Rumble in the Kermadec trench

As NIWA faced a scurrilous legal challenge over its climate data yesterday, its scientists were getting on with business, releasing details of the partial collapse of an undersea volcano in New Zealand waters. As the Herald reports: A volcanic cone on Rumble III, 200km northeast of Auckland, had crumbled. The volcano’s highest point had dropped […]


What volcanic ash does to jet engines

The last time I checked in at Heathrow to board NZ38 to Hong Kong I ended up being bumped from the flight and spending a night at an airport hotel. But unlike the stranded passengers at Heathrow today grounded due to volcanic ash wafting over from Iceland, I was happy to stay off the over-sold […]