36 years of volcano adventures
Over the past 36 years John has traveled to the world's most exciting volcanoes, and witnessed eruptions during trips to more than 200 volcanoes. Volcano Live was the world's first volcano news and travel website monitoring worldwide volcanic activity.
"John has amazing stories to tell and brilliant visual material to support it. He really communicates his love for the subject." Tetra Pak VIP Cruise.
Master of Astronomy
Bachelor of Science (Chemistry)
Scuba Diving Instructor (PADI)
Life Member of the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior. (IAVCEI).
John Seach is an Astronomer with 11 Nova discoveries.
John's most recent nova discovery is Nova Circini 2018.
A notable discovery was Nova Centauri 2013 (V1369 Cen, Nova Cen 2013) which is the 16th brightest nova observed.
It had a maximum magnitude of 3.3 and was the 227th brightest star in the sky.
TV, Radio, and Media
Biggest Volcanic Eruptions | Mega Disasters | Free documentary 2021
The Most Devastating Volcanic Eruptions In History | Mega Disaster | Spark 2019
Deadliest Volcanoes | History Channel Documentary 2014
Great Nature (NHK, Japan 2011)
Sunday Night (Channel 7 television, Australia 2009, 2010)
Zanskar Producciones (television, Spain 2009)
CBS 60 Minutes (USA).
Man vs Wild (Discovery Channel 2008)
In Harms Way (CW Channel, USA 2008)
Danger Hunters (Virgin 1 Channel, UK 2008)
Take me to the Edge (Virgin 1 Channel, UK 2008)
Volcano Detectives (Discovery Channel 2000)
Japanese Television - Channel 6, television, Tokyo
Mornings with Kerri-Anne (Live Channel 9, television Sydney)
ABC TV news interviews,
ABC Radio (Australia)
BBC Radio (UK)
Virgin Airlines (Australia)
Radio stations worldwide...
Volcano Adventure Milestones
1) First person to abseil into active crater at Yasur Volcano, Vanuatu, while the volcano was erupting. Filmed for an award winning Discovery Channel documentary.
2) John's expedition was the first to the summit of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Iceland during the 2010 eruption.
3) First scientist to climb to summit of Chaiten volcano in Chile in 2008 after the worlds largest rhyolite eruption in 100 years. Made 2 visits to the volcano in 2008.
4) Guided helicopter pilot to summit landing on Marapi volcano, Sumatra (9500 ft), followed by a solo descent off the mountain through tiger infested jungle (2008).
5) First scientist to reach the eruption of Manam Volcano, Papua New Guinea in 2004.
6) Reached lava flows at Mayon volcano, Philippines 2006 after evading military roadblocks.
7) Free-climbed 240m into the crater at Ambrym Volcano to study the lava lakes.
8) Entered the evacuated town of Toyako Onsen during the April 2000 eruptions of Mt Usu, Japan, and evaded military roadblocks.
9) Rare eruption observations at remote Tinakula volcano, Solomon Islands (1989-90).
10) World's most experienced observer of Ambrym volcano, Vanuatu, one of the world's most active volcanoes.
11) First person to climb into active crater at Gaua Volcano, Vanuatu.
12) One of the first people to climb to the summit of Ol Doinyo Lengai volcano, Tanzania after the large eruptions of 2007-2008.
13) In 2009 visited Central Island volcano in northern Kenya, a rarely visited active volcano in the world's largest desert lake.
14) In 2009 climbed to the summit crater lake at Ambae volcano, Vanuatu a rarely visited active volcano.
15) In 2009, made rare visit to lava tubes of Suswa volcano, Kenya.
16) In 2000 made the world's most comprehensive study of gas ring formation at Mt Etna volcano, Italy.
17) In 2000 made a close approach to 800 m high lava flountain at Mt Etna Volcano, Italy.
18) In 1999 made the closest approach ever to Stombolian eruptions inside the summit crater at Mt Etna volcano, Italy.
19) Climbed to the summit of Krakatau volcano, Indonesia (2000).