Seven Volcanoes in six different countries all start erupting within hours of each other

On Saturday, November 23rd, seven volcanoes erupted within hours of one another in six different countries. The eruptions involved areas such as Japan, Guatemala, Mexico, Indonesia, Italy, and Vanautu in the Pacific.

In Japan, a volcano on Nishino-Shima Island erupted for the first time in 40 years. The eruption ultimately resulted in a new island in the Pacific.

Some 7,000 miles away, another eruption in Mexico. This particular eruption reached almost 2 miles high into the sky.

In Guatemala, Fire Mountain’s eruption was so massive, the explosion was felt by locals as far as 6 miles away.

In Vanuata in the Pacific, the Yasur Volcano had some weak explosions resulting the in ash affecting farm lands.

In Italy, the ashes were about 2 cm in size, covering the streets and vehicles. Although there were no evacuations, a highway was shutdown for close to 30 minutes. Mount Etna showed a spectacular display of lights which ultimately caused some flight cancellations. Also, the lava flow damaged the town of Zafferana.

In Indonesia, the country’s Mount Sinabung spewed ash cloud four miles high, causing the evacuation of 6,000 people. Scientists predict a major eruption still to come.

Lastly, also in Indonesia, Mount Merapi also erupted. There were no casualties reported.

View Some Footage and images of the eruptions found below:

Below you find Mount Sinabung ash cloud from the eruption in Indonesia



Mt. Yasur in Vanuata

Italy Mt. Etna Eruption

A380 Landing at San Francisco

Pilot’s view of the first Airbus 380 landing (Lufthansa) at San Francisco International Airport (KSFO):

Runway 28R is adjacent to Runway 28L, where recently, Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash landed on July 6, 2013, killing 3 and injuring almost 200. Weather is not believed to be a cause in the accident. Conditions at KSFO were fair skies, mild temperatures, light winds, perfect visibility, no precipitation, and no forecast of wind shear.

It is incredible how automated the approach and landing sequences appear to be on these ultra-modern aircraft. There are also some pretty spectacular views of the S.F. Bay Area!


Stephen Bone

GOES Satellite Loops

Here’s a really neat site for viewing current, or very recent satellite imagery, even just for fun! NASA makes so many products public on the web, including this.

In the first section titled “Most Recent GOES Images,” the links for individual images, animations, or even .kmz files to load manually as an overlay in Google Earth are available for the western and eastern United States. The “Medium Movie” quality looked fantastic. This one is definitely bookmarked on my machine.


Stephen Bone

Mammatus Clouds in Michigan

Amazing video capture of mammatus clouds combined with some dramatic and vibrant sunset colors over Michigan’s Upper Peninsula:,0,4837916.story.

Screen capture from the video (Youtube user “jason asselin”).

The article (from The Los Angeles Times) describes mammatus clouds as “upside-down clouds” that appear, round, smooth, and bubbly. I hope to see these with my own eye someday! Mammatus can be an indicator of severe weather nearby, and aviation activity is warned to avoid flying too close when these fascinating shapes are present in the sky.

Stephen Bone