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10-12-2019, 04:23   #1
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Active Volcanoes

White Island volcano in New Zealand suddenly erupted explosively. Several people killed and missing.
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10-12-2019, 05:27   #2
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Scary stuff alright, I was on it a long time ago, amazing place
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Scary stuff alright, I was on it a long time ago, amazing place
On White Island, or just in New Zealand? If White, what was it like to visit the island? Any smoking from cracks, etc.?
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On White Island, or just in New Zealand? If White, what was it like to visit the island? Any smoking from cracks, etc.?
both, it was stunning to visit, ive been on a few active/erupting volcanoes, highly recommend it. yea there was a bit of activity on white island when i was there, minimal though, some steam and sulfur eruptions, but nothing too dangerous, we could get very close to the activity. it was many years ago though, so ive hazy memories, must look at my pics and videos, theyre probably of poor quality though
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ive been on a few active/erupting volcanoes,
Hawaii? Has 4 active volcanoes: Kilauea; Maunaloa; Leahi (Diamond Head); and Haleakala. Been to them Wanderer?
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I must confess I went from very interested, a news report on a volcano, to horrified a second latter when they mentioned the causalties.
I was recently listening to the fairly good audio book, How the Earth Works, and the author had mentioned a similar event when a group of journalists and scientists suffered a similar fate at an active volcano.
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I've been up Stromboli twice - first time was scary as a sudden thunder and lightening storm appeared over the peak at the same time as the volcanic activity in the crater. But by and large Stromboli is safe to visit - and worth it to see the activity in the crater.

Also went to nearby Vulcano - not currently active but the heavy gasses really irritate the lungs and eyes, not recommended if you have asthma or similar lung problems. The sulphur mud baths are an interesting experience though.

But volcano's will always have a certain risk. Even "gentle" Stromboli can sometimes become dangerously violent - last July a hiker was killed during an eruption and there was a very powerful and dangerous eruption in August.
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Tectonic plate movement may result in volcanic activity. Old and new. Pacific Rim active now.
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Oregon State University submarine volcanoes: "estimate of 4,000 volcanoes per million square kilometers on the floor of the Pacific Ocean."
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Hawaii? Has 4 active volcanoes: Kilauea; Maunaloa; Leahi (Diamond Head); and Haleakala. Been to them Wanderer?

Yea I've been on kilauea, it was my first volcano, we got right up to lava flows, astonishing heat, so much so, our boots started melting. We walked through the lava fields towards the coast, to watch the lava enter the sea but from a distance, as the shelf overhanging the coast was too dangerous to be on, we could see the stream of course. I really wish I had spent more time there, checking out the other islands and volcanoes.

I was on a bit of a role in my twenties, was on a few active ones around the world, as others have said though, they are bloody dangerous, merapi Indonesia probably being the most dangerous, only 1/2 k from pyroclastic flows, twas all good fun though.
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Yea I've been on kilauea, it was my first volcano, we got right up to lava flows, astonishing heat, so much so, our boots started melting.
Sulfur smells?
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Sulfur smells?

Its a good few years ago now, so my memories are hazy, but I think we did experience the dreaded sulphur smell in areas, I don't remember it at the point of where the molten lava was though, but I was so awe struck, bombs could have been dropping beside me and I wouldn't have known. rotorua new Zealand is probably the worst place I've experienced that smell, it's horrendous, comes in strong waves with the wind
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Sulfur smells. Rotten eggs?
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Sulfur smells. Rotten eggs?

Yea its a vile smell, can be very strong at times, would make you wanna vomit, but to be honest, most of my volcano visits have been with little or no strong smells, just simply incredible
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Extinct volcanoes in Ireland: Slieve Gullion in County Armagh, Croghan Hill in County Offaly, Mount Slemish in County Antrim, Lambay Island in Dublin and Loch Na Fooey in County Galway.
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