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Friday Fact - 17th October 2014

Friday 17th October 2014

Some scientists think that the Toba supervolcanic eruption that occurred sometime between 69,000 and 77,000 years ago resulted in a genetic bottleneck in human evolution 50,000 years ago!

Volcano

Mount St. Helens shows signs of reawakening

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) – Ten years ago this week, Mount St. Helens awoke from an 18-year geological slumber.

The news media and volcano-watchers flocked to Johnston Ridge, the closest road with a crater view. 576 more words

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Weekend eruption of Japanese volcano Ontake kills hikers... why was there no warning? #science

This past Saturday there was an unexpected eruption of Japan’s Ontake volcano. Below is a video of some first hand footage of the eruption. As usual, Erik Klemetti writing for  232 more words

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Check your calendar... it might be volcano season. Robin Wylie explains @ConversationUK

Could there really be such a thing as volcano season?

By Robin Wylie, University College London

The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. 900 more words

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Iceland Eruption, Shows No Signs of Stopping, it is the most extensive eruption by area covered

Credit: University of Iceland/Ármann Höskuldsson

Update 9/11/14: This article has been amended to clarify that this is the most extensive eruption by area covered, not necessarily lava volume. 134 more words

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