Dalaffilla volcano (Erta Ale range, Ethiopia), activity update: extensive lava flows
Friday Nov 07, 2008 13:00 PM |
As more news come in, the eruption in the Erta Ale range can now almost certainly be attributed to a fissure between Dalaffilla and Alu volcanoes. It could be one of the largest volcanic eruptions known in historic times in Africa. News reports interpreting satellite data suggest that there were enormous lava flows in the early stages of the eruption.
An abnormal heat source covering an area of more than 300 square kilometers, possibly due to extremely wide-spread lava flows, was detected by MODIS.
Not much more details about the eruption and its effects on the very scarsely populated Afar area are available at present.
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Friday, Oct 31, 2008
The VolcanoDiscovery presentation of the 4 Greek volcanoes at the German volcanological museum Lava-Dome in Mendig/Germany on Oktober 29th was successful. Tobias Schorr introduced the public to the unknown Greek volcanoes and their geological and cultural history. Milos as the beginning of the first industrial mining in Greek history was the start. He explained how the mining of obsidian was important for prehistoric people and how the tools were used and exported from Milos to other Greek islands. The Minoan eruption of Santorini´s volcano and its impact in prehistoric culture was one of the most interesting facts in his presentation. The public also loved his photos from Methana volcanic peninsula and his presentation of some rock samples after the show. The next presentation will take place in the VHS-Remagen/Germany on 25 November. [more]
Tuesday, Oct 21, 2008
Tobias Schorr came just back from a very nice private walking study tour on Methana. The weather allowed many interesting walks into the mountains of Methana. Old friends and the great landscape were the highlights. Tobias is still planning new tours on Methana for 2009. We will keep you updated. [more]
Saturday, Oct 18, 2008
We are looking for the owner of 2 lost picture cards found with 650 images from a volcano tour on Stromboli and other places. The photos were taken between 26 Aug 08 and 3 Sep 08. The first picture shows the door of the "Magmatrek" office on Stromboli. ... [more]
Tuesday, Jun 24, 2008
On June 21 the new volcanological museum of Nisyros was opened at the village Nikia. The rich exhibition shows all volcanological phenomena and many rock samples. Many photographs of active volcanoes are provided by VolcanoDiscovery (by Dr. Tom Pfeiffer). At the celebration the most important politicians of the region took part at the opening ceremony. The new museum was planned and designed by a team around the Greek geologist Dr. Giorgis Voujoukalakis and Dr. Michalis Fytikas. ... [more]
Monday, May 19, 2008
Etna - keeping us busy with eruptions at the moment - is worth an own tour in iteself. We have now developed a new exciting program to get to know this wonderful mountain in a series of moderate to challenging hikes, including a full traverse of the mountain. A first group departure is set for 2-8 November. ... [more]
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