Volcano Watch: Volcano scientists roam the streets in Heraklion, Greece

  • K. Mulliken/USGS photo Rubbly ‘a‘a from the 1855–56 Northeast Rift Zone eruption of Mauna Loa dominates the foreground of this image, taken from a pull-off of the Saddle Road on June 26. This lava flow bypassed some vegetation, forming the forested kipuka in the middle of the image. The slopes of Mauna Loa are visible in the background, amongst a cloudy sky.

Heraklion is the largest city on the island of Crete in Mediterranean Sea. The island isn’t volcanic, but other Greek islands dotting the sea surface nearby are, and the city recently hosted a “Cities on Volcanoes” scientific meeting.