Videos

Eruptions at Erta Ale volcano

Incredible footage of lava flows out of Erta Ale volcano in northeastern Ethiopia. Erta Ale is located in the Afar depression, a badland desert area that is part of the northern section of the East African Rift system. The volcano is one of only a few in the world with a constantly active lava lake.

Earthquake education using animations

Bangladesh is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world. In addition to frequent cyclones and drought, large areas of the country are at risk of earthquakes.
With densely populated cities, even a relatively small earthquake could have catastrophic consequences. Amrai Pari (Together We Can Do It) is harnessing the power of animation to help people be better prepared. Find out more about the project: http://bbc.in/2gsG8Tx

Eruptions at Piton de la Fournaise volcano

Spectacular drone footage of the recent eruptions at Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island.

When continents collide

Since 1900, 35 earthquakes worldwide have each killed at least 10,000 people. Of these, 26 were in the Alpine-Himalayan seismic belt – a broad “crumple zone” where the African, Arabian and Indian tectonic plates collide with Europe and Asia. Most of these deadly earthquakes were caused by the rupture of faults that had not previously been identified.

Tim Wright is Professor of Satellite Geodesy at the University of Leeds and Director of the Centre for the Observation and Modelling of Earthquakes, Volcanoes and Tectonics (COMET). His work has been at the forefront of developing the use of satellite radar for measuring tectonic and volcanic deformation.

Below is a lecture presented by Tim at the Geological Society talking about his work trying to understand the nature of seismic hazard within the Alpine-Himalayan region.

Satellite radar vision

How are radar satellites revolutionising our understanding of Earth processes and allowing us to respond to extreme weather events and natural disasters?

2015 year of weather in under 10 minutes!

Our impact on the Earth

Here’s an impressive and rather scary visual of our impact on the earth, via the World Economic Forum.

What is an El Niño?

You might have heard reports recently that El Niño is expected to strengthen in the coming months to potentially become one of the strongest events since 1950. Here’s a great Met Office video explaining how they work.

 

Seismic hazard to seismic disaster

How does a seismic hazard turn into a seismic disaster? Professor Iain Stewart explains in the ‘Anatomy of an Earthquake’.

 

A love poem for the Earth #showthelove

Yesterday was National Poetry Day, so here are some celebrities reading a simple love sonnet. We can protect the planet we love!

“So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
– Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare