Will Plate Tectonics Create New Land In The Canary Islands?

Eruptions in 2011 seemed to herald the arrival of a new island in the Canary Islands archipelago. Whislt this could create dangerous and disruptive ash clouds, it reminds us that there are many undersea eruptions on active margins around the world and that these could develop into new land.


What were the impacts of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami?

The Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami (11th of March 2001) was one of the largest ever recorded and caused serious damage and loss of life in Japan.

You can see a quake map here.

The BBC have a good over view of events here

Wikipedia has a fact-filled page here

One of the most striking aspects of this incident was the way in which the Japanese people reacted. There was little in the way of looting and disorder, which can characterise the aftermath of disasters.

Out at sea ships passed over the huge waves before they reached the coast. You can see how earthquakes trigger tsunamis here.

Can you cook on a lava flow?

Obviously, you need to be very careful, but the answer is yes! It does depend on the type of volcano!

Here’s how:


How is Mount Etna Changing?

Mount Etna is a well known volcano, but how well do we really know it?


Why was the 2010 Haiti earthquake so devastating and how will it recover?

The January 2010 earthquake has highlighted the poverty of Haiti. An excellent overview, including how the response of the international community is here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_depth/americas/2010/haiti_earthquake/default.stm.

There is a feeling that poor building standards exacerbated the impact of the quake and that many of the deaths could have been avoided: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8563585.stm.

One month after the earthquake, many peple still felt that not enough aid was getting through: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8512040.stm.

Internationla aid kept flowing into Haiti and support will be needed for years to come. Here, the Royal Navy are involved in dlivering aid to remote areas: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8563680.stm

Haiti is an impoverished country in the Caribbean. It has been affected by many natural hazards, but there seems to be no consensus on how best to help this desperate nation. An aid worker shares their views here:


The effects of the 2008 flooding in Haiti are described here: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7624850.stm

Earthquake in China – 12th May 2008 – Who was affected?

A strong earthquake (7.8 magnitude) has caused devastation and killed thousands in Sichuan Province, China.

You can find out more about the event here:



The area affected can be seen in detail on this map:


Chilean volcano erupts – May 2008 – How will local people cope?

A volcano known as Chaiten has erupted in Chile, having been dormant for 9000 years. Local people have been evacuated, but will they be able to return?


The eruption is part of ongoing activity along the Andes of South America, there is more information about this volcanic event here:


See NASA’s satellite photos of the event here:


You can see some footage of the eruption and how it has affected people here:


Another video of the eruptioon can be found here: