Experts: Guatemala volcano eruption


Published: 7Jun2018

“Rescuers scoured a lava- and ash-ravaged landscape in Guatemala for a third straight day on Wednesday in search of survivors and victims of Fuego volcano’s calamitous eruption, which has killed at least 99 people.” (Reuters)

John Stix, Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), McGill University,

He’s the head of the Volcanology Research Group. Among other things, he’s interested in forecasting eruptions at active subduction-zone volcanoes and using drones to measure gases at active volcanoes.

He commented on using drones to study volcanoes in the aftermath of the Fuego eruption in a story by Nova Next.

john.stix [at] (English)

Don Baker, Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (EPS), McGill University,

As a volcanologist, Professor Baker is interested in what causes volcanic eruptions and how can we predict them. He investigates volcanic processes by performing experiments and computer simulations working with geologists, physicists, chemists, and engineers to apply what we have learned in the lab to field studies of real volcanoes.

“The eruption of Fuego volcano is the largest eruption in its most recent active period, which extends back to 2002. The eruption produced both dangerous lava flows and pyroclastics (ashes and volcanic rocks) that unfortunately cost the lives of many people.”

He was interviewed by CBC on the most recent eruption in Guatemala.

don.baker [at] (English)

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