Saturday, January 12, 2013

Russia's Tolbachik volcano eruption continues, creation of lava lake worries authorities

Yet another volcano that was "once dormant" has come to life. This article is from the UK Telegraph. Geology Professor Erik Klemetti says from a scientific standpoint, "bad article, cool video." It is a cool video. Here is the news:

Erupting Russian volcano creating a lava lake
A lava lake has started to form at the once-dormant Plosky Tolbachik volcano in Russia's far eastern Kamchatka peninsula.
"Russian scientists said there were no signs that the Plosky Tolbachik volcano will stop erupting soon, Russian broadcaster RU-RTR reported earlier on Friday. ... After lying dormant for almost 40 years Plosky Tolbachik suddenly erupted in November."

It is the creation of the lava lake that has caught their attention. This article from Australia reports:

Plosky Tolbachik volcano erupts in Russia's Far East
A VOLCANO erupting in Russia's Far East is sending plumes of gas and ash high into the sky and creating a lava lake. The Plosky Tolbachik volcano is located in Kamchatka peninsula, hundreds of kilometres from the nearest residential areas. Gennady Karpov, a volcano expert at Russia's Academy of Sciences in the Far East, said: "There were no lava lakes at Kamchatka volcanos before now. We have never seen this before." Plosky Tolbachik has emitted jets of hot lava up to 200 metres high."

Both articles speak of hot or burning lava. Klemetti's wry tweet made me laugh: (Erik K / Eruptions ‏@eruptionsblog)

"And what’s the deal with “burning lava”? Is this as opposed to “pleasant and soothing lava”?"

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