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Monday Volcano Roundup

< Norfolk Volcano

Monday Volcano Roundup

Last week was pretty exciting for us at Norfolk Firework Volcano headquarters: we chose a location for our volcano on the UEA campus (top secret) and had a visit from Ed Samkin from Event FX – our man with the firework plan! We’ve got lots of ideas for the firework aspect of our volcano, but for more details you’ll have to wait for the release of a teaser trailer being made for us by make@uea.

In real volcano news, Popocatepetl, which we mentioned last week, continues to become more and more active with Mexican authorities raising alert levels. In Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano erupted, with possible pyroclastic flows being seen. Tungurahua means “throat of fire” in Quechua (the indigenous language of the region) – here’s an amazing picture of the volcano from 2011:

Volcán Tungurahua 2011
Tungurahua volcano in 2011. By Dr. Carlos Costales Terán [CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
There was also an interesting story about screaming volcanoes – Mount Redoubt in Alaska was found to produce a sound that built up and increased in pitch, producing a sound just within the limits of human hearing – the so called “seismic scream“. The sound may be being produced by frictional tremors (mini earthquakes) caused by flowing magma within the interior of the volcano. But whatever the cause of it, it’s pretty eerie! This is the sound, sped up:

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And just for the adults, there was a suggestion for a “volcanic cocktail” from the Norwich Cocktail Club – garnish a drink with over proof rum and set on fire, then sprinkle on some cinnamon which should make it  sparkle! Have you got any other ideas?

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