Why this time Iceland’s volcano is keeping flights going

Another volcano in Iceland is spewing lava. Why is the current Fagradalsfjall eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula so different from the 2010 Iceland eruption that caused so much havoc? You can read it all in this post.

Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence

Spectacular images of recent volcanic eruptions in Hawaii are a little disheartening – especially given news reports suggesting there is a sleeping volcano under Melbourne that could awaken and erupt at any moment. Understanding the geological differences between Melbourne and Hawaii is really helpful in working out how we can keep an eye on future … Continue reading Would an eruption in Melbourne really match Hawaii’s volcanoes? Here’s the evidence

Curious Kids: Do most volcanologists die from getting too close to volcanoes?

Do most volcanologists die because of studying volcanoes at close range? – Tobias, age 5, Malmsbury. Volcanoes show us a glimpse of what is deep in the Earth below. They also show us how powerful nature can be. Studying volcanoes is exciting, but can also be dangerous. According to my calculations – based on a … Continue reading Curious Kids: Do most volcanologists die from getting too close to volcanoes?

Australia’s volcanic history is a lot more recent than you think

Australia is an old and stable continent with not many geological risks such as major earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. At least that is what most people think. But throughout its geological history Australia has known volcanic activity right up to the time that humans lived here. The most recent eruptions on the Australian mainland occurred … Continue reading Australia’s volcanic history is a lot more recent than you think