F. Lavigne et al., PNAS Early Edition (2013) Big bang. In 2006, the caldera atop Samalas volcano (top) measured roughly 9 kilometers across and 800 meters deep. After reconstructing the volcanic cone to its pre-eruption shape (bottom), scientists estimated the magnitude of the eruption, one of the most powerful in the modern era. About 750 […]

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One of history’s great disaster mysteries may be solved—the case of the largest volcanic eruption in the last 3,700 years. Nearly 800 years ago, the blast that was recorded, and then forgotten, may also have created a “Pompeii of the Far East,” researchers suggest, which might lie buried and waiting for discovery on an Indonesian […]

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The Mount Rinjani National Park AUthority has closed the Gunung Rinjani volcano to trekking, effective from 10 January 2014. All tourist gateways to Mount Rinjani – including Sembalun, Senaru, Torean, and Timbanuh – are now officially closed. The Authority normally closes Lombok’s famous tourist attraction to trekking around this time every year to protect tourist […]

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