Against all the odds, I made it to Moquegua in one piece. The bus had a flat tire in the middle of the desert. Half an hour to change it.
I was born in a green, rainy country, but I'm fascinated by the desert landscape. That's the reason I went to study in Arizona. Lawrence of Arabia is right... The desert is clean, almost sterile. Beautiful. I've never been, but I would love to spend a night in the dunes of Morocco. They say it's much colder there at night, but the stars are brighter than any other part of the world. Anyway, it's good to get away for a while. Funny, I wasn't even going to come. With my father -- it just seemed like it might not be the best time, but... Well, when is it a good time to go anywhere? Right? Anyway: I arrived in Moquegua, a small city near the volcano Huaynaputina, where I will be doing research for my doctorate.
We are a few miles from the Huayanaputina Volcano. So we're relatively close to the Ubinas, another volcano in Arequipas region, I hope time allows me to visit. Huaynaputina was responsible for the largest eruption in Latin American recorded history. I'm looking forward to getting to know this monster personally
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Huaynaputina wasn't what I expected. I mean, everything I expected, but more, too.
We had to ride horses to get close and then climbed up the mountains on foot. Got a terrible altitude headache, I must have taken seven aspirin. And I am definitely not in shape for this. Ugh.
But we found a lot of strange things up in the crater. Active vents. A dead animal, young, no injuries - maybe from gas?
My research might be more exciting than I expected. We're going back tomorrow. Sleep now.
I thought I was going to come here and take a couple of soil samples. Do some interviews, dig up a rock or two, take some water temps and leave. And all from a dormant volcano.
So much for that plan. Back up we go.
The locals say it`s nothing to worry about. It`s probably nothing, but I would be a liar if I weren`t a little concerned. So we`ll go get more data and see what this guy is hiding. Hopefully not a giant magma chamber.
Friends. You know that I have been following closely the developments in Peru, and I have come across the most interesting piece of information. A dream one of the volcanologists had. Is information that comes directly from the soul, via her intuition, I invite you all to look at it, and I prey she has the sense to understand it as what it is, a warning sign. www.magdamagma.com
I met Magda a few years ago on an active volcano in Guatemala. She's a vulcanologist. She told me that the eruption of Vesuvius that completely destroyed Pompeii took everyone by surprise because nobody even remembered that mountain was a volcano. www.magdamagma.com
Just got back. So tired. Lots of work to do tomorrow. Still nothing conclusive. Will know more by end of tomorrow. Could Huaynaputina erupt like it did in 1600, when it reached a volcanic explosion index of 6? Certainly yes! But maybe in a thousand years, or 20 thousand. The volcano is having unusual activity, but it is premature to think that we'll see an eruption of such magnitude any time soon.
You have seen the video Phil, a vulcanoloist from Tanzania, posted yestrerday. He needs to gather more data about the Ngozi volcab but he can't get back to the caldera... His jeep broke down. We need to get that data. I don't suppose any of you out there is an amazing mechanic? If you are, maybe you can help him.
In this video, Phil explains what's the problem with his car: http://www.youtube.com/user/pmiyungo#p/a/u/0/V51caDZOy64