Eye on Volcanoes with Webcams

1 12 2007

Wired Magazine’s Geek Dad recently posted a list of live volcano webcams. He points out that thanks to the internet, we can see volcanoes without putting our lives in danger. His links include:

  • Mt. St. Helens, Washington, USA. Possibly the most famous volcano in North America. The huge gap in the crater wall was created during a massive eruption in 1980. http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/
  • Pu`u `O`o vent, Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii, USA. One of several volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawaii. Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cam/
  • Moku‘aweoweo caldera, Mauna Loa Volcano, Hawaii, USA. Another volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. Mauna Loa (“long mountain” in Hawaiian) is the largest volcano on Earth. http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/cam2/
  • Various volcanoes, Alaska, USA. Alaska has many volcanoes scattered over its entire territory but the Aleutian Islands are one long chain of active and dormant volcanoes. http://www.avo.alaska.edu/webcam/
  • White Island, New Zealand. New Zealand’s most active volcano. A sulfur mine was opened here in 1885 but was closed about 30 years later when an eruption destroyed part of the facility. http://www.geonet.org.nz/volcano/volcams/whiteisland/
  • Mt. Vesuvius, Italy. Vesuvius is possibly the best known volcano on Earth because of its eruption in 79 AD which destroyed the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The modern city of Naples is about nine kilometers to the west of the volcano. http://www.vesuvioinrete.it/e_webcam.htm
  • Klyuchevskoy Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia. At 4833 meters Klyuchevskoy is the tallest volcano on the Eurasian continent. The ash plume from its eruption in 1994 crossed a number of busy airline routes from North America to the Far East. http://data.emsd.iks.ru/video/video.htm

Geek Dad also notes, and wisely, that since these webcams are situated in mountainous and remote areas they may sometimes be offline for a while, or may be less than perfect thanks to the capriciousness of nature.

You may notice that I’ve also added two new volcano-related videos to my VodPod on the right: one short one of lava flow from the USGS and a longer one from PBS relating to volcanoes in New Mexico, looking at both geology and cultural history.

Credits: Wired Blog Network/GeekDad

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