Category: Volcanoes

  • Dental anxiety

    I went to the dentist this morning. All was fine as it pretty much always is. But that doesn’t stop me from freaking out. What is it about the dentist that does this? I blame the school dental nurses of my childhood with their set of torture tools and creepy schadenfreude.  The thing I hate […]

  • Devonport

    My very lovely sister is visiting us from Brisbane. I haven’t seen her for two years so it is a big deal for all of us. Today I took her to Devonport which is a quaint village on the North Shore. I know I complain endlessly about Auckland but my complaints are related more to […]

  • Eruption vs meltdown

    Which is the more likely: a volcanic eruption in Auckland or a nuclear power plant meltdown somewhere on Earth? The risk of the Auckland volcanic field erupting is 6% over 60 years. What is the risk of a nuclear power plant going into meltdown? The first nuclear reactor was built in Russia in 1954. There […]

  • Blondes have more fun

    I’ve been really happy of late. Ben says, not to worry, I’ll get over it. The strange thing is, I don’t really know why I’m feeling so happy. My relationship with Auckland is still much the same. The only thing I can think of is that my outlook changed about the same time as bleaching […]

  • Monogenetic volcanic fields

    Auckland sits above a monogenetic volcanic field. This means that rather than having one visible mountainous crater, there is an assorted mix of craters, lava flows and scoria cones spread out over a large geographic area. While each vent tends to be smaller in size than if there were just one vent, they can pop […]

  • We gotta get out of this place

    There are three volcanoes erupting in New Zealand at the moment. Mount Tongariro in the central North Island has awoken from a 100-year slumber; White Island in the Bay of Plenty is erupting, and an undersea volcano (miles and miles away from New Zealand) has produced 25,000 sq km of pumice. None of these pose […]

  • Mount Ruapehu

    We are back from our little adventure and it was a bit of a disaster because we were all so sick. We just felt rotten for much of the time and depleted of energy with sore throats, chesty, phlegmy coughs, headaches and all the rest. We’re still not right but have passed the worst of […]

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  • Lies, damned lies and statistics

    My mathematician husband often likes to use mathematics against me. For instance, he often says things like: I’m much more likely to die in a car crash than an earthquake or volcanic eruption. So what are the statistics? According to the Auckland Regional Council civil defence management page, there’s a 5% chance over any 50 […]