No Apparent Danger: The Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado del Ruiz
On January 14, 1993, a team of scientists descended into the crater of Galeras, a restless Andean volcano in southern Colombia, for a day of field research. As the group slowly moved across the rocky moonscape of the caldera near the heart of the volcano, Galeras erupted, its crater exploding in a barrage of burning rocks and glowing shrapnel. Nine men died instantly, thei...more
Victoria Bruce, the author, is a geologist and does an excellent job of giving the reader a grounding in vulcanology. She explains the different sorts of volcanoes and how plate tecton ...more
A great story of adventure, scientific expedition, and tragedy in the study of of Colombia's Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz volcanos. Victoria Bruce has done the science academy, history, and human honor and integrity a great service in writing this book!
Whether or not you’re a geologist (I'm a geologist though, so maybe I'm biased), I think you’ll f ...more
The story centers on the Columbian geologists, especially Dr. Marta Calvache. It traces her involvement with various departments and companies in Columbia and then the tragedy of Nevada Del Ruiz an ...more
The knowledge imparted by this book is widespread, covering information on subjects from South American geology to the current political woes in Columbia. It introduces you to leading scientists in volcanology, geology, and other related fields of study. However, this book is not a dry textbook. The knowledge is interspersed with the lives and concerns of the scientists in the forefront of the story.
Told in a steady, forthright manner, the book presents the events ...more
The narrative is decent, but not amazing and I feel lik ...more
This book provides a behind-the-scenes account of two Columbian volcanic eruptions. It is a stark reminder about the dangers in complacency. Unfortunately, much of the information communicated in the US news media about Galeras was based on one person's slanted perspective. The author has done a service in setting the record straight. The author manages the scientific material well, portraying it in easy-to-understand language. I learned a lot about the science of pred ...more
The study of both these eruptions is a fascinating look at what volcanology is really like, and the scienctific, as well as political and personal decisions and traits that go into studying a volcano and trying to protect the public (and volcanologists) from harm when a volcano becomes active.
Wow. I took several geology classes in college, and we studied this case--the volcano that just randomly erupted, killing nine people. Turns out, it wasn't so random after all. There is, sadly, a long history of scientists not communicating well across national and language lines. This book does an excellent job of telling of one of the tragedies that resulted from that failure to communicate.
This well written account of tragic events is a worthy read. It exposes how the incompetence of a few, be it governmental or individual, can snuff the lives of people. Governmental screw ups resulted in 23000+ deaths. The actions of one egocentric man resulted in the deaths of 9 of fellow scientists. Hopefully this book will help place credit for scientific advances in volcanology where it belongs, with those who worked and discovered.