In Costa Rica, A Restless Volcano Stirs

The increasingly active Turrialba volcano in Turrialba, Costa Rica erupted three times Thursday (including the one pictured here), followed by a smaller burst on Friday. Costa Rica's main airport in San Jose was briefly closed, and schools near the volcano suspended classes. » 3/14/15 4:30pm 3/14/15 4:30pm

Jaw-Dropping Photographs Show The Villarica Volcano Erupting in Chile

The Villarica volcano near Pucón, Chile erupted early Tuesday morning, spewing a spectacular fountain of lava and ash that extended hundreds of meter into the air. » 3/03/15 10:40am 3/03/15 10:40am

We Can Now Read What's Written On Rolls Of Papyrus Buried By Vesuvius

Papyrus rolls buried in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD were discovered 260 years ago in the ruins of Herculaneum. But they're so fragile that it's never been possible to read them without inadvertently destroying them until now. » 1/20/15 2:20pm 1/20/15 2:20pm

How to Prevent Lava from Flowing into Your City

Once lava from an erupted volcano starts moving, it tends to keep moving that way, regardless of what we want. But Hawaiian researchers have figured out some ways to redirect a lava stream away from you or your property — even if the eruption goes on for several months. » 12/30/14 10:20am 12/30/14 10:20am

What Happens When You Step On Molten Lava? This Video May Surprise You

Definitely don't try this at home (or if you happen across a volcanic vent), but if you've ever wondered what would happen if you pressed down on hot lava, this video is a must-watch. It's a great lesson in how the reality of lava differs from the way many people think of the substance. » 12/18/14 1:35pm 12/18/14 1:35pm

Watch the Bárðarbunga Eruption From Inside the Volcano

Iceland's Bárðarbunga eruption has unleashed a huge quantity of lava — enough to create a landmass the size of Manhattan. What would it be like to watch that terrifying explosion from inside the volcano's cone? Now you can see for yourself. » 10/03/14 1:30pm 10/03/14 1:30pm

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 11:38am 10/03/14 11:38am

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. » 8/29/14 1:05am 8/29/14 1:05am

First Clip From Pixar's Singing Volcano Short Is Immensely Charming

Our hearts have forever been melted by the giant singing volcano from Pixar's new short, Lava. This is but a mere glimpse, but we're already charmed. » 8/28/14 1:20pm 8/28/14 1:20pm

Icelandic Scientists Mobilize Monitoring For Uneasy Volcano

After rumbling ominously for days, Bárðarbunga is finally erupting. Maybe. A small subglacial eruption started on Saturday. Scientists rapidly deployed additional sensors in the region, monitoring the ongoing earthquake swarm, surface deformation, and subglacial eruption. » 8/23/14 11:04am 8/23/14 11:04am

Another Volcano Is Rumbling Under The Ice In Iceland

Bárðarbunga is a subglacial volcano in Iceland responsible for a whole lot of seismic activity this week. If it erupts, it could melt the Vatnajökull glacier and produce impressive downstream flooding. At least the latest Icelandic volcano to catch our eye is a lot easier to pronounce than the last one! » 8/20/14 12:34pm 8/20/14 12:34pm

Using a Lava Flow to Boil Coke and Cook Ravioli

What happens when you boil a can of Coke with a lava flow? Or leave tall can of an energy drink to be engulfed in molten rock? Now that your drink is steaming hot, what does it look like to try cooking ravioli with an encroaching flow? » 5/26/14 11:41am 5/26/14 11:41am

Adorable Animation Illustrates the Flavours of Volcanoes

An animation of a tiny volcano trying to impress its larger peers with an eruption seems like a flight of fancy, but it's really a hidden lesson in volcano morphology. The difference parallels the distinction between tiny-yet-enthusiastic cinder cones and intimidating stratovolcanoes . » 5/17/14 5:31pm 5/17/14 5:31pm

Volcano as Garbage Disposal

Trash is annoying. It builds up mountainous landfills, fills the ocean with junk, litters space, and pollutes the atmosphere. So, why not just chuck it into a volcano? An expedition tried that in Erta Ale Volcano, tossing 30 kilograms of organic waste into the lava lake. ...which then erupted. Whoops. » 5/12/14 5:49pm 5/12/14 5:49pm

Watch an Unexpectedly Charming Short About an Ambitious Little Volcano

VOLCANO, created by animator Julien Loth, tells the story of a tiny volcano attempting to impress the larger of its kind by erupting. Simple in concept, charming in its execution. And, of course: short, sweet, and to the point. We wish more videos followed this formula. » 5/03/14 8:05am 5/03/14 8:05am

Activity at Tungurahua volcano, Ecuador

Friday evening, the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador briefly spewed up a 10-kilometer column of ash. The initial eruption was over as quickly as it started, settling down after the 5-minute burst of activity that spilled pyroclastic material onto the volcano's flanks. » 4/05/14 6:44pm 4/05/14 6:44pm

Watch a volcano eruption up close, as filmed by a drone!

Drones have been capturing some spectacular nature photography lately, but this video of a drone getting up close and personal with an exploding volcano is pretty astonishing. » 3/14/14 1:11pm 3/14/14 1:11pm