:06
Ever since Hawaii's Kilauea stopped erupting in August 2018, ceasing activity for the first time in 35 years, scientists have been wondering about the volcano's future. Its similarities to the Hawaiian seamount Lo`ihi might provide some answers.

Snowmelt causes seismic swarm near California's Long Valley Caldera

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:54
A spring surge of meltwater, seeping through vertically tilted layers of rock, caused a seismic swarm near California's Long Valley Caldera in 2017, according to new research.

Mysterious eruption came from Campi Flegrei caldera

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 17:23
The caldera-forming eruption of Campi Flegrei (Italy) 40,000 years ago is the largest known eruption in Europe during the last 200,000 years, but little is known about other large eruptions at the volcano prior to a more recent caldera-forming event 15,000 years ago.