Now norwegian newspapers as
Aftenposten, Oslo came on the line , and there I got a reference
to Iceland, from where I now could follow everything very closely.
At this page they also have
a lot of very good pictures from the eruption. Pictures
from NORVOL, Iceland
Then followed the Madera Volcano, Nicaragua and
Pavlof, Alaska in October. In November Merapi
Volcano in Indonesia had an eruption, and I learned quite a lot
about hot winds, that
could travel hundreds of kilometers per hour, and burn up just everything
in its way. (Mt.Helena, USA). In January
I had a close look at Kilauea, Hawaii,
and so in February 1997 I started following daily bulletins on The
Soufriere Hills Volcano on Montserrat,WI
Later on that month, I learned that the
Kamchatka area in Far Eastern Russia was a place of
many active volcanoes, i.e. Kliuchevskoi
Volcano, and from there it was not far to Okmok
Volcano in Alaska, which since have bubbled quite a bit.
Then my most exciting experience so far on the Internet was in the
beginning of March, when I looked into Geologylink
Today and noticed the following message:'A volcanic eruption
occured today on Trinidad Island in
the Caribbean. Lava from the eruption covered about one square mile
and destroyed 10 homes.'
Now I started hunting for this volcano, and as usual first looked
into my favourite place
EDU in Alaska. No hit. So out searching (AltaVista etc) and
guess what? No hits. Looked into a few other sites and found nothing.
Sent a message to Alaska, he could not find
my source, and so said: 'Jimmy - I was surprised by your email,
because Trinidad has no volcanoes!...I think the report was probably
an error and when it was discovered to be a
mistake they removed it. Just a guess, but I doubt if there was
What an answer! No volcano, and ten families had to evacuate their
homes! New searches. Looked into the University of West Indies,
whom should have (and I still believe they have)
a seismic institute, but no luck. So I found the
Internet Express in Trinidad. But even there they
did not seem to have realized that they had a volcano on the island.
So what now?
E-mail them, of course. And so I did, and I got a quick reply from
a nice lady like this:
'volcano' is acutally a mud volcano, and it was mud, not lava, that
has forced families to evacuate. We have been running stories about
it in the Internet Express since the eruption and
will continue to run updates. - Judy'
Then the snowball began rolling. Into their special pages The
Piparo Volcano special, and then
a note to my friend in Alaska. Great thrill. There WAS a volcano
on Trinidad, and there had
been an eruption. But not an ordinary volcano.... it was a MUD-VOLCANO.
And what's that? Read the interesting article 'Anatomy
of a Mud Volcano' at the Internet Express page.
Today the volcano is included in the list of the Alaskan review
of world volcanoes
Piparo at Nodak, and the Internet Express got their own Volcano
Page Pointer on their home page!
Since that time, the volcanoes around have been quiet, and till
something happen again, I am watching, and learning a lot of this
wonderful and exciting planet.