Sunday Morning Volcano: Mount Erebus

Update, November 16, 2013, 11:56 a.m. Eastern:

In October … signs that Erebus volcano was waking up in a big way became unmistakable.

By Oct. 9, a broadband seismic station on the flanks of Antarctica’s southernmost active volcano showed a signal akin to a spike on an electrocardiogram chart – but a heartbeat that erupted with enough power to be detected 35 kilometers away at New Zealand’s Scott Base.

“That is not a trivial eruption. That’s a big explosion – that’s a lot of energy,” said Philip Kyle, a volcanologist with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology and principal investigator for the Mount Erebus Volcano Observatory (MEVO).

“It’s probably the largest we’ve had since 1984,” Kyle added.

“It’s doing something. It’s alive,” Kyle said.

— From “Erebus Erupts,” by Peter Rejcek, USAP (including links)

(Hat tip to Erik Klemetti for tweeting that article link.)


Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

— Robert Frost

Did you know there is a hotspot erupting in the midst of Antarctica’s ice and snow?

Mount Erebus is named after one of the ships that polar explorer Sir James Clark Ross was using for his 1841 expedition when he found this volcano.

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Hazard monitoring isn’t needed because of its location. Where is it?

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Yes, it has a lava lake that last erupted in 2005 (video source – warning, it’s LOUD).

Researchers have a website, and while it’s not up to date, they have an awesome slideshow there on the crater and lava lake. Enjoy!

Categories: Sunday morning volcano, volcanoes

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