Eruptions

Social Media – The Newest Way to Track Volcanic Ash in Real Time

Social media has found itself a heavyweight role in geology. By scraping Twitter and mining text data in Tweets, scientists at the Nanyang Technological University can now track where volcanic ash has fallen. This breakthrough won Assistant Professor Benoit Taisne and Professor Gao Cong the Accelerating Creativity and Excellence (ACE) Award for their research project titled “Detecting and Tracking Volcanic Ash Using Social Media Data”.

The Child of Krakatoa Awakes

At approximately 9:30pm local time (2:30pm GMT) on the 22 December 2018, a tsunami struck Indonesia’s Sunda Strait, which lies between the islands of Java and Sumatra, claiming over 430 lives. According to Indonesia’s disaster agency there are at least 1,500 injured, over 120 people still missing, and around 12,000 people have been displaced.

  • EOS News
19 Jan 2018

Mayon, on Luzon Island in the Philippines, entered a new eruptive phase on 13 January 2018, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), Philippines’ Geological Agency. This phase included steam-driven eruptions and flows from a new lava dome growing at the summit of the volcano.

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