This Is What Happens When Lava Meets The Sea

This is a close-up of the very newest land in Hawaii, fresh lava dripping into the sea to build out a new layer of basalt on this island volcano. The ropey texture of the flow is a consequence of its chemistry, the same geochemistry behind the slow, oozing eruptions characteristic of the tropical paradise. » 1/18/15 2:17pm 1/18/15 2:17pm

Hawaiians Understand The True Meaning Of "Road Closed"

Pele, the volcano goddess of Hawaii, has very definite ideas on traffic patterns. When she says a road is closed, nothing we puny humans do or say is going to change her mind. » 10/18/14 8:30pm 10/18/14 8:30pm

This Eruption Spells Gently Impending Doom For A Hawaiian Suburb

Hawaii is a tropical island of picturesque eruptions. While usually the eruptions are mostly harmless, an offshoot of a new lava flow has been inching towards suburb since June. Now the residents of Puna are settling in to watch the slowly creeping doom. » 10/17/14 9:00pm 10/17/14 9:00pm

Learning From Mount Ontake How To Survive An Eruption

A sudden pyroclastic flow erupted in Japan on September 27th, sending hikers fleeing to the dubious safety of mountain lodges. Here's an update covering your questions on what happened, why we didn't predict it, and what you could do to survive. » 10/03/14 8:00am 10/03/14 8:00am

Japanese Volcano Violently Erupts, Sending Hikers Racing To Safety

Mount Ontake violently erupted without warning Saturday morning in Japan. Unbelievably, hikers not only survived, but recorded the pyroclastic flows racing towards them. Here's the science of what happened. » 9/27/14 1:47am 9/27/14 1:47am

Bárðarbunga Briefly Burbles With A Midnight Fissure Eruption

After rumbling at us all week with unconfirmed subglacial eruptions and tormenting volcanologists to debate will it or won't it erupt, Bárðarbunga belched forth a fountain of lava. The eruption was both gentle and short-lived with no ash, boding well for air travel. » 8/28/14 8:15pm 8/28/14 8:15pm

Does The Scream depict a real-life volcano explosion?

The explosion from the Krakatau volcano in 1883 was so strong that it unleashed a 130-foot tsunami and turned the skies red for months. But is it also responsible for this famous painting by Edvard Munch? » 2/24/14 4:20pm 2/24/14 4:20pm

Thanks to the eruption of Mount Etna, it's been raining rocks in Sicily

Fortunately, the recent eruption of Mount Etna didn't force anyone to evacuate their homes, but in this video, you can watch the volcanic ash and rocks raining down on Sicily. » 11/24/13 2:00pm 11/24/13 2:00pm

Supervolcanoes can erupt with pretty much zero warning

A single volcanic eruption wiping out life on entire continents isn't exactly a cheery thought, but at least we had the mild comfort that it would take as much as 200,000 years for one to erupt. Yeah, about that... » 6/03/12 3:00pm 6/03/12 3:00pm

What causes supervolcanoes to erupt?

Supervolcano eruptions are the most devastating natural disasters on the planet, unleashing destruction that can level entire continents and kick off new ice ages. We've long struggled to understand what causes these unimaginable eruptions... but now, there might be an answer. » 10/12/11 4:00pm 10/12/11 4:00pm

The first successful prediction of an undersea volcano eruption

The Axial Seamount is an undersea volcano located 250 miles off the Oregon coast. It's one of the most active underwater volcanoes in the world, and it's just started erupting. For the first time ever, scientists saw that eruption coming. » 8/09/11 11:49am 8/09/11 11:49am

Mega Comet In Our Solar System Grows Larger Than The Sun


The relatively benign Comet Holmes, besides having a cool, superfly name, erupted a few weeks ago in a spectacular stellar event which has caused the scientific community to go "oooh" and "aaah." Since then, it's been growing steadily larger, and now dwarfs even our own Sun in sheer size. Do you need to stock up on… » 11/16/07 5:45am 11/16/07 5:45am