Quick hit to post a heads-up about the Galeras eruption that just occurred (while the news media are all staring at Redoubt, waiting). Galeras was a Decade Volcano (i.e. a volcano scientists chose to focus on last decade because of its potential for catastrophic eruptions directly threatening large numbers of people), and it impacts a lot of people who live near and on its slopes. (It’s also notorious in the geoscience community for having killed volcanologists and tourists in a tragic accident, which then spurred controversial and somewhat sensationalized books about and by volcanologists.) Galeras has been actively erupting on and off for years, and this seems to have been a pretty big one.
Posted on February 15, 2009 by volcanista