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Volcán de Fuego with smoke coming out the top

Experimental Forecasts Could Help Guatemala Recover from Volcanic Eruption

Rainfall predictions out to three weeks suggest the nation may get some relief from downpours that are hindering response and rebuilding.

by |June 26, 2018
lava fountain at kilauea eruption

Photos and Videos From Hawaii’s Volcanic Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev shares incredible footage of steam plumes, lava fountains, and more from the Kilauea eruption.

by |May 25, 2018
kilauea lava fountain and steam

Tracking the Kilauea Eruption

Volcanologist Einat Lev is tracking lava flows at Hawaii’s volcanic eruption. Here, she describes what conditions are like on the ground—and in the sky.

by |May 22, 2018

Ice Sheets May Melt Rapidly in Response to Distant Volcanoes

A study of ancient eruptions shows modern ice sheets could be vulnerable.

by |October 24, 2017
yellowstone caldera in blue, green, and yellow

What Is a Supervolcano, and Should You Really Be Worried About the One at Yellowstone?

Despite recent media reports, there’s no imminent threat, says Columbia geologist Einat Lev.

by |October 16, 2017

How Drones are Advancing Scientific Research

Where once scientists could only observe earth from above by using manned aircraft or satellites, today they are expanding, developing and refining their research in a variety of ways thanks to drones.

by |June 16, 2017

Peering into Volcanoes: a Talk with Einat Lev

What do the scientists and researchers around the Earth Institute do? In this second in a series, Einat Lev from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory talks about her work on volcanoes what she’d like people to know about it, and what inspired her to go into the field.

by |March 2, 2017

Disaster Experts: A Journalist’s Guide

An all-purpose guide for journalists covering disasters, natural and manmade.

by |February 14, 2017

Walking in the Shadow of a Great Volcano

On a ledge just inside the lip of Chile’s Quizapu volcanic crater, Philipp Ruprecht was furiously digging a trench. Here at an elevation of 10,000 feet, a 1,000-foot plunge loomed just yards away, and wind was whipping dust off his shovel. But the volcanologist was excited. Ruprecht had just found this spot, topped with undisturbed wedding-cake layers of fine, black material that the crater had vomited from the deep earth some 84 years ago. Samples from the currently inactive site might shed light on its exceedingly violent behavior.

by |May 17, 2016

Photo Essay: In the Shadow of a Great Volcano

High in the southern Andes, Chile’s Quizapu crater is one of South America’s most fearsome geologic features. In 1846, it was the source of one the continent’s largest historically recorded lava flows. In 1932, it produced one of the largest recorded volcanic blasts. The volcano is currently inactive, but could revive at any time. What is next?

by |May 17, 2016