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February 05 2014

TERRA 902: Living in Pele's Paradise (Part 2)

A famous eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i, started in 1959 with spectacular fountains of lava and ended in 1960 with the tragic destruction of Kapoho village. This movie (part 2 of 2) shows how the scientific and social lessons of that eruption affect modern research and monitoring of the volcano. This film was selected for display in the Science Storytelling Workshop and AGU Cinema at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2013. Produced by Julia Sable.

January 24 2014

TERRA 901: Living in Pele's Paradise (Part 1)

A famous eruption of Kilauea Volcano, Hawai'i, started in 1959 with spectacular fountains of lava and ended in 1960 with the tragic destruction of the village of Kapoho. This movie (part 1 of 2) tells the story of the eruption through eyewitness accounts and archival film footage, and examines the scientific and social lessons that still affect Hawai'i today. This film was selected for display in the Science Storytelling Workshop and AGU Cinema at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in December 2013. Produced by Julia Sable.
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April 18 2010

Russia: Volcanic Eruption Provokes Cooperation and Jokes

Two days passed since Mother Nature showed its power to mankind letting the Icelandic volcano with unpronounceable name “Eyjafjallajökull” fill the European aerospace with ashes. As the ash cloud went east, more and more airports were closing, which led to European-wide transport collapse. Russian bloggers - also affected by the natural disaster - reacted differently: made jokes, shared information, expresses annoyance, and offered to help each other.

The most active discussion took place in the Livejournal community ru_travel (about 30,000 readers). Moderators had to make a special tag “volcano” [RUS] to facilitate mass of eruption-connected postings. Bloggers were helping each other by giving consultations on passenger rights, airline practices, hotel deals and land transportation routes.

Individual bloggers offered help beyond just sharing information. Lacrizza offered [RUS] to take some people from the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow and provide them with temporary accommodation. Nata_vasilisa proposed the same in Krakow, Poland [RUS]:

Если у вас кто-то застрял в Кракове в связи с вулканом, и негде переждать облако - я могу приютить.

If someone is stuck in Krakow because of the volcano and doesn't have a place to wait till the cloud is over, I can shelter you.

Bets were also a part of the discussion. Lj-user asy suggested [RUS] to make bets on the date of the ending of the European flight ban. Below are the most original ones:

так как наш рейс на завтра с вероятностью 99,999% отменят, то сделаю ставку, что именно полное снятие ограничений будет в районе 3-4 мая. Правда к тому времени большинство а/к обанкротятся в виду возвратов денег за полеты :)

Because our flight tomorrow will be canceled with 99,999% probability, I'll make a bet that the flying ban will be fully removed somewhere around May 3 or 4. However, the most of the airlines will go bankrupt by that time:)


У меня билеты в Париж на 9 мая. шансы к тому времени 50/50. но я вообще думаю что конец света наступает- так что….думаю что больше ничего летать не будет

I have tickets to Paris for May 9. I think the chances for this time will be 50/50. But in general I think it's the end of the world coming - so… I think there will be no planes flying at all.

Allevtinka sarcastically replied to it:

вот кстати да! прошлый раз этот вулкан пыхал 2 года подряд. (200 лет назад). Если к 2010+2=2012 :) как всё просто, однако!

By the way, yes! Last time this volcano was erupting for two years in a row (200 years ago). So 2010 + 2 = 2012 ;) so simple though!

ingushetiya_ru cited Qur'an referring to the Apocalypse:

Then watch for the Day when the sky will bring a visible smoke.

Yuri-yum suggested [RUS] that the eruption was rather a “Sodom” case rather then the Judgment Day. He was referring to the personality of Icelandic prime-minister Johanna Sigurdardottir, world's first gay leader [ENG].

The Apocalyptic topic was quite popular among bloggers. Some shared pictures of Vladimir Manyukhin [RUS] depicting Moscow after “nuclear winter:”

Apocalyptic red square, photo by vladimir manyukhin

Apocalyptic Red Square, photo by Vladimir Manyukhin

dmitrivrubel wrote [RUS]:

Летайте самолётами компании “Эйяфьятлайокудль”! Почему до сих пор не придумали шлягера, мультика, нет ни одного сувенира? Ведь какой замечательный персонаж - м-р Эйяфьятлайокудль. И его супруга Мирдальсйёкюдль, которая ещё не проснулась.

Fly with “Eyjafjallajökull” airlines! Why there's still no song, cartoon, no souvenir? Such a great meme - Mr.Eyjafjallajökull. And his wife Mirdal'sjekjudl', who is still asleep.

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Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatlaˌjœːkʏtl̥], translated as "island-mountains glacier") (About this sound listen ) is one of the smaller glaciers of Iceland. It is situated to the north of Skógar and to the west of the larger glacier Mýrdalsjökull.

The icecap of the glacier covers a volcano (1,666 metres or 5,466 ft in height) which has erupted relatively frequently since the Ice Age, at times bringing rhyolite to the surface.[1] The volcano erupted twice in 2010, on 20 March and 14 April. The April eruption caused massive disruption to air traffic across Northern Europe, with scientists claiming it was ten to twenty times more powerful than the March event. The most recent previous eruption was from 1821 to 1823, causing a fatal glacial lake outburst flood.[citation needed] A previous eruption was in 1612. The crater of the volcano has a diameter of 3–4 kilometres (1.9–2.5 mi) and the glacier covers an area of about 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi).

The south end of the mountain was once part of the island's Atlantic coastline. As the sea has since retreated some 5 kilometres (3.1 mi), the former coastline has left behind sheer cliffs with a multitude of beautiful waterfalls, of which the best known is Skógafoss. In strong winds, the water of the smaller falls can even be blown up the mountain.

Eyjafjallajökull - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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