Volcanoes

Mount Vesuvius

Probably the most famous volcano of all, this is the mighty Mount Vesuvius. Here you can see the crater, which was captured on this day shrouded in clouds. Way back in 79 AD, Vesuvius underwent a catastrophic eruption which buried…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Masaya Volcano, Nicaragua

Last year we mentioned that Nicaragua has loads of volcanoes, but that they weren’t yet in high-resolution. Since then Nicaragua’s most active volcano Masaya, has received fantastic coverage of its multiple nested pit craters Masaya, Santiago, Nindiri and San Pedro…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

Mount Merapi

In April this year, Mount Merapi began erupting for the first time since 2002. Indonesia’s most active volcano, it has erupted 68 times since 1548 – thoroughly earning its name, which means “Mountain of Fire”. Just over a week ago…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

2nd Annual Google Sightseeing Volcano Day!

I can’t quite believe it myself, but despite what I said a year ago today, the 2nd (and now actually annual) Google Sightseeing Volcano Day is upon us! Things have changed on Google Maps a lot since then (and even…

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Tuesday, 20th June 2006

San Francisco Volcanic Field

Our final post of the 1st annual Google Sightseeing ‘Volcano Day’ is the simply incredible San Francisco volcanic field in northern Arizona. The field covers 4700 square kilometres and contains 600 volcanoes less than 6 million years old, including the…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2005

Mount Rainier

This is Mount Rainier, outside Seattle, Washington (fairly close to the previously posted Mount Saint Helens). At 4,392 metres, Mount Rainier is the highest mountain volcano in the continental contiguous U.S., and although there is no imminent risk of eruption,…

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Tuesday, 21st June 2005
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Previously on Google Sightseeing

Volcanoes of the Northern Marianas (Volcano Week 7)

The Mariana Islands are part of a great submerged mountain range that extends all the way from Guam north to Japan. While the southern Marianas are known worldwide as tourist destinations, the uninhabited northernmost islands are actually a long string of active volcanoes fed by the subduction of the Pacific Plate into the Mariana Trench, the deepest location on Earth.

Quirky Border Towns of North America

Have you ever walked through the front door of a building in one country and walked out the back door…

Sakura-jima (Volcano Week 7)

Once a volcanic island centered in Japan’s Kagoshima Bay, during an eruption in 1914 the Sakura-jima volcano decided to change…

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