26 September 2017
WASHINGTON, DC — The imminent eruption of Mount Agung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Bali, has sparked evacuations of more than 75,000 people, a number that will likely grow, according to Indonesia’s disaster agency. In addition, a recent eruption of the Manaro volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu has forced 6,000 people to flee their homes as of today, according to ABC News. Several American Geophysical Union scientists are available to comment on the science of volcanoes and the possible impacts of the Bali and Vanuatu eruptions.
Tracy Gregg is an Associate Professor at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, New York, where she studies lava flows on land, at the bottom of the ocean and on other planets. She’s particularly interested in extra-long or extra-voluminous lava flows, and what processes can make normally safe, runny lava (like that erupting from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii) violently explode.
Phone: +1 (716) 645 4328
Janine Krippner is a physical volcanologist at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her recent work focuses on pyroclastic flows using field and remote sensing methods. She runs a blog about volcano science, research, hazards, and experiments.
Phone: +1 (412) 620-8887.
Michael Manga is a Professor of Earth and Planetary Science at the University of California in Berkeley, California. He studies the physical processes that govern volcanic eruptions and chaired the 2017 National Academy study, ERUPT, on how to improve our understanding of, and ability to forecast, eruptions.
Phone: +1 (510) 643-8532
Arianna Soldati is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in volcanology at the University of Missouri in Columbia, Missouri. Her research mainly focuses on lava flows, both active and inactive, specifically their dynamics, viscosity, and shape.
Phone: +1 (573) 818-5539
Adam Soule is an Associate Scientist in the Geology and Geophysics Department and the Chief Scientist for Deep Submergence at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. His expertise is on the physics of magma storage, ascent, and eruption. His studies focus on the physical volcanology of submarine magmatic systems as well as terrestrial volcanoes.
Phone: +1 (508) 289-3213
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