The Explosive Truth Behind China’s Dynastic Collapses

Sudden climatic shocks caused by volcanic eruptions contributed to the downfall of China’s dynasties, especially when combined with pre-existing societal instability.

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Signs of Supereruptions: The Magma Beneath Toba

By combining geologic dating with computer modeling, scientists have discovered that constant magma build-up fueled Toba’s supereruptions, the largest in Earth’s history.

How Early Humans Survived The Toba Eruption

Despite the climate impacts of the Toba eruption 74,000 years ago, our early ancestors in Africa were likely shielded from the catastrophe's worst effects.

Asian Scientist Magazine’s February 2021 Roundup

From celebrating women in science to surprising discoveries in the natural world, catch Asian Scientist Magazine’s top stories from February 2021.

Scientists Rediscover ‘Extinct’ Philippine Mouse

Once thought to be extinct, the rediscovery of the Pinatubo volcano mouse provides hope for wildlife conservation in the Philippines.

Why Volcanic Eruptions Reduce Rainfall

The stronger the El Niño warming triggered by a volcanic eruption, the greater the subsequent reduction in global rainfall, researchers say.

The Global Impact Of Volcanic Eruptions

Sulfate aerosols formed in the atmosphere after a volcanic eruption can spread over both of the Earth’s hemispheres to affect climate patterns.

Mt. Aso In Danger Of Erupting Post-2016 Kumamoto Quake

Mt. Aso, one of the largest active volcanoes in the world, is at much greater risk of erupting after the 2016 Kumamoto quake.

Syrupy Stand-In Mimics Magma For Volcano Prediction

Using a setup involving dyed syrup and a precision shake table, researchers have modeled how earthquakes can cause volcanic eruptions.

Helium Anomaly A Possible Long-Term Volcano Marker

The ratio of helium-3 to helium-4 in the hot springs near Mount Ontake increased in the ten year period before its 2014 explosion, scientists say.