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Plumes and Ash Clouds

The La Palma volcano hasn’t changed much since I last wrote about it. It continues to belch out lava and volcanic ash. From up close it looks no different from a week ago. However, from a distance, we see that the tall plume and ash cloud are back.

Tall plume and ash cloud on the La Palma volcano

The above picture was taken this morning. The contrast with the picture below, taken a week ago, is significant. Keeping in mind that the activity of the volcano as seen up close was no different then than it is today, there appears to be a message hidden in the height of the volcano’s plume and ash cloud.

Low plume and ash cloud on the La Palma volcano

Last time this happened, the volcano became noticeably more active over the following weeks. If we get a repeat of this we have a pattern that might be useful in predicting the trajectory of volcanic eruptions.

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