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Fight Against Maturity

A ‘hole in the clouds’

This image of an exploding volcano was captured from the ISS which happened to be positioned directly above an eruption of Sarychev Peak on a remote Russian north Pacific island.

The white cap on the eruption is caused “…the rapid rising and then cooling of the air directly above the ash column. When moist, warm air rises quickly it creates a cloud.”

More pictures and an article at   Mail Online.

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June 25, 2009 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, NASA | , | Comments Off on A ‘hole in the clouds’

Hotfoot floor

Mount Etna
Image by DBarefoot via Flickr

An Italian family fear their house could be haunted after the floors mysteriously got so hot they began to ‘boil’. It happened on Sicily which is home to the almost constantly erupting Mount Etna, one of the world’s most active volcanos.

But Italian experts say there were no geological or scientific reasons for the freak temperatures at the family’s home in Riesi.

Temperatures reached more than 100 degrees and the surfaces were so hot steam was coming from them.

Terrified mum Maria Fiandaca said: “The floor was getting hotter all week but then it suddenly started boiling and we called the police and the firemen.”

“It is very frightening,” said a neighbour. “When science and the natural world have no answers you have to think it was the supernatural world getting in touch.”

via Ananova

Maybe they need different “experts.” If you lived on an island with a nearly continuously erupting volcano and the floor of your house began to get hot and steam, wouldn’t you suspect that maybe the volcano was suggesting that you get out?

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May 6, 2009 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | , , | Comments Off on Hotfoot floor

Another Chilean Volcano Picture: Ash and Lightning

After 9,000 years of silence, Chile’s Chaitén volcano (pictured on May 3) is erupting with lava, ash—and lightning (full story).

Since the volcano awoke on May 2, it has continued erupting intermittently, blanketing the area in ash and forcing more than 4,000 people to flee.

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May 12, 2008 Posted by | Explosion, Great Pictures, Pictures, Scary | , , , | 1 Comment