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Monday Volcano Roundup

< Norfolk Volcano

Monday Volcano Roundup

It’s 40 days to go until Norfolk’s first ever firework volcano erupts, but where is Norfolk’s nearest volcano? make@uea and Jon Stone decided to wander around the UEA campus and ask that question to some of the public – here are their answers! So, how exactly do you say Eyjafjallajökull?

Yesterday, Mount Sakurajima in Japan erupted, sending a 5000m plume of ash in to the sky. This is the 500th eruption this year and the resulting ash fall has covered the nearby  city of Kagoshima. A clean-up operation is now underway. Sakurajima is very active and has lots of explosions that involve ash, but these are normally small and only reach a few hundred meters above the crater. So this was a big one!

The eruption plume from Sakurajima on August 18, 2013. Image: 1011Nuko / Twitter.

Mount Sakurajima and the eruption plume from August 18, 2013. Image: 1011Nuko / Twitter.

This week, six astronauts came to the end of an experiment designed to simulate life on Mars. They spent four months living in a  geodesic dome on Mauna Loa, one of the five volcanoes that make up Hawaii. The volcano was chosen because the geology is similar to the kind that the Curiosity rover is looking at on Mars, and also due to its remoteness. The study was looking at two different food systems – pre-pepared food or “some kind of” cooking with freeze dried meats and other ingredients – sounds yummy? We hope that they got some time at the beach after that mission!

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