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Title: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 29, 2011, 09:41:36 pm
Map of all active volcanos(Thanks to Mark, which is also posted on Reply #38, Page #2) - http://www.geocodezip.com/v2_activeVolcanos.asp


Alaska’s Cleveland volcano erupts by unleashing 15,000 ft. ash cloud

December 30, 2011 – ALASKA – An ash cloud erupted some 15,000 feet into the air from Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano, according to satellite images and the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The volcano, located in the Aleutian Islands about 45 miles west of the community of Nikolski, has been upgraded and downgraded several times over the last few months, flaring up in July and erupting in the form of a growing lava dome in August. Following several weeks of activity, the volcano was downgraded before being upgraded again to an alert level of “watch” and an aviation hazard color-code of “orange” in early September. Two months later, the alert level was again lowered after the volcano seemed to quiet down. This latest activity comes six days after the most recent update on the AVO website. The AVO said that satellite imagery from about 5 a.m. Thursday confirmed the presence of a detached ash cloud, about 50 miles away from the volcano and moving southeast. The last significant eruption of Cleveland occurred in February 2001 and resulted in three ash plumes that reached up to 39,000 feet above sea level and “a rubbly lava flow and hot avalanche that reached the sea.” Aviators in the area are encouraged to exercise caution, but the AVO said that the eruption may be an isolated event. “Satellite data indicate that this is a single explosion event,” the AVO said, “however, more sudden explosions producing ash could occur with plumes exceeding 20,000 feet above sea level. Such explosions and their associated ash clouds may go undetected in satellite imagery for hours.” Cleveland volcano lacks any real-time monitoring equipment. –Alaska Dispatch


Title: What's erupting? Map of currently active volcanoes
Post by: Mark on January 01, 2012, 08:38:26 am
What's erupting? Map of currently active volcanoes


Title: Death Valley’s volcanic superblast: Scientists find another potential ticking ti
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 23, 2012, 08:28:08 pm
Death Valley’s volcanic superblast: Scientists find another potential ticking time-bomb in the U.S.


January 24, 2012 – CALIFORNIA- In California’s Death Valley, death is looking just a bit closer. Geologists have determined that the half-mile-wide Ubehebe Crater, formed by a prehistoric volcanic explosion, was created far more recently than previously thought—and that conditions for a sequel may exist today. Up to now, geologists were vague on the age of the 600-foot deep crater, which formed when a rising plume of magma hit a pocket of underground water, creating an explosion. The most common estimate was about 6,000 years, based partly on Native American artifacts found under debris. Now, a team based at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory has used isotopes in rocks blown out of the crater to show that it formed just 800 years ago, around the year 1200. That geologic youth means it probably still has some vigor; moreover, the scientists think there is still enough groundwater and magma around for another eventual reaction. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Ubehebe (YOU-bee-HEE-bee) is the largest of a dozen such craters, or maars, clustered over about 3 square kilometers of Death Valley National Park. The violent mixing of magma and water, resulting in a so-called phreatomagmatic explosion, blew a hole in the overlying sedimentary rock, sending out superheated steam, volcanic ash and deadly gases such as sulfur dioxide.


Title: Re: Death Valley’s volcanic superblast: Scientists find another potential ticking ti
Post by: Mark on January 23, 2012, 08:44:49 pm
based partly on Native American artifacts found under debris

I bet that really got up under their skins that they just couldn't make stuff up.  :D

Title: Concerns grow over volcanic eruptions
Post by: Mark on February 02, 2012, 05:05:34 pm
Concerns grow over volcanic eruptions

Scientists have known for decades that hidden under those impressive vistas at sites such as Death Valley and Yellowstone National Park are magma pools that under the right conditions can trigger explosive eruptions.

Now, new research is changing scientists' understanding of the timing of those eruptions, and prompting them to call for greater monitoring of sites to help save lives when the next big volcano explodes.

Two recent papers highlight the shift. One looked at a Death Valley volcano thought to be 10,000 years old and found it last erupted just 800 years ago, and is still an eruption danger. The other found that large caldera volcanoes, such as the one under Crater Lake in Oregon, can recharge in a matter of decades, rather than the thousands of years previously thought.

"The understanding of the timing of eruptions and the timing of the building up to eruptions is changing," says Margaret Mangan, the scientist in charge of volcano monitoring in California for the U.S. Geological Survey. "These two papers are very nice examples of good scientific work."

One thing that's coming to light is that eruptions are often clustered, with "long stretches of inactivity punctuated by periods of activity that can go on for years," Mangan says.

The first paper looked at the Ubehebe Crater (you-bee-HE-bee) at the northern end of California's Death Valley. It's about half a mile wide and 700 feet deep. It was long believed to have been caused by a volcanic eruption sometime in the past 10,000 years or so.

rest: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/environment/story/2012-02-01/deadly-us-volcanoes/52923094/1

Title: Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano awakens after 300 years- increased risk of an eruption
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 18, 2012, 11:30:59 pm
Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano awakens after 300 years- increased risk of an eruption warns scientist


February 19, 2012 – JAPAN – Reports are appearing about unrest and signs of a possible awakening of Mt Fuji volcano in Japan. According to a report which includes an unclear photo of the area, a row of new craters, the largest 50 m in diameter, has appeared on the eastern flank of the volcano at 2200 m elevation. Steam was observed erupting from these vents. The observation joins other signs suggesting a gradual reawakening: A swarm of earthquakes including 4 of magnitude 5 have occurred northeast of Mt Fuji on and after 28 January. An earlier 6.4M quake occurred under the volcano on 15 March 2011. The report also mentions increased activity from a fumarole vent at 1500 m elevation and hot spring areas at the eastern flank observed since 2003. These locations seem to be aligned geographically, and are probably connected. Dr. Masaaki Kimura of Ryukyu University is quoted to admit that there is an increased risk of an eruption on the eastern flank and that the status of the volcano should be closely monitored. Mt. Fuji last erupted in 1707, some 305 years ago. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Re: Japan’s Mt. Fuji volcano awakens after 300 years- increased risk of an eruption
Post by: Mark on February 19, 2012, 09:36:35 am
well that cant be good.

Title: Scientists monitor earthquake swarm at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 23, 2012, 07:34:55 pm

Scientists monitor earthquake swarm at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano

February 23, 2012 – HAWAII – There have been 48 small earthquakes and counting on the Big Island as of Wednesday morning. Scientists at the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are keeping an eye on a swarm of small earthquakes around the active Kilauea volcano. In its morning status report, HVO wrote that there “is an ongoing seismic swarm just northwest of the summit.” A swarm of shallow earthquakes started after midnight last night about 5 km (3 mi) northwest of Halema`uma`u Crater that was ongoing as of this posting. Forty-eight earthquakes were strong enough to be located beneath Kilauea: 39 quakes within the swarm so far at a maximum rate of 6/hr (including a preliminary magnitude-3.4 quake at 6:56 am), two deep quakes beneath the southwest rift zone, two beneath the southeast summit caldera, one within the upper east rift zone, four on south flank faults. Seismic tremor levels were low and dropped slightly during deflation. Most of the quakes have been in the magnitude 2.0 vicinity, but a few reached over 3.0. Seismic activity on the rift zone is not rare, however this number of small earthquakes is high for the present eruptive activity. –Big Island VN

Title: Puna area on Hawaii Island shaken by mysterious force
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 24, 2012, 09:12:44 am

 February 24, 2012 – PUNA, Hawaii – A noisy, unexplained shaking in the Puna area of Hawaii Island remains a mystery at this time, but it certainly has the area talking. A number of people in a triangular area between Seaview Estates, Leilani Estates, and Black Sand Beach Subdivision  report hearing a thunder-like sound, or an explosion, and feeling the ground shake around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Folks leaving comments on the popular Punaweb forum are saying it happened around 8:42 a.m. John Drummond, the acting administrator of the Hawaii County Civil Defense, says that the incident cannot be explained at this point in time. Drummond says that he spoke to operators of Puna Geothermal Venture, the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, and personnel on the ground… no one has an explanation. One theory being considered is some sort of sonic boom, although who or what could have produced such an effect is presently unknown. News videographer Daryl Lee, who says he felt the shaking in Hawaiian Paradise Park, immediately hit the road in search of the source of the rumble. What he found were many folks around Puna makai who felt the same thing… but no answers. Drummond says luckily, there are no reports of damage as of 2 p.m. –Big Island VN

Title: Magma Plume: Is Hawaii’s most active volcano about to enter a more violent phase
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 24, 2012, 09:20:54 am

Magma Plume: Is Hawaii’s most active volcano about to enter a more violent phase?

February 24, 2012 – HAWAII - A magnitude 4.1 earthquake rattled the summit of Kilauea tonight, continuing a swarm of small tremors that shook the region Wednesday. The latest quake, which hit at 9:11 p.m., was the strongest of the swarm so far and was centered 5 miles west of Volcano at a depth of 3.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The shaking was felt up to 75 miles away in Waikoloa, according to the USGS. A flurry of small temblors were recorded after the 4.1 magnitude quake. On Wednesday, USGS officials said a swarm of more than 60 small, shallow quakes — the strongest measuring magnitude 3.2 — were recorded in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Swarms of small quakes have been recorded before in the area and sometimes signal a shift in the eruption of the east rift of the volcano, they said. –Star Adviser
Seismic tremors increasing: On Friday, February 24th, 2012, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, the strongest in the swarm series thus far, struck the region near the volcano. On January 24, 2012, the volcano was rattled by a 4.7 maganitude earthquake. Clearly, Kilauea is entering a more violent phase of eruptions. Like El Hierro in the Canary Islands, like Italy’s Mt. Etna, and Icleand’s volcanic fields, the planet’s magma plumes are seen an inordinate rise in activity- a sign of more trouble to come. We began sounding the warnings back in December of 2011, when  a profuse lava flow from Kīlauea breached the West Ka‘ili‘ili ocean for the first time in 4 years. A scientist then warned the volcano was capable of very violent eruptions. Meanwhile, the earthquake swarm continues.  -The Extinction Protocol

Title: Malaysian island region inundated with massive volcanic mud flow
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 24, 2012, 09:25:36 am

February 24, 2012 – Borneo, MALAYSIA - Volcanic mud has been spewing at least twice to three times more actively than normal since last week. This has created an overflow of the sulphuric substance that has spread over an area as big as a football field. Apart from excited guests at the nearby Tabin Wildlife Resort, the number of wild animals, too, appears to have increased at the mud pool. Volcanic mud is believed to contain curative properties with iodine, bromine, calcium and magnesium. According to Wikipedia, since the mud solution has no significant toxic substance, it is used as a curative agent for mud baths at spas. Mud baths have existed for thousands of years and can now be found in high-end spas in many countries of the world. The mineral-rich pool serves as a salt lick for animals at the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, including endangered species such as the Sumatran rhino and the pygmy elephants. On a normal day, mud would continuously spew from within the pool and dry up in a day or two once it spills over. Last week, however, according to a wildlife ranger who declined to be named, it was rather active judging by the overflow. “Earlier last week, we saw it to be more active and when we returned a few days later, the mud had flowed over a big area,” he said, adding that people and animals had suddenly started coming to the reserve in droves. Nestled amid 120,500ha of dipterocarp rainforest and tropical plants, some of which are rich in medicinal and therapeutic values, the reserve is a popular haunt for bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts. Besides the rhinoceroses and elephants, it is also home to the clouded leopard, sambar deer, exotic wild birds and the orangutan. –Strait Times

Title: Rise in activity at Colombia’s dreaded Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 26, 2012, 04:58:10 pm

Another volcano awakening? Rise in activity at Colombia’s dreaded Nevado del Ruiz volcano

February 26, 2012 – COLOMBIA - From 12:30 hours local time on February 23, a new increase in seismic activity of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano began, characterized by the occurrence of shallow earthquakes associated with fluid movements and fracturing of rock. INGEOMINAS also measured increased SO2 emissions and some changes in strain measurements. So far, the energy level of this increase is low compared with previous episodes of unrest, but small eruptions in the near future are possible. On November 13, 1985, a small eruption from Nevado produced an enormous lahar that buried and destroyed the town of Armero in Tolima, causing an estimated 25,000 deaths. This event later became known as the Armero tragedy—the deadliest lahar in recorded history. The seismicity is located under the active Arenas crater at depths ranging between 0.5 and 3 km, and reached a maximum recorded magnitude of 1.4 on the Richter scale. The volcano last erupted in 1994. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Costa Rica’s Rincón de la Vieja volcano awakens with new activity
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 27, 2012, 07:09:55 pm

February 27, 2012 – COSTA RICA – It has been almost exactly 14 years since the last eruptive period for Rincón de la Vieja in Costa Rica, but it looks like the volcano might be awakening from its break. Last Thursday (Feb. 22), the volcano experienced two small explosions in the early morning. Seismic records suggest the volcano also had small explosions on Feb. 19 and 20, according to the OVSICORI report for Feb. 25 (PDF). None of the explosions caused any damage to anything near the volcano and there are no reports of ash fall other than in the crater itself. These explosions are very similar in style to the September 2011 explosions that were like phreatic in nature — that is, not new magma but superheated water generated the explosions. Of course, it is likely that new magma intruding the volcano is the heat source for the water, but these explosions could precede a new magmatic eruption by months or years (or lead to nothing at all). The volcano sits within a national park in Costa Rica and after these explosions; the National Emergency Commission has declared the crater area off-limits to visitors. The last major eruption from Rincón de la Vieja was in 1966, when it produced at VEI 3 event that generated pyroclastic flows. –Wired

Title: Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano rumbles with 16 low intensity emissions – alert le
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 28, 2012, 07:57:37 am
[size=18]Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano rumbles with 16 low intensity emissions – alert level, Phase 2, yellow[/size]


February 28, 2012 – MEXICO (Notimex) – The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last 24 hours, the Popocatepetl volcano registered 16 emissions of low intensity, accompanied by emissions of water vapor, ash, and gas. The body of the Interior Ministry said in a statement that the largest emissions occurred yesterday at 14:50 and 17:12 hours during the night glow was observed on the volcano, while the rest of the monitoring parameters remain approximately unchanged. He said, at the time of the report, a slight emission of water vapor and gas was flashing from the volcano. The volcanic alert remains in Phase 2 yellow. The Ministry said there were moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments within walking distance of the crater and incandescent light in the observable crater overnight. The Cenapred explained that a security parameter remains in a 12 kilometer radius of the volcano, so staying in that area is not permitted and controlled traffic is maintained between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. He called the Civil Protection authorities to maintain preventive procedures, according to their operational plans and to keep people alert to the official information that is released. -Yucatan  translated

Title: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano shaken by twin eruptions
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 29, 2012, 11:58:47 am

February 29, 2012 – BUKITTINGGI, Indonesia (BNO NEWS) — Mount Marapi, a volcano located in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, briefly erupted on early Wednesday morning, officials said. It comes after activity was also reported at the volcano in August 2011. The 2,891-meter (9,485 feet) tall volcano, which is located near the cities and town of Bukittinggi, Padang Panjang and Batusangkar in West Sumatra, began erupting at around 7:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday, according to the Antara news agency. Marapi’s initial eruption lasted around fifteen minutes and spewed out volcanic ashes which reached some 200 meters (656 feet) to the south from its crater. A second eruption took place moments later, lasting about ten minutes and bringing thick white smoke about 100 meters (328 feet) up. Suparmo of the Volcanological and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) in Bukittinggi told the Antara news agency that Mount Marapi will remain at a Level II alert status as it is still prone to eruptions and other kinds of activity. In addition, he called on locals to remain alert. Since August 2011, Mount Marapi, the most active volcano on the island of Sumatra, has shown increased volcanic activity. The PVMBG has installed seismometers and digital analogs at an altitude of 2,000 meters (6.560 feet) at Nagari Batu Palano and at an altitude of 1,500 meters (4,920 feet) at Nagari Lasi in order to monitor the activity. Dozens of active volcanoes in Indonesia are part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, known for frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. One of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes is Mount Merapi, which is located on the island of Java near Jogjakarta, the country’s second-most visited area after Bali. Last year, more than 300 people were killed in a series of eruptions between October and November which also displaced over 300,000 people. – Channel 6 News

Title: Moderate ash explosions reported at Guatemala’s Santa Maria volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 02, 2012, 10:38:10 am
March 2, 2012 – GUATEMALA – Santa Maria/Santiaguito volcano in Guatemala has been displaying a slightly elevated state of activity in recent days. INSIVUMEH reports moderate explosions about every 15 minutes that eject plumes of gray ash tot 600 and 800 meters above the crater, and producing an ash plume drifting to the west and SW until dissipating at about 15 km distance. Light ash falls from these eruptions frequently occur in the villages San Marcos, Buena Vista and Palajunoj and the El Faro, Florida, and Monte Claro Fincas. Crater glow at the summit of the lava dome is well visible at night, and a blocky lava flow with constant avalanches of blocks rolling down to **** base continues to be active, raising secondary ash plumes. –Volcano Discovery


Title: Rise in activity reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 04, 2012, 03:35:28 pm

March 4, 2012 – ECUADOR – The Tungurahua volcano increased its activity level at 18:30 on Saturday. According to the technicians of the Observatory of the Geophysical Institute, this is characterized by the explosive ejection of incandescent rocks with additional steam and ash. Moreover, the intensity of the bellows rose relative to those detected at 14:20 on the start of this new eruptive process.  Jorge Bustillos, a volcanologist, said the expulsion of the material reaches 500 meters above the crater and the vapor cloud 800. “The activity is Strombolian type, this is identified by the output of lava, steam and ash.” Lookouts of the colossus said there was a fall of volcanic dust cam in communities Puela, Chonglontus and El Manzano, in Chimborazo. The cloudy nights have impeded direct observation of the giant crater.  Serafin Medina, a resident of Palictahua said that since the late bellows have been emitted from the volcano, activity at the volcano has increased. “We listen to what they say the technicians of the Geophysical Institute.” –El Comerico translated

Title: Magma Plume: Mt. Etna volcano rocked by third eruption in 2012
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 05, 2012, 11:59:47 am

Magma Plume: Mt. Etna volcano rocked by third eruption in 2012

March 5, 2012 – ITALY - Etna just keeps on rolling. The Italian volcano had its third paroxysm of 2012 (see above) on March 4 and first since early February. This new eruption was a short event that was preceded by 18 days worth of small strombolian activity. The event may have been only ~2 hours, but it produced some spectacular explosions, aiding in some part by interaction with snow and a pyroclastic flow was spotted as well. Osservatario Etneo reported that even a small lahar was produced during this paroxysm as a result of volcanic material mixing with snow. Air traffic around Sicily was not affected by this paroxysm. –Wired

Title: Re: Magma Plume: Mt. Etna volcano rocked by third eruption in 2012
Post by: Mark on March 05, 2012, 12:47:39 pm
maybe it will erupt and bury Rome?

Rev 18 anyone? ? ?

Title: Re: Magma Plume: Mt. Etna volcano rocked by third eruption in 2012
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 05, 2012, 01:40:00 pm
maybe it will erupt and bury Rome?

Rev 18 anyone? ? ?

This is just me, but every time I read Rev 18, something makes me think that this passage talks about judgement on Rome BEFORE the 7 year trib starts.

No, I don't want to start a debate on this here, but for some reason, this is my impression. With Mt Etna surrounding Rome...who knows?

Title: Volcanic activity increases at Japan’s Sakurajima volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 08, 2012, 11:46:32 am

March 8, 2012 – JAPAN – Sakurajima volcano appears to be at higher levels of activity, as the last week has seen an increased average number and size of eruptions. According to the latest USGS / Smithsonian report “explosions during the past week “often” produced plumes that rose to altitudes of 1.2-3 km (4,000-10,000 ft) and drifted NW, E, and SE.” Many observations of ash plumes originate of analysis of satellite data and dedicated Volcanic Ash Advisory Centers (VAAC) around the world monitor them and transmit real-time information about hazardous ash plumes to aircraft and air traffic control centers. Such reports are often complemented by direct observations from pilots passing nearby. Ash plumes from Sakurajima were observed by pilots on 5 and 6 March, the latter drifting SE at an altitude of 2.4 km (8,000 ft). Sakurajima volcano in southern Kyushu, Japan, is one of the few volcanoes in the world with near persistent activity and typically produces 1-2 strombolian to vulcanian-style explosions per day. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Kamchatka’s Bezymianny volcano put on highest alert- eruption can happen anytime
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 08, 2012, 11:53:30 am

Kamchatka’s Bezymianny volcano put on highest alert- eruption can happen anytime

March 8, 2012 – KAMCHATKA - Bezymianny, one of the most active volcanoes in the world has been put on aviation color code red, the highest alert given by the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team. KVERT assigned the code on Tuesday and warns of an imminent eruption. “Activity of the volcano continuously increases,” says the alert. “Strong ash explosions up to 42,640 ft (13 km) a.s.l. possible at any time. Ongoing activity could affect international and low-flying aircraft. –Weather Space

Title: Cleveland volcano explodes as epidemic of awakenings across planet continues
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 08, 2012, 06:25:57 pm

Cleveland volcano explodes as epidemic of awakenings across planet continues

March 8, 2012 – ALASKA – A restless Aleutian volcano exploded Wednesday night and may have blown off a slow-growing lava dome that was building for months in its summit crater, volcanologists say. Cleveland Volcano, 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, probably burped up a small amount of ash — a potential hazard to trans-oceanic air travel — but the ash did not appear to reach above 20,000 feet, said Steve McNutt, a researcher with the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Because of its remoteness, harsh weather in the area and budget constraints, Cleveland Volcano does not have instruments on its flanks. As a result, scientists cannot listen to its inner rumblings. But distant seismometers and specialized microphones detected the explosion about 7 p.m. Wednesday, according to the observatory. The explosion caused a displacement of air and an airwave traveled out from the volcano at the speed of sound, McNutt said. Instruments at volcanoes 60 and 90 miles away detected the explosion several minutes after it occurred, he said. Clouds on Wednesday and today prevented clear satellite views, so scientists are not sure exactly how much ash may have shot out of the 5,676-foot volcano, which makes up the western half of Chuginadak Island. “It is the Aleutians in winter, after all,’ McNutt said. Either way, the researchers do not think the volcano poses an immediate threat to planes. McNutt thinks the explosion blasted away a lava dome building inside the volcano’s summit crater. As the thick, pasty molten rock flows slowly into the crater, it piles up and plugs gas vents, he explained. An explosion can occur when the gas builds up enough pressure, McNutt said. –ADN

Title: Re: Alaska’s Cleveland volcano erupts by unleashing 15,000 ft. ash cloud
Post by: Mark on March 08, 2012, 07:02:13 pm
as epidemic of awakenings across planet continues

let that sink in for a while

Title: Kamchatka’s Bezymianny volcano erupts, expels ash cloud 8 km high
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 09, 2012, 09:11:00 am

March 9, 2012 – KAMCHATKA – Friday saw a new eruption of the Bezymianny volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. Earlier in the day, the volcano spewed ash up to 8 kilometers high, seismologists said, adding that the eruption does not pose a threat to population centers in the area. One of the most active volcanoes in the world, Bezymianny is located 350 kilometers northeast of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. During its most powerful eruption in 1956, the 2,800-meter volcano ejected about three cubic kilometers of volcanic debris in a very short time. –Voice of Russia

Title: Re: Alaska’s Cleveland volcano erupts by unleashing 15,000 ft. ash cloud
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 09, 2012, 09:23:09 am

Another Aleutian Island volcano stirs- Iliamna volcano rumbling, no known eruptions recorded

March 9, 2012 – ALASKA (Aleutian Is.) – Iliamna volcano experienced several episodes of increased earthquake activity over the last three months, according to a news release issued Wednesday by Alaska Volcano Observatory officials. One of the episodes is currently ongoing and is characterized by numerous small earthquakes. The increase in activity may be related to movement of magma at depth and additional observations, including an airborne gas sampling and observation flight, are being planned to help constrain this interpretation, according to the release. A similar but longer episode of increased earthquake activity occurred from September 1996 to February 1997 and likely was related to the intrusion of new magma at depth. That incident did not result in an eruption. The AVO reports there have been no known historical eruptions of Iliamna. “AVO will continue to observe Iliamna carefully and will report on new observations and interpretations as warranted,” the release states. The volcano’s alert level remains at normal with the aviation color code at green. –Peninsula Clarion

Title: Colombian volcano waking up warns Colombian geologists
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 09, 2012, 08:56:24 pm

March 10, 2012 – COLOMBIA – The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, whose eruption 26 years ago killed around 25,000 people, is showing signs of activity after nearly 20 years laying dormant, said Colombian geological group Ingeominas Thursday. Early Friday morning, geologists completed an observational fly-over with the assistance of the Colombian Air Force, during which they photographed the Nevado del Ruiz volcano and noted “ash on the glacier, near the crater rim and on the eastern flank,” as well as a 4,500 foot gas column at the mouth of the volcano. During the same day a seismic tremor was reported along with an increase in sulfur dioxide emissions. All of these factors signal that the volcano is heating up. Located about 80 miles west of Bogota, Nevado del Ruiz is an active volcano that produces pyroclastic flows, or swift currents of hot gas and rock that lead to destructive mudslides. There have been numerous eruptions over the centuries, with the most recent was on November 13, 1985. –Colombia Reports

Title: 12 emissions reported at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano in the last 24 hours
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 10, 2012, 10:20:07 am
12 emissions reported at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano in the last 24 hours


March 10, 2012 – MEXICO – The drills continue in all the communities surrounding the volcano Popocatepetl, said the director of Civil Protection, Jesus Morales Rodriguez, who said that the drills will be permanent in the area. The state official said they have instituted the Special Plan Popocatepetl, where they indicated that the performance of the drills need to be performed at least once every 15 days, at random to include participatants in all communities. These actions were recommended to keep the community aware of the dangers and the need of evacuations should threatening conditions arise. According to the website of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) the current alert status is in phase two, in yellow, so that the conditions of the volcano are normal. The agency also disclosed that in the last 24 hours, 11:00 hours, Popocatepetl has registered 12 exhalations of low intensity, accompanied by water and gas emissions, without major changes. Because the probability remains moderate exhalations emission of ash and a slight glow seen at night, it is recommended the Civil Protection Directorate maintain a safety radius up to 12 km from the volcano, to keep traffic controlled between Santiago and San Pedro Nexapa Xalitzintla via Paso de Cortes. The public is also asked to continue to tune in for the latest status updates concerning the volcano’s activity.  –Sexenio (translated)

Title: Japan’s Sakurajima experiences its most violent eruption in 3 years
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 13, 2012, 09:54:21 am
Japan’s Sakurajima experiences its most violent eruption in 3 years


March 13, 2012 – JAPAN – Sakurajima continued its second day of violent eruptions on Tuesday, spewing hot rocks and ash, but there was no major damage in the vicinity, the Japanese Meteorological Agency said. The agency said Monday’s powerful eruption was the most forceful since 2009. The volcano is located in the southern prefecture of Kagoshima. The Meteorological Agency added that the volcano has been erupting steadily for the last two years, but the eruption on Monday turned violent, throwing 50-centimetre (1 foot 6 inches) rocks nearly 1.2 miles away, the furthest since 2009. In response, the Meteorological agency extended the eruption warning to residents living further away from the mouth of the volcano. The volcano has already had over 300 eruptions this year. Sakurajima volcano, one of Japan’s more active volcanoes, resumed activity in 1955 and has been active ever since. Sakurajima volcano in Japan’s southern Kagoshima prefecture erupts violently in what officials say is the most powerful since 2009, though there has been no damage so far. –Dig Triad

Title: Indonesia’s Ijen volcano placed on high alert after rise in activity
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 13, 2012, 10:06:32 am

March 13, 2012 – INDONESIA – The official alert level for Ijen volcano in East Java, Indonesia, has been raised again to 3 (“alert”) due to an increase in activity, our Indonesian correspondent Andi reports. A new 10 m wide gas vent, which erupted burning gasses, was observed on 10 March at 17 m distance from the shore. Thick steaming, larger than usual, forming a thick white column of sulfur steam 200 m high was already noted since 3 March. Measurements of the lake water temperature at 5 m depth had also shown increased values of 42.70 deg C. On 10 March, the lake surface was 2 meters higher than normal, although this could be attributed to heavy recent rain fall. Another sign of increased activity is that many leaves of trees and other plants around the crater have died recently, suggesting higher than normal SO2 levels. Seismic activity has been rising as well. Since 22 Feb, a near continuous tremor signal has been being recorded. In the interval 22-31 Feb, there were 52 harmonic tremor periods lasting up to 20 minutes, as well as 17 2 low-frequency earthquakes, 38 mostly shallow volcanic quakes. This number increased to 306 tremor episodes lasting up to 25 minutes, 27 low frequency, and 125 mostly shallow volcanic earthquakes during the latest observation period between 1-10 March.  Ijen volcano in East Java, famous for its turquoise acid lake Kawah Ijen and the sulfur mine inside its crater, had been on higher alert starting 18 December 2011, but was lowered to alert 2 on 4 Feb this year, but is now again at the second highest level of 3, meaning that volcanologist think an eruption could be imminent. Access to the crater is currently closed. Ijen last erupted in 1999. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Costa Rica’s Poás volcano continues to simmer
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2012, 08:33:32 am
March 14, 2012 – COSTA RICA - During February, Poás activity consisted in strong high-temperature fumarolic activity and sporadic small phreatic explosions, reported by park rangers. The latest monthly bulletin of Costa Rica’s volcano observatory OBSICORI published a more detailed summary of Poás’ activity during February summarized as follows: The ultra-acid crater lake had a greenish-gray color with sporadic convection cells visible in the central part carrying sulfur in suspension. Lake temperature were measured at 44° C, which is a value significantly lower than those measured during most of 2009-2011. The pH value of the lake water was measured at 0.01, slightly “less” acidic than during November 2011 (pH -0.4). The lake volume continued to decrease and its level dropped by 1.16 m between 25 Jan and 24 Feb. Concentrations of sulphate and chlorine increased. The composite pyroclastic cone (the “dome”) has high-temperature fumarolic activity and a strong emissions of blue gas (SO2). Fumarolic activity in the northwest sector of the “dome” had temperatures between 685 and 725°C. In the northern part of the “dome”, temperatures were ranging between 640 and 727°C (at accessible points). –Volcano Discovery


Title: Cities on alert as smoke and ash rise from Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2012, 08:37:38 am

Cities on alert as smoke and ash rise from Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano

March 14, 2012 – MANIZALES, COLOMBIA (CBS) — A rising smoke plume from a Colombian volcano put nearby cities and towns on alert as it continued to emit smoke, vapor and ash Monday. The Nevado del Ruiz volcano, located in central Colombia about 130 kilometers (80 miles) west of Bogota, has been on yellow alert since October 2010 and began spewing ash and smoke last week. The director of the Manizales seismic observatory, Gloria Cortes, said they are keeping a close eye on the volcano and monitoring seismic activity as they work with local officials to ensure the safety of nearby residents and tourists in the area. “The local committee leaders, led by the area mayors, and given the current state of activity, have made a decision regarding the level of alert for the different areas and cities,” Cortes said. Authorities from cities in the volcano’s proximity say they too are carefully watching the situation and have issued green and yellow alerts depending on how close they are to the volcano. The mayor of Manizales, Jorge Eduardo Rojas, said his city is on green alert for now adding that could change if activity increases. “Everyone needs to be ready for any situation. However, the city alert, which is at green, is still green and is not going to change though we are of course carefully watching for any changes on Nevado [del Ruiz],” Rojas, said. Other cities closer to the crater are on an elevated yellow alert, though they say populated centers are not in imminent danger at the moment. Thus far, the smoke plume has not caused any problems for air traffic. The volcano’s yellow alert means an eruption is possible though not definite. If it passes to orange it signifies an eruption is likely in weeks. –Today’s THV

Title: Santorini: history’s most dreaded volcano awakes and is rapidly inflating warns
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2012, 08:40:51 am
Santorini: history’s most dreaded volcano awakes and is rapidly inflating warns geologist


March 14, 2012 – GREECE – The British Broadcasting Company named it the world’s best island in 2011. Santorini is a tourist magnet, famous for its breathtaking, cliff side views and sunsets. It’s also a volcanic island that has been relatively calm since its last eruption in 1950. Until now. The Santorini caldera is awake again and rapidly deforming at levels never seen before. Georgia Tech Associate Professor Andrew Newman has studied Santorini since setting up more than 20 GPS stations on the island in 2006. “After decades of little activity, a series of earthquakes and deformation began within the Santorini caldera in January of 2011,” said Newman, whose research is published by Geophysical Research Letters. “Since then, our instruments on the northern part of the island have moved laterally between five and nine centimeters. The volcano’s magma chamber is filling, and we are keeping a close eye on its activity.” Newman, a geophysicist in the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, cannot be certain whether an eruption is imminent since observations of such activity on these types of volcanoes are limited. In fact, similar calderas around the globe have shown comparable activity without erupting. However, Newman says the chamber has expanded by 14 million cubic meters since last January. That means enough magma has been pumped into the chamber to fill a sphere three football fields across. Should Santorini erupt, Newman says it will likely be comparable to what the island has seen in the last 450 years. “That could be dangerous,” notes Newman. “If the caldera erupts underwater, it could cause local tsunamis and affect boat traffic, including cruise ships, in the caldera. Earthquakes could damage homes and produce landslides along the cliffs.” –E Science News



Title: Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano unleashes small pyroclastic flow
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2012, 12:19:33 pm

Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano unleashes small pyroclastic flow

March 14, 2012 – MONTSERRAT – A small pyroclastic flow occurred from Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano on 9 March, MVO reports. The flow was small, but happened with no warning at around 5:20 pm (local time) from the western flanks of Soufriere Hills Volcano down into Spring Ghaut. The pyroclastic flow traveled about 1 km to the west towards Plymouth before its ash dissipated to form a small ash cloud rising 1.3 km and drifting towards St. Georges Hill and out to sea. MVO has published further details and photographs of this event which is significant as it occurred during a quiet phase of the volcano with no current active lava dome growth and illustrates the hazard of sudden pyroclastic flows. “There were no precursors to this event. Although activity has generally been low, this event clearly illustrates that Soufrière Hills Volcano is still an active volcano and that pyroclastic flows can occur at any time with little to no warning.” –Volcano Discovery

Title: Re: Santorini: history’s most dreaded volcano awakes and is rapidly inflating warns
Post by: Kilika on March 14, 2012, 02:34:04 pm
Is not Santorini one of those types they say explodes in a big bang, like St. Helens, rather than the type that just ooze out lava? That wouldn't be good.

Title: Re: Santorini: history’s most dreaded volcano awakes and is rapidly inflating warns
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 14, 2012, 02:51:36 pm
Is not Santorini one of those types they say explodes in a big bang, like St. Helens, rather than the type that just ooze out lava? That wouldn't be good.


However, Newman says the chamber has expanded by 14 million cubic meters since last January. That means enough magma has been pumped into the chamber to fill a sphere three football fields across. Should Santorini erupt, Newman says it will likely be comparable to what the island has seen in the last 450 years. “That could be dangerous,” notes Newman. “If the caldera erupts underwater, it could cause local tsunamis and affect boat traffic, including cruise ships, in the caldera. Earthquakes could damage homes and produce landslides along the cliffs.”

That and it's in or around Greece(for now, all eyes are surrounding this country over its impending economic implosion, which is also why this story caught my attention).

Yeah, look at this snippet from the article above, it ain't good.

Title: Alaska Aleutian Island Cleveland volcano explodes for third time in a week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 15, 2012, 08:17:07 am

March 15, 2012 – ALASKA (Aleutian Islands) - Cleveland Volcano has exploded for the third time in just over a week.  The latest eruption of the Aleutian volcano Tuesday afternoon was relatively small, according to a release from the Alaska Volcano Observatory. Scientists at the Observatory weren’t able detect an ash cloud associated with this event or either of the other two.  There’s no real-time monitoring equipment on Cleveland. None of the recent eruptions have interrupted air travel in the region. Cleveland’s last major eruption in 2001 sent ash clouds as high as 39,000 feet.  The volcano is on uninhabited Island, about 160 miles west of Unalaska. –Alaska Public

Title: Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano unleashes 9 low-level emissions
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 15, 2012, 12:05:20 pm
Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano unleashes 9 low-level emissions


March 15, 2012 – MEXICO – The National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) reported that in the last hours, the volcano Popocatepetl has expelled nine low-intensity exhalations accompanied by emissions of water vapor and gas, and sometimes small amounts of ash. The body of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) reported that the monitoring parameters remain without important changes. He explained that at night, a glow was observed in the crater of the volcano and that for now; there has been a constant emission of steam and gas. He said the advisory code remains yellow in color phase 2 and the likelihood of prevailing moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, and sporadic bursts of low to moderate probability of emission of incandescent fragments could be expected within walking distance of the crater. The Cenapred called for authorities to continue the safety radius of 12 kilometers around the volcano. Civil Protection has been urged to maintain preventive procedures in place, according to their operational plans and that people should keep advised to the latest news bulletins. –Cronica (translated)

Title: Indonesia’s Lamongan volcano awakens from sleep after 114 years
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 15, 2012, 12:09:38 pm

Indonesia’s Lamongan volcano awakens from sleep after 114 years

March 15, 2012 – INDONESIA - A new volcano in Indonesia, Lamongan volcano in Eastern Java, is showing signs of unrest: weak steaming from its active crater and increasing earthquakes were reported by Indonesian scientists. The increase in earthquakes started on 23 February and seismicity increased again significantly on 8 March when tremor was recorded continuously the next day. CVGHM raised the Alert Level to 2 (on a scale of 1-4) on 9 March. Residents and tourists were prohibited from going within a 1-km-radius of the active crater. Lamongan is a small, relatively unknown stratovolcano east of the large Tengger massif (which contains the famous Bromo volcano). It was very active in the 19th century when it produced several lava flows, but has remained more or less silent during the past 110 years. It’s last eruption was recorded in 1898. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 15, 2012, 01:19:17 pm

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 15, 2012, 02:26:04 pm
It was back in 1997 when Hollywood made 2 VERY big budget volcano escapism movies - "Dante's Peak" and "Volcano". If memory serves, ALOT of $$ was being put into their budgets(to the point where neither film turned a profit). Anyhow, thought I would throw that in there, as Hollywood movies are largely used to condition the masses. Not that we should fear, but just saying when you look at the events and other things going on now...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 16, 2012, 07:28:31 am

wasnt that the Tommy Lee Jones movie about a Volcano popping up in the middle of LA and they stopped it with fire hoses?


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 16, 2012, 09:02:20 am

Yes, both of those 1997 movies were laughably bad - but was saying that these were 2 Hollywood movies where ALOT of $$ got invested into them, that they ended up staying in red ink(in the profit section that is) when all was said and done. I don't know why they costed that much like they did, b/c they didn't look like expensive productions.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 16, 2012, 09:59:27 am

Kamchatka’s Karymsky volcano unleashes 3100 meter ash cloud- aviation alert code orange

March 16, 2012 – KAMCHATKA – Karymsky volcano, erupting in Kamchatka, alert level has been raised to a Code Orange threat to aviation, although all routes on the peninsula are stretched so that the planes do not appear in the action zone of active volcanoes.  The height of gases and ash that accompanies the eruption has reached three thousand one hundred meters above sea level. Lava has been detected oozing from the slopes of volcano.  The volcano poses no danger to the localities. The Karymsky volcanic summit, with a height of 1536 meters, is one of the most active volcanoes in Kamchatka. Its latest eruptive phase began in January 1996 and continues today. –Spanish Rurv 

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 18, 2012, 09:57:31 pm
Magma Plume: Mount Etna erupts for fourth time in 2012

March 19, 2012 – ITALY - Europe’s most active volcano, Mount Etna erupted on Sunday sending a four mile-long plume of smoke and ash into the sky. The eruption is the fourth of its kind this year sending a lava stream into Sicily’s uninhabited valley of Valle del Bove. Etna, which is 11,000ft high and located 18 miles above the Sicilian town of Catania, often erupts but rarely causes damage. 11,000ft high, sits. Nearby airports remained open and continued operations during the eruption although authorities shut down two nearby flight paths. –Telegraph



Title: Re: Mexico’s Popocatépetl volcano unleashes 9 low-level emissions
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 19, 2012, 08:43:35 am

14 more emissions reported at Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano

March 19, 2012 – MEXICO - The Popocatepetl volcano registered 14 exhalations of low intensity accompanied by water vapor, gas and a low amplitude spasmodic tremor, reported the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred).  In its latest report, the agency of the Ministry of the Interior (Interior Ministry) explained that the exhalations of greater intensity occurred yesterday 13:30 and 22:42 hours. He said that although during the night, a glow was observed in the crater, the other metrics do not show major changes, so the light status of volcanic alert remains at yellow stage two.  Observers should expect more moderate exhalations, some with ash emissions, sporadic explosions are also likely to issue short incandescent fragments and slight glow in the crater can also be observed at night. –El Universal  (translated)

Title: Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano rocked by major explosions, noise heard 14 km away
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 20, 2012, 09:22:24 pm

March 20, 2012 – ECUADOR – Another series of explosions has occurred early today at Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador, the Instituto Geofísico (IG) reports. The eruption was reported to be very noisy and caused minor ash fall in nearby villages, but no damage. From 23:39 (local time) on March 19, a rapid increase of tremor was detected and observers reported roaring noises from the volcano in up to 14 km distance. About an hour after the onset of tremor reports of ash fall came from El Manzano and Choglontús. At 00h22 today, there was an loud explosion whose cannon-shot like shock wave was heard in Choglontús, El Manzano and Puntzán. Incandescent lava bombs could be seen ejected from the summit crater and landing up to approx. 200 m distance on the upper slope. From the 01h08 (local time) tremor decreased and also the noises from the volcano. Cloud cover prevented detailed observations this morning. According to a first analysis, only the south-west sector received ash fall. In the Choglontús area, ash continued to fall until 07:00 (local time) and was measured to have accumulated 383 grams per square meter, corresponding to less than 1 mm of ash. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 20, 2012, 09:28:41 pm

Volcanologists watch increase of activity at Mount Iliamna
March 20, 2012 – ALASKA, (Aleutian Islands) – Mount Iliamna is showing more seismic activity than normal, so scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) are keeping an eye on it. AVO upgraded Iliamna to a code yellow at the beginning of March after an increase in earthquakes and gas emissions. It’s been about 16 years since Mount Iliamna has shown this kind of activity. The fumaroles, or gas vents, near the summit usually produce about 100 tons of carbon dioxide per day. Now that’s up to 1,000 tons per day. “This level of activity we’re seeing right now is very similar to what we saw at the beginning of that period in heightened activity in 1996, so right now we don’t know what’s going to happen,” said Cindy Werner, a research geologist with AVO. Volcanologists call the activity in 1996 a “failed eruption.” They say that’s likely what will happen this time as well. But there’s not a lot of history to predict what the volcano will do. Researchers say the last time it likely erupted was more than 300 years ago. “Worldwide when volcanoes become restless, or unrest develops, 50 percent of the time it culminates in some kind of eruptive activity and 50 percent of the time, it goes back to sleep. In 1996 it went back to sleep and we don’t have and indication it’s going to do anything different but you never know,” said Game McGimsey, a volcanologist with AVO.” -KTVA

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 22, 2012, 10:14:24 am

Awakening? 7.4 Mexico earthquake sets off seismic swarm at San Salvador volcano

March 22, 2012 – SAN SALVADOR – The National Service of Territorial Studies, which is known as SNET is reporting that 8 earthquakes have rattled the San Salvador Volcano which is located northwest of the capital city of San Salvador- a population of about 540,000 people. An emergency declaration has been declared at the volcano as a precautionary measure. The eight tremors felt by the population have reached levels of between 2.2 and 3.3 degrees on the Richter scale, according to the National Service of Territorial Studies (SNET), which has also recorded at least 25 micro-earthquakes. The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources in a statement recalled that the last seismic swarm with epicenter in the San Salvador volcano was in 2007, when there were 142 micro-earthquakes, four of them felt by the population. The volcano last erupted in 1917. The volcano is believed to have sprung to life after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the Oaxaca region of Mexico. According to the National Seismological Service (SSN), the massive Mexico earthquake unleashed more than 44 aftershocks as of Wednesday. Of the aftershocks recorded by the country, six were over 5.0 + magnitude on the Richer scale and 25 were of a 4.0 magnitude, with the rest 3.0 or smaller. Apart from the string of earthquakes in San Salvador, today SNET reported another quake of 4.3 on the Richter scale at 11.26 local time (17.26 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean, about 43 kilometers south of the estuary San Diego, in the department of La Libertad. This other quake had a focal depth of 34 miles and reached an intensity of three on the Mercalli scale in San Salvador. The Salvadoran authorities have reported no casualties or damage resulting from earthquakes. –Univision  (translation)

Title: More tremors recorded near Mt. Etna’s slopes
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 22, 2012, 10:19:48 am

More tremors recorded near Mt. Etna’s slopes

March 22, 2012 – ITALY – New earth tremor last night on the southern slope of Etna, in the same area where tremors had already been felt yesterday afternoon. This second seismic event was 2.5 on a Richter scale, like the one felt yesterday and was registered at 4:46 by the National institute of geophysics and volcanology, that pinpointed the epicenter 9.8 kilometres deep between the towns of Belpasso, Biancavilla, Caporotondo Etneo, Nicolosi Paterno’, Santa Maria di Licodia and Ragalna. The volcano has originated small flows of lava and high smoke columns since the beginning of the year. –AGI

Title: Re: Montserrat’s Soufrière Hills volcano unleashes small pyroclastic flow
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 23, 2012, 05:02:11 pm

Increase in seismic activity at Montserrat volcano forces zone closure
March 23, 2012 – MONTSERRAT - A “noticeable” increase in seismic activity at the Soufirere Hills Volcano has resulted in the closure of the Zone C area near the volcano, which had been reopened for daytime entry in December. Dr Paul Cole, director of the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, told a radio station Friday that it was a precautionary measure as authorities continue to monitor the volcano. “Following two volcano-tectonic swarms on the March 22 and 23, 2012 involving 49 and 54 events respectively, mild ash venting began at Soufriere Hills Volcano at around 8:00am local time on March 23,” the MVO said in a statement. “The venting was sourced from the floor of the Feb. 11, 2010 collapse scar, immediately south of the old English’s crater wall and to the west of the long-lived hottest fumarole previously identified.” The Zone C area, which is comprised of Cork Hill, Weekes, Foxes Bay, Richmond Hill, Delvins and extends 500 meters out to sea is part of the island’s exclusion zone. It reopened in December 2011, after the hazard level in the area was lowered. The level will likely not be lowered, however, despite the area’s closure. According to the statement, the ash venting was “clearly pulsatory,” and sent ash 6,000 feet above sea level. It sent black jets of ash rising a few hundred meters above the floor of the collapse scar. The activity was described as “phreatic,” meaning activity formed when superheated rock meets groundwater, causing the rocks to fragment and generate ash. “[Volcano-tectonic] earthquakes are related to fracturing rocks probably as a result of increases in pressure,” the statement said. “It is likely that these increases and the resulting earthquakes are related to uprising magma below the volcano.”Similar types of activity have apparently occurred at the volcano up to several months prior to magma extrusion, both in 2005 and 2008. –Caribbean Journal

Title: Batu Tara volcano in Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia erupts
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 11:32:18 am

March 26, 2012 – INDONESIA – According to the regional VAAC, the Batu Tara volcano has erupted and is emitting a dense ash cloud. The aviation alert-status for the region has been raised to orange. Batu Tara volcano is located 50 km north of Pulau Lembata in the Flores Sea. The crater is in the middle of the island with dimensions of 900 m x 700 m. The uninhabited island of Batu Tara is the steep-sided summit of an active stratovolcano and has a small summit crater which is open to the east. The base of the island lies about 3,000 meters below sea level. Batu Tara is the northern-most active volcano in the Adonara Pantar sector of the Sunda arc. This is at the boundary of the collision of the north moving Australia tectonic plate, and the Sunda-Banda arc. Batu Tara volcano is located 230 km above the Benioff zone in a region where the arc crust is relatively young and thin. Rocks from Batu Tara contain crystals that formed in different magmas. Batu Tara last eruption was in 2010. –The Extinction Protocol

Title: Seismic activity triples at Chile’s Ilaima volcano – yellow alert
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 11:56:49 am
March 26, 2012 – Santiago de Chile – Chilean authorities maintain state of alert in the Araucania region, due to increased seismic activity at Llaima volcano, one of the most active in the country and in South America. The regional governor, Andres Molina, confirmed that a yellow alert continues to be in effect for the communities of Melipeuco, Cunco, Vilcún, Curacautín and Lonquimay, because there are clear signs of “out-gassing in the inner perimeter” of the Llaima. Molina said that on Monday will meet the emergency committee to assess the status of the volcano, then it is found that in recent weeks the number quakes have tripled within the massif, which is located in the Andes, about 600 kilometers south of this capital. In geology, a massif is a section of a planet’s crust that is demarcated by faults or flexures. The regional authority also noted that access was restricted in a radius of four kilometers around the volcano, especially in the tourist area of Conguillío Park, where last weekend, authorities evacuated over a hundred people. According to records provided by the expert technicians Fernando Gil, Volcano Observatory of the Southern Andes, one cannot rule out an eruption and although volcanic activity cannot be perceived by the inhabitants of the towns that are on yellow alert. The Llaima, more than three thousand meters in elevation, is located 76 kilometers northeast of the city of Temuco, capital of the region of La Araucania. The Llaima volcano last erupted in 2009. On March 25, a 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck northeast of the region at a depth of about 35 km (21 miles) and this may further acerbate the volcanic belt of this region of Chile. –Prensa Latina  (translated)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 26, 2012, 07:02:29 pm

Guatemalan volcanoes increase activity: 33 explosions at Santiaguito volcano

March 27, 2012 – GUATEMALA - Guatemalan volcanoes Santiaguito and Fuego increased their activity in the last hours and the authorities recommended on Monday took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic. The dispersion of ash in various directions and changes in wind pattern led to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) to warn about the civil aviation. An Insivumeh report that Santiaguito volcano recorded 33 explosions in 24 hours, with a range of up to 800 meters above the crater, leaving ashes scattered in the southwest and southeast. Santiaguito volcano is located in Quetzaltenango district, and its height is 2,550 meters above sea level. The Insivumeh reported white and blue plume up to 100 meters above the crater, with displacement to the southwest, in the case of Fuego volcano, whose height is 3,763 meters above sea level and is located between the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla (center south). –Prensa Latina

Title: Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano emits 3 km ash cloud amidst explosions
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 27, 2012, 09:52:29 am

March 27, 2012 – ECUADOR – Tungurahua volcano’s activity has been increasing, Ecuador’s Instituto Geofísico reports. Throughout the morning of March 26, a constant column of steam and ash was rising from the summit crater, reaching up to 3 km height and drifting towards the northeast, where ash fall occurred. Ash fall was significant in the San Francisco and Black River areas, and mild in Baños, the Ventanas en Runtún, Juive, Pondoa, Puntzán and Cusúa sectors. Occasional roaring explosion sounds were heard from small to moderate explosive events. Seismic activity remains characterized by volcanic tremor episodes lasting several minutes, interspersed with tremor bursts and long-period events, which are related to fluid movements within the volcano. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 27, 2012, 07:38:19 pm

Double emissions of gas and steam erupt from Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano

Posted on March 28, 2012
March 28, 2012 – Costa Rica – Two large steam and gas emissions were spotted Tuesday morning atop the Turrialba Volcano in the province of Cartago, east of San José, authorities from the National Seismological Network (RSN) at the University of Costa Rica said. Turrialba residents said the two gas columns measure nearly 1 km in height and are moving towards the north face of the volcano. “These gases are mostly water vapor, 90 percent, and the rest are volcanic gases,” Raúl Mora Amador, the RSN’s lead volcanologist explained. One of the gas trails comes from the main crater, and the other rises from the east wall of the volcano, he added. RSN geologists this Wednesday will conduct a flyover sponsored by the National Emergency Commission to perform regular measurements of temperature and observe changes at the top. On Thursday, RSN experts will visit the zone. Access to the Turrialba Volcano National Park has been closed to visitors since last January, when spewing gas and ash alarmed locals and tourists. –Tico Times

Title: Alert level raised for Aleutian Island, Cleveland volcano after new lava dome fo
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 29, 2012, 09:44:41 am

Alert level raised for Aleutian Island, Cleveland volcano after new lava dome forms

March 29, 2012 – ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The alert level for a remote Alaska volcano has been raised again after scientists found another lava dome has formed in the crater in the last week. The Alaska Volcano Observatory on Wednesday increased the level for Cleveland Volcano, a 5,675-foot peak on uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. The status was raised earlier this year when the center detected two small, likely ash-poor eruptions through March 13, but lowered the alert level last week after 10 days of inactivity. Scientists can’t actively monitor the volcano because there is no real-time seismic monitoring network on the volcano in the Aleutian Islands. Authorities say sudden eruptions could occur at any time, and ash clouds 20,000 feet above sea level are possible. –San Diego 6

Title: Lava dome grows inside Anak Krakatau volcano – rattled by 438 quakes
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 29, 2012, 09:48:03 am

March 28, 2012 – INDONESIA - An active lava dome is growing inside the summit crater of Krakatau volcano. Our tour expedition leader Andi just returned from a visit and reports that the dome is now about 100 m wide, and has 2 main active vents that eject jets of incandescent gas. At night, the glow from the dome is clearly visible from Rakata and Sertung islands, and a continuous intense solfatara plume is rising about 500 m above the summit. Andi and our group observed also that there are now more and larger fumarole fields on the southern part of the cone. According to our observations and the opinion of local scientists, this area is inflated due to the pushing of the lava dome. The seismic recordings from the observatory of Krakatau also show an increase in activity. On 26 March, there were 138 volcanic-tectonic (A-type) earthquakes and 300 long-period (B-type) quakes alone. The question is how long the lava dome remains quiet and purely effusive in style. Explosive, also larger vulcanian-type ones, activity could occur any time. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Montserrat’s Soufriere Hills volcano stirs with activity after two year slumber
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 29, 2012, 11:12:35 am

March 29, 2012 – MONTSERRAT - For the first time in two years, the Montserrat Volcano Observatory (MVO) monitoring the Soufriere Hills volcano noted unusual activity, with increased seismicity, accompanied by ash fall. Acting Director of MVO Roderick Stuart said the change, which was noted on Friday, is a break from a long state of pause, thus a reminder the volcano is still very active and residents there must always be cautious and aware. Stuart reported, “Last Friday we had the first sort of activity in the volcano in over two years. It generated some ash and because it was the first activity we had in two years, it was almost a precautionary measure that we closed daytime access to Zone C just in case this activity started something bigger,” Stuart told Observer Media. The authority also noted increased steam venting activity on the volcano and a new steam vent (fumarole) that appeared on the northwestern face of the lava dome behind Gages Mountain. Audible roaring associated with the venting were intermittently heard from the Observatory, 5.75 km northwest of the volcano. The seismic network recorded nine rock falls, 105 volcano-tectonic (VT) and four hybrid earthquakes. Additionally, two swarms of VT earthquakes occurred. Earthquakes in the second swarm were described as markedly larger than those in the first. Consequently Zone C on the volcanic risk map was closed until Tuesday when there was a decrease in volcanic tectonic earthquakes below the volcano. –Antiqua Observer

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on March 29, 2012, 04:09:29 pm
So that's how many now you have documented here that are showing new activity? Looks like several are showing some serious activity.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 29, 2012, 05:56:54 pm
So that's how many now you have documented here that are showing new activity? Looks like several are showing some serious activity.

Here's another...


Eruptive activity reported at Indonesia’s Semeru volcano

March 29, 2012 – JAVA, Indonesia – Our expedition leader Doni just returned from a visit to Semeru and reports that on 27 March, he and our group observed frequent explosions every few minutes, with many powerful enough to eject glowing bombs to produce small glowing avalanches down on the southern flank of the volcano. Semeru, the highest volcano on Java, and one of its most active, lies at the southern end of a volcanic massif extending north to the Tengger caldera. Semeru, a favourite mountain trekking destination, has been in almost continuous eruption since 1967. It is known for its regular ash explosions that typically occur at intervals of 10-30 minutes. –Volcano Discovery

Title: Mount Etna blows her top for 5th eruption in 2012
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 01, 2012, 05:27:26 pm

April 1, 2012 – SICILY – Europe’s tallest and most active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted for the fifth time in 2012, spewing hot lava and ash in the early hours of Sunday. The lava, which could be seen moving down the mountain’s side just after 4am local time, continued to spew until around 5.30 am, according to local news reports. Ash from the eruption landed on the villages at the foot of the volcano; however no damage was reported and nearby airports remained open. –ITN


Title: Alert level raised to orange on Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 02, 2012, 09:47:07 am

April 2, 2012 – COLOMBIA – Central Colombia authorities closed the national “Los Nevados” park Sunday after an increase in seismic activity of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Meteorological authorities raised the alert level to orange in 17 municipalities in Tolima and Caldas departments while visitors are prohibited to enter the park in an area in four departments. The measures came at the beginning of the holy week in which usually some 20,000 tourists visit the nature reserve. An orange alert does not mean that an eruption is imminent. –Colombia Reports

Title: Mantle Plume: El Hierro island struck by two small tremors
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2012, 10:56:50 am
April 3, 2012 – CANARY ISLANDS - IRIN volcano 24 hour monitoring network of the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded two earthquakes of 1.7 and 2.7 magnitudes on the Richter scale this Sunday on the island of El Hierro. The largest of the earthquakes, recorded at 22.03 hours, occurred southwest of the town of El Pinar. This event was located at sea 15 kilometers deep. The second quake also occurred southwest of El Pinar at 20.36 hours, to 13 km depth and epicenter in the sea. Since last March 24, the island of El Hierro has been nine earthquakes, including this Sunday, between 1.5 and 2.7 °. Of these, were substantial enough to be felt by the population. Sunday’s tremors were located west of Frontier and southwest of El Pinar, and were 10 and 29 kilometers deep. –La Opinion.es  (translated)


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 04, 2012, 01:14:33 pm
Dramatic increase in activity reported at Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano
April 4, 2012 – COLOMBIA - Nevado del Ruiz seems to be getting closer to a new eruption. INGEOMINAS reports that during the last week, there has been a significant increase in the activity of the volcano, which can be summarized as follows: From March 27, there have been phases of volcanic tremor pulses related probably to deep magma movements. Since the last week, there were seismic signals interpreted with rock fracturing, i.e. dike intrusions, located west of the active crater. Similar seismic activity was observed prior to the eruptions in November 1985 and September 1989, although this time it is less energetic. On March 29 at 10:54 local time, for a period of 25 minutes, there were over 135 earthquakes located south of Arenas crater at a depth of about 4 km. From 04:00 am local time on 31 March, there has been a significant increase in seismicity of events associated with fluid movements and fracturing of rock located in the active crater. SO2 emissions continue at high levels. According to the diagnosis made so far, INGEOMINAS expects an eruption in the coming weeks, but smaller in size than those in November 1985 and September 1989. –Volcano Discovery


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on April 04, 2012, 02:39:46 pm
They just keep erupting. Imagine when it really gets active! Think of all those gases they put out. I can see where volcanic emisssions could play a part in killing off a third of about anything. With sulphuric acid, sulphur, etc, that's some nasty stuff going into the air.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 05, 2012, 10:30:01 am

Small, short explosion rocks Cleveland Volcano in Aleutians
Posted on April 5, 2012 by The Extinction Protocol
April 5, 2012 – ALASKA – The Alaska Volcano Observatory says a small explosion at Cleveland Volcano in the Aleutian Islands may have sent up a small ash cloud. Clouds prevented satellite observation of an ash cloud. The observatory says the explosion at 1:12 p.m. Wednesday was of short duration and similar to small events in December. Those explosions created ash clouds that dissipated quickly and did not affect air traffic. Cleveland Volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. Scientists detected the explosion on distant infrasound seismic networks. Infrasound refers to frequencies below what can be heard by the human ear. Scientists say that if a larger explosion occurs that sends ash more than 20,000 feet high, the eruption should be detected by seismic, infrasound or lightning networks. –News Tribune

Title: What’s melting so many glaciers in Antarctica? Searching for hidden volcanoes un
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 07, 2012, 09:32:48 am
What’s melting so many glaciers in Antarctica? Searching for hidden volcanoes under the ice


April 7, 2012 – ANTARTICA - Mount Sidley, the highest volcano in Antarctica, may have a lot of company lurking out of sight. Scientists are using seismographs to hunt for hidden volcanoes in Antarctica. Scientists have used radar and other imaging technology to uncover some astounding finds under the East Antarctic Ice Sheet: A vast mountain range that rivals the Alps, and Lake Vostok, one of Earth’s largest lakes. Finally, seismographs can reveal hidden sources of seismic activity — little earthquakes that could be the signatures of active volcanoes hidden under the ice. “It’s really the first time we’re able to look at the interior structure of the mantle,” said Andrew Lloyd, a WSLU Ph.D. student who traveled hundreds of miles by snowmobile to help retrieve some of the seismographs — and the reams of data they recorded. “It will enable us to say something really definitive about the tectonics and geology of the region, which is something nobody has been able to do before,” Lloyd said. Wiens said that the data are already revealing a tantalizing picture of what is going on beneath West Antarctica, a place that is, in the words of one scientist, “hemorrhaging ice. We do see these big variations in the temperature in the mantle across parts of Antarctica that will have a big effect on the ice sheet,” Wiens said. However, he added, many months of work lie ahead, and it will be some time before scientists are ready to announce to the world what lies beneath the ice. –Live Science

Title: Re: Alaska Aleutian Island Cleveland volcano explodes for third time in a week
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 07, 2012, 09:41:35 am

Aleutian Island’s Cleveland volcano continues to erupt
Posted on April 7, 2012 by The Extinction Protocol
April 7, 2012 – FAIRBANKS, Alaska – Alaska’s Cleveland volcano in the Aleutian Islands is continuing to erupt. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said Friday that low-level eruptions continue to occur inside the volcano located on a remote, uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. The volcano’s lava dome in the summit crater was destroyed during a short explosive eruption on Wednesday. The resulting ash cloud reached about 15,000 feet above sea level. It was the third lava dome that has been destroyed by explosive events since the eruptions began in July 2011. -FDM

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 08, 2012, 03:44:04 pm

Anak Krakatau Volcano – Small Eruptions – 7th April 2012

On the morning of the 7th April 2012 Anak Krakatau started to produce small eruptions from the southern part of the crater. The eruption clouds only reached a height of 100-150meters and only contained small amounts of ash and only a little rockfall, the eruptions was not of a explosive character. The rest of the crater and its fumaroles are producing a continuous white cloud of steam/gas, rising to greater heights than the eruption clouds from the southern part of the crater. Additionally the southern/southwestern part of the outer part of the crater does now have fumaroles, indicating that magma is trapped under this part of the cone. -Youtube


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 09, 2012, 04:37:02 pm

Increase in activity reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano
Posted on April 9, 2012 by The Extinction Protocol
April 9, 2012 – ECUADOR - A new increase in the seismic activity of Tungurahua Volcano, in Ecuador, began early Monday with a constant sign of high energy tremor linked with ash emissions. According to the report of the Geophysics Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the increase of the seismic activity in this crater started with a column of smoke that reached 3 kilometers high along with low intensity roaring and sounds. The first explosions caused minor thunders or crashes due to the rolling of blocks through the side walls of the volcano. Shortly after, the falling of black and fine ashes on populations in the south-southwest regions, such as Palitahua, Capil, and Toctes, was reported. According to the last report, the area surrounding the volcano remains highly cloudy, and with seismic activity. –Prensa Latina

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 12, 2012, 12:56:53 pm

April 12, 2012 – CATANIA, IT - Mount Etna is erupting for the sixth time this year with lava and plumes of smoke and ash from a new crater on the volcano’s southeast side. The new activity was preceded by new phase that began last night and that, according to experts from the INGV in Catania, has the same characteristics as the one before this one. Ash, carried by wind towards the east, has not yet created problems at the Fontanarossa airport, which is fully operational. -AGI

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 15, 2012, 08:53:57 pm

Turrialba Volcano Increases Activity

Thursday morning the Turrialbla volcano unleashed a new series of eruptions, with experts converging on the colossus to take a close look at the smoke emanations coming from its centre.

According to the Red Sismológica Nacional (RSN) and the Observatorio Vulcanologio y Sismologico de Costa Rica (OVISCORI) the activity does not present any danger, but will continue to monitor the volcano much closer.

The alert followed reports by area residents of hearing a large rumble and then the sighting of dark coloured smoke, produced by gas fumes from the volcano.

Last January the volcano became a concern for residents and experts following the emanation of white gas fumes.

Several RSN experts are on their way to the top of the volcano and the OVISCORI is keeping the national park closed and under a green alert.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 16, 2012, 09:53:22 am

Mexico's Popocatépetl sleeping volcano awakens
By Dudley Althaus
Updated 09:53 p.m., Sunday, April 15, 2012

MEXICO CITY - Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000 foot volcano that hovers like a sentinel on the southeastern fringe of Mexico's capital, awakened again Sunday, punctuating an especially shaky seismic season.

Popo, as the mountain is widely called, spewed at least seven exhalations overnight Saturday and through the day Sunday, sending vapor, smoke and gas billowing into the clear sky. The most serious occurred just after 9 a.m. Sunday, sending a vapor cloud a mile into the air.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center issued a precautionary warning to residents, advising them to stay alert for a worsening situation and to keep at least seven miles away from the volcano's crater.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 17, 2012, 09:48:45 am
Sangay volcano (Ecuador), activity update: growing lava dome, lava flows and ash explosions
Tuesday Apr 17, 2012 02:30 AM | Age: 14 hrs

During an overflight on 13 April, an explosion from Sangay volcano was observed at 08:25 local time. It generated an ash and steam column of 2 km above the summit crater.

 A new vent was detected, both on visible and thermal images, located next to the active dome on the SE flank (Ñuñurqu). The activity in this area has intensified since October, when the last aerial survey had taken place.

 Extensive lava flows are descending on the SE flank of the dome and reaching the base of the cone.

 Strong fumarolic activity was seen on the SE flank of the dome and on the S flank of the central crater.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 17, 2012, 09:51:26 am

Russian Volcano Spews Ash to 9,500 Meters

Russia's northernmost active volcano is churning out ash to a height of 9,500 meters (over 31,000 feet) in the country's Far East, local scientists reported on Tuesday.
The 3,283-meter (10,771-foot) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers.
“A powerful eruption of ashes took place 05.59 a.m. local time [17:59 GMT on Monday], a source at the Far Eastern Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said.
The official said the column of ashes could be clearly seen from a distance of 40 kilometers spreading to the east.
“It is the most powerful eruption this year,” the expert said.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 17, 2012, 06:10:45 pm

Santorini's underwater volcano activity resumes

(AGI) Washington - Santorini's volcanic basin is showing signs of resumed volcanic activity. According to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology, satellite research tools suggest that a build-up of some 14m cubic metres of lava at a depth of 5km took place between September and January last.
   Widely touted by academics as the cause of the Minoan civilisation's obliteration, what is left of the volcano - a small archipelago - last witnessed significant geological activity in January of 2011. Having published his findings in the latest issue of Geophysical Research Letters, the Institute's Andrew Newman says "our research shows that the lava build-up is accelerating," suggesting that even though the build-up may not indicate an imminent eruption, it may cause minor volcanic events, including ash fall-out, landslides and even tsunami type phenomena. . .

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 18, 2012, 09:31:10 pm


Volcanoes around the world are showing an increase in activity again. Here is the overview of last 24 – 48 hours of recorded activity, indepth analisys will be made after all reports come in. 6 volcano updates since March 25.
Popocatepétl volcano (Mexico): signs of increasing activity
Popocatepétl volcano in Mexico has been showing signs of increased activity. During 24-25 March, the volcano had 33 small steam and gas emissions, accompanied by small earthquakes and volcanic tremor. On Saturday night, incandescence was observed at the crater.
Popocatépetl, whose name is the Aztec word for smoking mountain, towers to 5426 m 70 km SE of Mexico City to form North America’s 2nd-highest volcano. The glacier-clad stratovolcano contains a steep-walled, 400 x 600 m wide crater.
Batu Tara volcano (Indonesia): larger ash eruption
Volcano Batu Tara in the Sunda Sea off the island of Flores in Indonesia had a larger than usual ash eruption on March 26, which triggered an alert of the VAAC Darwin, who raised the aviation color code to “orange”, as the drifting ash cloud is be a hazard to local air traffic.
Batu Tara is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia and is characterized, similar to Stromboli volcano, by semi-permanent explosive summit activity.
Until 2006, the only confirmed historical eruption from Batu Tara were during 1847-52, which produced explosions with volcanic bombs and a lava flow. On July 1st, 2006, Batu Tara was observed erupting again.
An ash plume rose to 5000 ft (ca 2 km). Since then, it has been erupting frequently. Most eruptions were strombolian or vulcanian type, with explosions producing ash plumes of 1-2 km, similar to Anak Krakatau’s activity.
In March 2007, a phase of stronger eruptions promted the evacuation of 15000 people from Lembata Island nearby.
Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador): constant ash emissions and ash fall

Eruptive column above Tungurahua volcano reaching about 2 km height and heading towards the northeast was reported on March 26.
Tungurahua volcano’s activity has been increasing, Ecuador’s Instituto Geofísico reports. Throughout the morning of March 26, a constant column of steam and ash was rising from the summit crater, reaching up to 3 km height and drifting towards the northeast, where ash fall occurred.
Ash fall was significant in the San Francisco and Black River areas, and mild in Baños, the Ventanas en Runtún, Juive, Pondoa, Puntzán and Cusúa sectors.
Occasional roaring explosion sounds were heard from small to moderate explosive events. Seismic activity remains characterized by volcanic tremor episodes lasting several minutes, interspersed with tremor bursts and long-period events, which are related to fluid movements within the volcano.
Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): increased activity
Guatemalan volcano Santiaguito increased activity. The authorities on March 26th took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic. The dispersion of ash in various directions and changes in wind pattern led to the National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) to warn about the civil aviation.
An Insivumeh report that Santiaguito volcano recorded 33 explosions in 24 hours, with a range of up to 800 meters above the crater, leaving ashes scattered in the southwest and southeast.
Santiaguito volcano is located in Quetzaltenango district, and its height is 2,550 meters above sea level.
The massive dacitic Santiaguito lava-dome complex has been growing at the base of the 1902 crater since 1922. Compound dome growth at Santiaguito has occurred episodically from four westward-younging vents, the most recent of which is Caliente. Dome growth has been accompanied by almost continuous minor explosions, with periodic lava extrusion, larger explosions, pyroclastic flows, and lahars.
Fuego (Guatemala): increased activity
Guatemalan volcano Fuego also increased activity. Authorities took all the necessary precautions with the surrounding air traffic. The Insivumeh reported white and blue plume up to 100 meters above the crater, with displacement to the southwest, in the case of Fuego volcano, whose height is 3,763 meters above sea level and is located between the departments of Sacatepequez, Chimaltenango and Escuintla (center south).
Volcano Fuego is one of Central America’s most active volcanoes. It’s one of three large stratovolcanoes overlooking Guatemala’s former capital, Antigua. The scarp of an older edifice, Meseta, lies between 3763-m-high Fuego and its twin volcano to the north, Acatenango.
Lamington (Papua New Guinea): smoke and ash emission
Local community of Popendetta reported smoke and ash emission on March 25. No official reports have come in yet. Lamington is an andesitic stratovolcano with a 1.3-km-wide breached summit crater containing a lava dome.
After a long quiescent period, the volcano sprang suddenly to life in 1951, producing a powerful explosive eruption during which devastating pyroclastic flows and surges swept all sides of the volcano, killing nearly 3000 persons. The eruption concluded with growth of a 560-m-high lava dome in the summit crater.
Some reports of 1951 eruption say that not enough percautions were taken and it led to many casualties.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2012, 12:15:56 pm

Popocatepetl Volcano Threatening to Erupt, 19 Million Prepare to Evacuate

The Popocatepetl volcano is making movement and threatening to erupt, causing Mexican officials to raise the alert level from yellow phase three to yellow phase two.

The volcano has already begun spewing red-hot bits of rock, and its opening has expanded. These are signs that the volcano, still quite active, could soon erupt. In a statement by Mexico's National Center for Disaster Prevention, the volcano could produce "moderate exhalations, some with ash, sporadic low to moderate explosions with likely burning fragments, and flaming magma within the crater."

Residents and tourists have been advised to remain at least seven miles away from the volcano's base, lest magma or hot rock injure anyone. Mexico has been experiencing natural disasters with increasing frequency.

On Friday, officials at the U.S. Geological Survey reported a 5.4 magnitude earthquake six miles off Mexico's Pacific Coast. It was powerful enough to shake buildings 230 miles away in Mexico City. Thankfully no one was hurt in that earthquake, and the country was left relatively unscathed.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on April 19, 2012, 01:53:42 pm
Will Mexico City be the first city to take an opening shot from the end times? Could be, God knows.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 19, 2012, 11:50:08 pm

Reventador volcano (Ecuador), activity update: steaming and ash emission
Thursday Apr 19, 2012 09:04 AM | Age: 21 hrs

Reventador continues to be mildly active with ongoing weak to moderate steam and ash emissions. The Instituto Geofísico reports a 2 km high column of steam and ash rising from Reventador volcano on 18 April. The ash cloud moved to the NW.
IG characterizes the actual activity level (visual and seismic activity) of Reventador "moderate". No major changes have been observed at the volcano in recent days.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 20, 2012, 11:04:15 am

Mexico volcano spews glowing rock, tower of ash

HUEJOTZINGO, Mexico (AP) — The Popocatepetl volcano shot a heavy plume of ash into the sky southeast of Mexico's capital and spewed glowing rock from its crater at dawn on Friday.

Webcam images on the site of the National Disaster Prevention Center showed the plume rising from the top of the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) peak at dawn, though clouds obscured the volcano for people further away. The Televisa television network broadcast images of red, glowing material rising from the crater and falling on its slopes.

Authorities this week raised the alert level due to increasing activity at the volcano, whose most violent eruption in 1,200 years occurred on Dec. 18, 2000.

The coordinator general for civil protection, Laura Gurza, told Televisa that officials were not yet ready to order any evacuations, but urged people living near the mountain to be "very, very attentive" to action at the volcano, which is about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from Mexico City. She also urged them to gather important papers and to have their escape routes planned in case they have to leave.

The ash was blowing to the northeast, in the general direction of the city of Puebla.

Residents of Huejotzingo, 18 miles (30 kilometers) from the peak, went about the day as normal despite a magnificent plume of ash and water vapor. Luz Maria de Olate, 35, put her 5-year-old in a surgical mask because the teachers said the ash could damage children's lungs.

But like hundreds of other residents on the flank of the volcano, she doesn't fear an eruption. Neither did her son as they headed for school.

"I'm not afraid. He's my uncle," said Oscar Olate, expressing the personal relationship many in the Mexico Valley feel toward Popocatepetl, whose name means "smoking mountain" in the indigenous Nahuatl language of the Aztecs.

People view it with fondness, said street vender David Gorzo Navarro, 45.

"When the ash falls, it's like fertilizer," he said.

More than 30 million people live within view of the volcano, which sits at a point where the states of Mexico, Puebla, and Morelos come together. It has been erupting intermittently since December 1994.

President Felipe Calderon said Mexicans are living in complicated times, given the 2009 swine flu outbreak and floods and drought this year.

"All we're missing is an eruption of Popocatepetl and we'll complete the picture," he said in a speech late Thursday. "Hopefully not," he added, knocking on wood.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 20, 2012, 04:34:33 pm

Colombia prepares for imminent volcano eruption

Colombia's government has called for high risk areas to be prepared for the eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano.
The Interior Ministry has ordered the fire departments of 19 municipalities in the central Caldas and Tolima departments to be on high alert after the Colombian Geological Survey (SGC) announced that an eruption is "probable" in the coming days or weeks.
The alert level was raised from yellow to orange in March as the volcano became increasingly active. Last week a column of gas and steam approximately 1,200 meters tall extended from its crater.
The national director of the firefighting system warned that there is urgent need for a special contingency plan that outlines tactics to be used in emergency volcanic situations, especially for search and rescue groups. He called for a focus on high risk areas in or near the paths of rivers that originate in the Ruiz, whose levels may be elevated by pyroclastic fragments and the melting of ice.
The director of the Colombian Fire Department Federation in the town of Riosucio explained that local firemen are preparing a plan and educating communities.
In 1985 The Nevado del Ruiz erupted, wiping out the town of Armero and killing 25,000 people.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 21, 2012, 12:45:31 pm


Villages rocked by volcano eruption
(UKPA) – 16 hours ago 

A 17,886ft volcano outside Mexico City has exhaled dozens of towering plumes of ash and shot fragments of glowing rock down its slopes, frightening the residents of surrounding villages with hours of low-pitched roaring not heard in a decade.

A white cloud of ash, gas, water vapour and superheated rock spewed from the cone of Popocatepetl high above the village of Xalitzintla, whose residents said they were awakened by a window-rattling series of eruptions.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Centre said that a string of eruptions had ended in the early morning, then started up again at 5.05am, with at least 12 in two hours.

"Up on the mountain, it feels incredible," said Aaron Sanchez Ocelotl, 45, who was in his turf grass fields when the eruptions happened. "It sounds like the roaring of the sea."


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 21, 2012, 05:35:04 pm

Taupo super-eruption secrets revealed

One of the most intriguing unsolved cases for New Zealand geologists is the ancient Taupo super-eruption.

Victoria University PhD student Aidan Allan has found new evidence that explains how and why the volcano blew.

While the general public is fascinated by the magnitude – the event buried the North Island in debris, with the ash cloud all the way to the Chathams – geologists' interest lies elsewhere.

They are intrigued because the eruption's cause isn't open-and-shut – while most super-volcanoes simply explode, with Taupo there was a short hiatus just as things got underway.

"There were breaks of weeks to months [in the early stages] and then all hell breaks loose," Mr Allan said.

As geologists worldwide have to make the life-or-death call as to when an eruption has ended, it's crucial to know why this super-volcano acted the way it did.

The event began in standard fashion, at least in super-volcano terms, with a massive 530sq km pool of magma building up below the surface, under more and more pressure.

But deposits show that after the very first lava flowed from the caldera pool, the eruption paused for several months.

There are the markings between lava deposits left by rainfall and insect life, evidence that can't be ignored.

Explaining why that happened is the ultimate cold case – happening 27,000 years ago, rocks and soil are all that's left to tell the tale.

But of all the world's super-eruptions, the one that made Lake Taupo is the youngest, and so the evidence is the best preserved – and what was found might change the way we think about the beginning and ending of eruptions.

Being on the Pacific Ring of Fire meant the impending super-volcano was not alone.

Fifteen kilometres north of where the town of Taupo sits today were separate, much smaller subsurface magma pools, named the Northeast Dome System.

These northeast pools were very different to the massive caldera at Taupo. They weren't under a lot of pressure and lava regularly seeped out volcanic domes.

Even the magma was different, it had some chemicals and trace elements that the Taupo caldera magma did not.

Mr Allan describes the two types of magma as having their own chemical fingerprint – this was the basis for the break in the case.

Looking at the layers of volcanic pumice that were laid down in the early stages of the super-eruption, he saw the fingerprint of the northeast magma over and over again.

"We know that the magma grew beneath [the northeast] system, but we can see the magma's actually erupted from what is now Lake Taupo."

As the two pools of magma were physically separated by 15km of rock, Mr Allan suspected a major tectonic force had shifted the magma from the northeast site to the vents of the Taupo super-volcano.

With layer upon layer of chemical evidence confirming the presence of two types of magma, it seems he'd found a potential suspect for the mysterious halting of the super-eruption.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 23, 2012, 03:12:26 pm

Tungurahua Erupts Launching Gravel to Nearby Town


Over the weekend, the Tungurahua’s volcanic eruption had a strong explosion that caused gravel to fall down in the nearby town of Pillate, Ecuador.

The explosion, characterized by its loud “cannon ball shot”, was immediately detected by locals and scientists observing the volcano’s progress. The explosion was later followed by a slight tremor and a constant pulsation of “high energy” said reports.

The constant cloud coverage surrounding the volcano has caused scientists, from the Geophysical Institute branch of the National Polytechnic School to have trouble determining its current state. Most of the direct observations are conducted in the Guadalupe Observatory, the closest in the vicinity.

Tungurahua, located in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, is 5,016 meters high and its eruptions began in 1999. Since then, the volcano has transitioned from times of high activity and those of calm.

However, Tungurahua is not the only volcano causing extreme damage and concern in the Hispanic world. Popocatépetl, located in Mexico City, has also been under close watch due to its recent activity which included ash blasts.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2012, 10:00:58 am


North Sulawesi’s Mount Lokon erupted at 10:20 a.m. on Tuesday, after several days of increased activity, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) has announced.

The height at which lava shot out of the volcano was unknown because clouds were blocking the full view.

The agency declared areas within a 2.5 kilometers radius from the mountain’s peak dangerous and urged nearby residents to stay alert.

There are no residential areas within that zone.

However, the agency said that the residents living outside the zone do not need to evacuate yet.

“There might be other eruptions. We call on the residents to stay calm,” agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post.

Sutopo added that officers from the agency had been deployed to the area to assist local authorities.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2012, 10:02:59 am

Residents evacuated over eruption fears

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 04/24/2012 7:31 AM

Local residents around Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, have been asked to evacuate the area, following the mountain’s steady increase of activity since 4 p.m. Monday.

"We are on alert status [Level 3]," National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said on Monday.

"We ask that local disaster mitigation agencies follow the technical recommendations we have given them. There should be no community activity within a 2.5 kilometer radius of the volcano’s crater.”

Mt Lokon is located on the outskirts of Tomohon. It is 1,580 meters high and is located 20 kilometers west from Manado, North Sulawesi.

According to the Volcanic and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), Mt Lokon last erupted on June 14, 2011, sending ash and debris 1,500 meters into the sky.

The following day, another eruption threw volcanic material 600 meters into the air. Two residents died as a result of the eruptions.

Other eruptions occurred in 1991 and 2001, with the earlier one causing Rp 1 billion (US$108,000) in damage, as well as the death of Swiss tourist Vivian Clavel.

The 2001 eruption covered Manado in ash and debris. The dust coming from the mountain formed a 400 meter plume. (png)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2012, 08:43:49 pm

Etna's fingers of fire: Europe's most active volcano sends molten lava streaming menacingly down its mountainside
Fourth eruption of 11,000ft volcano in last month alone


Etna, erupted for the seventh - and without doubt the most spectacular - time this year today, spewing forth molten lava hundreds of metres into the air.

Residents living close by were covered in hot ash but Europe's tallest and most active volcano didn't seem to pose any threat to human safety.
Local inhabitants of the Sicilian town of Catania were grateful that Etna at least didn't close the local airport as it did last month, preventing a visiting Serie A football team from leaving the island.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2134501/Fingers-Etna-sends-stream-molten-lava-mountainside-erupting-seventh-time-year.html#ixzz1t0oswIKi

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 24, 2012, 09:22:34 pm

Mexican volcano keeps locals awake
2012-04-24 12:02

Xalitzintla - Residents at the foot of Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano no longer sleep soundly since the towering mountain roared back into action over a week ago, spewing out a hail of rocks, steam and ash.

"We close our eyes, but we don't sleep much. In the past, there was only smoke but this time it's stronger," said Francisco Jimenez, who lives in the nearby town of Xalitzintla in central Mexico, 55km from Mexico City.

The volcano, Mexico's second highest peak at 5 452m, started rumbling and spurting high clouds of ash and steam on 13 April, provoking the authorities to raise the alert to level five on a seven-point scale.

The alert extended a security cordon around the volcano but stopped short of starting evacuations of about 685 000 residents from nearby communities.

Over the weekend, residents watched as Popocatepetl, which means "smoking mountain" in the indigenous Nahuatl language, lived up to its name, spouting glowing rocks and shaking the ground beneath their feet.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 25, 2012, 11:18:56 am


Volcano Watch: Heavy Breathing in Santorini


The earthquakes and ground deformation scientists observed between 2011 and early 2012 are unprecedented since the 1950 eruption. But just because a volcano is sucking in breath doesn’t mean it will spew. Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano really let loose in 2010 after its own swarm of deformation-driven tremors, but Long Valley caldera in California has been breathing heavily since 1980 with no eruption at all.

So, what’s in store for Santorini?

In a recent analysis of the volcano published in Geophysical Research Letters, scientists estimate Santorini's latest inflation is due to 14.1 million cubic meters of magma accumulating in a chamber about 4.5 kilometers below the surface.

That may sound like a scary-big mass of melted rock, but it represents only about 0.03 percent of the estimated eruptive volume from the monstrous 1650 B.C. eruption—not nearly enough for a repeat performance. Should Santorini erupt, it will most likely be a relatively tame event, the study’s authors say.

Still, they do offer one warning: “Potentially more dangerous is the effect of volcanic ashfall and earthquake activity, which could damage houses, induce landslides along the steep caldera cliffs and cause local tsunamis that could be dangerous for the local boat traffic within the caldera.”

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 26, 2012, 11:20:46 am

Russian Shiveluch volcano spews ash 10.7km above sea level

Published: Thursday, Apr 26, 2012, 18:02 IST
Place: Vladivostok | Agency: ANI

The Shiveluch volcano on Russia's Far Eastern Kamchatka Peninsula on Thursday ejected an ash cloud to as high as nearly 11km above the sea level, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.

An ash column from the volcano rose to a height of 10.7km above the sea level.

There was no immediate threat for the population, and no emissions of volcanic dust were monitored in neighboring villages.

Two earthquakes were registered at the volcano over the past 24 hours, which was given the highest Red Aviation Code.

This was the most powerful eruption of ash registered at Shiveluch this year. Shiveluch has been active for more than four weeks.

Shiveluch, standing 3,283 meters above the sea level, is Kamchatka's northernmost active volcano.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 26, 2012, 11:29:12 am
Lava from Puu Oo spreads over coastal plain

By Star-Advertiser staff

POSTED: 03:35 p.m. HST, Apr 25, 2012

Lava flows from Puu Oo vent are spreading over the coastal plain in Kalapana and over the weekend entered the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. But the flows are still about a half-mile from the ocean.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory released new lava photos taken Monday that show slow-moving breakouts of pahoehoe lava, with the characteristic look of bunched up rope as it cools.

Other photos released in the last month show how the lava has been spreading on the plain, rather than moving directly to the south, toward the ocean.

The plain is below the Pulama Pali and the Royal Gardens subdivision.

The observatory also released video and thermal images showing the summit lava lake rising at Halemaumau Crater.

A glow from the lava lake illuminates the gas plume coming from the vent at night. The lava level rises and falls as the volcano goes through inflation and deflation cycles. The lake level is about 230 feet below the floor of Halemaumau Crater.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on April 27, 2012, 04:12:50 am
Ah, the puu oo vent is at it again! Now that is my old stomping grounds. I lived jest a few miles from that vent, to the east of the volcanos park. I actually walked the park one time over night hitchhiking to Kona from Hilo.

You haven't seem stars till you see them from the middle of that park where there is no lights visible for miles. It's stars 360 degrees horizon to horizon. Never seen so many before or since. And saw at least 3-4 "falling stars".

I've been through that one subdivision they mentioned, Royal Gardens. When I was there, it was not much more populated than the one I lived in, Hawaiian Acres, down the street from that one. The lot sizes there are I think 1/4 acres, but where I was, it's 3 acre plots. Did you know that you can get 3 acres of land, in Hawaii, for under $30,000? As cheap, and at times cheaper, than land on the mainland. Of course there is that whole volcano thing!  ;)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 27, 2012, 06:34:05 am
how do you pronounce that?

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on April 27, 2012, 03:38:55 pm
pu'u o'o

say the second "u" as the oo of "p.oop". The "o'o" is like just saying the letter "O', only it's two times like two syllables.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 29, 2012, 10:13:38 pm

Nicaragua Monitors Microseismic Activity Increase in Volcano

Managua, Apr 29 (Prensa Latina) Nicaraguan Experts reported Sunday more seismic activity at Masaya volcano, about 20 kilometers south of Managua, with an increase in expulsions of sulfur gases, which keeps the disaster warning system in high alert.

According to the report, a crack in the main crater causes higher emissions and a sound similar to a jet engine.

Specialists of the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED) and the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER), told the press that they detected this unusual behavior several days ago, but for now there is no reason for alarm.

The INETER geophysics director, Angelica Munoz, told the site El 19 Digital they monitor Masayaâ�Ös situation closely because of rising emissions and temperature above the normal range.

Technical teams assess the seismic tremor, but there is no emergency declared and the gates of Masaya Volcano National Park remain open to the public, said the director of INETER, Jorge Castro, and the executive secretary of SINAPRED, Guillermo Gonzalez.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 30, 2012, 01:20:59 pm

Yellowstone: New Picture Emerges Of A More Active, Less ‘Super’ Volcano

April 30, 2012

New research is casting doubts on the frequency or even the possibility of a ‘super-eruption’ that could blot out the sun from the Earth with a thick veil of volcanic ash.
A joint research team from Washington State University and the Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre said the biggest Yellowstone eruption on record was actually two different eruptions at least 6,000 years apart.
According to the study published in the June 2012 issue of the Quaternary Geochronology, these eruptions are thought to have created the Huckleberry Ridge around 2 million years ago.  The first eruption generated 2,200 cubic kilometers of volcanic material, while the second, smaller eruption generated 290 cubic kilometers.
The first eruption is still considered to be ‘super’ according to the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) and likely covered the sky in volcanic ash from California to the Mississippi River.
The VEI was developed by Chris Newhall of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and Sephen Self at the University of Hawaii in 1982. The open-ended scale ranges from 0 to 8 and is based on the volume of material produced, eruption cloud height, and other qualitative observations. Small continuously erupting volcanoes, like those found in Hawaii, are considered a zero on the VEI. The 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption and the Vesuvius eruption in 79 C.E., both of which produced about 1 cubic km of volcanic material, rank in the middle of the pack at five on the VEI.
The recent study’s findings suggest that the volcanic formation known as the Island Park Caldera is more active than previously thought and could help geologists to more accurately predict its next seismic event. The caldera is actually comprised of two smaller calderas and stretches 58 miles from Wyoming to Idaho.
“The Yellowstone volcano’s previous behavior is the best guide of what it will do in the future,” said study co-author Ben Ellis of Washington State University. “This research suggests explosive volcanism from Yellowstone is more frequent than previously thought.”
In calculating the different layers of rock and sediment, the team honed radioactive dating techniques involving the potassium 40 and argon 40 isotopes. These radioactive elements act as a “rock clock” for dating samples and have a precision of 0.2 percent. Darren Mark, study co-author at the Scottish research center, recently helped fine tune the technique to improve it by 1.2 percent—an exponential improvement in accuracy.
“Improved precision for greater temporal resolution is not just about adding another decimal place to a number, says Mark. ”It’s far more exciting. It’s like getting a sharper lens on a camera. It allows us to see the world more clearly.”
While the last known Yellowstone eruption to cause a lava flow was about 70,000 years ago, smaller steam-only eruptions have caused seismic events like the one at Yellowstone Lake almost 14,000 years ago that created a 5 km crater.
The Old Faithful geyser is probably the most famous evidence of ongoing volcanic activity at Yellowstone Park.  The geyser erupts between every 65 and 91 minutes, depending of the duration of the previous eruption.

Source: redOrbit (http://s.tt/1armv)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 01, 2012, 11:47:35 am

Mt Lokon erupts again

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Tue, 05/01/2012 1:05 PM

Mount Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi erupted again at 11:55 a.m. local time on Tuesday.

The latest eruption was larger in magnitude compared to the eruption last Wednesday but local residents were more prepared.

The eruption was preceded by a number of mild earthquakes over a span of two minutes.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said smoke plumes reached 2,500 meters in height when Mount Lokon erupted.

According to geologists with the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG), it is not time for residents to evacuate yet, but evacuation sites are being prepared just in case.

The BNPB has deployed a team to keep the situation in Mount Lokon under control. The agency has also prepared transport, Rp 400 million (US$43,600) in cash and other equipment.

Other emergency teams are on stand-by in Malang’s Abdul Rahman Saleh Airport with Hercules C-130 aircraft ready for evacuation. “Everything is ready,” Sutopo said. (nat/swd)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 01, 2012, 11:52:22 am


Mt Merapi enters preparation phase before eruption: Expert

The Mt. Merapi volcano restarted its inflation process immediately after the 2010 eruption and has entered its preparation stage of a forthcoming eruption, a Japanese researcher has said.

Masako Iguchi, a researcher from the Disaster Prevention Research Institute at Kyoto University, said Tuesday that the global positioning system (GPS) installed on three Indonesian volcanoes, namely Guntur, Sinabung and Merapi, to detect their ground deformations, had signaled the inflation of Mt. Merapi.

Before the 2010 eruption, he said, Merapi had erupted in 2001 and 2006. This showed that there were some periods in which the volcano had no deformation until it inflated and the next eruption occurred on Oct. 26, 2010.

“But in this latest case, we detected that after its 2010 eruption, Merapi inflated again very quickly. This means that Merapi is a very active volcano,” Iguchi said during a meeting to present the team’s project report titled “Multi-Disciplinary Hazard Reduction from Earthquakes and Volcanoes in Indonesia”.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 01, 2012, 12:25:04 pm

5 Volcanoes You Should Keep Your Eye On
By OurAmazingPlanet Staff | LiveScience.com – 59 mins ago.

Italy's Mount Etna and Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano have been huffing and puffing their way into the news recently, spewing plumes of ash and dribbling lava in the latest flare-ups of eruptive activity that have been going on for years in the case of both volcanoes.
While larger eruptions, such as Indonesia's Pinatubo in 1991 and the 1980 blast of Mount St. Helens in Washington, are more famous for the disruptions they caused, some near-constant eruptions have their own associated hazard, posing threats to nearby communities and potential disruptions to air traffic from ash plumes.
Here are five volcanoes that don't always get a lot of fanfare, but have been quietly (or maybe not so quietly) rumbling and spitting up volcanic material continuously for years — even decades — in order of the number of years they've been erupting.
5. Sangay in Ecuador – 94 years
The modern volcano structure, which reaches a height of 17,158 feet (5,230 meters), dates back about 14,000 years and was built within horseshoe-shaped calderas, or volcanic depressions, of two previous edifices that collapsed and cause avalanches. The earliest report of a historical eruption here was in 1628; then more or less continuous eruptions were reported from 1728 until 1916. The volcano started up again in 1934 and hasn't stopped since.
4. Santa María, Guatemala – 101 years
Santa María is a 12,375-foot (3,772-meter) tall stratovolcano that towers over Guatemala's Pacific coastal plain. It erupted catastrophically in 1902, one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century, causing severe damage throughout southwestern Guatemala and carving a crater on the volcano's flank. A lava-dome complex, calledSantiaguito, has been forming in the crater since 1922.

3. Stromboli, Italy - 108 years
Stromboli is the tip of a massive underwater volcano that has been erupting nearly continuously for more than2,000 years. The explosive style of eruption displayed by it and other volcanoes is known as "Strombolian. A 2002 eruption caused a small tsunami and damaged a village on the island, which lies off the coasts of Italy and Sicily.
2. Mount Etna, Italy - 109 years
Dating back to 1500 B.C., the volcano has erupted around 200 times. The mountain is currently around 10,958 feet (3,340 m) high and is the largest active volcano in Europe. The most violent eruption in the history of Mount Etna occurred in March of 1669. The volcano spewed molten rock for days on end, the eruption finally stopped at the end of April that year.
1. Mount Yasur, Vanautu - 111 years
This stratovolcano is part of the archipelago nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific.Yasur has been erupting nearly continuously for over a century, and its eruptions, which often occur several times an hour, are classified as Strombolian or Vulcanian (a relatively low-level type of eruption).

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 02, 2012, 09:37:55 pm


May 2, 2012 -- A plume of volcanic smoke is seen rising from the appropriately-named Mount Asphyxia volcano, located on Zavodovski Island in the southern Atlantic. The image was acquired on April 27 by NASA's Aqua satellite.

Zavodovski is part of the South Sandwich Islands, a group of 11 British-owned islands located 217 miles southeast of South Georgia, off the tip of South America. Only 3.1 miles wide, the icy island is dominated by the 1,800-foot-high stratovolcano.

Aptly named, the sulphuric fumes from Asphyxia coupled with the stench of penguin droppings -- the island is a breeding ground for millions of chinstrap penguins -- can be suffocating for human visitors.

The plume is seen here snaking into upper-level winds where it takes a turn to the northwest. The other islands exhibit swirling cloud vortices on their lee sides, created by their disturbance of prevailing winds.

Title: Yellowstone Monthly Update issued May 1, 2012 14:42
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 02, 2012, 09:56:03 pm
During the month of April 2012, the University of Utah reports 29 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone National Park region. The largest was a magnitude 2.4 event on April 2 at 6:27 PM MDT, located about 5 miles north northwest of West Yellowstone, MT No earthquake swarms were detected in April. Yellowstone earthquake activity continues at relatively low background levels. Slow subsidence of the caldera, which began in early 2010, continues. Current deformation patterns at Yellowstone are well within historical norms. Please see: http://www.uusatrg.utah.edu/ts_ysrp.html for ...


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 03, 2012, 10:39:56 am

This Volcanic eruption of Pago in New Britain-SW Pac is expected to have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Title: Mt. Baekdu eruption's impact on NE Asia
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 03, 2012, 10:46:48 am

05-03-2012 17:24

Mt. Baekdu eruption's impact on NE Asia (25)

Mt. Baekdu has been carefully observed since 1999 when a volcanic observatory was built in China, and since 2002, there have been some symptoms of an eruption.
By Park Chang-seok
Yes, one! There’s only one thing about which they think in a same way – a concern about possible eruption of Mt. Baekdu. The two Koreas remain at odds in everything. But they are one in voicing how to counter the possible volcanic explosion of the highest mountain in the Korean Peninsula
Inter-Korean anxiety is mounting, with growing apocalyptic predictions on the dormant volcano. A South Korean geological expert has warned that the volcano could erupt sometime around 2014 and 2015.

Former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il reportedly said people in some regions of Yanggang and North Hamgyeong Provinces were feeling anxiety over a volcanic eruption of Mt. Baekdu. Kim called for quick countermeasures by the North Korean authorities.
If a volcano, located on the border between North Korea and China erupts, damage could be 10 to 100 times greater than that caused by the April 2010 eruptions in Iceland. Experts predict that the ashes would not only hit the neighboring area but damage agriculture and cause serious disruptions in industrial activities and air flights. The Korean Peninsula, China, Japan and Russia would be severely damaged.
A volcanic eruption begins when pressure on a magma chamber forces magma up through the conduit and out the volcano’s vents. When the magma chamber is completely filled, the type of eruption partly depends on the amount of gas and silica in the magma. The amount of silica determines how sticky (level of viscosity) the magma is and water provides the explosive potential of steam.
The 2010 Iceland eruption caused enormous disruption to air travel across Western and Northern Europe, although relatively small in size for volcanic eruptions. About 20 countries closed their airspace and it affected hundreds of thousands of travelers. A very high proportion of flights within, to, and from Europe were cancelled, creating the highest level of air travel disruption since the World War II.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 03, 2012, 12:44:42 pm

Underwater eruption suspected near Iwoto
The Yomiuri Shimbun
An underwater volcanic eruption may have occurred near Iwoto island, the Japan Meteorological Agency has said.
The Maritime Self-Defense Force confirmed a change in the color of the water northeast of Iwoto--about 1,250 kilometers south of Tokyo--at about 3:40 p.m. on Sunday after volcanic tremors--lasting about half an hour--were observed in the early morning on the island, according to the agency.

(May. 1, 2012)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 03, 2012, 03:52:09 pm
The surprising threat from Mexico's awakened volcano

Geologists warn that powerful mudflows spawned by Popocatepetl could wreak havoc


North America's second-tallest volcano recently rumbled to life, putting authorities on edge. Big eruptions of Mexico's massive Popocatepetl volcano are "few and far between," as one geologist says. Yet even without any dramatic fireworks, 17,800-foot (5,425-meter) "Popo" has the power to wreak havoc.

Geologist Mike Sheridan, a professor emeritus at the University at Buffalo, said that Popo and, in fact, many other volcanoes around the world harbor a means of destruction that many people may not associate with volcanoes: mudflows. 

"And they don't even require an eruption, so they are less predictable," Sheridan told OurAmazingPlanet.

Popocatepetl lies about 40 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. The mountain reawakened in December 1994 after five decades of silence. Yet in the nearly 20 years since, the volcano has rarely exhibited the kind of vigorous activity that began the week of April 12.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 10, 2012, 03:31:31 pm

Debris from volcano closes Mexico airport
by Staff Writers
Puebla, Mexico (AFP) May 9, 2012

Ashes from Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano forced officials to close the airport in nearby Puebla for some 14 hours, to allow for cleanup after it spewed out heaps of ash and rock.

The Puebla International Airport was able to reopen Wednesday after dozens of workers cleared its runways of volcanic ash that posed a risk to departing and arriving aircraft, said officials.

The airport's closing caused just one cancellation, a flight to Houston, Texas early Wednesday, said Puebla's civil protection director Jesus Morales.

Since Popocatepetl came to life several weeks ago, it has spewed gas and glowing rock as much as one mile (1.6 kilometers) beyond its crater, and has intermittently belched out water vapor and ash.

Officials in this central Mexican state have prepared temporary shelters as a precaution and locals were wearing face masks to protect their lungs from ashes in a populous area around the volcano.

The city of Puebla lies in the shadow of the volcano about 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the federal capital Mexico City.

The country's second highest peak, Popocatepetl, means "smoking mountain" in the indigenous Nahuatl language.

After moderate activity during most of the 20th century, the mountain registered intense rumblings beginning in 1994, with the strongest coming in December 2000, when nearby communities were evacuated.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on May 10, 2012, 04:41:34 pm
That thing is less than 50 miles from Mexico City? Oooh, that's not good. Though I really don't want to see it happen, I have a feeling in all the end times there will be a volcano REALLY go off, if not more than one. Each wouldn't devistate the whole planet, but one or two here and there will make things really bad for "diverse places" hit.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 10, 2012, 10:47:30 pm
Friday, May 11, 2012

Active fault may lie directly beneath Mount Fuji: researchers


An active fault as long as 30 km may lie directly beneath Mount Fuji, a team of researchers has said in a recent survey report.

The possible fault was detected through a simulated earthquake conducted during a crustal survey over a distance of around 34 km from Fujiyoshida in Yamanashi Prefecture to Susono in Shizuoka Prefecture, said Hiroshi Sato, professor at the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo.

"More studies are needed to determine the depth and other details of the fault," Sato added.

While faults have been confirmed around Mount Fuji, little is known about the seismic structure beneath Japan's highest mountain due to mudflows caused by a huge landslide that occurred around 2,600 to 2,900 years ago, as well as thick layers of volcanic ash.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 10, 2012, 11:02:32 pm

Satellite spots Pacific volcano activity
Published: May 10, 2012 at 6:01 PM

GREENBELT, Md., May 10 (UPI) -- A NASA satellite has captured a dramatic image of steam and gas plumes from a volcano in the Mariana Islands in the Pacific Ocean, U.S. scientists said.
The image shows the activity on Pagan Island, the largest and one of the most active of the Marianas volcanoes, a NASA release reported Thursday.
Fires and smoke on the island was imaged on Tuesday by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite.
Pagan Island consists of two volcanoes connected by a narrow isthmus, and almost all of the historical eruptions of Pagan dating back to the 17th century have originated from North Pagan volcano.
The largest eruption of Pagan during historical time took place in 1981 and prompted the evacuation of the sparsely populated island, NASA aid.
The Marianas are an arc-shaped archipelago consisting of the summits of fifteen volcanic mountains, anchored at its south end by the island of Guam.

Read more: http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2012/05/10/Satellite-spots-Pacific-volcano-activity/UPI-39271336687269/#ixzz1uWwSpNZA

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 12, 2012, 07:23:30 pm

Mexico volcano spews huge ash cloud, frightens villager


SANTIAGO XALITZINTLA, Mexico (Reuters) - Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano spewed out huge clouds of ash and fiery rock overnight, closing a local airport on Saturday and frightening nearby villagers, already on edge after weeks of increased activity.
Popocatepetl, 50 miles southeast of Mexico City, shook with tremors that belched out four large plumes of ash on Friday night and Saturday morning, the National Center for Disaster Prevention said in a statement on Saturday.
The biggest expulsion shot an ash cloud 2.5 miles into the air and launched glowing rocks more than half a mile from the crater, the statement said.
Raul Arambula, a scientist collaborating with the government's disaster center, said the volcano threw out the most ash and fragments of red-hot rock since authorities raised the alert level last month.
"It was spectacular," Arambula said. "Of course, it makes you worry about everyone living nearby."
In Santiago Xalitzintla, a village about 6 miles from the volcano, the loud rumblings sent residents running to the town square during the night.
"The volcano is looking serious. It was really roaring strongly last night," said Juan Castro, 83, who said he was half-deaf but had no trouble hearing the tremors.
The ash clouds forced the airport in the central state of Puebla to suspend operations on Saturday. Billowing ash earlier in the week closed the airport on Tuesday and Thursday.
Civil protection officials in Mexico City said a change in wind patterns could send ash over the capital next week.
Mexico's disaster center raised the volcano's alert level to yellow phase three from yellow phase two in mid-April, the third-highest warning on the center's seven-step scale. There are no plans yet to evacuate nearby residents.
"They told us that we need to be ready because if we have to evacuate, they are going to warn us with the church bells," said Lizbeth Agustin, a 22-year-old candy vendor who had collected half a pail of ash in the town center of Santiago Xalitzintla.
Popocatepetl has spewed smoke and ash sporadically over the past few years. A major eruption in 2000 forced the evacuation of nearly 50,000 residents in three states surrounding the peak.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 12, 2012, 08:13:34 pm
Mount Fuji Collapse Possible After New Fault Discovered
May 11, 2012  A recently finished three-year study from Japan has discovered a new fault line running beneath Mount Fuji, which towers over 12,000 feet above sea level.
Analysis done on the fault line by the University of Tokyo shows the potential for a magnitude 7.0 quake, which could result in a collapse of part of the national landmark and tourist attraction.

Director for earthquake investigation at the science ministry, Yasuhiro Yoshida said "It's possible that the mountain could collapse with mudslides flowing to Gotemba," a city near the base of the mountain.
Further analysis will be done to determine the full effects of an earthquake on the mountain, such as a possible eruption or devastating landslides.

Title: Respiratory Diseases and Infections due to Mexican Volcano's Activity
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 16, 2012, 10:10:24 pm

Respiratory Diseases and Infections due to Mexican Volcano's Activity

Mexico, May 16 (Prensa Latina) Acute respiratory infections increased by three percent among the inhabitants of the southeastern area of the State of Mexico, who are exposed to ash thrown by the Popocatepetl volcano, said the Ministry of Health.

The head of the Department of Epidemiological Surveillance of the Mexico State Health Institute, Hector Resendiz, said the increase in these diseases has occurred in children under eight years old and adults over 60.

According to the state agency, residents of Amecameca, Ozumba, Tepetlixpa, Ecatzingo and Atlautla are those who mostly received medical attention after April 21 when volcanic dust began to fall in those municipalities that are closest to Popocatépetl on the Mexico State's side.

Resendiz added that cases of conjunctivitis have also risen, "so far we have counted 348 cases of people who have been in contact with volcanic dust".

On Tuesday, the National Center for Disaster Prevention reported the new increased activity of the volcano, which now is on yellow alert phase three.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 17, 2012, 12:26:47 pm
High lava level reported at Kilauea volcano summit

May 16, 2012


HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: Scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are reporting a  relatively high lava lake level at the Halema`uma`u crater vent over the past two days, following a summit inflation at Kilauea.
According to Tuesday’s Kilauea activity report:

The summit tiltmeter network recorded another DI deflation around 5 pm last night when the lava lake level started to drop; a laser rangefinder measurement yesterday placed the lava lake surface about 67 m (220 ft) below the Halema`uma`u Crater floor – a pretty high level.

The lava has been close to the level of the deep inner ledge. A photo released by HVO (above) shows continuous spattering at the southern lake margin tossing spatter onto the crusted lake surface as well as onto the rim of the ledge, building a steep spatter rampart (left side of image).


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 18, 2012, 12:28:55 am

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 18, 2012, 10:00:18 am

Blasts Continue to Menace People Near Mexican Volcano


Fresh blasts from Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed fiery rock and caustic ash over residents around the Mexico City suburb of Puebla, already on edge after weeks of ongoing eruption.
Ash soared 2.5 miles into the sky during early Saturday’s explosion, forcing a local airport to close.

Residents of the nearby village of Santiago Xalitzintla rushed into the town square during the middle of the night as terrifying rumblings and blasts caused buildings to shudder.
Last week residents in eastern parts of Mexico City were provided with face masks to protect them against ash raining over the region from Popocatepetl’s blasts.

Prevailing winds have so far spared the capital district from significant ash falls.

Popocatepetl has become increasingly active during 2012.

A major eruption in 2000 forced 50,000 people to evacuate in three states that surround the towering mountain.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 18, 2012, 05:16:51 pm
Satellite Spies New Lava Flow on Active Volcano


Bagana volcano is one of the most active in Papua New Guinea, but it is remote, and so poorly monitored.
Located on the mountainous spine of Bougainville Island, it is both far from any cities or large towns and is hard to reach due to the rough terrain around it. Satellites are the best way for volcanologists to keep an eye on the active peak, which has an elevation of 5,741 feet (1,750 meters).
The volcano emits gases (including water vapor and sulfur dioxide) almost continuously, and frequently spits up thick lava flows.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 19, 2012, 03:14:36 pm

Mount Marapi Volcano Erupts Again


A report, published in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, has unveiled recently that a volcano, namely Indonesia's Mount Marapi, erupted early Friday at 7:15 a. m. local time, lasting for nearly ten minutes.
It has been found that the volcano has had several such eruptions since when its alert status was updated last August. Also, the same has erupted for a total of around 454 times since the late eighteenth century till 2008.
While a majority of these were minor eruptions, fifty of them were significant, last in the year 2005, found the team of researchers from Oregon State University.
The erupted volcano is located in the province of West Sumatra, near the cities and town of Bukittinggi, Padang Panjang and Batusangkar in West Sumatra. As per the findings, the volcano is the most active one.
It is being said that its eruptions had killed 300 people between October and November and had caused around 300,000 people to relocate as well. "Our study found some of the first evidence that the region has a much more explosive history than perhaps has been appreciated", said Morgan Salisbury, lead author.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 19, 2012, 05:15:33 pm


Guatemala volcano spits lava and ash

May 19 (Reuters) - Guatemala's Fuego volcano belched burning lava and black ash into the sky early Saturday, leading the government to issue an airplane advisory and close sections of highway.

The volcano, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of the capital, erupted about 2:45 a.m. (0745 GMT), spewing a column of ash up to 16,400 feet (5,000 meters) above the crater and launching burning red lava nearly 1,300 feet (400 meters) high.

The national emergency commission issued an advisory, warning planes not to fly within a 25-mile (40 kilometer) radius of the volcano. The La Aurora international airport in Guatemala City remained open.

The commission also closed two stretches of highway threatened by lava flows that reached the base of the mountain.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 20, 2012, 12:03:19 pm


Minor Glacial Burst in South Iceland Volcano Katla

A small glacial burst occurred in the volcano Katla, which lies underneath the Mýrdalsjökull icecap in south Iceland, on April 28 and lasted a few days. The activity was registered by seismic monitors and increased conduction was measured in the river Múlakvísl until May 7.

Last summer a large glacial burst, probably caused by a minor eruption in Katla, caused the river to swell and tear a hole in the Ring Road, right at the height of the tourism season in early July.
Oddur Sigurðsson, a geologist at the Icelandic Meteorological Office, told visir.is that the glacial burst in late April was so insignificant that it couldn’t be detected by the naked eye.
Oddur explained that it was caused by geothermal activity in one of Katla’s craters.

Volcano enthusiast and blogger Jón Frímann Jónsson reported on two events in Katla, on April 28 and May 6 or 7, and considers them to be warning signals: something is happening in the volcano, he predicts.
He also commented on the recent series of earthquakes which hit Herðubreið in the northeastern highlands early this week.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 21, 2012, 06:03:14 pm

Ailments Spread Among Refugees of Sirung Eruption
Jakarta Globe | May 21, 2012

Kupang. Various ailments, including coughs and other respiratory conditions, have affected hundreds of people seeking safety in temporary shelters after the eruption of Mount Sirung on Pantar island in the Eastern Nusa Tenggara District of Alor, an official said on Monday.

Mount Sirung, a 862-meter-high volcano, erupted on May 13, forcing some 250 people from the Mauta village on its slope to seek safety elsewhere in the district.

The volcano was put on the third level of alert after it began to show increased activity on May 8

“Residents are beginning to be affected by ailments such as coughs, sneezing, and other respiratory conditions,” Viktor Tanghana, the head of the Alor district Disaster Mitigation Office said.

Viktor said children were the most vulnerable among the displaced.

He said the district had already deployed a medical team to the temporary shelters to provide some help, and the authorities had also sent food aid such as rice, corn and instant noodles and cans of sardines.

The evacuation of Mauta, approximately 300 meters from the crater, was conducted by the local authorities at the request of the Vulcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center in Bandung (PVMBG), Viktor said.

He said although the people of the village had been evacuated to the temporary shelters, they continued to return to their fields to work.

Viktor also berated the shortage of face masks at the district level, and called on the disaster mitigation office in Kupang, the provincial capital to send at least 500 such masks to the district for distribution.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 21, 2012, 06:11:08 pm

High possibility of Mt. Fuji’s eruption

Posted by Mochizuki on May 20th, 2012

Professor Emeritus, Kimura from Ryukyu university warns eruption of Mt. Fuji in 3 years is the bigger risk than possible earthquake caused by the active fault.
He points out these 2 facts below
1. From North east to South west of the crater, water eruption is observed. This is the water version of eruption instead of magma,but the mechanism is almost the same as normal eruption. In Fujinomiya city beside Mt. Fuji, water has been springing every few months since 2 years ago. Water level became higher all of a sudden at Fujigoko lake located at North to Mt. Fuji.
2. Huge holes appear in the Fuji maneuvering ground of Japanese Self Defense Force. Natural gas is coming up from the holes. The temperature is 40℃ ~ 50℃. It is not the volcanic gas directly coming up from magma but considering water eruption as well, it is highly likely to be the omen of major eruption.
According to the simulation of Cabinet Government, volcanic ash will be accumulated 2~10cm even in Tokyo, where is 100km away from Mt. Fuji. In the worst case, 14,600km of road will be closed. 515 flights will be cancelled a day. 1,080,000 houses will be out of power. The estimated economical damage will be 2 trillion and 500 billion yen.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on May 21, 2012, 06:14:35 pm
Japan is full of unbelieving Buddah worshippers and most of the rest are secular science worshippers, so no wonder that place is getting hammered.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 21, 2012, 06:21:49 pm

Is an eruption at Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano imminent?

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - By Clayton R. Norman

Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network has upgraded the color threat level to yellow of Turrialba Volcano, in the province of Cartago east of the capital.

A statement issued by Raúl Mora-Amador, coordinator of Seismology, Volcanology and Geophysical Exploration at the University of Costa Rica, indicates a threat level of yellow means that the National Seismological Network believes an eruption is “probable” in a matter of days, weeks or a few months.

The upgrade in the threat level is due to “important changes in seismic activity of Volcano Turrialba associated with the movement of fluids, gas and magma beneath the surface, different from that observed in past years,” Mora-Amador’s statement says.

Temperatures around some fumaroles on the volcano have risen to as much as 800° Celsius, accompanied by eruptions of ash. High-temperature emissions of volcanic gases including sulfur dioxide have increased, causing incandescence in some of the fumaroles, Mora-Amador said, adding that the internal wall of the active crater is very weak due to hydrothermal changes in the volcano. Mora-Amador indicated this could mean a major eruption could jettison material into the atmosphere.

Turrialba is the only volcano in the country currently with a yellow threat-level indicator. An upgrade to red would mean an eruptions is imminent.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 24, 2012, 12:58:06 pm

Title: Officials alert residents near Costa Rican volcano
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 24, 2012, 01:08:06 pm

Emergency officials in Costa Rica say they have moved some residents away from a volcano outside the capital after it spewed toxic gas and ash, signs of a potentially imminent eruption.

The Turrialba volcano located about 40 miles (65 kilometers) outside San Jose began a series of eruptions in 2007. Several nearby villages were evacuated and a surrounding national park closed in 2010.

Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission said its volcano warning level was at green on Wednesday, the lowest of three warning levels, but that it had alerted residents about the possibility of an evacuation and already moved some villagers away from the populated areas closest to the volcano so they would not be harmed by erupting gases.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 29, 2012, 06:57:51 pm

May 29, 2012, 10:49 a.m. ET.
Colombia's Ruiz Volcano Begins Rumbling; Nearby Airports Shut

--Warning level at volcano raised to 'orange,' meaning eruption possible in days or weeks

--Operations suspended at four airports

--Ashes fall on cities and towns in coffee-growing region

By Dan Molinski


BOGOTA (Dow Jones)--Colombia warned Tuesday of a possible eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano after ...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 29, 2012, 10:37:59 pm

Volcano belches ash in Russia's Far East


VLADIVOSTOK - A volcano in Russia's Far East spewed ash high into the sky on Tuesday following a series of tremors, local media reported.
The column of ash from the 3.3-km-high Shiveluch volcano reached up to 7.3 km above sea level, according to the Itar-Tass news agency.
No impact or damage has been reported vis-a-vis the powerful outburst, which came in the wake of a chain of seismic events around the region.
Located on the Kamchatka peninsula, Shiveluch has been active since September 1980.

Title: Indonesia's Mt. Soputan status raised to standby
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 29, 2012, 10:42:10 pm


The Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) has raised the alert status of Mt. Soputan in Minahasa and Southeast Minahasa regencies in North Sulawesi to level 3 -- meaning "standby" -- from the previous level 2 (alert), following increasing levels of volcanic activity.
"Based on our observations, as of 3 p.m. on Monday, Mt. Soputan's alert status was raised to level 3," center head Surono said on Monday evening.
According to Surono, increasing activity had been detected since May 25, when the volcano spew out white smoke to heights of between 50 meters and 75 meters above the mountain's peak.
The center has recorded dozens of different types of activity since then. The center's highest alert status for volcanoes is level 4 (on guard).
Surono has called on local residents to stay beyond a radius of six kilometers from the volcano's summit.
The center has also warned residents of the threat of a cold lava flood, urging people living near Ranowangko, Pentu, Lawian and Popang rivers to remain alert and aware.
The volcano's last eruption occurred on July 3, 2011. It erupted 10 hours after its status was raised to alert, forcing local officials to close Sam Ratulangi Airport for a day.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2012, 09:47:15 am
30 tremors shake Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano over 48 hour Mon-Tues period this week ???


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2012, 09:00:50 pm

Preventive alert declared for three Costa Rican volcanoes

 Posted: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 - By Tico Times

A ‘green alert’ still allows visitors access to the volcanic areas.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) on Wednesday declared a preventive “green alert” due to recent seismic activity at three volcanoes: Rincón de la Vieja, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, Poás, northwest of San José in the province of Alajuela, and Turrialba, in the eastern province of Cartago.

“The CNE’s alert is supported by reports from technical and scientific agencies that note the volcanoes are in constant activity,” the commission stated.

Turrialba Volcano, 70 kilometers east of the capital, has seen significant volcanic and seismic activity in recent months, prompting the National Seismological Network to upgraded its own color threat level to yellow.

Emissions of gas at Poás Volcano are expected to increase, and Rincón de la Vieja Volcano has also seen significant volcanic activity, the CNE noted.

Despite the warning, access to the volcanoes will remain open to the public, but visitors must follow guidelines issued at each national park’s entrance.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on May 31, 2012, 03:33:06 am
30 tremors shake Hawaii’s Mount Kilauea volcano over 48 hour Mon-Tues period this week ???


Not really unusual, as far as I know for the area. But with God, that means nothing. He sticks to His schedule of eruptions and quakes. People just need to repent and hold on!

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 31, 2012, 04:00:24 pm

500 evacuated in volcano alert


A light spewing of ash amid renewed rumblings in the Nevado del Ruiz volcano prompted Colombian authorities to evacuate 500 people from beneath its flanks and briefly suspend flights at four airports.

The volcano's seismic activity was more intense than episodes in April and early May, when it emitted columns of steam, said the government geological agency Ingeominas. The 17,160ft volcano spouted ash that fell on population centres including the western city of Manizales.
Recovery hope ends for miners

The families of 29 men killed 18 months ago when an explosion ripped through a New Zealand coal mine say they are abandoning their campaign to get the remains returned.
Bernie Monk -- whose 23-year-old son Michael died in the November 2010 disaster -- said an assessment by new mine owners Solid Energy indicates the old mine shaft remains dangerously full of methane. He said the families do not want to risk any more lives in a recovery operation.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on May 31, 2012, 04:43:55 pm
So by your count so far BA, how many volcanos are acting up in South America of late? Seems like several.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 31, 2012, 05:10:38 pm
So by your count so far BA, how many volcanos are acting up in South America of late? Seems like several.

Hard to say - it seems like the entire world is acting up. Just think about the typical temper-tandrum person. He wants to change, so each time he feels angry, he just "bottles it up". The more he "bottles it up"...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 02, 2012, 11:50:00 am
Guatemala’s Santiaguito and Fuego volcanoes rain down ash on nearby villages

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 02, 2012, 11:56:31 am
Trawlers warned off seamount

Posted at 1:27pm Saturday 02nd Jun, 2012

Scientists are saying the Tanagaroa seamount off the Bay of Plenty coast should be declared off limits to commercial exploitation by fishing and mining.
A group of Wellington scientists have just confirmed volcanic activity on the deep water seamount


Niwa principal scientist Malcolm Clark says they have discovered new hydrothermal vents, which create chimney-like structures.
“Some of the venting we found was very high temperature, black smoker type situations, where the temperature is several hundred degrees Celsius,” says Malcolm.

Title: Volcano threatens millions in Mexico
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 02, 2012, 12:07:32 pm


1 June 2012 Last updated at 00:00 ET Help Mexico's Popocatepetl Volcano has blasted a tower of ash over nearby towns and villages prompting authorities to consider the possibility of evacuations.

Popocatepetl sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and the city of Puebla, meaning some 25 million people live within a 90-km (60-mile) radius of the volcano.

Over a month ago, the volcanic eruptions started growing larger.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 05, 2012, 10:07:18 am

Manum Island's volcano erupting

Updated 5 June 2012, 18:19 AEST

A new series of eruptions have begun on Manam Island off Madang in Papua New Guinea, with warnings to residents to take precautions.

The volcano is one of the most active in PNG claiming several lives over the last decade.

Vents on the volcano are glowing at nights and explosions in the craters can be heard more than 15 kilometres away.

Ima Itakarai, the assistant director of the Rabaul Volcanology Observatory says it's possibility of a major explosion cannot be ruled out, but it's not imminent.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 06, 2012, 10:21:51 am


Whopping” number of earthquakes shake around Hawaii volcano

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: A large number of earthquakes has been rattling the Volcano area on Hawaii Island over the last few days. The quakes have been small, with no damage reported. Still, a handful of those temblors have been 3.0 magnitude and over.
The USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory’s “Recent Earthquakes in Hawaii” page shows a constant swarm of quakes surrounding the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home of the active Kilauea Volcano. We took a screen grab of the screen of the USGS HVO earthquake page, and it shows the long list stretching all the way back to Friday, June 1st.
16 earthquakes have already registered on the list before noon on Tuesday, Hawaii time.
On Tuesday, the HVO staff makes mention of the quakes on their Kilauea volcano update page:
The GPS network recorded weak extension overall for the past few months with superimposed contraction and extension fluctuations corresponding to DI tilt events. Seismic tremor levels were generally low, decreasing from a peak around 11 am Sunday. A whopping thirty-three earthquakes were strong enough to be located beneath Kilauea volcano: 4 deep earthquakes below the southwest rift zone, 3 beneath the west edge of the summit area, 7 within and below the upper east rift, 1 north of the middle east rift zone, 7 on south flank faults, and 11 mostly shallow long-period (LP) earthquakes within the Koa`e Fault Zone beneath the Kulanaokuaiki Camp Ground; a quick check this morning showed no obvious new cracking on the surface near the campground.

The rise of the Kilauea summit lava lake level in Halemaumau crater continued with several overflows of the inner ledge. At Pu`u `O`o, scientists report lava also rose within the east collapse pit; to the southeast, lava flows continued to advance on the coastal plain.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on June 06, 2012, 02:20:21 pm
The Pu'u 'O'o vent is the one they show the most, a single tall cone in the open plain of lava fields. It's a cone that has built up from the ground level, and has been pumping out lava steadily for years. I use to live less than 20 miles to the northeast from that vent.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 06, 2012, 07:55:09 pm
Disclaimer: This article has a New Age slant. However, this writer has one thing right in terms of discerning asteroids from volcanos...



This Is the Way the World Ends? Volcanoes Could Darken World

Are you worried about the end of life as we know it? Then don't just look to the sky for that catastrophic asteroid that could be heading our way. The end may come from right beneath your feet.
Super-volcanoes have probably caused more extinctions than asteroids. But until now it has been thought that these giant volcanoes took thousands of years to form -- and would remain trapped beneath the earth's crust for thousands more years -- before having much effect on the planet.
But new research indicates these catastrophic eruptions, possibly thousands of times more powerful than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, may happen only a few hundred years after the volcanoes form. In other words, they may have a very "short fuse," according to researchers at Vanderbilt University.
Such an event could make thermonuclear war or global warming seem trivial, spewing untold tons of ash into the atmosphere to block sunlight. The result would be many years of frigid temperatures, wiping out millions of species. A super-volcano that erupted 250 million years ago is now believed to have created the greatest mass extinction the world has ever seen, wiping out up to 95 percent of all plant and animal species. Some renegade scientists believe it was a volcano, not an asteroid, that killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.


Rev 6:12  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;
Rev 6:13  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.
Rev 6:14  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
Rev 6:15  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;
Rev 6:16  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:
Rev 6:17  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2012, 10:42:57 pm

Stromboli volcano (Italy) activity update: strong and frequent explosions at summit crater
Friday Jun 08, 2012 09:38 AM | Age: 20 hrs

Stromboli volcano is in a phase of strong activity. Reports by visitors and images taken with the webcams show that in particular the northwestern vent in the summit crater often produces strong explosions that shower the crater terrace with incandescent lava.

Since the last lateral eruption in March 2007, Stromboli has been in a heightened state of activity overall during most of the past years, indicating that magma levels inside the conduit are relatively high. The question is when again the magma finds its way out through a fissure on the flank on Sciara del Fuoco to produce another effusive eruption with a new lava flow.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 11, 2012, 09:22:39 am
Fuego volcano erupts, Guatemalan authorities report

Published June 10, 2012

The Fuego volcano, located about 50 kilometers (31 miles) south of this capital, on Sunday spewed a column of ash up to a kilometer (about 3,300 feet) high, a government agency reported.
The National Vulcanology Institute said in a communique that the volcano, which rises 3,763 meters (12,230 feet) above sea level, on Sunday erupted effusively, according to seismic recordings and the images received from a camera at the observatory at Panimache.
The volcano's activity presently consists of emissions of red hot lava being hurled from the crater to a height of some 500 meters (1,625 feet), the agency said.
The institute went on to say that three rivers of lava were emerging from the crater and moving down the sides of the mountain.

Read more: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/06/10/fuego-volcano-erupts-guatemalan-authorities-report/#ixzz1xUiwWhHI

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 14, 2012, 11:11:29 pm
This isn't the first time an alert level has been raised surrounding an eruption. It seems to be a bigger trend now around the world.

This passage came to mind, for some reason, but I don't know...

Isa_5:14  Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.


Hundreds briefly evacuate as volcano erupts in northeast Indonesia
POSTED June 14, 2012 BY BNO News 0 Comments

TERNATE, INDONESIA (BNO NEWS) -- Hundreds of residents in northeastern Indonesia fled their homes on Wednesday after a brief eruption at Mount Gamkonora, spewing towering columns of ash and smoke and prompting officials to raise the volcano's alert level to the second-highest state.

The 1,635-meter (5,364 feet) tall volcano, which is located on the west coast of Halmahera island in the Maluku Islands and is part of North Maluku province, began to erupt on Wednesday afternoon and sent thick ash clouds up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet) high, although no lava flows were seen.

The Antara news agency reported that hundreds of residents living on the volcano's slope evacuated the area following the eruption, but they returned hours later after officials determined their communities are not currently at risk. New evacuations could be ordered if activity at the volcano continues to increase.

Following Wednesday's eruption, the country's Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) decided to raise the volcano's alert status to Siaga (level 3), the second-highest level. The agency uses a warning system with four levels of alert, with level 1 being the lowest and level 4 being the highest.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 17, 2012, 08:25:05 am


Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano growing more active

XALITZINTLA, Mexico (KABC) -- Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano is showing more signs of activity.

Nighttime footage from a permanent camera set up near the volcano showed it was belching out incandescent rocks and smoke. The National Center for Disaster Prevention has registered 68 exhalations of gas vapor and ash of medium intensity coming from the volcano in the last 24 hours.

The volcano can also bee seen spewing ash in daytime footage.

The volcanic mountain sits roughly halfway between Mexico City and Puebla with some 25 million people living within a 60-mile radius.

Popo, as it is commonly known, has erupted small amounts of ash almost daily since activity began in 1994.

Officials have not ordered any evacuations.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 17, 2012, 04:43:11 pm

Mt. Marapi spews volcanic ash on Sunday morning


Bukittingi, W Sumatra, June 17 (ANTARA) - Mount Marapi in West Sumatra province spewed volcanic ash up to 500 meters into the sky on Sunday morning.

 "The volcano spewed volcanic ash for about 10 minutes starting at around 08.30 a.m.," Mubarak, who lived on the slope of the volcano said on Sunday.

 "The volcanic ash fell on around the volcano`s slope," he said.

 Before spewing volcanic ash, the 2,891-meter high volcano released white thick smoke as high as 50 meters from its crater, he said.

 Since its alert status was raised on August 3, 2011, the volcano had spewed white smoke and volcanic ash almost everyday, he said.

 The Bukittinggi Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) still maintains the volcano`s alert status at the second highest alert level.

 "PVMBG still recommends keeping the volcano at the second highest alert status and declaring it off-limits to anyone climbing within 3 km of its peak," PVMBG officer Warseno said.

 The volcano has spewed thick smoke and volcanic ash almost every day since it began showing signs of increased activity on August 3, 2011.

 Mt Marapi is one of the active volcanoes in West Sumatra. It sent out sulfuric volcanic ash 1,000 meters into the sky on August 3 last year. The ash fell onto a number of areas, such as Agam, Tanahdatar, Padangpariaman, and Padangpanjang.

 The volcano last erupted in 2005.

 When inactive, the mountains adjacent to Mt Singgalang and Mt Tandikek have always been a destination for climbers from within and outside West Sumatra. Also, every New Years, it is always crowded with mountain climbers. (ANTARA)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 18, 2012, 06:08:05 pm

17 June 2012 Last updated at 19:03 ET
Colombian volcano Nevado del Ruiz spews ash and gas

Plumes of smoke and ash are continuing to rise from Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano.

People living on its slopes said they had heard "strong, strange noises" coming from the summit of the 5,346m-high mountain on Friday and Saturday.

Officials say an orange alert first declared three weeks ago is still in place for areas near the summit.

More than 25,000 people died in a mudslide caused by Nevado del Ruiz in its last eruption in 1985.

Officials have distributed 30,000 face masks to residents living in areas affected by ash from the volcano.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 20, 2012, 11:05:09 am


Long-grumbling Alaska volcano has explosive ash burst

(Reuters) - A remote Aleutian volcano that has been restless for the past year rumbled to life on Tuesday, shooting a thin cloud of ash several miles into the sky, which could pose a slight hazard to aircraft, Alaska scientists said.

Cleveland Volcano, a 5,676-foot (1,730 meter) peak on an uninhabited island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, had an explosive eruption at about 2:05 p.m. local time, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.

A pilot flying in the area estimated that the ash cloud rose to 35,000 feet above sea level, reported the observatory, which is a joint federal-state organization that monitors Alaska's numerous active volcanoes.

However, satellite imagery shows only a weak ash signal, suggesting a thin cloud that dissipated quickly, said Stephanie Prejean, a U.S. Geological Survey seismologist at the observatory in Anchorage


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 21, 2012, 06:35:26 pm

21.06.2012 | 11:00

Increased Seismic Activity in Iceland’s Katla Volcano

Increased seismic activity was detected in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in south Iceland, under which the volcano Katla lies, last night. Twenty-six minor earthquakes were picked up by sensors, all of which had their epicenter within the Katla crater.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2012, 06:05:06 pm

El Hierro volcano (Canary Islands): continuing earthquakes, volcanic tremor and eruption warning
Tuesday Jun 26, 2012 19:27 PM | Age: 3 hrs

While the unusually strong earthquake swarm under El Hierro Island continues, harmonic volcanic tremor has reappeared short time ago at about 16h10 UTC.

 The tremor, a low-frequency ground vibration, is thought to be caused by moving magma. It had been strong yesterday and correlated well with a southward propagation of earthquake locations, suggesting that magma at about 20 km depth flew from underneath the El Golfo area towards the EL Julan (south) coast, in a similar way as before the Oct 2011 eruption, but became blocked there, and did not reach the southern rift zone near La Restinga.

 After the cease of tremor in the afternoon, earthquakes still continued at high rate, marking a record figure with over 180 quakes larger than M2 yesterday alone, and more than 150 quakes larger than M1.5 so far today.

 In other words, pressure continued to cause wide-spread rock fracturing underground and cause small intrusions of fluids. Now, the re-appearance of tremor could mean that magma is moving again somewhere underneath the island. Where to and whether or not it might reach the surface and initiate a new eruption is difficult to know at the moment. It is essential to continue to monitor location and magnitude of earthquakes.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 26, 2012, 06:09:04 pm


Stromboli volcano (Italy): moderately strong activity

Our colleague Marc Szlegat just returned from a visit to Stromboli volcano whose activity has recently been increasing. Marc observed that there were 5 active glowing vents within the crater terrace. The most spectacular explosions took place from the eastern vent, the cone that had been building since 2009. They occurred roughly every 20 minutes, with sometime powerful explosions ejecting lava bombs up to 300 m height, many of which falling onto the Sciara del Fuoco.

Frequent eruptions also occurred from the western vent, with typical ejection heights of 50-100 m, and occasionally up to about 200 m. A third vent in the central crater and rarely a vent at the extreme western end of the crater erupted occasionally as well.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 30, 2012, 10:17:13 pm


Colombia volcano erupts, prompts evacuations

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia evacuated people from communities close to the Nevado del Ruiz volcano after an eruption on Saturday that spewed smoke and ash from its crater, bringing back memories of avalanches that in 1985 buried tens of thousands under rocks.
President Juan Manuel Santos said on his Twitter account that the area around the Nevado del Ruiz, in the central spine of Colombia's Andean mountain range, had been put on red alert and people should leave the area.
Even as volcanic activity began to subside, emergency services urged 4,800 residents in Caldas and nearby Tolima province to get to safety, according to Carlos Ivan Marquez, who heads the security effort. The volcano is about 110 miles west of the capital Bogota.
"It's fundamental that communities near to the volcano follow all security recommendations; that means preventative evacuations and that people remain calm," Marquez said.


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Post by: Mark on July 02, 2012, 09:43:06 am
Volcanic activity lifts Canary island


Following days of almost continual earthquakes, residents of the small Canary island of El Hierro are once again living in fear of a volcanic eruption as their island begins to lift.


According to the National Geographic Institute of Spain, increases in seismic activity on the island has seen literally hundreds of earthquakes, known as a swarm, shaking the island and gradually increasing in strength since June 25. Around 750 earthquakes have been recorded although few have been strong enough to be felt by the residents until the last two days

The island has been placed on yellow alert by the security committee in charge of operations as the earthquakes increase. The largest so far was registered at 4.0 on the Richter scale on Wednesday June 27.

More frightening for the approximately 10,000 residents is the fact that a bulge has developed in the island, lifting it five centimetres in four days. Whereas the volcanic activity of 2011 was based out at sea, this time the magma appears to be forming right underneath the island and the pressure is building. Scientists on the island are using the position of the earthquake epicentres to try and work out where the magma from the volcano will come to the surface.The longer it takes to find a vent, the more the pressure from the magma will grow and the larger any possible eruption is likely to be.
Earthquake Report says that PEVOLCA (Civil Protection from Volcanic Risk) has said that there is an acceleration in the flow of magma, with a "clear process of inflation".

As reported by Digital Journal on June 25, the island suffered serious seismic activity last year, resulting in an undersea volcanic cone as can be seen in the video. However, over time, the activity died down and it was thought by experts that was the end of the event. The research vessel 'Hesperides' which had been investigating went home and the live cameras were turned off. Now the 'Hesperides' is hurrying back to the island but the cameras have not as yet been turned back on.

The website Decoded Science, in an article by Jennifer Young, explains how magma chambers work and how scientists are processing information from volcanoes to learn more about predicting possible eruptions. It is this activity that the scientists on the 'Hesperides', in conjunction with those on the island itself, will be studying in an effort to try and predict if and when the volcano under El Hierro will erupt.

Official reports have been few and far between and the Spanish media has concentrated rather more on the football and the economy than the volcano growing under one of Spain's most popular holiday destinations, just as the season gets into full swing.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/327552#ixzz1zTamiciY

do not forget that this country has lost its protection and is under Judgment!!!

Some fear the collapse of the giant volcanic mountain Cumbre Vieja in the Canary Islands could send an 80-foot high tsunami slamming into the east coast of the United States at 600 mph.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 20, 2012, 09:37:21 am


Rumblings under Tongariro

Scientists have raised the Volcano Alert Level at Mt Tongariro after a series of quakes beneath the volcanic complex.

GeoNet said typically Tongariro experienced two such quakes - magnitude 2.5 or less - a year, but there had been more than 20 since July 13.

In a Volcanic Alert Bulletin issued this afternoon, it said the sequence started on July 13 and declined for a period, before restarting on July 18 and increasing in number yesterday.

‘‘These indicate unrest at Tongariro and give reason to change the Volcanic Alert Level to level 1 [from 0] and the aviation colour code to yellow [from green].’’


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 20, 2012, 09:40:30 am


Giant quake a record-setter

Even though a magnitude-8.6 undersea earthquake that occurred far west of Sumatra on 11 April caused no damage and triggered no tsunami, it was still a record-setter.

For one thing, it was the largest quake ever measured far from the boundary of a tectonic plate, researchers report online in Science.

Also, the so-called intraplate quake is the largest ever measured for a fault zone for which the two sides of the fault slide horizontally past each other rather than having one side of the fault shoved beneath its neighbour.

The epicentre of the quake was located about 400 kilometres southwest of the magnitude-9.1, tsunami-spawning quake that occurred off the northwestern coast of Sumatra on 26 December 2004.

Over the course of about a minute and a half, this spring's shake ruptured 500km of three separate but related faults, all of which were highly stressed.

A lot of that stress was shifted to the area by the December 2004 quake, the researchers suggest.

The faults unzipped at a relatively slow but steady 2.5km per second, the researchers say, with much of the slippage along the faults taking place more than 25km below the seafloor - a depth that helped contribute to the quake's great magnitude.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 20, 2012, 04:06:25 pm


Tongariro(New Zealand) volcano alert at new high

A "sudden rise" in volcanic activity at Mt Tongariro has prompted scientists to lift its volcanic alert status for the first time.
But local businesses and conservation authorities remain unconcerned as they seek to reassure visitors it is "business as usual" at National Park.
GNS Science this afternoon lifted Mt Tongariro's volcanic alert status from level zero to level one, and increased the aviation status from green to yellow.
It said a series of more than 20 "small" volcanic earthquakes had been recorded at Tongariro since July 13 - more than the average of two per year according to historic seismic data.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 24, 2012, 10:46:53 am


Tongariro volcano (New Zealand): seismic swarm, a possible precursor to new activity
Monday Jul 23, 2012 12:05 PM | Age: 1 days

Tongariro volcano is showing signs of a possible awakening. On 13 July 2012, an increase in small (<M2.5) earthquakes was detected. The quakes were clustered at depths of 2-7 km under the area between Emerald crater and Te Mari crater. More than 20 earthquakes were recorded until 20 July, when the seismic activity peaked and prompted GeoNet to raise the alert level from 0 to 1. Compared to a background average of 2 quakes per year, the swarm is significant and could indicate magma movements. Seismic activity dropped on 21 July with only 1 quake since then, but preliminary measurements show an increase in volcanic gas emission. NZ Scientist started to increase their monitoring at the volcano.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2012, 01:26:18 pm

Tongariro erupts, alert level raised

The volcanic alert level for Mt Tongariro has risen from 1 to 2 after the central North Island volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night.

 GNS science is reporting that at approximately 11:50pm on Monday night ash fall began to be reported in the volcano's vicinity - it has since been reported as far east as SH5 near Te Haroto and in Napier.

 GNS duty volcanologist Michael Rosenberg told Radio New Zealand that some people are reported to have left their houses on the southern shores of Lake Rotoaira, though no formal notices of evacuation have been issued so far by Civil Defense.

 He said residents in the area have told GNS of hearing several loud explosions, lightning and plumes of smoke and police have been told by an onlooker that "a new hole in the side of the mountain" had formed.


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Post by: Kilika on August 06, 2012, 03:13:31 pm
...volcano erupted for the first time in more than a century late last night.

That could be any number of long quiet volcanos all over the place, and some in high population areas, like say Diamond Head in Waikiki, Hawaii.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 06, 2012, 10:12:47 pm

‘Super volcano’ could kill millions near site of Pompeii


The eruption of Mount Vesuvius near Naples, Italy, in 79 A.D. killed thousands of Pompeii residents and remains one of the most famous volcanic explosions in history. But scientists say a hidden "super volcano" in the same area has the potential to kill millions.
"These areas can give rise to the only eruptions that can have global catastrophic effects comparable to major meteorite impacts," Giuseppe De Natale, head of a project to drill deep under the earth to monitor the molten caldera, told Reuters.
A caldera, or cauldron, is formed by collapsed land after a volcanic eruption. It can be just as dangerous as volcanic domes, sending magma and ash shooting into the air. A caldera is located in Campi Flegrei. The regional park, which is named after the Greek word for burning, is a major tourist attraction, and the surrounding area is home to more than 3 million residents.
"That is why the Campi Flegrei absolutely must be studied and monitored," De Natale said. "I wouldn't say like others, but much more than the others exactly because of the danger given that millions of people live in the volcano."


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 07, 2012, 05:54:28 pm


Volcanic activity world-wide 7 Aug 2012: Tongariro, Etna, Stromboli, Popocatépetl, volcanoes in Guatemala, Colombia, Ecuador

News have been dominated by Tongariro volcano's first eruption in 115 years (New Zealand). At the moment, the volcano is quiet, but eruptions could resume any time.
Etna (Italy): Strombolian activity continues at varying levels. Following a phase of weak activity during 4-6 Aug, an increase of activity was observed at the Bocca Nuova during the night 6-7 Aug.
 Also in Italy, the activity at Stromboli (Eolian Islands) has been at relatively high levels over the past days. The number and size of explosions from the summit vents has increased.
Popocatépetl in Mexico: About 1 explosion occurs per hour, and strong glow is visible at night. A relatively powerful eruption late on 6 Aug sent ash to up to 30,000 ft (10 km) altitude.
The volcanoes in Guatemala have shown little changes in activity over the past days.
 Fuego volcano has intermittent weak strombolian explosions throwing lava up to 100 m above the crater, and the lava flow on the south flank is still active.
 Santiaguito / Santa Maria (Guatemala): Weak to moderate explosions occur regularly and produce ash plumes up to 900 meters high. Avalanches of lava blocks descend on the south flank of the dome.
 Lots of seismic activity is visible on the seismograms, most of it related to rockfalls.
 Some tremor and shallow volcanic quakes and weak degassing are the only signs of activity reported from Pacaya.
In Colombia, there are currently 1 volcanoes on orange alert (Ruiz)(eruption warning) and 4 on yellow (unrest):
 Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia) shows tremor, associated with gas and minor ash emissions at low level. A shallow M1.2 earthquake occurred at 3:11 (local time) near the Arenas crater. INGEOMINAS keeps a close watch of the volcano.
 Compared to the previous week, the seismicity at Galeras has increased and shows events related to fluid movements within the volcano. Few weak earthquakes with magnitudes less than 1.1 related to fracturing of rock occurred at shallow depths (less than 4 km) at various locations under the volcano.
 Seismicity at Cerro Machin volcano remains at slightly elevated levels with some weak earthquakes SE under the lava dome at depths between 3.5 and 5 km.
 At Cumbal volcano, seismicity is still above background levels, but has has decreased. Signals are interpreted as fluid movements under the volcano.
 Nevado del Huila The volcano shows normal seismic activity and degassing at low levels with no significant changes to previous weeks. INGEOMINAS keeps the alert level at yellow.
Tungurahua volcano: Activity remains generally at relatively low levels. Few small to moderate explosions (about 3-5 per day) and weak steam and ash venting continue at Tungurahua. The last reported ash cloud altitude was at 18,000 ft (4.5 km) from an explosion on 6 Aug.
 This morning, a more intense phase with volcanic tremor is visible on the seismograms.
 Reventador volcano: IG reports a strong steam plume rising 1500 m above the summit, but does no more mention any active lava flow.
 Sangay volcano: No recent reports of eruptions from remote Sangay are available, but this might simply incidate that its typical strombolian eruptions are too small.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2012, 02:26:19 pm

Sotará volcano (Colombia): increase in seismic activity triggers raise in alert level


The recent increase in seismic activity under Sotarà volcano promted INGEOMINAS to raise the alert level from yellow (unrest) to orange (eruption warning) yesterday afternoon.
The increase had been detected on June 24, 2012 and since that date, 6891 earthquakes have been recorded, i.e. an average of 150 quakes per day. Most of them (5177) are of very small magnitude, but the remaining 1714 quakes were of significant energy (local magnitudes 0.1-2.2) and concentrated in an area between 0.1 and 5 km northeast of the volcanic summit at depths between 2 and 6 km.

None of these events were felt by inhabitants of the communities surrounding the volcano Sotará.

The deformation network shows a possible inflation process towards the northeast sector of the volcano, which correlates with the epicentral zone of seismicity reported and suggest that magma is rising there, and might (or might not) lead to an eruption in a near to medium future.
 During the month of July geochemical surveys showed no significant changes in temperatures of hot springs in the area.
INGEOMINAS stresses that this activity does not pose any immediate danger to the communities aroud the volcano. However, it should be said as well that this could change quickly.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 09, 2012, 09:34:29 pm

Lightning seen around erupting White Island(New Zealand)
Published: 4:21PM Thursday August 09, 2012

Flashes of lightning have been reported coming from White Island as the volcano continues to erupt since Sunday.
White Island, which lies 48 kilometres off the Bay of Plenty coast, was raised to a Volcanic Alert Level 2 after a surveillance camera captured a small eruption from its crater last week.

Whakatane Police said they received a number of calls reporting lightning of different colours since just after 7pm.
GNS visited the island, which is New Zealand's most active cone volcano, this morning and confirmed it was still erupting with a 300 metre plume of ash spewing from the crater.
GNS scientist Michael Rosenberg said volcanic lightning is quite common and is a result of ash generating static electricity.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 16, 2012, 09:23:06 am

Sulphur smell across lower North Island, New Zealand
Paloma Migone
Wed, 15 Aug 2012 13:40 CDT

The smell of sulphur from Mt Tongariro has crept back to the lower North Island, with some residents complaining about irritation to their skin and eyes.
The smell has become common since the volcano erupted at 11.50pm on August 6 with residents as far as Blenheim noticing it.
The Horizon Regional Council today received "multiple complaints" about the smell being back and some residents said the sulphur had become an irritant.
Council emergency manager Shane Bayley said the smell was the result of wind drift from the mountain and was not a cause for concern.
"Our air quality monitoring sites in Taumarunui and Taihape are not showing any elevated presence of fine air particles.

"However, our team will be keeping an eye on the situation and will alert the public if this situation changes."
If the sulphur was affecting people's respiratory system, eyes or skin, MidCentral Health recommended people stay indoors with all the doors and windows closed, a council spokeswoman said.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 21, 2012, 09:18:38 am

Planet Earth is riddled with unmonitored volcanoes. Many could erupt with scant notice to the world, causing anything from minor inconveniences to famines or catastrophic death and destruction. Yet when they blow up, these little-known volcanoes don't usually make headlines for two reasons: 1) The people affected by the eruptions are poor, few in number and tend to be ignored by the world at large, and 2) the remote locations of the volcanoes and lack of monitoring equipoment make details of eruptions scarce.

One very unusual example of such a volcano is Ol Doinyo Lengai of Tanzania. The name means "Mountain of God." After spending the previous four decades in relative rest, the mountain erupted violently in late 2007 and continued erupting through early 2008 with the coldest lava on Earth. Still, it's lava and it made life pretty difficult when the ash and rocks rained down on nearby Masai villages like Naiyobi, seen in this image. The villages were evacuated for a while. When people returned they found their water fouled and many grazing lands unusable -- a hard blow for people who depend on their cattle for their living.

In Jan. 2009, U.S. Geological Survey scientists David Sherrod, Thomas Casadevall and Gari Mayberry answered a call from the government of Tanzania for technical assistance in assessing the danger of Ol Doinyo Lengai. The following are some of their images and reflections from the expedition. 

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 23, 2012, 01:32:06 pm

No warning before volcanic eruption


Aucklanders may get only a day or two warning of a volcanic eruption and will know just hours before where it will explode, a scientific paper says.

The 1.4 million people living on the Auckland volcanic field make too much noise for existing instruments to hear what is happening below the surface.

"This means that localisation of a future eruption site is only likely to occur within a few hours or days of an eruption," the paper in the Journal of Remote Sensing of Environment says.

Each new vent in Auckland will occur at a new location, rather than an existing volcano, creating uncertainty over where it will hit.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2012, 01:13:52 pm

Volcano activity of August 23-24, 2012 – Mt. Tongariro, Sotara, Shiveluch, Karymsky, Santiaguito, Fuego, Sakurajima, Batu Tara, Tungurahua, Kilauea and Nevado del Ruiz


August , 2012 volcano activity
Mount Tongariro volcano (New Zealand) showed some seismicity earlier today (see seismogram below). The activity can only be seen in Oturere and West Tongariro seismograms (close to the Te Maari craters). Below also one of the rara clear view images of Mt. Tongariro with a strongly steaming vent. N report from GNS science about the seismicity however.  The Park service has announced that the trekking trails at Mount Tongariro would be reopened. A 3 km hazard and risk zone will remain in place for some time and might be further reduced once new information of the gas and ash composition is known.

According to INGEOMINAS, the Observatorio Vulcanológico and Sismológico de Popayán reported that during 8-14 August seismic activity at Sotará increased. The seismic network recorded 110 magnitude 0.2-1.6 events mainly located in an area 0.1-5 km NE of the peak, at depths of 2-6 km. Inflation was detected in the NE area, coincident with the zone of increased seismicity. Web-camera views showed no morphological changes. The Alert Level was raised to III (Yellow; “changes in the behavior of volcanic activity”), or the second lowest level. (Smithsonian Institute)
KVERT reported moderate seismic activity from Karymsky during 10-20 August. Satellite imagery showed a weak thermal anomaly on the volcano during 10-13, 15, and 18-20 August. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
KVERT reported that during 10-18 August weak seismic activity was detected at Shiveluch. Observers noted gas-and-steam activity during 15-17 August; weather conditions prevented observations of the volcano on the other days. Satellite imagery showed a thermal anomaly on the lava dome during 10, 12-13, and 18-19 August. Seismic activity increased to moderate levels and hot avalanches were observed during 19-20 August. The Aviation Color Code remained at Orange.
Insivumeh reports 2 moderate explosions at Santiaguito (Santa Maria), Guatemala. The other Guatemala volcano, Fuego sends a white plume approx. 50 meter in the air and grumbles every 1 to 3 minutes. See also seismograms from both volcanoes.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 25, 2012, 10:40:46 am


Tangkubanperahu volcano (West Java): increased earthquakes prompt rise of alert level

An increase in seismic activity at Tangkubanperahu volcano near Bandung, the capital of West Java, has been detected since 13 August and promted the Indonesian Volcanological survey (PVMBG) to increase the alert level of the volcano from 1 (normal) to 2 (alert) on 23 August.
Between 1 July and 23 Aug, 264 volcanic earthquakes were recorded, which is almost double to values measured during similar periods of time at the beginning of the year. In addition, pulses of volcanic tremor could be recognized.
 Tangkubanperahu has 2 main craters, each about 1000 m wide and 400 m deep, filled by crater lakes, Kawah Ratu (queen) and Kawah Upas, respectively. The craters and lakes along with fumaroles and warm springs are popular tourist destinations. (It is recommended not to climb the volcano's crater, which is a popular tourist destination in the area.
 The last eruptions of the Tangkubanperahu were phreatic explosions in 1994.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 03, 2012, 09:41:20 pm


Residents, Tourists Warned as Indonesia's Anak Krakatau Activity Increases

Bandarlampung. Volcanic ash from the increasingly active Anak Krakatau has reached a number of areas in Lampung, prompting officials on Monday to issue a warning for local residents and tourists.
"The ash was carried by wind from the southeast to the south, reaching Bandarlampung," Nurhuda, who heads the observation and information section of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) in Lampung, said according to state news agency Antara.
Nurhuda said the ash fell over several subdistricts in Bandarlampung, about 130 kilometers away from Anak Krakatau.
"It is rather unusual for the dust to be this thick," said Juniardi, a resident of Bandarlampung who complained that the falling dust was also hampering visibility.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 08, 2012, 04:55:27 pm

Nicaragua volcano belches ash cloud, residents evacuated


MANAGUA (Reuters) – Nicaragua’s tallest volcano belched an ash plume up to 2 1/2 miles (4 km) into the atmosphere on Saturday, prompting the evacuation of hundreds of nearby residents who heard eruptions emanating from its crater.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, authorities said.

The 5,725-foot (1,745-meter) San Cristobal volcano, located about 95 miles (150 km) north of the capital Managua in the country’s volcano-dotted northwest, has been active in recent years, and stirred in mid-2008, when it expelled gas and rumbled with a series of small eruptions.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2012, 08:22:39 pm

Giant 'balloon of magma' inflates under Santorini

September 9, 2012

A new survey suggests that the chamber of molten rock beneath Santorini's volcano expanded 10-20 million cubic metres – up to 15 times the size of London's Olympic Stadium – between January 2011 and April 2012.


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Post by: Kilika on September 14, 2012, 04:21:50 am
http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/09/13/guatemala-tourist-hub-rocked-by-volcano-eruption/ (http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/news/2012/09/13/guatemala-tourist-hub-rocked-by-volcano-eruption/)

Guatemala Tourist Hub Rocked by Volcano Eruption

ESCUINTLA, Guatemala –  One of Guatemala's most famous tourist attractions was hit Thursday by a series of eruptions from a long-simmering volcano that sent thick clouds of ash nearly two miles (three kilometers) high, spewed rivers of lava down its flanks and prompted evacuation orders for more than 33,000 people from surrounding communities.
Guatemala's head of emergency evacuations, Sergio Cabanas, said the evacuees were ordered to leave some 17 villages around the Volcán del Fuego, which sits about six miles southwest (16 kilometers) from the colonial city of Antigua, home to 45,000 people. The ash was blowing south-southeast and authorities said the tourist center of the country was not currently in danger, although they expected the eruption to last for at least 12 more hours.
The agency said the volcano spewed lava nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) down slopes billowing with ash around Acatenango, a 12,346-foot-high (3,763-meter-high) volcano whose name translates as "Volcano of Fire."

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2012, 09:50:30 pm


Two Indonesian Volcanoes Awaken, Rattling Nerves

Two of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes erupted on Saturday, prompting the government to issue warnings to populations living near the affected mountains.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said on Sunday that new eruption started at Lokon in North Sulawesi and Gamalama at Ternate in North Maluku.

Lokon generated a 1,500-meter high ash plume and violent strombolian (low-level) activity with some lava flow, while Gamalama produced a shower of ashes that covered the nearby city.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for BNPB, said on Sunday that Lokon, located in North Sulawesi’s Tomohon area, erupted at 7 p.m. on Saturday.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2012, 09:56:40 pm


Volcanic activity world-wide 16 September 2012: Popocatepetl, El Hierro, Fuego, Santiaguito, San Cristobal, Santiaguito, Little Sitkin, Manam, Batu Tara, Sakura-jima

A slight increase of activity can be noted at Popocatépetl volcano in Mexico. The frequency of explosions has increased to more than 1 per hour, i.e. doubled when compared to last week.
 The more energetic explosions produced small ash plumes rising up to 1 km. Episodes of volcanic tremor occurred as well, CENAPRED writes.
The new seismic swarm at El Hierro continues with hundreds of small quakes per day concentrated at about 20 km depth in the south-central part of the island near El Pinar. Pulses of tremor and a slight inflation are visible as well, but for now, it seems that magma is not moving much.
San Cristobal volcano had a small explosion yesterday at 8:17 am local time. Recent measurements showed an increase of SO2 emissions to 2,490 tons per day, i.e. almost double than before. Also, seismic tremor increased in the evening of 15 Sep.
Fuego volcano, Guatemala: Activity remains at normal levels with sporadic weak to moderate explosions with ash rising 400-800 meters and some rumbling sounds. The lava flow to the Taniluya canyon has apparently decreased a lot, as INSIVUMEH reported it to be only 50 m long yesterday.
Santiaguito volcano continues to have occasional explosions ejecting ash columns to 500 meters height, which spread west and northwest over the region of the villages of El Rosario and San Marcos, Palajunoj. There is constant activity in the 4 active lava flows, generating avalanches of blocks deposited within the river banks Nima Nima I and II.
Most other volcanoes in Central and Southern America have not shown any significantly unusual behavior.
Satellite observations:
Batu Tara had its daily explosion to send ash to about 7,000 ft altitude, VAAC Darwin reports.
A strong SO2 plume was visible from Manam volcano (PNG) today, suggesting that there is heightened activity or an eruption.
Sakurajima volcano seems to be having a break from its relatively strong phase over the past days. There was only one probably weak explosion reported during the past 24 hours.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2012, 09:42:20 pm

Volcanic Activity Up in Several Locations
 September 18, 2012

Solo, Central Java. As two volcanos in the eastern part of Indonesia continued to erupt on Monday, Mount Merapi in Central Java has been displaying increasing activity, with rumblings in the past week.

“In the evenings, there are rumblings that are accompanied by the ground shaking,” Sapto, from Samiran village in the district of Boyolali on the slope of Merapi, said on Monday.

He said that the 2,968-meter volcano was also active during the day, as evidenced by the thick column of ash billowing out from its crater.

Sapto said that as of Monday, local authorities had not issued any information to the public regarding the volcano.

Subiso, head of Selo subdistrict in Boyolali, confirmed that no official advisories or warnings had been issued yet about the increased activity on Merapi.

However, he said that the rumbling sounds from the volcano were almost routine in the area, and added that the situation there “is still safe.”

Ngatini, another resident said that the rumblings did not disturb local residents too much.

“If an eruption is imminent, the rumbling will be heard continuously and there will be some ash rain,” she said.

Merapi last erupted in October 2010, spewing enormous amounts of ash. Pyroclastic flows, fast-moving currents of superheated gas and rock, killed more than 300 people along the heavily populated slopes and forced 350,000 to evacuate.

Meanwhile, with a small eruption still taking place on Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, authorities there are maintaining the alert status for the volcano and have banned all human activities within a 2.5-kilometer radius of the crater.

Farid Sukendar, head of the Lokon volcano observation post, said that  the mountain erupted after dusk on Saturday, spewing superheated volcanic material up to 600 meters and ash up to 1,500 meters into the atmosphere.

“This volcano is active and therefore we should remain vigilant because it could erupt any time,” he said.

Arnold Poli, secretary of the town of Tomohon, located at the base of the mountain, said that the authorities were continuously monitoring the volcano. He said that the series of eruptions had not affected the activities of the local population but added the authorities were calling on everyone to remain alert.

He also said that despite the volcanic activity, the government had yet to evacuate anyone from the villages of Kinilow and Kakaskasen III, the two villages closest to the smoldering crater.

“No one has yet been ordered to evacuate,” he said.

Mount Soputan, in North Sulawesi’s South Minahasa district, and Mount Karangetang in the Sitaro Islands district across from the northernmost tip of Sulawesi remained on a government-ordered standby alert status, or just one rung below the most severe alert.

“There are now three volcanoes in North Sulawesi under the standby alert status,” said Hooke Makarawung, head of the North Sulawesi Disaster Mitigation Office (BPBD).

“People should remain vigilant.”

He said that about 110 people had been evacuated from the slopes of Karangetang and that the North Sulawesi administration had sent relief supplies to them.

Djauhari Kansil, the deputy governor of North Sulawesi, said that those evacuated were from East Siau subdistrict, but he added that in the daytime, the people were allowed to return to their village to work their fields.

They have been asked to return to the shelters in the evening.

The volcanology office also announced on Monday that it had raised the alert level for Mount Gamalama, on Ternate Island in North Maluku province, to standby.

The office, on its website, said that the alert status was raised on Sunday.

The site offered no further details.

The 1,715-meter Gamalama, a conical volcano that dominates Ternate Island, last erupted in December, destroying more than 100 houses and leaving farmers devastated after a thick layer of ash smothered fruit trees and crops.

Four villagers were confirmed dead in that eruption.

Metro TV reported on Monday that the mountain spewed a white column of ash about 500 meters into the atmosphere.

There was also some volcanic debris thrown up by the mountain but on a smaller scale.

It also said the local volcanology authorities had declared a 2.5-kilometer exclusion radius around the crater of the erupting volcano.

On Sunday evening, the smoke and volcanic debris thrown up by Gamalama reached about 1,000 meters into the atmosphere, according to the report.

Anak Krakatau in the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra also showed some signs of activity earlier this month. The volcano is the remnant of Krakatau, the site of an earth-shattering eruption in 1883.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 20, 2012, 10:28:18 am
News & updates from Cumbal volcano

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 21, 2012, 11:05:16 am
China's Changbaishan volcano showing signs of increased activity


Roughly 1,100 years ago, the Changbaishan volcano that lies along the border between northeastern China and North Korea erupted, sending pyroclastic flows dozens of kilometers and blasting a 5-kilometer (3-mile) wide chunk off of the tip of the stratovolcano.

The eruption, known as the Millennium eruption because of its proximity to the turn of the first millennium, was one of the largest volcanic events in the Common Era. In the subsequent period, there have been three smaller eruptions, the most recent of which took place in 1903. Starting in 1999, spurred by signs of resumed activity, scientists established the Changbaishan Volcano Observatory, a network to track changing gas compositions, seismic activity, and ground deformation. Reporting on the data collected over the past 12 years, Xu et al. find that these volcanic indices each leapt during a period of heightened activity from 2002 to 2006. The authors find that during this brief active period, earthquake occurrences increased dramatically. From 1999 to 2002, and from 2006 to 2011, they registered 7 earthquakes per month using 11 seismometers. From 2002 to 2006, this rate increased to 72 earthquakes per month, peaking in November 2003 with 243 events. Further, tracking the source of the earthquakes, the authors tie the bulk of the events to a region located 5 kilometers (3 miles) beneath the volcanic caldera, a source that slowly crept upward throughout the study period, suggestive of an ongoing magmatic intrusion. Gas composition measurements collected from hot springs near the volcano showed spikes in carbon dioxide, hydrogen, helium, and nitrogen gases, which the authors suggest could be related to magmatic outgassing. Ground deformation studies, too, show a brief period of rapid expansion. The authors suggest that though Changbaishan is likely not gearing up for an imminent eruption, one could be expected in the next couple of decades.

 Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2012-09-china-changbaishan-volcano.html#jCp

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 25, 2012, 10:10:29 pm

Mexican Volcano Popocatépetl Eruptions Increase

Mexico, Sep 25 (Prensa Latina) At least 26 eruptions accompanied by steam and gas, as well as a volcano tectonic quake were registered as a consequence of the Mexican volcano Popocatépetl activity during the last hours, it was reported Tuesday.

 The National Center of Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) said eruptions were of low and medium intensity with no ash expulsion in any of them.

 According to the institution, the volcano tectonic quake was registered at 11.54 local time (16:54 GMT).

 At this moment, the alert light of volcano activity remains yellow phase 2 and the surrounding population to keep informed as to alerts on the activity of the volcano also known as Don Goyo.

 Traffic between Santiago Xalitzintla and San Pedro Nexapa, via the Cortes passage, is under control.

 The Popo is located at the center of the country, in the territorial limits of the Morelos, Puebla and Mexico states.

 Located 55 kilometers Southeast of the Federal District, the Popocatépetl is the second highest volcano in Mexico, with a maximum height of five thousand 458 meters above sea level, only second to the Pico de Orizaba (Veracruz) with five thousand 610 meters.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 27, 2012, 09:15:56 pm

Volcano erupts with smoke on Sumatra

Updated: 08:01, Thursday September 27, 2012

A volcano has erupted on Indonesia's Sumatra island, spewing thick grey smoke up to 1.5 kilometres into the sky.

Monitoring official Suparno says Mount Marapi's eruption on Wednesday is its strongest since August last year, when its status was raised to level three out of four.

Suparno, who uses one name, says there is no plan for an evacuation because the nearest villages are far beyond the danger zone of three kilometres from the crater.

Marapi is among about 129 active volcanos in Indonesia, which is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

Its last major eruption in 1992 killed a climber and injured several others, including two American tourists.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 02, 2012, 12:37:12 am

Heard volcano (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean) activity update: hotspots detected in late September 2012
Monday Oct 01, 2012

MODIS satellite data showed hotspots at Heard Island volcano on 21 and 24 September 2012. This suggests that there was or perhaps still is some new activity at the volcano.
No further hotspots appeared on satellite data since 24 Sep.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 04, 2012, 04:33:15 pm


Suwanosejima volcano (Japan): new explosion reported & activity summary for August 2012

An explosion was reported this morning (around 07 am GMT time) with an ash plume reaching 10,000 (about 3 km) altitude.
Summary for August 2012 activity (JMA):
No explosive eruptions occurred at Otake crater in August (as in July). The plume was observed only August 19th and the height was approx. 300 m above the crater rim during this period (maximum. 400 m in July). Weak volcanic glows in the crater were recorded at night with a high-sensitivity camera on August 8th-10th, 12th-14th, 18th-20th and 24th.
 Seismic activity remained at low levels, with 17 A-type events (29 in July) and 39 B-type events (123 in July).
 No volcanic tremor was observed in August (total tremor duration 38h 5m in July).
 No unusual ground deformation was seen in GPS observation data.
At Otake crater, no eruption was observed during this period, but eruptions nevertheless have occurred repeatedly over a long time.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 08, 2012, 12:07:04 pm

Mount Lokon spews ash clouds in seventh eruption since Sept


ONE of Indonesia's most active volcanoes has erupted again, spewing clouds of ash, an official has said.
The 1580 metre (5,214 feet) Mount Lokon on northeast Sulawesi island erupted at 2pm local time on Sunday with thunderous sounds heard as far as five kilometres away.

"Lokon has been quite active the past few months. This was the seventh biggest eruption since mid-September," government vulcanologist Farid Bina told AFP from the volcano's monitoring post in North Sulawesi province.

"It produced a loud sound like thunder. But we cannot detect the height of the eruption as thick clouds covered its peak," he said, adding that muddy rains fell in surrounding areas.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2012, 12:24:46 pm


Klyuchevskoy volcano starts erupting in Kamchatka

The Klyuchevskoy volcano, the highest active volcano in Eurasia, has started erupting in Kamchatka, in the Russian Far East.
The luminescence over the volcano summit is evidence that glowing lava is flowing in the crater.

The volcano may start blowing out ash any moment now.

The Level of Concern Colour Code has been raised to Yellow, which is a potential danger warning for aircraft. The giant volcano last erupted from September 2009 to December 2010, and it began to again wake up in June this year. Klyuchevskoy volcano is 4,750 metres above sea.

Voice of Russia,TASS

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2012, 12:34:40 pm

Volcanic activity world-wide

7 October 2012: Etna, El Hierro, Lokon, Popocatépetl, Batu Tara, Sakurajima, Brenisteinsfjöll, Yellowstone
Sunday Oct 07, 2012 16:05 PM | Age: 8 days

 Increased activity took place in the Bocca Nuova crater of Etna volcano during last night, when the tremor steeply rose. It dropped back to normal levels this morning.
It seems a new earthquake swarm has started at El Hierro volcano yesterday, when the number of quakes rose from an average of about 8-10 to 23 quakes per day. Today, so far there have been 14 events recorded, and their number is likely to rise further. The quakes are very small (mostly under M1, largest M2.0) and are concentrated at about 10 km depth in the western El Golfo and scattered in the SW part of the island at greater depths.
Lokon volcano in North Sulawesi had another explosion this afternoon, which was heard in up to 6 km distance.
Popocatépetl has not changed much. A strong SO2 plume was again visible on yesterday's NOAA satellite image.
Batu Tara produced new explosions with ash at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude.

Sakurajima volcano in Japan remains relatively active. 4 explosions of moderate size occurred yesterday 6 Oct (GMT time). Ash plumes rose to 2.7-3 km altitude 9-10,000 ft).
A new earthquake swarm occurred over the weekend on the Iceland's Reykjanes peninsula, on the volcanic rift zone about 12 km SW of Brenisteinsfjöll volcano. The largest quakes was a M3.8 event at 5 km depth on Friday at 19:42 UTC.
A minor seismic swarm occurred at Yellowstone, but falls into what is normal activity at a large active caldera.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 17, 2012, 07:48:11 pm


VIDEO: Kilauea Volcano lava lake reaches highest level

October 17, 2012

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, Hawaii: Kilauea Volcano has been putting on quite a show lately… as the lava lake within the Halemaumau Crater has reached its highest level since the summit eruption began in 2008.
The lava lake at Kīlauea’s summit was only about 150 feet below the floor of Halemaʻumaʻu crater on Sunday — the highest it has reached, according to the scientists of the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.
For the past several months, lava within the summit vent has been slowly rising. As of October 5, 2012, lava reached a level that covered the previous high-lava “bathtub” ring within the vent.
It was around this time that the bangs and booms of the volcano began to be heard as far away as the Jaggar Museum Overlook in Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park, thrilling crowds day and night.
This video shows the heat from the high lava lake level in the overlook vent, causing the walls of the vent above the lava surface to expand and fracture.
Scientists say this is the source of the cracking and booming noises emanating from the vent in recent days.
Here, we see small fragments of rock exploding from the wall and scattering onto the lake surface.
The HVO says the rise in lava level within the vent is associated with a modest uplift and expansion of Kilauea’s summit area. The root cause for this expansion isn’t clear. Scientists don’t believe there’s an increase in magma supply from below. They do believe there could be a connection in the volcanic plumbing system between the summit magma reservoir and the active Pu`u `O`o eruptive vent on Kilauea’s east rift zone.
On at least three occasions between March and September 2011, the level of the lava lake within the summit vent was unusually elevated. This condition caused increased pressure within the east rift plumbing system, resulting in notable eruptive outbreaks: the short-lived Kamoamoa fissure eruption just uprift of Pu`u `O`o and two subsequent events in which Pu`u `O`o was split open along its flanks.
This time, however, it appears that the associated high summit pressure has not significantly transmitted down the volcano’s east rift. The lava level within Pu`u `O`o crater, while elevated, is not extraordinarily so. And even though lava is flowing through a tube near the base of the Pu`u `O`o cone, flows haven’t reached the ocean in nearly a year.
According to the HVO, a steady decrease in Kilauea’s east rift zone gas emissions since August 2012 also suggests a decrease in magma flow between the summit and east rift zone.
Scientists say one possible outcome of continued summit expansion and lava level rise could be an eventual outpouring of lava on the floor of Halema`uma`u Crater. Alternatively, the increased pressure might overcome the apparent constriction, resulting in an outbreak somewhere between the summit and Pu`u `O`o, akin to the March 2011 Kamoamoa fissure eruption.
Only time will tell what happens next. For now, the show – and the symphony of bangs and booms – at Kilauea’s summit continue on.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on October 18, 2012, 01:49:32 am
Wow, the lava isn't making it to the ocean any more? It was flowing into the ocean for years, even while I was there back in the late 80's. It's definitely changing.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 20, 2012, 05:01:39 pm

Volcanism in the American Southwest
Released: 10/19/2012 1:30:00 PM

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Experts in volcano hazards and public safety have started a conversation about volcanoes in the southwestern United States, and how best to prepare for future activity. Prior to this meeting, emergency response planning for volcanic unrest in the region had received little attention by federal or state agencies.
Though volcanic eruptions are comparatively rare in the American Southwest, the states of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Utah host geologically-recent volcanic eruption deposits and are vulnerable to future volcanic activity. Compared with other parts of the western U.S., comparatively little research has been focused on this area, and eruption probabilities are poorly understood.
“A volcanic eruption in the American southwest is an example of a low-probability, but high-impact event for which we should be prepared to respond,” said USGS Director Marcia McNutt. “No one wants to be exchanging business cards during an emergency, and thus a small investment in advance planning could pay off in personal relationships and coordination between scientists and first responders.”
"The goal of the conference is to increase awareness of volcanism and vulnerabilities in the American Southwest, and to begin coordination among volcano scientists, land managers, and emergency responders regarding future volcanic activity," said Dr. Jacob Lowenstern, one of the organizers of the conference, and the U.S. Geological Survey Scientist-In-Charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. "This is the first time these federal, state, and local agencies have met to discuss their roles, responsibilities, and resources, should an eruption occur."
The "Volcanism in the American Southwest" conference on Oct. 18-19 in Flagstaff, Ariz. was organized by the USGS, Northern Arizona University, University at Buffalo, and New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, the meeting included interdisciplinary talks, posters, and panel discussions, providing an opportunity for volcanologists, land managers, and emergency responders to meet, converse, and begin to plan protocols for any future volcanic activity.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 21, 2012, 08:53:25 am

Earthquake activity update on 20.10.2012 at 14:51 UTC
Posted on October 20, 2012 by Jón Frímann
Today (20.10.2012) has been busy in terms of earthquake activity in Iceland. So I am expecting to write a second update later today on this activity.

Hekla volcano

At 05:28 UTC there was an earthquake in Hekla volcano. This earthquake had the magnitude of ML1.1 with the depth of 0.6 km. No other earthquakes have followed this single earthquake. What this means is impossible to know at this time. But so far everything remains quiet in Hekla volcano.

Earthquake in Hekla volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Kverkfjöll volcano

Earthquake activity continues in Kverkfjöll volcano. This earthquake activity is the result of dike intrusion into Kverkfjöll volcano. So far this earthquake activity is taking place in short burst of earthquake swarm.

Earthquake activity in Kverkfjöll volcano. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Tjörnes Fracture Zone

At 02:07 UTC earthquake activity did start in TFZ. Just off the coast of Iceland. This earthquake activity is taking place in area that last had earthquake swarm in September. I did cover that earthquake activity in details on this blog. So far the largest earthquakes in this area of TFZ have had the magnitude of ML2.9. This is purely tectonic earthquake activity.

Earthquake activity in TFZ. Copyright of this image belongs to Icelandic Meteorological Office.

It is difficult to know what happens next in TFZ earthquake activity. But it likely going to continue for the next few hours to days like earlier. It is best to keep an eye on this earthquake activity. This earthquake activity also sometimes stops for few hours before it continues again. Most of this earthquake activity can be seen on my geophone network web page.

If anything major happens in this earthquake activity. I am going to post new blog post with updated information on that activity.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 25, 2012, 08:06:25 pm


Kuril's Alaid volcano wakes

The Kuril Island volcano named Alaid, in Russia's Far East has begun spewing ash with the giant ash cloud rising to an altitude of up to 700 meters.
The Alaid Volcano is the tallest and northernmost volcano in the islands, with a crater which is approximately 1.5-km-wide.

The first signs of activity were recorded on October 7th when thermal anomalies were observed a cloud of steam appeared.

Volcanologists are issuing warnings regarding the likelihood of an eruption of ash emissions which may reach a height of 10-15 kilometers above sea level.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 03, 2012, 09:29:37 am

Volcanic Activities Increase on Mount Raung
Monday, 29 October, 2012 | 18:24 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Banyuwangi:Volcanic activities on Mount Raung, located on the border of Banyuwangi and Jember, continued to rise on Monday.

Hendra Gunawan, from the Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center’s (PVMBG) said that since 10 a.m. tremors have been increasing in the region with the length of more than 32 millimeters. “It’s an over-scale earthquake,” Hendra told reporters on Monday, October 29.

In addition to the increasing tremors, the PVMBG has also received reports from Mount Ijen monitoring office, which reported black smoke spewing out of Mount Raung reaching up to 100 meters high.

However, Hendra has urged residents not to panic and wait for announcements of further monitoring from the PVMBG. “But we must remain vigilant,” said Hendra.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 17, 2012, 10:26:14 am

New Zealand volcano on verge of eruption: volcanologists


WELLINGTON, Nov. 16 (Xinhua) -- New Zealand volcanologists warned Friday that the central North Island mountain of Ruapehu was showing signs of an imminent eruption.
The government's Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences ( GNS Science) said the temperature beneath Ruapehu's Crater Lake was about 800 degrees centigrade, but the lake itself was only 20 degrees centigrade, which suggested a vent was partly blocked.
That could lead to a pressure build-up beneath the Crater Lake, indicating a heightened likelihood of eruptions over the coming weeks to months.
"We think the pressure beneath Ruapehu Crater Lake has increased and this makes an eruption more likely over the next weeks to months," GNS Science duty volcanologist Steve Sherburn said in a statement.
A build-up of pressure beneath the Crater Lake was thought to have caused the last eruption in 2007 and a smaller eruption in 2006.
Since late October, small earthquakes had been occurring about 5 km beneath the summit area of Ruapehu, a popular winter skiing ground, but these might not be directly related to the high temperatures beneath the Crater lake as they were much deeper.
As a result, GNS Science had increased the aviation color code warning for aircraft from green to yellow, which reflected a change from a normal non-eruptive state to showing elevated signs of unrest.
However, the volcanic alert level remained at 1 on the scale of 0 to 5, indicating initial signs of possible volcano unrest.
In August, two other New Zealand volcanoes erupted, but no damage or casualties were reported.
Mount Tongariro, also in the central North Island, erupted on Aug. 6, throwing out small amounts of ash in its first eruption since 1897.
Two days later, White Island, a marine volcano about 50 km off the east of the North Island, erupted, sending up an ash plume 200 to 300 meters in the air, in its first eruption since 2001.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 17, 2012, 09:20:38 pm


Chirpoi volcano (Kurile Islands, Russia) activity update: steaming, hot spot detected on satellite images

A hot spot is visible on recent MODIS satellite images at the volcano and a dense steam plume drifting SE can be seen on a Aqua satellite image from 16 Nov 2012. Although KVERT lists the volcano as green, it is likely that some activity is occurring at the volcano. [read all]

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 19, 2012, 09:50:35 pm

'Mount Doom' Likely to Blow Soon



Mount Ruapehu, a New Zealand volcano that stood in for Mount Doom in the "Lord of the Rings" movies, seems to be heading for an eruption.

New Zealand's Department of Conservation (DOC) has warned hikers to keep off the summit, saying that recent temperature readings of the volcano indicate an increased likelihood of an eruption in the coming weeks.

The crater of Mount Ruapehu is usually filled with a snow-melt lake, and a peculiar temperature difference between the lake and the ground beneath it has led scientists to issue the warning.

"We think that the temperature a few hundred meters beneath Crater Lake is about 800 Celsius [1,472 degrees Fahrenheit], but the lake itself is only about 20 C [68 F]," said volcanologist Steven Sherburn, in an alert bulletin released by GNS Science, a New Zealand geologic hazard monitoring organization. "This suggests the vent is partly blocked, which may be leading to a pressure buildup beneath Crater Lake." [10 Biggest Volcano Eruptions in History]

The pressure could give way in the form of an eruption, minor or major.

"Sooner or later that situation will be rectified, either in a small, relatively passive way, or with a significant eruption," DOC volcanic risk manager Harry Keys told Radio New Zealand.

Ruapehu, New Zealand's largest active volcano, last erupted in 2007, propelling a large rock onto the leg of a nearby climber who recovered after having his leg amputated. Historically, it has had major eruptions every 20 to 50 years, according to DOC, with the last big ones coming in 1995 and 1996.

The volcano shared the role of Mount Doom in Peter Jackson's "Lord of the Rings" movie trilogy, but Ruapehu might be thought of as more of a stunt double than a featured player. Long shots of Mount Doom in the films showed nearby Mount Ngauruhoe, while scenes that supposedly took place on the slopes of Mount Doom were filmed on Ruapehu.

Mount Ngauruhoe, also an active volcano, last erupted in 1975. Mount Doom last erupted at the end of the Third Age of Middle Earth.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on November 20, 2012, 07:36:18 pm
Mount Tongariro erupts

Mount Tongariro has erupted, GNS Science reports.

The eruption came from Te Maari Crater, on the western side of the mountain, shortly before 1.30pm.

A massive plume of ash could be seen coming from the mountain.

GNS Science duty volcanologist Nico Fournier told APNZ the eruption happened about 1.20pm.

"There was one eruption, essentially one explosion, and it was not sustained. It spewed some ash possibly a couple of kilometres up the air. The ash is now drifting to the east-southeast.''

Adrift NZ, which runs tours of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, had around 50 people on the mountain today.

Operator Stewart Barclay, who chairs a group of 30 users of Mt Tongariro, was heading to Mt Tongariro to help his guides and their groups off the mountain.

"I'm just going to make sure everyone is safe... from my guides perspective and from what I've heard, it seems minor."

Mr Barclay understood the eruption had launched no projectiles into the air.

"I've just talked to one of my guides and he is taking the safe route out. There was a minor amount of panic and everyone is safe now, there were no injuries."

Programme manager of community relations at DOC in Tongariro Kim Alexander-Turia said the crossing has been closed at the Mangatepopo and Ketetahi road ends.

Police were on site to help, she said

She said there are people on the crossing at the moment, but they were due to start returning from 2pm onwards.

"We haven't sent out a search and rescue because it's not a boulder event - just ash and gas at this time."

She said DOC was going to let people come down from the crossing "as they can".

Ms Alexander-Turia said there was a warden stationed at each hut.

DOC was also running a coordinated incident event at the Ruapehu office.

The crossing will be closed until they received the word from GNS, she said.

Dr Fournier said the eruption was not very loud and was smaller than an earlier eruption in August.

Dr Fournier was a few kilometres away when the eruption happened and said while he was safe, he had "a good view of the explosion''.

"It was remarkable a few minutes ago, now it's dying off,'' he said about 20 minutes after the explosion.

"When it happened you had a column of the ash which spewed in the air vertically, and then essentially the source of that eruption just stopped.''

Dr Fournier said there was "quite a bit of gas'' but it was quietening down and the ash was drifting away.

The next step was to work with the Department of Conservation (DoC) and authorities to make sure people in the area were safe.

"That's going to be the top thing, so right now we are actually with DoC and liaising with the authorities just to make sure that everybody is aware that there was an eruption, how big it was and where the ash is going.

"Then the authorities will take it from there, if there is any action to be made.

"But at the moment it's probably much less of a big eruption than it was in early August.''

The Civil Defence said light volcanic ash fall may impact the Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Gisborne and Bay of Plenty areas.

People living in or near the affected the areas should stay indoors and close all windows and doors if ash starts falling. If you are caught outside seek shelter, or wear a dust mask, handkerchief or cloth to cover your mouth, and protect your eyes with glasses or goggles.

The Civil Defence has a national advisory in effect.

For more on what to do during an ash fall, see here.

GNS Science has increased the aviation colour code from yellow to red following the eruption. The red status means an eruption "is forecast to be imminent with significant emission of ash into the atmosphere likely".

A police spokesperson said the Desert Road remains open.

Tongariro, in the centre of the North Island, erupted in August for the first time in 115 years, sending ash as far east as Napier.

According to GeoNet, Tongariro is a complex of multiple volcanic cones constructed over a period of 275,000 years.

The mountain's active vents include Te Maari, Emerald, North Crater and Red Crater.

Last week GNS Science increased the likelihood of neighbouring volcano Mt Ruapehu erupting, following increased activity on the mountain.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 27, 2012, 12:57:03 pm

Volcano activity of November 26, 2012

Mostly changes in volcano-seismicity levels (or, in the case of Masaya volcano, no change) to report today.
Seismicity at Little Sitkin volcano (Aleutians) is up again today. (station LSSA)  Yesterday I mentioned tiny, probably(?) ice quakes occurring on Mount Spurr volcano.  Today, what appear to be low-frequency earthquakes (which can also be generated by ice movement) dot the Mount Spurr seismogram. (station CKT)  To the south, an interesting sequence of shallow, larger (M2-M3) earthquakes has been taking place (since 15 November) near the Four-peaked-Mount Douglas volcano cluster.  Thus some areas to keep an eye on up north.
A small pulse of seismicity occurred beneath the South Moat of Long Valley caldera (CA) overnight.  (station MMX1)
Low-level volcanic tremor and small earthquakes rattle Popocatepetl volcano (Mexico).  The volcano has been emitting bursts of gas and ash at an average rate of one per hour over the past 24 hours.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 03, 2012, 02:08:58 pm

Study: Massive volcanic eruption in the cards for Japan


Japan should brace for a catastrophic volcanic eruption at some point, say experts, citing a massive buildup of magma at many of the nation's 110 active volcanoes.

The last particularly serious eruption in Japan occurred in 1914, when Mount Sakurajima in southern Kagoshima Prefecture blew its top.

According to study by volcanologists, Japan, which lies on the Pacific Rim of Fire, has been shaken by more than 1,000 volcanic eruptions over the past 2,000 years.

"The possibility of a major eruption in the future is real," said Yoichi Nakamura, a professor of volcanology at Utsunomiya University who has been analyzing volcanic eruptions with a team of researchers.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on December 03, 2012, 03:20:36 pm
110 ACTIVE volcanoes? What do they define as active? I realize they have many islands which I'd guess are all volcanoes, but active? That's a lot of active volcanoes.

So they are saying they are having a "massive buildup of magma at many..."?

According to the study, 1,162 eruptions have occurred in Japan over the past 2,000 years. Of these, 52 were major events that spewed a massive volume of ash and lava over a short period. It amounts to a large-scale eruption occurring every 38 years.

Of the 1,162 eruptions, the 47 volcanoes consistently monitored by the Japan Meteorological Agency represent nearly 90 percent of the activity, or 1,012 of those events.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 18, 2012, 08:51:03 pm


800 eruptions in 6 months: Indonesian volcano spews ash, lava

Mount Lokon, which has erupted 800 times since July, spewed hot lava and volcanic ash as high as 10,000 feet on Monday, according to an Indonesian government official. -- Reuters

Title: Weird Underwater Volcano Discovered Near Baja
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 20, 2012, 11:58:31 am

SAN FRANCISCO — Scientists have discovered one of the world's weirdest volcanoes on the seafloor near the tip of Baja, Mexico.
The petite dome — about 165 feet tall (50 meters) and 4,000 feet long by 1,640 feet wide (1,200 m by 500 m) — lies along the Alarcón Rise, a seafloor-spreading center. Tectonic forces are tearing the Earth's crust apart at the spreading center, creating a long rift where magma oozes toward the surface, cools and forms new ocean crust.
Circling the planet like baseball seams, seafloor-spreading centers (also called midocean ridges) produce copious amounts of basalt, a low-silica content lava rock that makes up the ocean crust. (Silica, or silicon dioxide, is the main component of quartz, one of the most common minerals on Earth.)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 26, 2012, 09:09:14 pm
Volcano erupts on Chile-Argentina border


Dec 23, 2012

Chile is on its highest level of alert after a 3,000 metre Copahue volcano just over the border in Argentina began to erupt.

Ash is raining down on both sides of the border from a plume of smoke 15 hundred metres high.

Planes flying over the area have been warned to avoid the southern Andes.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 15, 2013, 04:15:48 pm


Volcano lava flows worry Italian island

AFP - Spectacular lava flows and smoke from an active volcano on the Italian island of Stromboli on Monday sparked fear among inhabitants but geophysicists said the situation was under control.
Stromboli is part of the seven-island Eolian Archipelago just off Sicily in southern Italy.
The volcano is active but on Monday there was a particularly powerful eruption and sustained lava flows following four days of heightened activity.
Stromboli mayor Marco Giorgianni told the island's 500 inhabitants that they were not at risk and experts from Italy's civil protection agency are due on the island for further controls shortly.
"We are afraid," one resident, Pier Paolo Cincotta, was quoted by the ANSA news agency as saying.
"No-one has really explained to us what the situation is and what we should do," he said.
Italy's National Geophysics Institute is monitoring the situation.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 18, 2013, 11:14:49 am

Kamchatka and Kuril Island's activity update
Friday Jan 18, 2013 11:19 AM | Age: 7 hrs

With Kamchatka currently being one of the most volcanically active places on the planet, here is a summary of the current volcanic activity in the past week in the region by the Kamchatkan Volcanic Eruption Response Team.
Lava dome growth and effusion of a viscous lava flow continue at Shiveluch volcano, accompanied by moderate fumarolic activity and incandescence. Satellite imagery showed a thermal anomaly over the volcano all week.
Eruption's at four cinder cones producing fluid lava flows on the S part of the fissure on the flank of Tolbachik continues. A large thermal anomaly on the N part of the fissure was detected on satellite imagery. Gas and ash plumes from Tolbachik rose to heights of 4 KM a.s.l.
A lava flow continues to extrude on the east flank of Kizimen volcano, accompanied by incandescence, hot avalanches and strong gas and steam activity. Two new lava flows were detected on the SE flank of the volcano by satellite data. A thermal anomaly was also observed.
Possible ash eruptions from Karymsky volcano were detected in the past week with ash plumes possible rising to a height of 2.5 KM a.s.l. A thermal anomaly was detected at the volcano on the 11 and 14 January.
Strombolian activity continues at Kliuchevskoi volcano. This was accompanied by gas and steam activity from the summit and incandescence. Thermal anomalies were detected on 11 and 13 Janaury.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 09, 2013, 04:45:25 pm

Feb 7, 2013 - 09:43 AM AKST
Dome grows in Alaska's Cleveland Volcano

DAN JOLING, Associated Press
(AP) — Alaska's Cleveland Volcano is heating up and scientists are on alert in case it sends up an ash cloud that could threaten trans-Pacific flights.
The Alaska Volcano Observatory detected elevated surface temperatures Jan. 24 at Cleveland's summit. Satellite data obtained last week indicated that a growing lava dome on the floor of the summit crater had reached about 328 feet, or 100 meters, in diameter.
The summit crater itself is nearly 10 times that size, said Chris Waythomas of the U.S. Geological Survey.
"It does this from time to time and it's a fairly small lava dome," he said Wednesday. "It's not gigantic."
Lava domes form a lid on a volcano chamber that holds magma. When they grow big enough, lava domes can become unstable and collapse. Decompression of the magma chamber can lead to an explosion as the conduit inside the volcano suddenly becomes unsealed and gasses escape.
The new lava dome led the observatory to change the volcano's alert level to "orange," indicating heightened or escalating unrest. Development of a lava dome indicates sudden explosions of ash higher than 20,000 feet — a threshold for concern for international air carriers — could be produced with little warning.
The volcano in the past has sent ash clouds much higher. Cleveland Volcano's last major eruption was 12 years ago. It began in February 2001 and produced three explosive events that produced ash clouds as high as 39,000 feet.
Cleveland has had burst of smaller plumes nearly every year since then. In December 2011, Cleveland sent up an ash cloud to 15,000 feet that did not disrupt international air carriers. Scientists last detected minor ash emissions in November.
Alaska's Redoubt Volcano blew on Dec. 15, 1989, and sent ash 150 miles away into the path of a KLM jet carrying 231 passengers. Its four engines flamed out and the jet dropped more than 2 miles, from 27,900 feet to 13,300 feet, before the crew was able to restart all engines and land the plane safely at Anchorage.
Cleveland Mountain is a 5,675-foot peak on uninhabited Chuginadak Island about 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. The nearest village is tiny Nikolski on another island about 50 miles east. Previous eruptions of Cleveland were not considered a threat to Nikolski's 16 permanent residents.
The observatory is a joint program between the USGS, the University of Alaska Geophysical Institute and the state Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys.
The observatory has no real-time seismic equipment on Cleveland. Pressure sensors on Okmok Volcano —74 miles away— have in the past detected a pressure wave from an explosion, Waythomas said.
"We have a couple people who are watching for that," he said.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 14, 2013, 10:59:10 am

Paluweh volcano (Flores, Indonesia): situation on the island remains critical
Thursday Feb 14, 2013 12:34 PM | Age: 5 hrs

A report published by the Indonesian Volcanological Survey (VSI) indicates that the intense eruptive phase on 3 Feb caused the collapse of about 1/4 of the volume of the dome, a little more one million cubic meters.

VSI points out that the main hazard zones for pyroclastic flows, if the dome continues to grow, include now also the valleys to the west and south-east, in addition to the open valley to the south (that already was invaded by pyroclastic flows, visible on the recent NASA space image).

The situation on the island remains critical. Many villages are now directly in this danger area (Nitunglea, Rokirole, Tuanggeo, Ona, Wolondopo).


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 18, 2013, 02:45:13 pm


Sunday, Feb 17, 2013

Barren Island volcano (Indian Ocean) activity update

 A new eruption seems to have started. An ash plume rising to 20,000 ft (6 km) altitude and drifting 120 nautical miles to the SW was reported last night by VAAC Darwin. The aviation color code was raised to RED.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 19, 2013, 05:33:52 pm

Mount Etna roars to life in new eruption -- and it's all on video


Italy's Mount Etna sent lava and gas shooting toward the stars early this Tuesday morning, the first big eruption for the volcano in 2013.

The famous Sicilian volcano burst to life overnight, sending a fountain of fire into the air. The dramatic scene was captured in a video by Klaus Dorschfeldt, a videographer and webmaster at Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology.


Mount Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, had emitted signs of an imminent paroxysm in recent weeks. On Jan. 22, lava and strong flashes in the volcano's New Southeast Crater were clearly visible from the Sicilian foothills; these often herald a new paroxysm: short, violent eruptive bursts.

Dorschfeldt said he knew Mount Etna's recent signals could precede new activity.  "(I've) followed the activity of Etna for many years, and with time you learn to know it as if it were your friend," he said in an email interview. "Following it constantly (you) learn to be a keen observer and a minor change can lead to something important," he said.

The tallest volcano in Europe, Mount Etna is almost constantly spewing gas or lava. Its Bocca Nuova crater also erupted earlier this year, from Jan. 10 to Jan. 20. In 2011, Etna's violent bursts were spotted from space.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 25, 2013, 08:34:30 pm


White Island is stirring again but volcanologists say activity within the crater is only minor.

GNS has monitoring cameras in place at the volcano which take photos of the crater every 15 minutes and scientists noticed an increased level of activity between 11.30am and 1.30pm today.

Duty volcanologist Arthur Jolly said the ash was confined to within the crater and would not affect aviation in the area.

He was unsure as to what the rest of the weekend had to hold.

"In certain volcanic systems you can see an evolution in the pattern and we know from many volcanoes worldwide that some volcanoes follow a pattern that leads to an eruption," Jolly said.

"But in this case, this volcano doesn't follow this kind of set script."

By the end of last month the hot crater lake on White Island completely dried up as explosive rocks, mud and gas were thrown into the air from the active volcano.

The volcano has been spewing a steady stream of gas since activity heated up in December.

It's the most active the volcano has been since 2000.

Title: Italy's Mount Etna volcano erupts, lighting up night sky
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 06, 2013, 11:55:24 am

Roads close to the volcano were covered with volcanic stones and ash after Mount Etna erupted on Tuesday night.

Mount Etna, Europe's highest active volcano sent plumes of ash and lava into the night sky on the island of Sicily.

Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology has recently registered increased explosive activity by the volcano, Italy's Civil Protection agency said.

There are several inhabited villages on the slopes of Mount Etna.

Eruptions are not infrequent, and Italian airliners sometimes have to alter their routes to avoid flying through ash clouds.

Tuesday's eruption did not cause any interruption to air traffic at the airport serving the nearby town of Catania, according to reports.

Video on eruption inside link

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 02, 2013, 09:23:55 am
Volcano Watch: An increase in Kilauea’s eruptive “pulse” spawns the Kahauale‘a flow

Posted on 3:19 am, Friday, March 29, 2013

Over the past six months, the pace of Kilauea’s 30-year-long ongoing eruption has quickened. This follows the quietest period—spanning most of 2012—of the eruption yet recorded. In the east rift zone, this quiet period was characterized by persistent Peace-Day-flow breakouts scattered on the coastal plain that failed to reach the ocean all summer. Along with other lines of evidence, this stall of the flow advance suggested that the eruption rate was well below the long-term average. Then, in late November, the flow became more cohesive, advanced to the coast, and entered the ocean. The entry plumes, while very weak at first, became stronger and new entry points developed, indicating that the eruption rate was increasing.

At the same time, lava began to erupt from spatter cones at Pu`u `O`o. The crater filled slowly and, in January 2013, began to overflow its eastern rim. One spatter cone, on the northeast edge of the crater floor, developed into a low shield that stood above and eventually buried the adjacent crater rim. On January 19, lava from that shield began to spill down the northeast flank of Pu`u `O`o cone, starting a new lava flow informally named the Kahauale`a flow.

Flowing continuously since, the front of the Kahauale`a flow has traveled about 4.5 km (2.8 mi) to the northeast over `a`a flows erupted from Pu`u `O`o in the early 1980s and pahoehoe and `a`a flows erupted in 2007. The flow has slowed but widened over the past week. It traverses the Kahauale`a Natural Area Reserve and extends a short distance into the Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve.

What does all of this mean?

Over the 30-year duration of the current east rift zone eruption, most lava flows have gone south toward the coast; flows north of the rift zone have been infrequent. During 1983 to 1986, there were several short-lived flows associated with fountaining phases of Pu`u `O`o that advanced parallel to, and north of, the rift zone; but they stopped when the fountaining ceased at the end of each episode. Flows from Kupaianaha in the late 1980s were prevented from going north by these older Pu`u `O`o flows.

In the summer of 2007, a new fissure that opened on the east flank of Pu`u `o`o sent lava flows initially toward the northeast. A few months later, a vent wall near the source ruptured and diverted lava to the south again. While these flows were advancing north of the rift zone, Puna residents became worried by the bright glow in the sky and the smell of wood smoke. HVO published a lava flow hazard assessment specifically addressing possible future lava flow directions and speeds (pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1264/of2….

Like these other flows, the Kahauale`a flow is advancing north of the rift zone but is blocked to the south by the 2007 lava. The main difference between the 2007 flows and the Kahauale`a flow, however, is in supply rate of lava that fueled each flow. In 2007, these were the only active flows and they were fed at a supply rate slightly higher than the long-term average for this eruption. On the other hand, the Kahauale`a flow is fed by less than half of the long-term average supply rate while the Peace Day flow is fueled by the rest.

As it was during the 2007 eruption, there is a distant possibility that the Kahauale`a lava flows will continue to advance to the northeast. Over the past two months, the flow has advanced irregularly but at an average rate of 70 m/day (230 ft/day). Depending on exactly where the flows enter the forest, they could advance toward populated areas. The flows, however, would take months to reach these populated areas if—and this is a big “if”—they continue to advance at the current average rate. A lot could happen to slow or stop the flow between now and then.

Island residents can take comfort in knowing that, during the past 30 years, no other lava flows on the north side of Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone have ventured very far to the north—and that Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists are keeping close watch on the Kahauale`a flow and will continue to update emergency managers and the public with the latest information.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 03, 2013, 10:10:59 pm
Alert level raised at Mt Guntur

Garut Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) chief Zat Zat Munazat has instructed Garut residents, especially those living close to Mount Guntur, to stay calm after the volcano’s alert level was raised to waspada (caution) or level 2 from normal or level 1.

“Mount Guntur is still at a level that poses no danger; so we ask people not to panic,” Zat Zat told The Jakarta Post over the phone on Tuesday evening.

Mount Guntur spewed lava and pyroclastic materials such as hot gas, volcanic ash and rocks, between 1840 and 1847.

“Mount Guntur has not erupted for 162 years,” said Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Center (PVMBG) head Surono via text messages.

The PVMBG recorded an increase in volcanic activity at Mount Guntur from January to March.

“There has been an increase in seismic activity since 7 a.m. local time on Tuesday in which volcanic tremors have been recorded,” said Surono.

Based on the results of seismic, visual and deformation (the change in shape of the volcano) monitoring, the PVMBG increased the status of Mount Guntur to caution starting at 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday.

“We will continue to intensively monitor volcanic activities while at the same time coordinate with the local disaster mitigation agency,” said Surono. (ebf)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 05, 2013, 10:46:20 pm
Residents fearful as Mount Etna erupts again
5 April 2013 Last updated at 16:47 ET Help

Mount Etna, Europe's largest active volcano, has erupted again.

The unexpected bout of volcanic activity near the summit is the ninth lava fountain this year,

Dr Mike Burton from the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology told BBC News that the latest eruption did not pose a threat to local towns.

Some anxious residents have called on the government to declare a state of emergency.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 05, 2013, 09:15:08 am
Alaska volcano spews ash plume near air traffic route

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - A remote but long-restless Alaska volcano rumbled to life on Saturday with three explosions and started emitting a continuous plume of ash, steam and gas in an area important to air traffic, scientists said.

The low-level explosions at Cleveland Volcano, which lies below a major air-traffic route between North America and Asia, were not severe enough to cause a significant threat to planes, said experts.

But the incident did prompt federal aviation authorities to divert some traffic north of the volcano as a precaution, said Rick Wessels, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist at the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

"Based on the signals we can see, we think it's continuously in an eruption right now," Wessels said of the volcano, located 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 07, 2013, 11:09:04 am
Room-sized rocks spew from Filipino volcano, killing 5 climbers

By Hrvoje Hranjski, The Associated Press

Manila, Philippines — One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes rumbled to life Tuesday, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring others that had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope.

The climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping in two groups before setting out at daybreak for the crater of Mayon volcano when the sudden explosion of rocks, ash and plumes of smokes jolted the picturesque mountain, guide Kenneth Jesalva told ABS-CBN TV network by cellphone. Read the full story.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 09, 2013, 11:50:49 am
Explosive Eruption at Mexico’s Popocatépetl

I don’t have a lot of details right now, but it seems that an explosive eruption has started at Popocatépetl outside of Mexico City. The restless Mexican volcano has been producing steam-and-ash plumes intermittently over the past year, but tonight there is a significant ash plume accompanied by large incadescent blocks being thrown down the slopes of the volcano. All of this is based on webcam images from the 4 cameras pointed at Popocatépetl — @chemtierra captured a great sequence of three shots (see below) that show the growing ash column and eventual explosion that occurred at ~20:14 PM local time in Mexico. I grabbed a shot from 5 minutes after the initial explosion that shows the shower of blocks from the crater (see above). The ash plume has been spotted as high as ~7.6 km / 25,000 feet heading to the southeast according to the latest Washington VAAC update. However, the first local reports put the ash plume at ~3.2 km / 10,500 feet. Before this activity, CENAPRED had the volcano on Yellow-Level 2 alert status.

You can follow the action on one of the Popocatépetl webcams — probably the best right now is the Tlamacas webcam. A nighttime eruption can sometimes make an eruption seem more significant than it is, thanks to the glowing blocks being thrown from the crater. However, with so little information so far from Mexico, it is hard to tell if this is typical for the recent activity at Popocatépetl or something somewhat larger. I’ll try to update this post as information arrives.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 15, 2013, 05:55:30 pm
Minor lava flows detected on 2 Alaska volcanoes

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Scientists say small lava flows have been detected on two restless volcanoes in Alaska.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory says satellite images Tuesday show the lava partly down a flank of Pavlof Volcano in a low-level eruption 625 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Geophysicist Dave Schneider says minor steam and ash emissions are visible from the community of Cold Bay 37 miles away.

Pavlof is the second Alaska volcano to erupt this month.

Cleveland Volcano, on an uninhabited island in the Aleutian Islands, experienced a low-level eruption in early May. The observatory says analysis of satellite imagery shows a lava flow partly down a flank of the volcano.

Ash plumes can be an aviation hazard, but no ash clouds have been detected from Cleveland Volcano in the past week.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 18, 2013, 10:37:54 am
Alaska volcano shoots ash 15,000 feet into the air

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — One of Alaska's most restless volcanoes shot an ash cloud 15,000 feet into the air Friday in an ongoing eruption that is visible for miles when the weather allows.

An air traffic controller in the region said small planes have flown around the plumes from Pavlof Volcano. Ash would have to rise tens of thousands of feet to threaten larger planes.

The eruption began Monday, and a photograph shows lava spraying out from the summit of the volcano, located 625 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said clouds of ash, steam and gas have occasionally reached the 20,000-foot level and have been visible from the nearby communities of Cold Bay and Sand Point.

Onsite seismic instruments have detected an increase in the force of tremors from the 8,262-foot volcano.

"It's definitely kicking right along," John Power, the U.S. Geological Survey scientist in charge at the observatory, said Friday.

A mining camp 50 miles northeast of the volcano reported a light ash fall Tuesday evening, according to the observatory.

Residents of Cold Bay, about 40 miles from Pavlof, are concerned the ash could damage their power generators, air traffic controller John Maxwell said Friday. But so far, the wind has blown the ash away from the area, he said.

"Everybody is thinking about it," Maxwell said. "Not that anybody is afraid they're going to be like Mount Vesuvius and turned into little mummies."

Mike Tickle, manager of the local fuel terminal, said his wife woke him up Wednesday night to tell him she saw a splatter of lava spurting from Pavlof. He hustled to get his camera, but by the time he went to have a look, all that remained was a red glow.

"It's been overcast since then," he said.

Typically, Pavlof eruptions are gas-rich fountains of lava that can shoot up to a few thousand feet. But its ash clouds are usually less dense than the plumes of more explosive volcanoes that pose a greater hazard to aircraft, scientists say.

Pavlof is among the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, with nearly 40 known eruptions, according to the observatory.

The volcano last erupted in 2007. During the 29-day eruption, Pavlof emitted mud flows and erupting lava, as well as ash clouds up to 18,000 feet high, according to Power.

In early May, Cleveland Volcano, on an uninhabited island in the Aleutian Islands, experienced a low-level eruption. Satellite imagery shows the volcano has continued to discharge steam, gas and heat in the past week. New analysis of earlier images showed a small lava flow going over the southeast rim of the summit crater, the observatory said.

There has been no new imagery in recent days because of overcast skies in the area, Power said.

No ash clouds have been detected in more than a week from Cleveland, which is not monitored with seismic instruments.

The volcano is a 5,675-foot peak on a remote island 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. Cleveland's most recent significant eruption began in February 2001 and sent ash clouds up to 39,000 feet above sea level. It also produced a rocky lava flow and hot debris that reached the sea.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 19, 2013, 05:19:50 pm
Mexico's Popocatepetl volcano still rumbling

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City is still rumbling.

Mexico's National Disaster Prevention Center says seismic activity shook the area early Sunday. And the 17,886-foot (5,450-meter) mountain also emitted gas, ash and glowing-hot rocks.

The snow-capped volcano has been erupting periodically since 1994 and eruptions began strengthening about two weeks ago.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 21, 2013, 11:03:02 pm
Erupting Alaska volcano spews ash, disrupts air travel
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - One of Alaska's most active volcanoes, which has been belching ash and spewing lava since last week, has forced regional flight cancellations and dusted some nearby communities with ash, scientists and local officials said on Monday.

Pavlof Volcano has sent up ash as high as 22,000 feet, with the cloud blowing eastward and the eruption showing no signs of abating, according to the federal-state Alaska Volcano Observatory.

The lava from its 8,261-foot (2,518-metre) peak has also created huge steam clouds on meeting the mountain's snow.

While the ash plume was still too low on Monday to affect commercial airliners flying at least 30,000 feet above sea level between Asia and North America, it was scrambling schedules for regional carriers serving rural fishing towns and native villages that lack outside road access.

PenAir, an Anchorage-based Alaska company specializing in travel in southwestern Alaska, briefly stopped flights to four destinations to wait for ash to dissipate, said Danny Seybert, the carrier's chief executive. "We've had about a dozen cancellations due to the volcano," he said.

PenAir's planes fly at altitudes between 15,000 and 20,000 feet, exactly where they could encounter ash, depending on wind direction, Seybert said.

Among the cancellations were flights in and out of Unalaska/Dutch Harbor, the top-volume seafood port in the United States, he said.

Ash plumes could go higher, as Pavlof's eruption could intensify with little warning, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said.

Trace amounts of ash fell overnight on Nelson Lagoon, a tiny Aleut village of 50 residents located 48 miles northeast of Pavlof. The volcano had earlier sprinkled ash on Sand Point, a fishing town of about 1,000 people, when the wind was blowing in a slightly different direction, according to the observatory.

Along with potential aviation hazards, the ash poses possible health risks, said Rick Wessels, a U.S. Geological Survey geophysicist at the observatory.

"It's dangerous for the people downwind of it, because you don't really want to breathe in that fine ash that long," Wessels said of the eruption taking place on the Alaska Peninsula, 590 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Pavlof is one of Alaska's most restless volcanoes and had its last major eruption in 2007. The Alaska Volcano Observatory estimates it has erupted about two dozen times between 1901 and 2007.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston and David Brunnstrom)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 22, 2013, 04:56:43 pm
Turrialba Volcano spits massive ash and gas trail

At 5 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Turrialba Volcano, located east of the province of Cartago, began to spew gas and ash from two crater openings, the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) reported.

By 8:30 a.m. a significant amount of volcanic material was released from the two openings of volcano, "which may indicate that these materials come from deep areas,” Ovsicori said.

"It is uncertain what will happen. Volcanologists are heading to the site to evaluate the activity," the statement said.

Experts said Tuesday's activity is “normal for an active volcano such as Turrialba,” but they recommended all nearby communities remain vigilant in coming hours.

The released material fell into grasslands and communities in the canton of Turrialba and reached some three kilometers west of the crater.

The trail of gases and ash can be seen from various locations in the provinces of Cartago, San José, Heredia and Limón. Public access to the volcano area was closed last year due to the activity.

The Turrialba Volcano also emitted material in 2007, 2010 and 2012. The last eruptions of the volcano were in 1884.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 22, 2013, 04:59:49 pm
Sangeang Api volcano (Indonesia): elevated seismic activity triggers alarm

An increase in seismicity since 26 April triggered VSI to rise the alert status from 2 to 3 on a scale of 1-4 (from "Waspada", "watch" to Siaga", alert). For the moment, only degassing has been observed as surface activity.

A similar increase in seismic activity was observed in Oct 2012, when the alert was raised as well and then reduced again in November.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 07:06:04 am
Mount Etna eruptions becoming more violent, and scientists are baffled as to why

I know why, Jesus is coming back here real soon and All these are the beginning of sorrows.

May 26, 2013 – ITALY – Mount Etna is spitting lava more violently than it has in years, and scientists are baffled as to why. Despite being the world’s most-studied volcano, the Sicilian mountain is also its most unpredictable. The volcano is raging. Fountains of lava, some taller than the Eiffel Tower, shoot from its mouth every few weeks, flowing in red-hot streams into the surrounding valleys. There have been 13 eruptions since the beginning of February. Mount Etna, 3,329 meters (10,922 feet) high, towers majestically above the Sicilian city of Catania. In June, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will decide whether to list it as a World Heritage Site. Etna is considered the most heavily studied volcano in the world, and it is thoroughly wired with sensors. In addition to lava, Etna spits out vast amounts of data — several gigabytes a day, coming from magnetic field sensors, GPS altimeters and seismic sensors. Despite this wealth of data, Etna still poses a conundrum to scientists. “The eruptions in recent weeks have been unusually fierce and explosive,” reports German volcanologist Boris Behncke, who monitors the mountain together with a few hundred colleagues at Italy’s National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV). “There have been lava fountain events in the past, but rarely in such rapid succession.” Behncke has fallen under Etna’s spell. During the day, he maps the lava flows; at night, he hikes along its slopes. His Twitter hash tag is “@etnaboris.” The volcano is the first thing he sees when he looks out of his bedroom window every morning. “This time, the range of ash fall is much wider than usual,” says Behncke. A layer of black ash covers cars as far as 50 kilometers (31 miles) away. Even in ancient times, people marveled at the forces that were capable of shooting fountains of lava into the sky. In Greek and Roman mythology, the volcano is represented by a limping blacksmith swinging his hammer as sparks fly. Legend has it that the natural philosopher Empedocles jumped into the crater 2,500 years ago. What he found there remained his secret, because he never returned. All that remained of him were his iron shoes, which the mountain later spat out. For many geologists today, Etna is still the most inscrutable volcano in the world. The mountain is located at precisely the spot where the African and European tectonic plates rub against each other like two giant ice floes. At this plate margin, lava with low viscosity flows upward from a depth of 30 kilometers into a reservoir of magma two kilometers beneath the summit. “The stream of magma doesn’t move uniformly, but in spurts, vibrating as if it were in a hydraulic pump,” explains Stuttgart geophysicist Rolf Schick. “This makes Etna so unpredictable.” Schick has been a star among volcanologists since 1972, when he caused a stir with his new discoveries about Etna. Using seismic sensors, he discovered a “pulse rate” of sorts in the stream of magma, which is forced through the vent at a rate of 72 beats per minute — coincidentally, at a rate similar to that of the human heartbeat. –ABC News


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 27, 2013, 09:07:47 am
Yeah, although nothing major has happened, these volcanic eruptions have become more common in recent years. I don't think they'll completely blow until the 6th seal is unleashed.

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Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 02:31:04 pm
Chile orders evacuation around stirring southern volcano, Copahue - @Reuters


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2013, 02:33:06 pm
Active Volcanos as of 15:32 est 5/27/13

Europe and Atlantic Ocean:
  Stromboli (Eolian Islands, Italy)
  Etna (Sicily, Italy)
  Campi Flegrei (Phlegrean Fields) (Italy)
  El Hierro (Canary Islands, Spain)
  Tjörnes Fracture Zone (North of Iceland)
  Kverkfjöll (Eastern Iceland)
  Katla (Southern Iceland)
  Askja (Central Iceland)
  Bárdarbunga (Iceland)
  Hekla (Iceland)
  Torfajökull (Iceland)
Africa and Indian Ocean:
  Heard (Australia, Southern Indian Ocean)
  Ol Doinyo Lengai (Tanzania)
  Erta Ale (Ethiopia)
  Nyiragongo (DRCongo)
  Nyamuragira (DRCongo)
  Tahalra Volcanic Field (Algeria)
  Barren Island (Indian Ocean)
  Dukono (Halmahera, Indonesia)
  Lokon-Empung (North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
  Gamalama (Halmahera, Indonesia)
  Paluweh (off Flores Island, Indonesia)
  Semeru (East Java, Indonesia)
  Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia)
  Karangetang (Siau Island, Sangihe Islands, Indonesia)
  Ibu (Halmahera, Indonesia)
  Gamkonora (Halmahera, Indonesia)
  Soputan (North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
  Sangeang Api (Indonesia)
  Papandayan (West Java, Indonesia)
  Krakatau (Sunda Strait, Indonesia)
  Dieng (Central Java, Indonesia)
  Marapi (Western Sumatra, Indonesia)
  Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia)
  Lewotobi (Flores, Indonesia)
  Sirung (Pantar Island, Indonesia )
  Rinjani (Lombok, Indonesia)
  Tambora (Sumbawa, Indonesia)
  Raung (East Java, Indonesia)
  Ijen (East Java, Indonesia)
  Bromo (East Java, Indonesia)
  Merapi (Central Java, Indonesia)
  Talang (Sumatra, Indonesia)
  Slamet (Central Java, Indonesia)
  Guntur (West Java, Indonesia)
  Kerinci (Sumatra, Indonesia)

Aleutians, Alaska and North America:
  Cleveland (Aleutian Islands, Alaska)
  Pavlov (Alaska Peninsula, USA)
Central America and Carribean:
  Colima (Western Mexico)
  Popocatépetl (Central Mexico)
  Santa María / Santiaguito (Guatemala)
  Fuego (Guatemala)
  Pacaya (Guatemala)
  Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica)
  Poas (Costa Rica)
  Turrialba (Costa Rica)
  Irazu (Costa Rica)
  Soufriere Hills (Montserrat, West Indies (UK))
  San Miguel (El Salvador)
  San Cristobal (Nicaragua)
  Telica (Nicaragua)
  Masaya (Nicaragua)
  Concepción (Nicaragua)
South America:
  Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia)
  Galeras (Colombia)
  Villarrica (Central Chile)
  Copahue (Chile/Argentina)
  Sangay (Ecuador)
  Sacabaya (Northern Chile, Bolivia and Argentina, South America)
  Reventador (Ecuador)
  Machin (Colombia)
  Nevado del Huila (Colombia)
  Sotará (Colombia)
  Cumbal (Colombia)
  Reclus (Southern Chile and Argentina, South America)
  Chaitén (Southern Chile and Argentina, South America)
  Laguna del Maule (Central Chile)
  Lascar (Northern Chile)
  Sabancaya (Peru)
  Tungurahua (Ecuador)
Other regions:
  Erebus (Antarctica)
  Siple (Marie Byrd Land, Western Antarctica)

Pacific Ocean:
  Kilauea (Hawai'i)
  Bagana (Bougainville Island, Papua New Guinea)
  Karkar (Northeast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea)
  Rabaul (Tavurvur) (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
  Manam (Papua New Guinea)
  Yasur (Tanna Island, Vanuatu)
  Ambrym (Vanuatu)
  Tinakula (Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands)
  Pagan (Mariana Islands)
  Langila (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
  Ulawun (New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
  Gaua (Vanuatu)
  Mauna Loa (Big Island, Hawai'i)
  Loihi (United States, Hawaiian Islands)
  Ruapehu (North Island, New Zealand)
  Tongariro (North Island, New Zealand)
  Aoba (Vanuatu)
Ring of Fire (Kurile Islands to Philippines):
  Shiveluch (Kamchatka)
  Tolbachik (Kamchatka)
  Kizimen (Kamchatka)
  Grozny (Iturup Island, Kuril Islands)
  Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan)
  Bezymianny (Central Kamchatka Depression, Kamchatka)
  Karymsky (Kamchatka)
  Gorely (Southern Kamchatka)
  Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles, Kuril Islands)
  Rasshua (Central Kuriles, Kuril Islands)
  Chirpoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
  Medvezhia (Kurile Islands, Russia)
  Kirishima (Kyushu, Japan)
  Suwanose-jima (Ryukyu Islands, Japan)
  Mayon (Luzon Island, Philippines)
  Kliuchevskoi (Kamchatka)
  Ketoi (Kurile Islands, Russia)
  Tiatia (Kunashir Island, Kuril Islands)
  Mt Fuji (Honshu, Japan)
  Hakone (Honshu, Japan)
  To-shima (Izu Islands, Japan)
  Miyake-shima (Izu Islands, Japan)
  Kuchinoerabu-jima (Ryukyu Islands, Japan)
  Iwo-jima (Volcano Islands, Japan)
  Taal (Luzon, Philippines)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 27, 2013, 03:32:28 pm
Yeah, that's quite a few right there!

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 30, 2013, 01:11:49 pm

Explosive activity of Vanuatu’s Mt Yasur increases

Posted at 06:51 on 30 May, 2013 UTC

Explosive activity at Vanuatu’s Mt Yasur volcano has increased in recent days.

According to observations by the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards department, the activity level of the volcano on Tanna island is still at alert level 2 but an increase to 3 in the near future is possible.

The risk of volcanic projections near the volcano crater remains as thick steam and ash is being emitted from active vents, with ash fall in communities downwind.

An increase in activity was noted in early April when bombs were ejected from the volcano to the parking area below the summit cone, and the activity status was raised from 1 to 2.

It is recommended that all communities, visitors and travel agents take the current situation seriously.

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Post by: Mark on June 02, 2013, 01:54:27 pm
Alert level raised on Philippines Mayon volcano, after volcano exhibits ‘abnormal behavior’

PHILIPPINES – The alert level on Mayon volcano in Albay has been raised to Level 1 after it started exhibiting abnormal behavior, a state agency said today. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said that in the past 36 hours, three weeks after phreatic explosion on May 7, fumes and crater glow were observed. “PHIVOLCS is raising the alert status of Mayon from Alert Level 0 to Alert Level 1 as a precaution to the public that the volcano is exhibiting abnormal behavior,” it said in a Bulletin issued as of 5:00 p.m. local time on Friday. With this, the agency is warning the public from entering the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone due to perennial danger of life-threatening rockfalls, avalanches, ash puffs and sudden phreatic or steam-driven eruptions. Mayon’s alert level status may further change if significant changes in monitoring parameters occur, it said. PHIVOLCS also advised residents around the volcano to remain vigilant and to keep abreast of updates on Mayon’s condition through local and national officials. On May 7, Mayon’s phreatic explosion killed seven people, four of them foreigners, who were climbing the cone-like volcano.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2013, 08:06:41 pm
San Cristobal volcano (Nicaragua): small ash eruptions on 7 June

New eruptions occurred yesterday. The volcano produced a series of 7 small ash emissions between 06:45 to 11:43 am (local time). The explosions were very small and ash plumes only rose up to about 100 m above the crater.

The new eruptions were followed by a rise in seismic activity in the form of tremor, which rose to about 3 times normal levels during the afternoon. The tremor pulse was still of relatively low energy and in itself not alarming, as the volcano experiences similar phases of elevated seismicity frequently, but given the recent activity, INETER warns that new explosions, possibly larger in scale, could follow with little warning and that air traffic should avoid the area of the volcano.

Unconnected to the new eruptive activity, a small mud flow occurred at 17:10 local time on the lower slopes as a result of heavy rainfall, but did not cause damage.

SINAPRED (Civil Protection) said to be ready to organize the evacuation of some 3,000 people living within a radius of 5 km if necessary, i.e. in case of stronger eruptions.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 14, 2013, 12:09:38 am
Taal shows signs of restiveness(Philippines)
Details  Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

RESTIVE Taal Volcano in Batangas province showed heightened activity after at least nine volcanic quakes were recorded around it in the past 24 hours, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

Paulo Reniva, science research assistant of the Phivolcs’ Volcano Monitoring Division, said these quakes were monitored from 7 a.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. yesterday.

Phivolcs recorded seven volcanic quakes in a previous 24-hour observation period.

Despite the increased activity, Reniva said “there is nothing to worry about” since tremors below 10 are still within the “normal parameters” of a volcano under Alert Level 1.

Alert Level 1, which means that hazardous eruption is not imminent, remains in effect over Taal.

However, Reniva reminded the public to stay away from the main crater due to sudden occurrence of steam explosions and accumulation of toxic gases. Taal has about 40 craters, above water and under water, which have so far been discovered.

He said the entire volcano island is off limits since it is a permanent danger zone.

In Albay, Mayon Volcano was relatively “quiet” in the past 24 hours.

Reniva said although moderate emission of white steam plumes was observed, no volcanic earthquake was recorded in the area.

He said no rockfall was detected and that sulfur dioxide levels remained low. He added that no crater glow was observed Tuesday night due to thick clouds that covered the volcano’s summit.

However, Reniva reiterated that the public should refrain from entering the six-kilometer radius permanent danger zone because small steam and ash explosions and rock falls may occur anytime.

Meanwhile, two minor tectonic earthquakes were recorded in Northern Samar yesterday.

The first quake with a magnitude of 2.9 occurred at 11:56 a.m. Its epicenter was traced 14 kilometers northwest of Laoang town, Northern Samar, which felt the quake at Intensity 3.

The town of Pambujan also in Northern Samar felt the quake at Intensity 3.

The second quake, measuring 3.2 in magnitude, occurred 10 minutes later. Its epicenter was some 20 km northeast of Laoang. It was felt at Intensity 3 in Laoang and Pambujan towns, and Intensity 2 in Catarman and San Roque.

The two quakes are unlikely connected to a magnitude 5.3 quake that hit the province in September last year, said Erlinton Olaverde, science research specialist of the Phivolcs Seismology Division

“Masyado ng matagal nung nangyari iyong 5.3 earthquake...However, to verify if these two quakes are only aftershocks of the 5.3 tremor, we still need to conduct further study,” he also said.

Olaverde also said 376 aftershocks have been recorded in North Cotabato since a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit the province last June 1.

As of 1 p.m. yesterday, 17 of the aftershocks were “significant,” he said.

Aftershocks will continue to occur in North Cotabato and nearby areas for more than a month, he also said.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 13, 2013, 07:40:41 am
Popocatepetl volcano eruption filmed from air

The Popocatepetl's eruption was shot from the air by a Mexican navy aircraft.

Mexico's erupting volcano, Popocatepetl, was caught on camera by a Mexican navy aircraft spewing plumes of smoke and gas high into the sky.

Having been active for over a year, the volcano is currently on phase two alert, meaning authorities are enforcing a protective radius around its crater.

On Thursday, the National Center of Disaster Prevention said the volcano had let out nearly 100 bursts of steam and gas in the the past 24 hours.

The rumblings and bursts of ash coming out from the volcano, located around 50 miles southeast of Mexico City, prompted airlines to cancel more than 40 flights to Mexico's capital as of Thursday.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 15, 2013, 09:26:37 am

Ecuador Volcano Tungurahua Erupts And Explodes
The explosion spews stones, gases and ash more than three miles into the sky and forces people to leave their homes.

8:31am UK, Monday 15 July 2013

At least 200 people have been forced to leave their homes after a volcano in Ecuador erupted and spewed ash miles into the air.

The "strong explosion" at the Tungurahua volcano could be felt hundreds of miles away, the Geophysics Institute reported.

It spewed stones, gases and ash more than 5km (3.1 miles) into the sky, authorities said.

The clouds of ash and gas could be seen as far away as the capital Quito, about 153km (95 miles) north of the volcano.

There were no reported deaths, according to local media.

Authorities declared an "orange alert", the second highest warning level after red, following the eruption at 6.47am local time on Sunday.

Villages near the volcano on the eastern Andean range were evacuated, said Lourdes Mayorga from the National Risk Management Secretariat.

Some residents had problems leaving because of the volcanic rocks and minor flooding following heavy rains.

After remaining dormant for eight decades, Tungurahua - which means "throat of fire" - rumbled back to life in 1999 and has been active ever since.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 18, 2013, 06:37:17 am
2nd Ecuador volcano steps up eruption

Jul. 17 3:34 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Scientists say lava flow and ash and gas emissions have intensified at a second Ecuadorean volcano, Reventador, as the full-bore eruption of the Tungurahua cone continues.

Ecuador's Geophysics Institute says the lava flow on Reventador's southern flank has increased since Saturday but poses no immediate threat to villagers in the region 60 miles (100) kilometers) east of the capital, Quito.

The 11,400-foot (3,475-meter) volcano is nearly three times that distance from Tungurahua to the southwest. It has been roaring since Sunday, when 200 people were evacuated from its flanks and one pyroclastic blast was heard as far away as the coastal city of Guayaquil.

Tungurahua is 16,480 feet (5,023 meters) high and has been active since 1999.

Reventador had its last big eruption in November 2002.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 05, 2013, 01:19:35 pm
Russia’s Shiveluch Volcano Spews Ash Up To 3 Miles High

August 5, 2013

Russia’s northernmost active volcano churned out ash to a height of up to five kilometers (three miles) in the country’s Far East, local Emergencies Ministry’s department reported on Monday.

The 3,283-meter (10,771 feet) Shiveluch volcano increased activity in May 2009 and has been periodically spewing ash from three to ten kilometers.

“The cloud of ash moved in the eastern direction from the volcano having bypassed residential areas at the distance of some 50 kilometers [31 miles],” the department said in a statement.

Although the current eruption poses no immediate threat to nearby settlements, the ensuing ash fallouts could be hazardous to health and the environment.

The clouds of volcanic ash could also pose threat to air traffic because the tiny particles cause problems with aircraft engine turbines.

There are more than 150 volcanoes on Kamchatka and up to 30 of them are active.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 10, 2013, 12:53:36 pm
6 killed as Indonesian volcano erupts, thousands evacuated

Gushing hot lava from an erupting volcano killed six people sleeping in a beach village in eastern Indonesia on Saturday, after ash and smoke shot up to 6,560 feet into the air, a disaster official said.

Mount Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara province erupted early Saturday morning, according to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency. Nearly 3,000 people were evacuated from the area on Palue island. The volcano has been rumbling since October 2012.

The victims included three adults and two children, said agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. He said the age of the sixth person killed was unclear and that the children's bodies had not been recovered from Ponge beach in Rokirole village.

Indonesia, an archipelago of 240 million people, is prone to earthquakes and volcanic activity because it sits along the Pacific "Ring of Fire," a horseshoe-shaped series of fault lines.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 19, 2013, 11:08:58 am
Volcano covers Japan city in ash


A volcano has erupted in south-west Japan and coated a nearby city with a layer of ash.

People in Kagoshima wore raincoats and used umbrellas to shield themselves from the ash after the Sakurajima volcano erupted yesterday afternoon.

Local media said drivers had to turn on their headlights and reported the ash resembled driving through snow at night


Kyodo News said the plume was 5,000 meters high and lava flowed about a kilometre from the fissure.

It also said that railway operators stopped service in the city while ash was removed from the tracks. It reported that no one has been hurt.

Japan has frequent seismic activity. Kyodo cited the Japan Meteorological Agency as saying there are no signs of a larger eruption at Sakurajima but similar activity may continue.

By morning, the air was clearer as masked residents sprinkled water and swept up the ash. The city was mobilising garbage trucks and water sprinklers to clean up.

But business largely returned to normal in the city of 600,000 people living only 10 kilometres (six miles) from the volcano whose eruptions are part of their daily life.

"The smoke was a bit dramatic, but we are kind of used to it," said a city official. The eruption was the 500th this year of Sakurajima, a statement from the city said.

JMA said there are no signs of a larger eruption but similar activity may continue. It maintains an earlier warning that people should not venture near the volcano itself.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2013, 04:21:23 pm
Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): partial dome collapse generates strong explosion and pyroclastic flows

Friday Aug 23, 2013

A major eruption occurred yesterday evening. Starting at 17:45 (local time), the top part of the Caliente lava dome collapsed and produced a series of relatively large pyroclastic flows and explosions. Ash plumes rose more than 2 km to elevations of 4 km altitude.

The cause of the eruption was likely the accumulation of pressurized magma and gas under the dome composed of viscous (solid) lava.

The pyroclastic flows affected mainly the south, southeast and NNE sides. Bombs from explosive activity were ejected to distances of 500 m.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 24, 2013, 04:24:20 pm
Underwater Volcano Briefly Erupts in NTT
By SP/Yoseph Kelen on 4:36 pm August 21, 2013.

Mount Hobalt, an underwater volcano off the coast of Lembata island, East Nusa Tenggara, briefly erupted on Tuesday but did not cause any damage, officials and residents said.

“Based on information received from the head of the Center for Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation [PVMBG], the mountain erupted Tuesday morning,” Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), said.

Sutopo called on villagers living around the volcano to remain alert, but added that there was no need for residents to be evacuated from the area.

“The PVMBG is closely monitoring the volcano,” Sutopo said.

Petrus Bote, who heads the district’s disaster mitigation office, said that district authorities were preparing for the possibility of a larger eruption by bolstering stocks of emergency relief supplies and increasing manpower around the area.

“Many people, including fishermen, saw the peak of [Mount Hobalt] surface for a few minutes,” Peter said on Tuesday.

He said that a similar phenomenon took place when the volcano last erupted in May 1999.

Tini Thadeus, the head of the NTT Disaster Mitigation Agency, said that the volcano briefly belched a column of smoke and ash that reached between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level at around 7:13 a.m. on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Victor Mado Watun, the island’s deputy district chief, said that another volcano, Mount Ile Wereng, which straddles the inland subdistricts of Atadei and Wulandoni, also experienced a brief eruption.

Victor said that a three-kilometer radius danger zone around the two mountains has been declared.

“The district’s disaster mitigation office has sent two teams to the Atadei and Wulandoni. They are monitoring the activity of two volcanoes there and are registering the number of villagers living near them,” Victor said.

Hobalt is one of the five active submarine volcanoes in Indonesia, a country that sits on three geological fault lines dotted with volcanoes.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on August 26, 2013, 09:32:23 am
Volcanic 'geyser' erupts close to Rome airport
Italian experts have been puzzled by the overnight appearance of a geyser crater spraying clouds of gas 15 feet in the air, yards from the end of the runway at one of Europe’s busiest airports.


Motorists on Saturday were alarmed to notice hot, stinking gas spurting from a newly formed crater in the middle of a roundabout close to the perimeter fence of Rome’s Fiumicino airport -- less than 900 yards from the end of a runway.

Spectators gathered around the smoking crater, which measured about six feet wide and three feet deep, before firefighters and vulcanologists arrived to seal off the roundabout to prevent inhalation of the gas, suspected to be a ****tail of carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane. Tests are now underway.

While initial reports suggested the gas came from rotting organic matter trapped underground, one expert said volcanic activity was more likely.

“From Mount Etna in Sicily up to the Alban hills around Rome there is a good deal of underground volcanic activity,” Alberto Basili, a seismologist at the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Vulcanology, told the Daily Telegraph.

The area covers Mount Vesuvius, which buried the Roman city of Pompeii when it erupted in 79AD, to a number of lakes formed in extinct volcanoes north of Rome.

“Gas underground can remain hot for tens of thousands of years after volcanoes erupt, and every now and then it can rise to the surface from miles underground,” said Mr Basili.

“We have seen things like this elsewhere around Rome, with farm animals being killed after they breath in the gas,” he said.

Despite being a stone’s throw from the end of a main runway at Fiumicino, Europe’s sixth largest airport, which handles 37 million passengers a year, Mr Basili said there was no cause for fear over flight safety. “This is a limited phenomenon – it will not have created alarm at the airport,” he said.


If this turns out to be a real volcano, well its not real far from Vatican City and Rome proper. Rev 18:8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. and all that.... Just Saying...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on August 26, 2013, 02:43:12 pm

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 26, 2013, 02:44:53 pm

Thinking the same thing too - not only this one, but pretty much volcanos have really become active around the world.

I don't think it's a coincidence at all.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Boldhunter on September 02, 2013, 06:46:46 pm
Video of Russia 8/5/13 volcano:


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on September 04, 2013, 04:39:00 pm
Japan’s Sakurajima volcano rocked by another large explosion- damages cars


A moderately large vulcanian explosion occurred this morning, producing significant fallout of lapilli and small bombs in several kilometers distance. Cars parked at the Arimura Lava observatory observation point to the south of the volcano were damages and windshields broken, at a distance of about 4 km. There are no reports of injuries to people. The ash plume from the eruption rose to approx. 12,000 ft (3.6 km) elevation, i.e. about 2.5 km height. In itself, today’s explosion is not even among the largest that have occurred in the past months, but the volcano clearly continues to be in a state of elevated activity when seen on a long-term average. The following webcam time-lapse video shows frequent ash emission and explosions from the volcano. In a recent interview with Radio New Zealand, volcanologist Masato Iguchi mentions that the volcano might be heading for a larger eruption comparable to that of 1914: “The magma level deep within the volcano is back to about 90% of what it was before the 1914 eruption. So we do have to worry about a big eruption in the long term.” –Volcano Discovery



Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on October 13, 2013, 02:55:24 pm
Jebel Zubair volcano erupts in the Red Sea

As of today, the submarine eruption continues with the production of a steam plume of variable size, not always easily identifiable on satellite images. A SO2 plume is also visible on satellite data drifting from the eruption site. No ash can be seen on satellite imagery, only steam, and the area of discolored water (indicator of suspended particles) is small if not has disappeared. That suggests that the eruption is currently rather weak and probably has not yet entered the so-called surtseyan phase where solid fragments (ash, lava blocks) are ejected above the surface of the sea. –Volcano Discovery


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2013, 03:36:06 pm
'Dante's Peak,' for real: Volcanic eruption creates deadly acid lake

Grandma's death by acid is a highlight of the 1997 camp classic "Dante's Peak." The disaster epic chronicles the race to save a small town from a deadly volcanic eruption.

In the movie, volcanic gases quickly turn a placid lake into an acidic death trap as a family escapes burning-hot lava by boat, aided by a volcanologist played by Pierce Brosnan. Grandma sacrifices herself and jumps into the lake to push their dissolving aluminum boat the last few feet to safety.

For a film that gets some eruption science terrifyingly right, the lake's radical transformation has always been a sticking point. Volcanic gases belching from the lake bottom can't acidify an entire lake in a matter of hours, debunkers have shown. However, extremely acidic fluids could dissolve Grandma's legs and kill her from shock, as well as eat holes in the boat.

Now, it turns out there is also some truth behind the fictional volcanic chemistry.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 15, 2013, 04:45:42 pm
We're definitely seeing some very weird things in potentially these last days we're living in.

And I thought it was only in those B-rated movies we saw in the 80's and 90's. :o

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on October 26, 2013, 01:48:52 pm
Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupts, sending up plume of ash visible in much of eastern Sicily - @Independent_ie



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Post by: Kilika on October 27, 2013, 04:18:46 am
Now that is a neat photo!

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Post by: Christian40 on October 27, 2013, 04:44:05 am
i like it too!

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Post by: Mark on October 30, 2013, 04:34:51 pm
Mount Etna’s explosive erupion causes airport closure

Mount Etna, one of the most active volcanoes in the world has again started spewing lava from its bowels and sent a huge plume of volcanic ash into the air much akin to the earlier eruptions in 2012. Mount Etna volcano is situated in Sicily and it started to spew volcanic ash on Saturday Morning. There has been no casualties’ according to BBC but Air Traffic at the Catania airport was temporarily halted because of the smoke. The Airport reopened at Dawn. As mentioned, Mt Etna is an active volcano which erupts regularly at short intervals. Situated in Sicily the volcano stands at an imposing 10,922 feet high at its summit and is Europe’s highest and most active volcano. The volcano has been spewing small and sporadic volcanic ash emissions since September. Mount Etna reported the 13th episode of activity in 2013, but the last major eruption was in 1992. The primeval Greeks thought Mount Etna was home to the god of fire, Vulcan. When Mount Etna erupted, they thought that Vulcan was simply forging weapons for Mars, the god of war. Volcanic eruptions are often accompanied by tremors and in Mount Etna’s case also underground tremors were reported on Friday before the eruptions on Saturday. Till now evacuation has not been ordered from the many villages that are present on the volcano slopes. –Pentagon Post


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Post by: Mark on November 02, 2013, 07:15:58 am
Doomsday volcanoes on the planet are awakening in record numbers: Is a new supervolcano forming in Chile?

GEOLOGY – One of these days, a field of volcanoes you have never heard of will wake up, and if it fulfills its geologic potential, the consequences will be heard around the world. Curiously, Laguna del Maule, situated along the spine of the Andes, doesn’t even look like a volcano. No towering peak, no plume of smoke or steam, no stench of sulfur. But 36 times in the past 20,000 years, volcanic vents surrounding the lake basin have created monster fields of lava — with huge deposits of volcanic glass, pumice and ash. Once, almost a million years ago, this volcano field had an eruption that, if repeated, could change history by affecting air travel, agriculture and climate. Tantalizing scraps of lava indicate enormous eruptions 1.5 million and 336,000 years ago. It’s a maxim of geology: What happened before can happen again. The volcanic field is 20 kilometers in diameter, and the recent surge in attention is largely due to a widespread, 1.5 meter rise since 2007. “That’s phenomenal,” says Brad Singer, a professor of Geoscience at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who began studying this part of the Andes 20 years ago. “There is no other volcano in the world that is going up at this rate.”

Other causes for concern include swarms of earthquakes, horizontal spreading, spreading faults, and new detections of carbon dioxide gas that likely signal the enlargement of the underground magma pool that powers the volcano. Eruptions can be ranked by estimating the volume of volcanic ash (mainly tiny shards of glass) they release. In 1980, Mt. St. Helens released about one cubic kilometer. In 1991, Pinatubo in the Philippines sent more than 10 cubic kilometers; its ash and sulfur gas injected into the upper atmosphere cooled the planet for two years. About 950,000 years ago, an eruption at Laguna del Maule spewed dozens of cubic kilometers — perhaps more than 100. The eruption blanketed Argentina, downwind, with ash. A 100 cubic-kilometer eruption could cause global cooling, and intense damage to agriculture could affect the entire globe. Santiago, the capital of Chile, is not far from the volcano. It has a population of 6 million people. All of them would be adversely affected by a large eruption. Because the only people around Laguna del Maule are the horsemen who drive cattle in the summer, the immediate human impacts will be limited — unless giant flows of hot rock or debris reach Chilean cities. But dense ash-fall during the growing season could devastate agriculture in Argentina, to the east. Just 50 kilometers north of Laguna del Maule, a similar volcanic field, called Calabozos, has had three super-eruptions in the past million years, spewing about 1,000 cubic kilometers of ash in total. Those eruptions rank among the largest in a million years. -WF


Unrest growing among world’s supervolcanoes: Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Campi Flegrei in Italy – almost all of the world’s active supervolcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation- a potential early indication that an eruption could be building in these volcanic systems for the near future. When they will erupt is anybody’s guess? In the meantime, unrest is also growing among the volcanoes of Central America, Kamchatka, Alaska, Indonesia, and Iceland- which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet. The clock is ticking. Their magma chambers are expanding. Tremors are increasing. If any one of these volcanic systems has a major eruption, we’re in deep trouble. If they erupt in cascading fashion; Earth will be reeling through a doomsday scenario. –TEP



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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 03, 2013, 05:46:32 pm
Indonesia Volcano Erupts Again, Forces Evacuations
MEDAN, Indonesia November 3, 2013 (AP)

A volcano in western Indonesia erupted again Sunday, unleashing volcanic ash high into the sky and forcing the evacuation of villagers living around its slope.

Officials raised Mount Sinabung's alert status to the second-highest level after the 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) -high mountain erupted early Sunday, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Authorities were working to evacuate residents from four North Sumatra province villages located within the mountain's three-kilometer (two-mile) danger zone, Nugroho said. About 1,300 villagers have been relocated to safer areas so far.

It was the volcano's second big eruption since late last month, with its Oct. 24 explosion prompting the evacuation of more than 3,300 people.

In September, more than 15,000 people were forced to flee when Mount Sinabung rumbled to life after being dormant for three years.

The volcano's previous major eruption, in August 2010, killed two people and forced 30,000 others to flee. It caught many scientists off guard because it had been quiet for four centuries.

Mount Sinabung is among more than 120 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 09, 2013, 08:52:18 pm
Seismic Swarm Momotombo volcano cause 300 microearthquakes

A seismic swarm in the Momotombo volcano last August claimed nearly 300 microearthquakes in a single day, more than twice as common tremors reported the same month, reported the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET).

 According to the Monthly Bulletin of Earthquakes and Volcanoes of INET, the Momotombo swarm of microearthquakes caused 284 on August 17.

 The Momotombo, located north of Lake Managua, presented 524 microearthquakes between 16 and 18 August, according to the report.

 The microearthquakes are earthquakes with magnitudes less than the magnitude of 1.0 on the Richter scale, which are not perceived by the population.

 The swarm in August Momotombo volcano did not cause any damage in Nicaragua.

Regarding the normal seismic activity, the INET recorded 177 tremors with a magnitude of 1.0 Richter or more, both on the Pacific Ocean, and in the volcanic chain and northern Nicaragua.

 The tremors under the Pacific Ocean were located off the coast of Corinto, Masachapa and The Small mouth, in the subduction zone, ie at the point of collision of continental plates Cocos and Caribbean, according to the report.

 The earthquakes in the volcanic chain were located in San Cristobal volcano, Masaya and Concepcion.

 The northern tremors occurred in the provinces of Estelí, Madriz, Nueva Segovia and the North Atlantic Autonomous Region (RAAN).

 Most of the earthquakes, ie 54, had magnitudes between 3.0 and 3.9 Richter.  Another 50 earthquakes showed a magnitude of between 2.0 and 2.9 Richter.  The rest had magnitudes between 1.0 and 1.9 Richter, according to the bulletin.

 Nicaragua is considered a country with high frequency of earthquakes.  2,000 tremors occur each year on average, according to statistics from INET.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 15, 2013, 12:49:38 pm
Indonesian volcano erupts, forcing evacuation of hundreds
November 14, 2013 8:00 AM

A volcano erupted for the third time in as many months on the western Indonesian island of Sumatra, forcing hundreds of villagers to evacuate, officials said. Mount Sinabung spewed a 7-km (4.3-mile) column of ash into the air Sunday through Thursday, prompting authorities to impose a 3-km evacuation radius. (Reuters)

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 18, 2013, 11:42:58 am
Mt. Etna: First Major Eruption Since 1992

Mt. Etna in Sicily erupted over the weekend. Lava and hot ash began spewing out on Saturday, and tapered off on Sunday. Etna is Europe’s most active volcano, with 16 paroxysmal, or sudden, eruptions this year and the last major eruption occuring in 1992, according to Fox News.


The eruption didn’t pose a threat to surrounding villages, and evacuations were not ordered. Thanks to successful diversion efforts, only one building was destroyed, according to the Daily Mail. The nearby airport in Catania was even operating normally, except for the blocking of two sectors of air space over the volcano.

The eruption was announced by a violent tremor, producing a string of perfectly-shaped smoke rings. Experts think that the eruption may have caused a change in the structure of a vent, perhaps into a circular shape, which could have allowed Mount Etna to spew the smoke-like formations.

The activities of Mt. Etna have been well documented as far back as 1500 BC, and since then, has erupted over 200 times, ranging from almost undetectable to the catastrophic. For example, in 122 BC, an explosive eruption spewed so much ash onto the town of Catania, that it crushed hundreds of houses. The damage was so bad that the town’s inhabitants were exempted from paying taxes to Rome for ten years.

Mt. Etna’s current activities, which usually just include continuous summit degassing, explosive Strombolian eruptions, and frequent basaltic lava flows, is always a concern for the island of Sicily because 25 percent of the population lives around the base of Mt. Etna.

The effects of Etna have been positive over the years, with most of the island’s income stemming from agriculture, which is abundant because of the rich volcanic soil, and tourism. Should Mt. Etna become a reason to fear visiting Sicily, the effects on the island could be devastating.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 19, 2013, 11:37:53 am
Scientists Find New Volcano Rumbling Under Antarctica ice: 1,370 tremors: “It may blow or it may not. We don’t know.”

November 18, 2013 – ANTARCTICA – A volcano may be stirring more than a half-mile beneath a major ice sheet in Antarctica, raising the possibility of faster base melting that could ultimately affect climate. Seismologists working in a mountainous area of Marie Byrd Land in western Antarctica detected a swarm of low-magnitude earthquakes in 2010 and 2011 similar to those that can precede volcanic eruptions, according to a study published online Sunday in Nature Geoscience. The area of activity lies close to the youngest in a chain of volcanoes that formed over several million years, and the characteristics and depth of the seismic events are consistent with those found in volcanic areas of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii and Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, the study concludes. The tight focus of the 1,370 tremors and their deep, long-period waves helped researchers rule out ice quakes, glacial motion or tectonic activity as causes. So, too, did their apparent depth: At 15-25 miles beneath the sub-glacial surface, they are close to the local boundary between Earth’s crust and mantle. “At first I had no idea it was something volcanic, and then, as I started putting together all the pieces, it started looking more and more like I’d found a volcano,” said study co-author Amanda Lough, a seismology graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.

Chances of a massive fire-and-ice catastrophe are slim, however. Clusters with these wave characteristics have sometimes preceded eruptions, but not always, Lough said. And it would take a staggering release of energy to punch through more a half-mile of ice, she noted. “Does this mean that something is going to be happening in the next 20 years or so? I have no idea,” she said. “It’s not something that’s going to cause major issues. You’d have to have a huge, huge eruption.” Still, even a small eruption could increase base melting and lubricate the ice sheet. “If you have a future eruption it’s going to increase the heat flow, so you’re going to have more melting in the surrounding area, which will then lead to more water at the base of the ice sheet and cause the overlying ice flow to increase in velocity because it’s been lubricated.” How such melting could affect the vast ice sheet remains unknown. The data came from seismic equipment used to study the interaction of ice with the crust in Antarctica, part of a broader program studying polar ice caps. That data were collected in 2010-2011, but most of the events analyzed occurred in two swarms during the first two months of 2010 and in March 2011.

Radar imaging also revealed a buried ash layer believed to be from an eruption of Mt. Waesche about 8,000 years ago. There also is evidence of small flows of magma on the sub-ice topography, and the surface closest to the swarm appears to be a mound of volcanic material, according to the study. Lough, who expects to complete her PhD work next year, has been bowled over by reaction to the discovery. “This is my first paper and people keep calling me wanting to know about it,” she said. “This is going to be one of the chapters in my thesis — probably the most exciting one.” The study was led by geophysicist and seismologist Douglas Wiens of Washington University, who is supervising Lough’s thesis. Other research team members hailed from UC Santa Cruz, Penn State University, New Mexico Tech, Colorado State University, the University of Texas at Austin, Central Washington University and Ohio State. –LA Times

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Post by: Mark on November 20, 2013, 04:27:04 pm
Increased activity reported at volcanoes in Guatemala and Vanuatu 

Mexico’s Colima volcano goes ballistic after weeks of relative calm 


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Post by: Mark on November 22, 2013, 07:58:58 am
Chaitén volcano (Chile): increased seismic activity
Increased seismic activity has been detected under the volcano, Chilean scientists reported.   

Tavurvur volcano (Rabaul, PNG) activity summary
RVO reported that Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone was quiet during 1-12 November. At 0516 on 13 November a moderate explosion generated a dense billowing ash cloud that rose 1 km above the crater and drifted NW. 

Luce Popocatépetl with snow and fumarole
in the last 24 hours, the colossus presented 57 exhalations of low intensity, probably accompanied by emissions of steam and gas.

 Fuego volcano by (c) Google Earth View Fuego volcano (Guatemala): increasing lava flows
Two lava flows are active on the upper slopes of the volcano at the moment, to the Taniluya (south) and Ceniza canyon (SE). The effusive activity started on 11 Nov and increased on 18 November, reaching a length of 600 m.     

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Post by: Mark on November 22, 2013, 11:40:55 am
6 Volcanoes Erupting Today in 6 Countries

1. Nishino-shima, Pacific Ocean
Off the southern coast of Japan, underwater volcano Nishinoshima erupted Wednesday, creating a small island.
The new island, being called Niijima, is about 650 feet across.

2. Colima, Mexico
After several weeks of calm, Colima Volcano began puffing and spewing lava Tuesday and has remained active into Wednesday. The steam cloud rose some 2 miles, according to local publication El Siglo de Torreon.

3. Fuego, Guatemala
Fuego Volcano in Guatemala rumbled Wednesday as it shot out ash plumes and sent shock waves for 15 miles around, according to Prensa Libre.
Roofs and windows vibrated in the villages of Panimaché, Santa Sofia, Morelia, and others, reported Prensa Libre.

4. Mount Sinabung, Indonesia
On Tuesday evening, a record 10-kilometer-high (6.2-mile-high) ash cloud rose above Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra, Indonesia.
Naek Sembiring, a local resident displaced by the activity, told the Jakarta Post on Wednesday: “Tuesday evening’s eruption was the strongest so far. I was terrified.”
Hot ash and lava spread to cities 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away.
Mount Merapi, also in Indonesia, erupted Monday.

5. Etna, Italy
Italy’s Mount Etna began erupting on November 16 and continues to glow as lava fills its mouth.
Etna produces enough lava annually to fill Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) in Chicago, reports Live Science. Sicilians have grown accustomed to its outbursts over thousands of years.
6. Yasur, Vanuatu
The level of explosive activity at Vanuatu volcano Yasur remains low, though it has been pumping out ash since the beginning of the month. Vanuatu is an island nation east of Australia. Several other volcanoes around the world are active on Wednesday, in an ongoing state of eruption, as listed by the Smithsonian Institution.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 24, 2013, 10:22:02 pm
Italy's Mount Etna erupts

Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano, has erupted again, showering volcanic ash on towns dotting the mountain's slopes and nearby Taormina.

The eruption Saturday did not force any evacuations, but a highway was closed for half an hour as a precaution. Authorities also briefly closed two of four air corridors serving the nearby Catania airport but air traffic was not interrupted.

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Post by: Mark on November 25, 2013, 05:56:31 am
Why Have 10 Major Volcanoes Along The Ring Of Fire Suddenly Roared To Life?

Ten major volcanoes have erupted along the Ring of Fire during the past few months, and the mainstream media in the United States has been strangely silent about this.  But this is a very big deal.  We are seeing eruptions at some volcanoes that have been dormant for decades.  Yes, it is certainly not unusual for two or three major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire to be active at the same time, but what we are witnessing right now is highly unusual.  And if the U.S. media is not concerned about this yet, the truth is that they should be.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 80 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire, and it runs directly up the west coast of the United States.  Perhaps if Mt. Rainier in Washington state suddenly exploded or a massive earthquake flattened Los Angeles the mainstream media would wake up.  Most Americans have grown very complacent about these things, but right now we are witnessing volcanic activity almost everywhere else along the Ring of Fire.  It is only a matter of time before it happens here too.

Sadly, most Americans cannot even tell you what the Ring of Fire is.  The following is how Wikipedia defines the “Ring of Fire”…

    The Ring of Fire is an area where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basin of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements.  It has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world’s active and dormant volcanoes.

An easy way to think about the Ring of Fire is to imagine a giant red band stretching along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.

And yes, that includes the entire west coast of the United States and the entire southern coast of Alaska.

10 major volcanoes along the Ring of Fire have suddenly roared to life in recent months.  The following are short excerpts from news reports about those eruptions…

Volcano creates new island off the coast of Japan: A dramatic volcanic eruption in the Pacific Ocean has created a tiny new islet in Japan’s territorial waters, officials said Thursday, the first time in decades the nation has seen the phenomenon.

The navy spotted smoke about 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) south of Tokyo on Wednesday and Japan’s coastguard later verified the birth of the islet around the Ogasawara island chain.

Video footage showed plumes of smoke and ash billowing from the 200-metre island, and Japan’s coastguard said it was warning vessels to use caution in the area until the eruption cools off.

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia: A volcano in western Indonesia has erupted eight times in just a few hours, “raining down rocks” over a large area and forcing thousands to flee their homes, officials said Sunday.

Mount Sinabung has been erupting on and off since September, but went into overdrive late Saturday and early Sunday, repeatedly spewing out red-hot ash and rocks up to eight kilometres (five miles) into the air.

Colima in Mexico: On Monday night and Tuesday morning, the Colima volcano showed two strong exhalations; ejecting lava down its slopes and ash skyward, that has reached several villages. Since last Sunday, the Volcan de Fuego de Colima was reactivated after several weeks of apparent calm and until Tuesday registered between 30 and 35 puffs per day, spewing lava down its slopes and ash that reached the people of Cheese, municipality of Cuauhtémoc, Colima, and some towns in the state of Jalisco.

Sakurajima in Japan: After a short phase of weaker activity, the volcano began to erupt more violently yesterday with a series of powerful explosions that sent ash plumes up to 15,000 ft (4,5 km). Near-constant ash emissions have been taking place from the Showa crater.

Fuego in Guatemala: Two lava flows are active on the upper slopes of the volcano at the moment, to the Taniluya (south) and Ceniza canyon (SE). The effusive activity started on 11 Nov and increased on 18 November, reaching a length of 600 m. Constant avalanches detach from the flow fronts.  At the same time, explosive activity at the summit crater remained at low to moderate levels, with strombolian explosions that produce ash plumes of up to 800 m height and incandescent jets visible from distance.

Santa María/Santiaguito in Guatemala: A phreatomagmatic (water-magma interaction driven) explosion yesterday morning produced a plume of fine ash rising to 3.2 km altitude (700 m above the lava dome) and drifted SE, causing ash fall in Finca La Florida.

Yaser in Vanuatu: Geohazards reports that the volcano continues to produce near-continuous ash emissions while explosions are relatively weak. This phase of ash emissions began on 3 November and are likely to continue into the coming days and weeks.

Popocatepetl in Mexico: The Popocatepetl volcano showcased with a layer of snow was observed throughout the morning and mid-day from the city of Puebla and columns generated by medium-intensity exhalations. According to the monitoring system of the National Center for Disaster Prevention (Cenapred) in the last 24 hours, the colossus presented 57 exhalations of low intensity, probably accompanied by emissions of steam and gas.

Mount Marapi in Indonesia: Mount Merapi, the most active volcano in Indonesia, erupted earlier Monday, shooting a cloud of black ash about 2,000 meter high, officials said.

Kliuchevskoi on the Kamchatka Peninsula: Kliuchevskoi on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia had a busy weekend after its busy week — and a lot of the action was caught on the webcams pointed at the volcano or by satellite. For much of Friday and into Saturday (October 18-19), the volcano continued to produce some vigorous lava fountains and lava flows, mixed in with Strombolian explosions that sent bombs down the slopes of the volcano. This activity was significant enough to cause some aviation alerts even over the western Aleutian Islands.

So why is this happening?


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 25, 2013, 09:43:13 am
Looks like all of the chess pieces are being set in play now.

Title: 2013 marks record year for the number of volcanoes erupting across the planet
Post by: Mark on December 05, 2013, 10:43:28 am
2013 marks record year for the number of volcanoes erupting across the planet

December 5, 2013 – GEOLOGY – This year will go down on record, as seeing the most volcanic eruptions recorded in modern history. The previous number was set in 2010, at 82 volcanic eruptions for the year. The number of volcanoes erupting across the planet has been steadily rising from a meager number of just 55 recorded in 1990. While most scientists may readily dismiss any significance to the latest figures and may be quick to say the planet is just experiencing normal geological activity, it does raise other concerns about just what may be transpiring within the interior of our planet. The average number of volcanic eruptions per year should be about 50 to 60; as of December 5, 2013, we already at 83. Volcanic eruptions are one way the planet dissipates a dangerous build-up of heat, magma, and pressurized gases. The planet’s outer core is thought to flirt with critical temperatures in the range of around 4400 °C (8000 °F). Any rise or major fluctuation in interior gradient could have profound and disruptive effects on processes whose very properties are government by convective heat emanating from the planet’s outer core: magnetic field propagation, tectonic plate movements, sea-floor spreading mechanics, and mantle plume activity. Mantle plumes or hotspots are thought to be the central mechanism which fuels the vast underground chambers of many of the world’s supervolcanoes. –The Extinction Protocol


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 05, 2013, 11:54:03 am
Yeah, noticed too that volcanos are starting to become the "new norm". Not yet, but it's getting there.

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Post by: Mark on December 29, 2013, 03:08:40 pm
Volcano erupts in eastern El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR, Dec 29 (Reuters) - The Chaparrastique volcano in eastern El Salvador erupted on Sunday, environment officials said, belching a column of ash high into the air.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in the San Miguel region, where the volcano is located and that is known for its coffee production.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on December 31, 2013, 10:05:00 am
More than 19,000 flee as volcano erupts on Indonesia's Sumatra

A volcano that has been erupting for months on Indonesia’s Sumatra island sent ash 23,000 feet into the air overnight on Monday, forcing more than 19,000 people to flee, authorities said.

Mount Sinabung blasted out lava, ash and rocks nine times Monday night and Tuesday morning, National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told the AFP news agency.

He said people had been warned to stay out of a three-mile radius of the volcano, and soldiers had been sent in to evacuate diehards who had refused to leave, AFP reported.

The volcano began erupting in September after being quiet for three years, and by November tens of thousands of acres of crops were reported to have been damaged. Photos taken in November showed ash and rocks blasting into the sky and tomato crops covered in dust.   

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Post by: Mark on January 09, 2014, 07:23:45 am
Mt Marapi spews thin grey smoke: second volcano in Sumatra erupts
Geologists say North Sumatra’s Mount Toba may erupt again, at any time 

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 09, 2014, 12:15:02 pm
Psalms 144:5  Bow thy heavens, O LORD, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.

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Post by: Mark on January 13, 2014, 06:36:53 am
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano erupts 24 times in one day 


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 01, 2014, 08:37:01 pm
Indonesia volcano erupts again

Death toll is at 14 as the volcano continues to spit clouds of gas and lava as high as 6,500 feet. Rescue efforts have been hampered by darkness.

MOUNT SINABUNG, Indonesia — An Indonesian volcano that has been rumbling for months unleashed a major eruption Saturday, killing 14 people just a day after authorities allowed thousands of villagers who had been evacuated to return to its slopes, saying that activity was decreasing, officials said.

Among the dead on Mount Sinabung were a local television journalist and four high-school students and their teacher who were visiting the mountain to see the eruptions up close, said National Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. At least three other people were injured, and authorities feared the death toll would rise.

Sinabung in western Sumatra has been erupting for four months, sending lava and searing gas and rocks rolling down its southern slopes. Authorities had evacuated more than 30,000 people, housing them in cramped tents, schools and public buildings. Many have been desperate to return to check on homes and farms, presenting a dilemma for the government.

On Friday, authorities allowed nearly 14,000 people living outside a three-mile danger zone to return home after volcanic activity decreased. Others living close to the peak have been returning to their homes over the past four months despite the dangers.

On Saturday, a series of huge blasts and eruptions thundered from the 8,530-foot-high volcano, sending lava and pyroclastic flows up to 2.8 miles away, Nugroho said. Television footage showed villages, farms and trees around the volcano covered in thick gray ash.

Following the eruption, all those who had been allowed to return home Friday were ordered back into evacuation centers.

"The death toll is likely to rise as many people are reported still missing and the darkness hampered our rescue efforts," said Lt. Col. Asep Sukarna, who led the operation to retrieve the charred corpses some two miles from the volcano's peak.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia and has sporadically erupted since September.

In 2010, 324 people killed over two months when Indonesia's most volatile volcano, Mount Merapi, roared into life. As now in Sinabung, authorities struggled to keep people away from the mountain. Scientists monitor Merapi, Sinabung and other Indonesian volcanos nonstop, but predicting their activity with any accuracy is all but impossible.

The latest eruptions came just a week after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited displaced villagers in Sinabung and pledged to relocate them away from the mountain. Villagers are attracted to the slopes of volcanoes because the eruptions make for fertile soil.

Sinabung's last major eruption was in August 2010, when it killed two people. Prior to that it had been quite for four centuries.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 04, 2014, 11:42:41 am
19 more volcanoes on alert


The government has raised the status on another 19 volcanoes in the country to alert level — the second-highest category — in the wake of the Mount Sinabung eruption in North Sumatra that killed 16 people on Saturday.

Besides the 19 new additions, three volcanos have been on high alert status since last year. They include Lokon and Karangetang in North Sulawesi and Rokatenda in East Nusa Tenggara.

The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) issued the raised status on Monday for the 19 volcanoes, which are scattered across the archipelago, but has yet to call for the evacuation of populations living nearby.

The 19 volcanoes are Kelud, Ijen, Bromo, Semeru and Raung in East Java; Lewotobi Perempuan in East Nusa Tenggara; Ibu, Gamkonora, Dukono and Gamalama in North Maluku; Soputan in North Sulawesi; Sangeang Api in West Nusa Tenggara; Papandayan in West Java; Dieng in Central Java; Seulewah Agam in Aceh; Talang and Marapi in West Sumatra; Anak Krakatau in Banten; and Kerinci in Jambi.

Indonesia is among the world’s most seismically active countries, situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin. The 19 volcanoes are among about 127 active volcanoes in Indonesia.

Mt. Sinabung has been sporadically erupting since September.

Though the alert level for the 19 volcanoes had been raised, Sutopo called on nearby residents not to panic.

“Volcanoes erupt in stages, they won’t suddenly erupt. Their activity can be categorized from normal to waspada [alert] to siaga [high alert] to awas [danger, the highest level],” he said on Monday.

He said that the BNPB was now keeping an eye on Mount Kelud, whose status was raised to alert following intensified volcanic activity.

The BNPB decision to raise the status of Mt. Kelud had triggered panic among local residents.

Local officials in Kediri have issued a warning to people living close to Mt. Kelud to stay outside a 2-kilometer radius set by the The Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG).

On Saturday, at least 16 people were killed and three others severely injured due to pyroclastic clouds emitted by Mt. Sinabung.

Previously, the volcano’s ongoing eruptions had claimed the lives of 31 evacuees from various illnesses such as depression, asthma and hypertension.

Rescuers had to halt operations due to fears of further eruptions. Currently, the evacuation zone is between 5 and 7 km on the southeast slope of the volcano.

Sixteen villages had to be evacuated following the eruptions.

Meanwhile, responding to the BNPB report, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Agung Laksono called on people living close to the volcanoes to remain calm.

“[The raising of the alert status] is to raise awareness among government officials and members of the public so that they can anticipate the worst from the early stage,” Agung said as quoted by Antara news agency.

Agung said that the population in a disaster zone should heed government instructions to evacuate in the event of a volcanic eruption.

“We ask for cooperation from residents. If the local government decides to evacuate their neighborhood they have to follow the procedures,” Agung said.

The country has been battered by a string of natural disasters in recent months.

Authorities in a number of disaster-prone regions have been warned about the potential for worsening disasters, including landslides and floods, due to heavy rains nationwide.

In West Java, the PVMBG advised that people living in landslide-prone areas in Ciramba and Mekarmulya subdistricts, Cikalong district, Cianjur, should be relocated.

In Jombang, East Java, 14 people were buried by a landslide on Monday. Seven bodies have been recovered, while the other seven remain missing.

In Semarang, a landslide displaced 32 families from the Tangkil Baru residential complex in Sukorejo subdistrict, Gunungpati district, whose houses were destroyed.

Last week, sections of the Java’s northern coastal highway were inundated by floodwaters causing a major traffic disruption.

In East Java, the flooding disrupted traffic from Situbondo to Surabaya.

The flooding also inundated a section of the northern coastal highway connecting Semarang and Jakarta, causing massive traffic jams in some areas. (dhi)

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on February 05, 2014, 05:38:44 am
its almost as if the world feels there is a change about to happen...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 06, 2014, 12:00:00 pm
Peru: Ubinas Volcano active again

February 4, 2014

By Rachel Chase

After several months of little or no activity, the Ubinas Volcano in Moquegua is once again spewing smoke, ash.

The Ubinas Volcano near the southern city of Arequipa in Peru has become active again after several months of minimal activity.

According to El Comercio, the volcano is emitting columns made of ash, smoke, and steam, as well as registering seismic movements. Since Jan. 31, the volcano has reportedly experienced as many as 100 seismic events every day, including a Feb. 1 movement which lasted for seven hours.

El Comercio reports that the various ash columns released by the volcano have reached heights from 700 to 2,000 meters.

The volcano’s recent activity has been attributed to water seeping into the crater. When the water comes into contact with magma, the it turns into steam, which then creates pressure inside the crater. This pressure is what causes the volcano to expel ash.

No damages have been reported as a result of the volcano’s most recent activity. A series of similar explosions in September created health problems for many local residents, some of whom suffered from headaches and gastrointestinal problems after breathing the silicon ash released by Ubinas.

The Ubinas Volcano, located in the Moquegua region 70 kilometers outside of Arequipa, has displayed a sudden burst of activity. Prior to the September eruptions, the volcano had been dormant since 2009.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on February 18, 2014, 09:41:43 pm
From 0 to ERUPTION in 60 days: You thought that volcano was COLD?

Liquid hot MAG...MMMMA

By  Brid-Aine Parnell,  17th February 2014

Volcanoes can become ready to blow in less time than scientists had previously thought, but their magma is usually kept in a cool, near-solid state.

Volcano erupting

New research on Mount Hood in Oregon suggests that volcanoes can come up with liquid hot magma in as little as a couple of months, but most of the time, they contain magma that has been kept cool for thousands of years.

"If the temperature of the rock is too cold, the magma is like peanut butter in a refrigerator," said Adam Ken, an Oregon State University (OSU) geologist.

"It just isn't very mobile. For Mount Hood, the threshold seems to be about 750 degrees C - if it warms up just 50 to 75 degrees above that, it greatly decreases the viscosity of the magma and makes it easier to mobilise."

The key is when much hotter magma from deep within the Earth's crust comes up to meet the jellied magma four or five kilometres below the surface. The mixing of hot and cold is what triggered the last two eruptions at Mount Hood 220 and 1,500 years ago.

Mount Hood's eruptions aren't particularly violent, the magma tends to ooze instead of exploding, which is down to the different compositions of the two magmas, according to a previous OSU study.

"What happens when they mix is what happens when you squeeze a tube of toothpaste in the middle," said Kent. "A big glob kind of plops out the top, but in the case of Mount Hood, it doesn't blow the mountain to pieces."

The mobility of the magma depends on the amount of crystallisation - when it is more than 50 per cent crystalline, it's rendered immobile - which in turn depends on the temperature.

"People think about there being this big reservoir of liquid magma under a volcano, but we don't think it's in that state all the time," said Kari Cooper, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis and lead author of the study.

Cooper and Kent figured out that Mount Hood's magma could be mobile as little as one per cent of the time, and definitely less than ten per cent, by studying the radioactive isotopes and distribution of trace elements in rocks ejected from previous eruptions.

The study could lead to better predictions by volcanologists, who can used seismic or other remote imaging techniques to look for whether the magma is liquid or semi-solid. The scientists plan to do further studies at other volcanoes to ensure the pattern repeats at other sites.

"What is encouraging from another standpoint is that modern technology should be able to detect when magma is beginning to liquefy, or mobilise," Kent said, "and that may give us warning of a potential eruption. Monitoring gases, utilising seismic waves and studying ground deformation through GPS are a few of the techniques that could tell us that things are warming."

The full study, "Rapid remobilisation of magmatic crystals kept in cold storage", was published in Nature. ®

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on February 19, 2014, 04:52:42 am
The mixing of hot and cold is what triggered the last two eruptions at Mount Hood 220 and 1,500 years ago.

How could they even know that? They didn't have temperature probes back then!  ::)

The tendency of "scientists" to write stuff like this for the sole purpose of a "professional paper" that gets published in "recognized" industry journals is such a self-serving effort that ends up being taken as fact, when in reality, their article is nothing more than a, "in my professional opinion..." piece.

Yet again, it's not fact, it's theory that is being presented as fact.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 18, 2014, 01:17:34 pm
Magma buildup causes new series of earth tremors on Canary islands

The island of El Hierro, which is one of the Spanish-governed Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean has once again registered high levels of seismic activity in the form of hundreds of small earthquakes.

The island, which has long been the focus of seismic activity in the region, suffered around 300 shocks of levels between 1.5 and 2.4 on the Richter Scale between Friday and Monday.

The strongest shock which has been registered so far was of 2.4 and took place 16 kilometers below the surface of the island, which has a population of around 10,000.

The Spanish Geographical Institute (IGN) highlights that the activity took place in the north-west of the island and adds that the level of the shocks was too low for them to be felt by the population.

2011 saw the eruption of an underwater volcano off the coast of the small fishing village of La Restinga on the south of the island. Sulphur from the eruption stained the sea around the volcano saw the village evacuated as magma and debris from the eruption bubbled over the surface of the sea.

In December last year, the Canary Island Volcanology Institute confirmed the island had risen by 8.3 centimeters.

The recent buildup of magma suggests the activity looks likely to continue and opens the possibility that the underwater volcano could again spring into life and perhaps even lead to the creation of a new island off the south coast.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 19, 2014, 06:18:37 pm
Iceland's Hekla Volcano Close to Erupting, Scientist Claims

The most prominent sign of an impending eruption is bulging ground on the northern side of the volcano.


Hekla volcano, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, could be close to erupting, a University of Iceland geoscientist claims.

The most prominent sign of an impending eruption is bulging ground on the northern side of the volcano. This surface swelling indicates magma (molten rock) is rising under the volcano, pushing up the ground as it fills fractures and pipes beneath Hekla. According to GPS monitoring of the expanding surface, there is now more magma underneath Hekla than before the volcano's last eruption in 2000, University of Iceland geophysicist Páll Einarsson said in a report published in the Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið on Monday (March 17). Hekla volcano "could erupt soon," Einarsson said.

Geoscientists in Iceland keep a close eye on Hekla, because the volcano blows its top with very little notice. During Hekla's last eruption, in 2000, it took just 79 minutes from the first warning earthquake until the volcano exploded, Einarsson said. But Monday's alert is just the latest in a string of warnings based on Hekla's bulging ground. Volcano watchers have anticipated a new eruption at Hekla since 2006, when tiny earthquakes and surface swelling first hinted that new magma had appeared. Media reports warned of similar surface swelling at Hekla in 2011 and 2013, without a subsequent eruption.

Hekla volcano has blasted more than 20 times in the last 1,200 years, blanketing southern Iceland with thick layers of ash and lava. Some of the eruptions are short and small, while others continue for months, pumping enough ash into the atmosphere to chill temporarily the northern latitudes.

The last eruption at Hekla started on Feb. 26, 2000, and lasted for nearly two weeks.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 02, 2014, 04:24:40 am
A Hitherto Unknown Supervolcano About to Erupt?

During the late night, there was a large phreatic explosion near the northern shore of Lake Dellen in Sweden, long thought to be the result of an ancient meteor strike. Fortunately it was in an unpopulated area and no casualties have been reported. The eruption cloud rose to more than 12 km in height and it has forced a major rethink about the origin and immediate future of the Lake Dellen formation, says Professor Einar Pall Sigurdurson and Professor Bödvar Reynirson of the Institution of Geosciences at Uppsala University.

Because lamellar quartz similar to shocked quartz has been found in the area, it was assumed a meteorite strike was responsible for the formation of the 12 by 17 km structure. This ignored the substantial amounts of obsidian found on and near the resurgent dome dividing Lake Dellen into North and South Dellen.

Further indications that the structure is volcanic come from geothermal and gravity field surveys. It was found that the area had a very high temperature potential for geothermal exploitation. According to Professor Sigurdurson, the gravity data, which was originally thought to be proof of an impact structure, is really the signature of a very large body of magma. Unfortunately, there is no monitoring of the area and the quakes reported by locals since last autumn were too small to register at the Uppsala Institution. It would seem we have had a significant magmatic intrusion going on right under our nose, Professor Sigurdurson continues.

Yesterday’s phreatic explosion proves beyond the shadow of a doubt that the feature is volcanic and Professor Sigurdurson says it is most likely a caldera system, a supervolcano, that may be in the last stages before an eruption. The size of the body of magma is many times larger than that which caused the original caldera. The reason we have not known about it, Professor Sigurdurson continues, is that the many periods of glaciation and deglaciations over the past half a million years have effectively removed all the usual telltales of volcanic activity and basically left only granitic structures and even those heavily distorted by glacial erosion. Also, we had thought volcanism extinct (in Scandinavia) for at least 90 million years. But there are many factors that now make sense such as that the point of highest land rise known, 800 metres since deglaciation and currently 8 cm per year lies on the coast, not far from Lake Dellen according to Professor Sigurdurson.

In a press release, Professor Bödvar Reynirson, head of the Institution of Geosciences, says they will begin to monitor the area starting tomorrow. We will of course bring you any further news as soon as we can.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 02, 2014, 07:35:19 pm
Evacuations as Peru volcano rumbles to life

 A volcano in Peru that has not blown its top in four decades spewed more ash skyward on Tuesday, after authorities evacuated villagers to avoid Ubinas's wrath.

The volcano in southwestern Peru blasted back to life causing about 60 villagers from Querapi, near its base, to be relocated Saturday, Ubinas town mayor Pascual Coaquira said.

"We are readying a shelter for refugees from the blasts," he added Tuesday, noting that the whole Moquegua region was on alert.

"The volcano has been emitting a lot of ash all day, the people in the town (of Ubinas) are having some problems breathing, the mayor added. They have been given masks, he said.

Peru's geological and mining agency (Ingemmet) said lava had been building up in recent weeks, and warned locals they should prepare for the possibility of more evacuations.

In the broader Moquegua area plus Arequipa and Tacna, there are about 40 volcanoes, most dormant.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 04, 2014, 05:37:45 am


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 05, 2014, 06:01:32 am
Tungurahua volcano blasts molten rock and ash in Ecuador - @NBCNews

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 09, 2014, 04:41:27 am
Volcanoes All Over The Ring Of Fire Are Erupting Right Now – Is The U.S. Next?

All of a sudden, the Ring of Fire is starting to tremble violently.  Last month, we had a whole bunch of major earthquakes along the Ring of Fire, and this month volcanoes all over the Ring of Fire are erupting.  Of course there has always been seismic activity within this giant band that stretches around the Pacific Ocean.  After all, approximately 75 percent of all volcanoes are located in the Ring of Fire and approximately 90 percent of all global earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.  But what is alarming is that the level of activity appears to be rising.  Chile is experiencing almost constant shaking by earthquakes, a volcano in Peru just awakened for the first time in 40 years, and major volcanic eruptions have just taken place in Ecuador, the Kamchatka peninsula and off the coast of Japan.  The west coast of the United States also lies along the Ring of Fire, but so far it has gotten off easy.  Yes, there has been a little bit of shaking in southern California in recent weeks, but it hasn’t been too bad.  But scientists assure us that will change.  At some point, there will be a major seismic event along the west coast.  It is only a matter of time.

Unfortunately, the mainstream media in the United States pays very little attention to seismic activity around the rest of the world unless it happens in a heavily populated area.  But the truth is that we have been witnessing some very unusual things lately.

For example, a volcanic eruption off the coast of Japan has created a brand new Island called “Niijima” that is literally eating another small volcanic island next to it…

    Niijima is Japan’s newest island located in the Philippine Sea that has consistently grown in size since its inception in November. A NASA satellite image from March 30 found that Niijima merged with nearby island Nishino-shima.

    Niijima resulted from a seafloor volcano that sprouted in the western Pacific Ocean this past November. It is located 600 miles south of Tokyo in the Pacific Ring of Fire, which spans from the coast Chile to Alaska and Siberia and then south to New Zealand. The volcanic island has not stopped erupting since November.

    As a result of the nonstop eruption, Niijima recently merged with another nearby volcanic island, Nishino-shima. The newly formed island is about 3,280 feet across and sits 196 feet above sea level.

In Ecuador, the Tungurahua volcano has been extremely active lately.  In fact, it shot hot ash 10 km up into the sky just the other day…

    A volcano in central Ecuador has spewed up a column of hot ash and smoke 10 kilometres high, increasing fears of an eruption.

    Activity has been building at the Tungurahua volcano 130 kilometres south of the capital Quito since early February.

    On Friday (Saturday Australian time), experts reported a loud explosion that lasted for five minutes and an expulsion of ash.

Most Americans don’t realize this, but there are some very powerful volcanoes in Russia as well.  On the Kamchatka peninsula, which is located on the east coast of Russia, a large volcano has belched a column of ash 6 km into the air…

    Volcano Shiveluch has erupted ash at an altitude of six kilometres above sea level in Russian Far East’s Ust-Kamchatsky municipal entity, Kamchatka branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences geophysical service stated on Sunday.

Down in Peru, a volcano that has been dormant for most of the past 40 years has suddenly “awakened” and is now “spewing ash and dust into the sky”…

    It’s been four decades since a volcano in Peru has awakened, but on Tuesday, it came back to life and began spewing ash and dust into the sky. The volcano is located in southwestern Peru and has led to more than 50 people being evacuated from the nearby village of Querapi.

So should we be alarmed by all of this?

Without a doubt, it is normal for volcanoes to erupt and for the earth to shake along the Ring of Fire.

But what is a bit concerning is that the intensity and the frequency seems to be picking up.

Just look at what has been happening down in Chile.  We have seen dozens upon dozens of large earthquakes down there over the past month, and there have been eight earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or greater in Chile over the past 24 hours alone.

Hopefully things will settle down soon.

But if they don’t, it will probably only be a matter of time before the west coast of the U.S. joins the party.

Scientists have been warning about “the Big One” down in California for decades.  But up until now, it hasn’t happened and people have gotten complacent.  Scientists tell us that a magnitude 7.5 earthquake along the Puente Hills fault in southern California would be “the quake from hell” and would cause hundreds of billions of dollars of damage.  An earthquake of magnitude 8.0 or greater in the same location would be catastrophic beyond what most people would dare to imagine.

And do you remember the devastation that the eruption of Mount St. Helens caused back in 1980?

Well, that was small potatoes compared to what we could eventually see up in the Northwest.

In Oregon, Mt. Hood experienced a swarm of more than 100 earthquakes in just a few days last month, fueling fears of an eruption.

Up in Washington state, Mt. Rainier could send a river of volcanic mud 30 feet thick over surrounding communities at any time, and a full-blown eruption of Mt. Rainier could produce a cloud of volcanic ash that would potentially cover most of the continental United States.

But of course most of the recent attention has been on the Yellowstone supervolcano.  A YouTube video that seemed to show a herd of bison running away from Yellowstone has been described as “bunk” by authorities, but now a new video has emerged that appears to show a herd of elk running away from Yellowstone…


So does that video actually prove anything?

Of course not.

But what we do know is that certain areas of Yellowstone have been experiencing “ground uplift” in recent months, and there has been some highly unusual earthquake activity in the park in recent weeks.  In fact, one of the earthquakes was the largest to be recorded at Yellowstone in about 30 years.

Does that mean that something major is going to happen soon?

Let’s hope not, because a major eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would end life as we know it for most of the country.

We have entered a time of heightened seismic activity all over the globe.  Even with all of our modern technology, we are still at the mercy of natural disasters.

If you are living along the west coast or near one of these volcanoes, your life could literally change at any moment.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Kilika on April 10, 2014, 01:14:04 am
That little fearmongering video is a fraud!

He's using video of elk that I saw one or two days ago, showing the herd crossing a road, and the point of the video was that one elk couldn't get over the fence, but finally did jump over and then ran to catch up with the herd.

And here's this guy, whoever he is, is trying to pass it off as something it isn't. It's not animals running for their lives!  ::)

And people wonder why Christians are looked down on when we have people like this guy making these outrageous claims that are bold face lies.

I'm really getting tired of this junk. >:(

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 10, 2014, 08:12:28 am
That little fearmongering video is a fraud!

He's using video of elk that I saw one or two days ago, showing the herd crossing a road, and the point of the video was that one elk couldn't get over the fence, but finally did jump over and then ran to catch up with the herd.

And here's this guy, whoever he is, is trying to pass it off as something it isn't. It's not animals running for their lives!  ::)

And people wonder why Christians are looked down on when we have people like this guy making these outrageous claims that are bold face lies.

I'm really getting tired of this junk. >:(

Yellowstone bison predicted an earthquake?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

LOS ANGELES (KABC) --  Do animals have a sixth sense for detecting natural disasters before they hit?

Though scientists have been hard-pressed to prove it, a recent online video of bison stampeding down a highway in Yellowstone National Park has set off rumors across the Internet.

A 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck the park on Sunday - the strongest tremor the park has felt since 1980. No damage or injuries were reported, but the video, which claims that the herd could feel the quake before it happened, sparked fear of an impending volcanic eruption.

The video - captioned "Alert! Yellowstone Buffalo Running for Their Lives - was posted on YouTube more than a week before the quake hit. It appears to be fake, but given the fact that Yellowstone is sitting on what's called a super volcano, a lot of people believed it.

So much so that Yellowstone officials put out their own video hoping to dispel the myth.

"We get some pretty wild rumors out there," Yellowstone spokesman Al Nash said.

Bison, elk and other animals have moved out of the park, but mostly because of the changing seasons, Nash said.

"They tend to migrate outside the park to lower elevations where they think there's something to eat that's easier to get at," Nash said.

On the other hand, a three-year German study of ants living in mounds on a fault line showed that the ants moved out of their mounds right before earthquakes measuring 2.0 and up. There were 10 such earthquakes and the ants temporarily departed all 10 times.

Ants, however, are a little harder to see than a charging herd of bison, but seem to be a bit more accurate.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 10, 2014, 08:41:14 am
^^ Maybe ants are much smarter than everyone thinks...

Proverbs 6:6  Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise:
Pro 6:7  Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler,
Pro 6:8  Provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 22, 2014, 03:07:27 pm
Massive Volcanic Eruptions Wreaking Havoc On The World

As the world seems to hurdle from one crisis to another, today a 43-year market veteran warned King World News that massive volcanic eruptions are now wreaking havoc on the world.  Jeffrey Saut, Chief Investment Strategist at Raymond James, also warned this trend is going to continue for many years, even though no one in the mainstream media is talking about this.

Eric King:  “Jeffrey, we’ve seen skyrocketing food prices.”

Saut:  “This has a lot to do with the weather.  You’ve had a draught in Brazil, so the price of Brazilian coffee is up over 80% year-to-date.  I know a farmer in California who used to produce a bunch of alfalfa.  He’s about to lose his entire crop because he can’t get water....

“You also have a drought in Texas.  One of my themes, Eric, has been the weird weather.  The world is actually cooling, not warming.  What’s causing this is the volcanic ash in the air.  You’ve got more volcanic ash in the air than at any time in recorded history.

If you look at volcanic activity around the world you will see that another huge one just erupted over in Indonesia.  With all of this volcanic ash, what’s happened is it’s caused the Hadley cell winds to shift toward the poles.  The Hadley cell winds north of the equator spin counter-clockwise, and south of the equator they spin clockwise.  These winds carry the hot equatorial wind up into the troposphere, where it moves toward the poles.

Normally these winds only move 30 degrees north of the equator and 30 degrees south.  But with this huge input of volcanic ash, these winds have had a massive shift toward the poles.  This is wreaking havoc with the weather patterns, and it’s here to stay.  This is a very interesting situation, because not only does it bring water into play, but it also means a number of companies are going to have to tweak their business models for this extreme weather that, as I said, is here to stay for many years.

This all started 4 years ago with the volcanic eruption in Iceland, which shut down Heathrow Airport for 5 days.  There is another volcano in Iceland called Grimsvotn which has been erupting ever since.  But the volcanic activity around the world is massive.  Even if the volcanic activity somehow abated right now, there is so much volcanic ash in the atmosphere that it’s going to affect our weather for the next 3 or 4 years.  This is even if all volcanic activity stopped.

There has always been a polar vortex, but normally they don’t come down as far into the U.S. as they did this year.  And the reason they came down so far into the U.S. is because of all this volcanic ash that’s in the atmosphere.  And this is going to happen again this next winter.  I recall reading in the Chicago Tribune that in the month of January the median temperature in Chicago was below that of the North Pole.  We can expect more of this for years to come, and nobody in the mainstream media is even talking about this.”

more" http://kingworldnews.com/kingworldnews/KWN_DailyWeb/Entries/2014/4/22_Massive_Volcanic_Eruptions_Wreaking_Havoc_On_The_World.html

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 01, 2014, 05:40:22 am
Magma recharging Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens is showing signs of long-term uplift and minor earthquake activity, but there are no signs that the volcano in southwest Washington state is likely to erupt soon, federal scientists said Wednesday.

Mount St. Helens is showing signs of long-term uplift and minor earthquake activity, but there are no signs that the volcano in southwest Washington state is likely to erupt soon, federal scientists said Wednesday.

The magma reservoir about 5 miles beneath the 8,363-foot volcano has been slowly re-pressurizing since 2008.

Scientists have suspected that fresh molten rock has been recharging the volcano since the last eruption, which lasted from 2004 to 2008, but they have only recently been able to confirm it, said Seth Moran, a volcano seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey.

"This is giving long-term (data) that it's getting ready to erupt again, but it could be decades before it does something again," Moran said. "It's getting ready but it's not there."

The eruption of Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980, killed 57 people, knocked down a forest and filled the sky and rivers with volcanic ash.

Moran said the uplift is slow, steady and subtle, measuring about the length of a thumbnail over the past six years. And what scientists are seeing now is similar to activity that occurred in the years after the 1980 eruption, he added.

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey's Cascades Volcano Observatory and the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network have been monitoring subtle changes in the ground and minor earthquakes over the years.

"This is a very tiny signal, and it's only because we have so many monitors," said Carolyn Driedger, a spokeswoman with the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory. Scientists have been able to detect it through a vast network of GPS and seismic monitors, she said.

The agency issued a statement Wednesday in conjunction with a paper that Moran is presenting this week to the Seismological Society of America, she said.

"This is probably what Mount St. Helens does," Moran said, explaining the volcano recharging. "It may stay perched at ready stage for a long time before it starts to erupt. The reassuring thing is: when it's really ready to erupt, it gives lots and lots of signs."


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 12, 2014, 05:57:36 am
Sakurajima volcano erupting in Japan

The Sakurajima volcano started erupting on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu today. Sakurajima is considered to be one of the most active volcanos in Japan. The national meteorological service of the country reports that the column of ash is rising to the height of over 4,5km.

According to Japanese meteorologists, this eruption has become the most powerful this year. The flow of lava and ash is moving in the direction of Ibusiki City but currently there is no information about any wreckage or casualties.

Sakurajima erupts up to several hundred times a year. Today's eruption is No.126. The volcanic activity usually harms the neighbouring Kagoshima Prefecture where the only Japanese space launch site Uchinoura is located.

Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_11/Sakurajima-volcano-erupting-in-Japan-8216/

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 14, 2014, 06:34:08 am
Erebus volcano

Mount Erebus stratovolcano is the highest and most active volcano of Antarctica, one of the Volcanic Seven Summits, and the largest of 4 volcanoes that form the roughly triangular Ross Island   


Newly-discovered active volcano could erupt underneath ice in Antarctica and add to effects of global warming, say scientists

Researchers discovered the volcano underneath the ice after setting up devices to measure tectonic activity across Marie Byrd Land in the west of the continent. Scientists had intended to use the seismograph machines to help in their efforts to weight the ice sheet - only to find that a volcano was in fact forming underneath the ice. Discovery: A newly-discovered active volcano could erupt underneath Antarctica, melting the ice from below   


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 20, 2014, 07:03:38 am
Evacuations Ordered Near El Salvador Volcano

Approximately 1,000 people have been relocated from villages near a volcano in the country's far south that reportedly began expelling reddish ash on Monday

Authorities in El Salvador have evacuated at least 1,000 people living in close proximity to the Chaparrastique volcano, where increased seismic activity has been reported this week


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 03, 2014, 07:22:49 pm
Alaska volcano erupts with new intensity, prompting 'red' alert

JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - An Alaska volcano that has been spewing ash and lava for years began erupting with new intensity this week, pushing a plume of smoke and ash as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) and prompting scientists to issue their highest volcanic alert in five years, authorities said on Tuesday.

But the intense action at the Pavlof Volcano, located in an uninhabited region nearly 600 miles (966 km) southwest of Anchorage, has so far not disrupted any regional air traffic, thanks to favorable weather that has made it easier for flights to navigate around the affected area.

Still, the eruption was intense enough for Alaska Volcano Observatory scientists to issue their first red alert warning since 2009, when the state's Mount Redoubt had a series of eruptions that spewed ash 50,000 feet (15,240 meters).

"This means it can erupt for weeks or even months," observatory research geologist Michelle Coombs said of the warning. "I don't think we will be at red for that long, but we are expecting it to go for a while based on its past."

Coombs said affected areas are uninhabited except for some hunting destinations.

Geologists first issued the alert late on Monday. Since then plumes reached as high as 24,000 feet (7,315 meters) on Tuesday morning.

Plumes are created when lava bursts from the crater of the 8,261-foot (2,517-meter) volcano, then falls back on glacier ice, Coombs said.

"Right now, with the weather clear, it's just putting on a good show," Coombs said. "We're getting a lot of pilot reports and a lot of good photos, so we're able to keep a good eye on it."

Pavlof lies below a route frequently used by jetliners flying between North America and Asia, but those planes generally fly at elevations of 30,000 feet (9,144 meters) and likely would be unaffected by ash at lower elevations, observatory scientists have said.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on August 19, 2014, 04:49:40 am
Upcoming Eruption in Iceland’s Vatnajökull?

A level of uncertainty has been declared in Bárðarbunga volcano, located in the northwestern Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, due to an increase in seismic activity in the volcano. 


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on August 23, 2014, 11:18:35 am
READY TO BLOW: Iceland raises aviation volcano alert to red...


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on August 27, 2014, 11:15:00 am
Earthquakes rock Iceland volcano

Earthquakes are rocking Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano, adding to concerns that magma movements may trigger an eruption that could hinder air traffic.

Iceland's Met Office says two earthquakes measuring over magnitude 5 shook the volcano under the vast Vatnajokull glacier on Wednesday. Some 500 quakes have hit the area since midnight.

Iceland's aviation alert level remains at orange, the second highest. On Sunday, the Met Office lowered the alert level, saying there was no sign of an imminent eruption at Bardarbunga.

In 2010, Iceland's Eyjafjallajokul volcano erupted and sparked off a week of international aviation chaos. Some 100,000 flights were cancelled after aviation officials closed Europe's air space for five days out of fear that volcanic ash could harm jet engines.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on August 29, 2014, 07:09:18 pm
Volcano erupts in PNG, spewing ash and rock: officials

A volcano erupted Friday in eastern Papua New Guinea, spewing rocks and ash into the air, forcing the evacuation of local communities and international flights to be re-routed, officials said.

Mount Tavurvur, which destroyed the town of Rabaul when it erupted simultaneously with nearby Mount Vulcan in 1994, rumbled to life early in the morning on the tip of the remote island of New Britain.

"The eruption started slow and slowly developed in a Strombolian (low level) eruption with incandescent projections accompanied by explosion noises and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises," the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory said.

The Australian government issued a warning against travelling to the area, while flag carrier Qantas re-routed some flights to avoid the ash cloud.

"Authorities have evacuated communities close to the volcano. Residents of Rabaul town have been advised to remain indoors to avoid falling ash," Canberra said.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on September 01, 2014, 03:13:37 pm
Iceland volcano fires up again prompting red alert

Lava fountains danced along a lengthy volcanic fissure near Iceland's subglacial Bardarbunga volcano today, prompting authorities to raise the aviation warning code to the highest level and close the surrounding airspace. No volcanic ash has been detected, however, and the Civil Protection Department said all Icelandic airports remained open.   


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 05, 2014, 07:25:56 pm
Warning issued to rural area near lava flowing from Hawaii volcano

HONOLULU - The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory issued a warning Thursday to a rural community in the path of a lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island, as the molten rock moved to within a mile of homes.

Observatory scientists said lava from the Kilauea volcano could reach the Kaohe Homesteads in five to seven days if it continues advancing through cracks in the earth.

Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said the agency has not yet ordered an evacuation. But Mayor Billy Kenoi is declaring an emergency, which will allow authorities to restrict access to roadways so residents can leave safely if an evacuation becomes necessary.

"We are taking this step to ensure our residents have time to prepare their families, their pets, and their livestock for a safe and orderly evacuation from Ka'ohe in the event the flow continues to advance," Mayor Kenoi said.

The observatory said the lava has been advancing about 800 feet per day since July 10.

The Kilauea volcano has been continuously erupting since 1983, but new vents - or points where lava reaches the surface - have opened up periodically. The lava normally doesn't approach homes, but it has wiped out neighborhoods in the past.

The emergency declaration came immediately after USGS geologist Jim Kauahikaua, of the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, raised the lava threat to a warning, meaning a hazardous lava flow is imminent, underway or suspected, CBS News affiliate KGMB reported.

Scientists have been closely monitoring the June 27 lava flow, named for the date it began erupting from a new vent. Civil defense officials last month met with community members to inform them about the threat and discuss evacuation plans.

Most of the lava flows from Kilauea's east rift zone have pushed south, but this recent flow is moving northeast, which is unusual but not unprecedented, according to the observatory.

Jim Kauahikaua, the observatory's scientist-in-charge, has said the current flow is being channeled by two previous flows, which makes it move faster.

It can be difficult to forecast the flow's exact path because it can be affected by subtle variations in topography, changes in lava volume and where and how lava enters or exits ground cracks along the rift zone, the observatory said.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 06, 2014, 04:05:13 pm
Holuhraun lava heading for glacial river
Fyrst birt: 06.09.2014 15:05, Síðast uppfært: 06.09.2014 15:07

Within 24 hours, lava flowing from the Holuhraun fissure will enter the one of the branches of Jokulsa a Fjollum glacial river, if the advancement rate remains the same, says volcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson. Volcanic activity in Holuhraun has not diminished since yesterday.

"The lava field has been advancing towards the westernmost outlet of Jokulsa a Fjollum glacial river, with a rate of about 40 metres per hour," says Thordarson, who is observing the eruption in Holuhraun along with collagues from the University of Iceland´s Institute of Earth Sciences and the Icelandic Met Office.

"If the lava flow remains steady, we should see the lava entering the riverbed sometime in the afternoon tomorrow," he says. "I do not expect much explosive activity, but we should however see some violent magna/water interaction when the lava meets the glacial runoff."

The glacial river runs from the Dyngjujokull outlet glacier in several branches; the branch which the lava is heading for is one of the larger ones.

According to the most recent status report from the Civil Protection Agency´s Scientific Advisory Board, the volcanic activity in Holuhraun has remained steady. The main eruption is at the fissure which opened last Sunday; less so in the smaller fissure to the south, which started erupting early yesterday morning.

Seismic activity has decreased since yesterday, with appr. 90 earthquakes detected since midnight. As before, the strongest events are happening in the Bardarbunga caldera; at 05,40 GMT a magnitude 5 earthquake occurred in the caldera. At least 14 earthquakes of magnitudes greater than 5 have been located since 16 of August.

(Volcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarsson, at Askja, near the Holuhraun eruption)

During the interview with RUV today, Dr. Thordarson was at the newest fissure, which opened yesterday morning. "The activity there is fairly low. Lava is coming from a 100 - 150 metre long part of the fissure, with small lava fountains visible."

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 06, 2014, 07:10:11 pm
Hawaii island declares emergency over volcano threat

Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency as lava from an active volcano threatens nearby homes, which could be evacuated within days, officials and reports said Friday.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed a proclamation Thursday after the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano advanced to within a mile of a residential area known as the Ka‘ohe Homesteads.

"We are taking this step to ensure our residents have time to prepare their families, their pets, and their livestock for a safe and orderly evacuation from Ka‘ohe in the event the flow continues to advance," Kenoi said.

The emergency proclamation lets authorities close roads to non-residents, to make it easier for people who live there to evacuate rapidly if necessary, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira.

No evacuation has yet been ordered, but residents are being urged to "finalize their evacuation plans and monitor county Civil Defense updates closely in the days ahead," said a statement from the mayor's office.

According to the Honolulu Star newspaper, the lava flow could reach houses within days, possibly a week.

Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is the largest of the eight main islands which make up the Pacific US state -- an archipelago that includes hundreds of smaller volcanic islands.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 09, 2014, 09:51:29 pm
'There's no control': Hawaii watches lava's creep

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos has been advancing at a slower pace the past few days and is now moving parallel to a sparsely populated subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.

Lava from Kilauea volcano was still at least a mile from any homes in Kaohe Homesteads, Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira said.

Oliveira took a helicopter flight over the area Monday and saw the lava had crept about 150 yards from the previous day. It's moving north for now but could still stop or change directions.

"It's been doing that for the last several days," he said of its northern pull. Prior to Friday, it was going northeast toward the subdivision.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has warned the lava could reach the subdivision in a matter of days.

Oliveira said he didn't anticipate issuing an evacuation order Monday. But residents should be prepared because it's difficult to predict the lava's movement. It was also raining over the flow site, he noted, which meant there wasn't a wildfire threat.

"That's good for today," he said. "But it doesn't get us out of any potential threat down the road. It just means it's going to be a very slow process."

The lava warning has created an "edgy" mood in Puna, the rural region on the southeast side of the Big Island that is at risk from the lava, said Bill Parecki, a real estate agent who has lived in the area for 42 years. The area is still recovering from the damage from a tropical storm about a month ago.

"Everybody's a little concerned," he said. "Everybody's a little worried. We just have to see where the lava goes. There's no control. It's Mother Nature."

A big concern is lava crossing roads and blocking Puna off from the rest of the island, or becoming "lava-locked," he said.

Business has been quiet since Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall over the region last month, said Mary Bicknell, owner of Big Island Book Buyers, a bookstore in downtown Pahoa.

"We're always watching it, but we're not usually threatened by it," she said of the lava.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 13, 2014, 09:29:38 am
Lava approaches vacant lots in Hawaii subdivision

HONOLULU (AP) — Lava from one of the world's most active volcanos soon could reach three vacant lots in a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island, but officials are hopeful homes will be spared.

Based on the lava's movement of about 200 to 300 yards a day, the flow from Kilauea volcano was expected to reach the lots in Kaohe Homesteads in coming days, Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton said.

The large lot closest to the flow is owned by the state, while the other two are privately owned, he said.

"The fact that it's veering somewhat to the north as opposed to the east is a hopeful sign," Dayton said.

While no evacuations have been ordered, residents were asked to remain on alert and be prepared for possible changes in the lava's course.

The slow-moving molten rock could spread and slow even further in coming days as it moves from a steeper grade to more level land, Dayton said.

The lava was about 3 miles from Pahoa Village Road and 3.5 miles from Highway 130, Dayton said. Highway 130 is a lifeline for the mostly rural Puna district, which would be cut off from the rest of the island if lava crosses the busy two-lane highway.

In preparation for that possibility, work was to continue into the weekend and next week to turn little-used, defunct roads into alternate routes.

Lava could reach the highway within weeks.

State and county officials plan to survey one of the unpaved roads for any archaeological or cultural elements that need to be preserved, Dayton said.

The flow has snaked more than 10 miles through thick forest since it first was observed emerging from a vent in late June. The state announced Friday that Wao Kele o Puna Forest Reserve would be closed until further notice because of dangers from the flow.

It has engulfed trees and other vegetation in its path, sending up large smoke plumes, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said in a Friday update. However, rainfall in the area has prevented fires from spreading from the lava, officials said.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 15, 2014, 08:25:14 pm
Lava creeps toward lots in Big Island subdivision

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Lava is about a tenth of a mile from the edge of a rural subdivision on Hawaii's Big Island.

Hawaii County spokesman Kevin Dayton says lava from Kilauea (kih-luh-WAY'-uh) volcano has slowed over the past three days.

The lots in the Kaohe (cah-OH'-hay) Homesteads subdivision that are closest to the lava are vacant, and officials say no homes are in imminent danger.

Meanwhile, work continues to prepare unpaved, defunct roads to be used as alternate routes if lava reaches a major highway. Officials say that could happen within weeks.

Hawaii Volcano Observatory spokeswoman Janet Babb says the speed of lava depends on the supply of magma and what's going on inside the volcano.

Observatory scientists are expected to fly over the flow Monday to get an update on when lava could reach roads.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on September 16, 2014, 12:14:54 pm
Far-Eastern Russian Volcano Spews Ash Over 40 Kilometers

The Karymsky volcano on the far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula has emitted an ash plume reaching 3,000 meters high, and the cloud has drifted over 40 kilometers from the volcano, Russia's Emergency Situations Ministry said Tuesday.

The volcano has been assigned a "yellow" aviation code for "signs of elevated unrest," the ministry said in a statement.

Fortunately the ash plume has passed over uninhabited areas and away from major aviation routes, the ministry said, adding that travel agencies should avoid scheduling tours close to volcanoes.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2014, 01:11:07 am
Philippine Volcano Forces Thousands to Flee

Thousands of people living near the Philippines' most active volcano began leaving their homes on Tuesday as lava trickled down its slopes and authorities warned of a dangerous eruption.

Mayon, a volcano famed in equal parts for its near-perfect cone and brutal volatility, had begun to stir again with magma rising to the top and small earthquakes rattling deep inside, authorities said.

"A hazardous eruption is possible within weeks," the director of the state volcanology agency, Renato Solidum, told AFP.

Residents within an 5-mile radius will be forcibly evacuated, said regional civil defence director Bernardo Alejandro.
Massive Extinct Volcano Discovered Beneath Pacific

He said authorities expect to evacuate almost all of the 50,000 people in the danger zone -- a picturesque coconut farming area near the Pacific coast -- within three days.

"We'll have no problems with the 99 percent who will evacuate but there are some who will be hard-headed," Alejandro said, citing the response to a similar evacuation call in 2009 when some farmers refused to move out.

"They don't want to leave their houses and their livelihood ... these are coconut and orchid farmers with chickens, pigs and carabaos (water buffalo)."

Locals involved in the tourist industry were expecting Mayon's latest burst to be a mini-boom.

The area, about 330 kilometres (200 miles) southeast of Manila, is already a draw for visitors who want to see Mayon's cone, sample the region's spicy cuisine and visit its beautiful beaches.

"This will boost local tourism ... it's like a party, people are out at night watching," said Marti Calleja, who runs all-terrain vehicle tours near the volcano for as many as 100 tourists per week.

"It's dramatic, like a fireworks show ... when there's nothing happening (in the volcano) it's all dark around here, but now it's picture-perfect," Calleja told AFP.

Calleja said that when Mayon became active in the past, his clients often requested night tours to see the glowing crater.

Aljon Banares, who works for a backpackers' inn 7.5 miles from the volcano, was also preparing for more visitors.
Game: Volcano Explorer

"We have more guests in situations like this. Tourists want to see the lava flows," Banares said.

Four foreign tourists and their local tour guide were killed when Mayon last erupted, in May 2013.

However they were on the volcano's slopes at the time, and Banares said tourists would not be in danger if they acted sensibly.

"We tell our clients that it's safe as long as they follow the government's warnings," he said.

The 2,460-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon has a long history of deadly eruptions.

In 1814 more than 1,200 people were killed when lava flows buried the town of Cagsawa.

An explosion in August 2006 did not cause direct deaths, but four months later a passing typhoon unleashed an avalanche of volcanic mud from Mayon's slopes that killed 1,000 people.

Title: Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 17, 2014, 05:30:11 pm
Rushed evacuations as Philippine volcano spews lava

Lava cascaded down the Philippines' most active volcano on Wednesday as authorities rushed to evacuate thousands ahead of a possible deadly eruption.

Mostly women, children and the elderly carrying bags of clothes were hauled out of farming villages near Mayon volcano's slopes on board army trucks and minibuses.

Soldiers went from house to house asking residents to evacuate, after authorities on Monday raised the third highest alert in a five-step scale, meaning a full-scale eruption is possible "within weeks".

Before dawn Wednesday, Mayon's crater glowed red as molten rocks flowed as far as halfway down its slopes.

The volcano's world-renowned perfect cone appeared to have been deformed, swollen with lava that had risen from the Earth's core.

At least 8,000 of the target 50,000 people had been moved to temporary shelters, with the operation expected to run for three days, regional civil defence director Bernardo Alejandro told AFP.

However he said the evacuation operation was sapping precious disaster-relief funds and manpower in Albay province, which is regularly battered by typhoons at this time of year.

"The province can sustain them (in evacuation centres) for not more than a month... we cannot exhaust all our disaster funds on Mayon," Alejandro said.

The deadliest and most powerful of the roughly 20 typhoons that batter the Philippines every year happen towards the end of the year, bringing floods, landslides and storm surges to eastern provinces such as Albay that face the Pacific Ocean.

State volcanology agency director Renato Solidum said more magma was moving up the crater each day, although for the time being the alert level would remain at three. Level five means an eruption is occurring.

The 2,640-metre (8,070-foot) Mayon, located about 330 kilometres (200 miles) southwest of Manila, is a draw for local and foreign tourists but an enduring danger for anyone getting too close.

Four foreign tourists and their local tour guide were killed when Mayon last erupted, in May 2013.

In December 2006, 1,000 people died as a strong typhoon hit near Mayon, unleashing an avalanche of volcanic mud from an eruption four months earlier.

In 1814, more than 1,200 people were killed when lava flows buried the town of Cagsawa.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 06:46:27 pm
The Number Of Volcanic Eruptions Is Increasing And That Could Lead To An Extremely Cold Winter
By Michael Snyder, on September 16th, 2014

The number of volcanoes that are erupting continues to rise, and scientists cannot seem to explain why this is happening.  In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we have ever seen in a single year, and this increased activity has carried over into 2014.  In recent months, we have seen major volcanoes roar to life in Russia, Peru, Hawaii, Reunion Island, Indonesia, and all over Alaska.  It is highly unusual for so many volcanoes to all be erupting at the same time.  According to Volcano Discovery, a whopping 34 volcanoes are erupting around the globe right now.  This is sending a massive amount of dust and ash into the upper atmosphere, and it may explain why many parts of the planet are experiencing strangely cold weather at the moment.  If this trend continues, we could potentially be facing years of crop failures and widespread famines all over the world.

And what we have witnessed already may just be the beginning.  There are several more very large volcanoes around the globe that scientists are extremely concerned about right now.

For example, just check out what is going on in the Philippines...

    Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay was placed on "Alert Level 3" on Monday evening, September 15, after showing signs of "relatively high unrest," the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) said.

    In a bulletin issued at 10:00 pm, PHIVOLCS observed 39 rockfall events from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm on September 15, symptoms of the build-up of magma at the summit dome. At least 32 low frequency volcanic earthquakes were also recorded, indicating magma intrusion or volcanic gas activity.

    PHIVOLCS-DOST raised the alert status of Mayon Volcano from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 3 which is equivalent to a "Critical Alert" in the agency's 5-level alert system. This means that the volcano is exhibiting relatively high unrest, magma is at the crater, and that an eruption is possible within weeks.

But of even greater concern is Bardarbunga.  It is the largest volcano system in Iceland, and a major eruption could potentially be absolutely catastrophic...

    This time the threat of an eruption – potentially even more powerful than the one in 2010 – is posed by Bardarbunga, the biggest of Iceland's 30 or so volcanic systems. Located roughly at the country's centre, the volcano's 10-kilometre caldera lies several hundred metres beneath Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier by volume.

    Scientists are taking the latest rumblings seriously: roughly 8000 years ago, after all, the volcanic leviathan let rip with the largest eruption of the past 10,000 years.

    "It is very difficult to predict exactly what will happen with an eruption," says Monash University vulcanologist Professor Ray Cas, who is president of the International Association for Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth.

Scientists tell us that over the last 10,000 years Bardarbunga has produced "more lava than any other volcano on the planet."

If we witness a full scale eruption at Bardarbunga, the cancellation of a few thousand flights may be the smallest of our concerns.

The truth is that we might be looking at the coldest winter that any of us have ever seen in the northern hemisphere.

But don't just take my word for it.  The following is from a British newspaper article entitled "Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year"...

    Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns.

    Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine.

    The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer.

If this did happen, there is nothing that we could do to change it.

We would just have to deal with it.

This is a kind of "climate change" that everyone can agree on.  It is well known that volcanic eruptions can substantially lower global temperatures.  In fact, some global warming theorists are already blaming increased volcanic activity for why temperatures have not been rising in recent years...

    “In the last decade, the amount of volcanic aerosol in the stratosphere has increased, so more sunlight is being reflected back into space,” said lead author Benjamin Santer, climate scientist at Laurence Livermore National Laboratory, in a press release. “This has created a natural cooling of the planet and has partly offset the increase in surface and atmospheric temperatures due to human influence.”

But if Bardarbunga fully erupts, we could be looking at something a lot worse than a little "global cooling".

We could potentially be facing winters that never seem to end.

It has happened before in recorded history many times.  The following list comes from Wikipedia…

    The effects of volcanic eruptions on recent winters are modest in scale, but historically have been significant.

    Most recently, the 1991 explosion of Mount Pinatubo, a stratovolcano in the Philippines, cooled global temperatures for about 2–3 years.

    In 1883, the explosion of Krakatoa (Krakatau) created volcanic winter-like conditions. The four years following the explosion were unusually cold, and the winter of 1887-1888 included powerful blizzards.  Record snowfalls were recorded worldwide.

    The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, occasioned mid-summer frosts in New York State and June snowfalls in New England and Newfoundland and Labrador in what came to be known as the “Year Without a Summer” of 1816.

    A paper written by Benjamin Franklin in 1783 blamed the unusually cool summer of 1783 on volcanic dust coming from Iceland, where the eruption of Laki volcano had released enormous amounts of sulfur dioxide, resulting in the death of much of the island’s livestock and a catastrophic famine which killed a quarter of the Icelandic population. Northern hemisphere temperatures dropped by about 1 °C in the year following the Laki eruption.

    In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602, Switzerland, Latvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.

The possibility of volcanic eruptions substantially cooling our weather is the biggest "climate threat" that we are facing by far.

Without warm summers and plenty of sunshine, our crops will not succeed.

And global food supplies are already stretched to the limit.  Just this week we learned that one out of every nine people in the world does not have enough food to eat.

What would happen if global food production was cut by 10 or 20 percent for a few years?

So keep an eye on Bardarbunga and the other major volcanoes around the planet that are rumbling right now.

They may just play a major role in our immediate future.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 19, 2014, 11:12:54 pm
Quote from: BornAgain2:38156
The number of volcanoes that are erupting continues to rise, and scientists cannot seem to explain why this is happening.  In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we have ever seen in a single year, and this increased activity has carried over into 2014.  In recent months, we have seen major volcanoes roar to life in Russia, Peru, Hawaii, Reunion Island, Indonesia, and all over Alaska.  It is highly unusual for so many volcanoes to all be erupting at the same time.  According to Volcano Discovery, a whopping 34 volcanoes are erupting around the globe right now.  This is sending a massive amount of dust and ash into the upper atmosphere, and it may explain why many parts of the planet are experiencing strangely cold weather at the moment.  If this trend continues, we could potentially be facing years of crop failures and widespread famines all over the world.


Record Low Temperatures Set Friday

In Burlington the temperature reached the freezing mark for the earliest time in the season since 1964! That data is according to the National Weather Service in Burlington.

Low temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s across the area and broke/tied records in some cases. A record low was established in Massena, NY for Thursday and Friday. A record low was tied for Friday in Burlington and St. Johnsbury. These temperatures were 10-20 degrees below average for this time of the year!

It means the end of the growing season for 2014 for many. This is particularly early to see this kind of cold weather. Typically the Champlain Valley does not get frost until the first week of October. However this year for the Champlain Valley it has come nearly three weeks early.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on September 24, 2014, 08:23:02 pm
Lava flow remains stalled at front, active upslope(Hawaii)

The front of the June 27 lava flow remained stalled Tuesday morning, though breakouts upslope were active, according to Hawaii County Civil Defense.

A breakout several hundred yards upslope was observed advancing into forest along the north edge of the flow during an overflight Tuesday morning.

That breakout advanced about 110 yards since Monday morning and was moving to the northeast, according to Hawaiian Volcano Observatory.

Breakouts also remain active closer to Puu Oo, about midway along the length of the flow.

“None of these breakouts by itself has been vigorous, but together they compose a significant portion of the total flow volume,” HVO said on its website.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on September 28, 2014, 08:13:42 am

In this brand new video just released by Before It’s News friend and YouTube videographer Tom Lupshu, we are given more proof that something absolutely bizarre is going on in California, with Long Valley Supervolcano now on HIGH alert after an amazingly powerful and long lasting earthquake swarm. Warning us that this supervolcano should now be much more of a concern than Yellowstone, are we getting ready to witness the 1st supervolcano eruption in America in most of our lifetimes? Will this trigger more Earth changes as we enter what many are calling ‘end times’ changes with our AMAZING planet Earth? Please visit Tom’s Bunker Report Facebook page here.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 01, 2014, 09:38:32 pm
Japan Mount Ontake volcano: Death toll reaches 47

Rescue workers in Japan have recovered more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 47 the number of those killed by Saturday's volcanic eruption.

The search resumed despite fears of toxic gases and another eruption.

The number of those unaccounted for is unknown but estimates say hundreds were at the summit at the time. Dozens were injured by falling debris.

Since then, volcanic tremors have been continuously detected with smoke still coming out of the volcano.

Police had earlier put the latest death toll at 48 but then revised it down by one.

The majority of bodies found near the summit on Wednesday were hikers, according to local police.

Helicopters have been used to bring the dead down from Mount Ontake.

Around 1,000 troops, police and fire fighters are involved in rescue operations.

The relatives of the dead and missing are waiting for news in a town hall in the nearby area of Kiso.

Danger continues

Experts have warned that the eruption is ongoing.

Seismologists had noticed increased seismic activity on Mount Ontake ahead of the eruption, but were still unprepared for what ensued

The mountain, which is about 200km (125 miles) west of Tokyo, is one of Japan's 110 active volcanoes.

Its eruption on Saturday is the worst volcanic disaster in Japan for 90 years.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 28, 2014, 04:16:29 pm
Lava flow on Hawaii's Big Island crosses onto residential property

(Reuters) - A stream of lava from the Kilauea volcano crossed onto a residential property on Hawaii's Big Island where it was threatening to destroy its first house since the flow began on June 27, Hawaii County Civil Defense officials said on Tuesday.

The flow has advanced about 90 yards since Monday morning as it moved toward Pahoa village, the civil defense statement said. Residents in the path of the slow-moving lava flow have been told to be ready to evacuate.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on October 29, 2014, 10:53:01 pm
Lava 100 feet from Hawaii home, nearing main road

PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Rain fell Wednesday on a red-hot river of lava as it threatened to consume its first home on its slow advance into a rural Hawaii town.

A breakout of the lava flow was about 100 feet from a Pahoa residence — about the length of a basketball court, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Director Darryl Oliveira. The couple that lives in the home has left.

Scientists from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory who are walking alongside the lava reported its leading edge was 240 yards from Pahoa Village Road, which goes through a commercial hub of the Big Island's sprawling and isolated Puna district.

"This is just a little quiet village is a very rural community. We farm, we fish, we hunt," said Jamila Dandini. "We're going to be an island on an island."

The leading edge remained in a large agricultural parcel that included another house, which was about 100 yards from the lava, Oliveira said.

Dozens of homes, business and other structures are in the area of the lava flow. That number could increase as the flow front widens.

"The people who are meant to stay will stay. The people that have to leave, sadly, will leave," Dandini said.

So far, lava has burned a garden shed, tires and some metal materials.

On Wednesday, it burned mostly vegetation, while the rain helped tamp down smoke from the crackling stream.

Officials are monitoring hazards from the smoke. Chemists from the observatory detected only low levels of sulfur dioxide, Oliveira said.

The lava flow emerged from a vent in June and until recently had been slowly weaving through uninhabited forest and pastureland.

The flow is expected to slither past properties across the street from Jeff and Denise Lagrimas' home as it works its way toward the ocean, about 6 miles away. The Lagrimases decided not to stay and see if the lava burns their home. They packed up to leave for a town 14 miles away.

"I don't want to stick around and just wait for it to come and take it," Denise Lagrimas said while taking a break from loading kitchen cups and bowls in cardboard boxes. "You just never know."

She said they decided to move to Kurtistown because it's a safe distance away.

"Never in my wildest dreams as a kid growing up did I think I would be running from lava," Denise Lagrimas said.

Erbin Gamurot, 48, a handyman, said Pele, the volcano goddess, just wants to visit her sister, Namakaokahai, the sea goddess.

"She gotta go see her sister. She gotta go say hi. You know how family are. It's all good," Gamuret said.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 04, 2014, 07:57:01 am
Obama declares Hawaiian lava flow to be major disaster

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday declared a slow-moving lava flow from the Pu'u O'o vent of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to be a major disaster, the White House said.

The leading edge of the flow has paused about 185 yards from Pahoa Village Road, the main thoroughfare through the town of about 800 residents at the site of an old sugar plantation.

No homes have been destroyed and no injuries have been reported.

The flow remained active as of Monday but it had not advanced since last Thursday, a County of Hawaii Civil Defense message said. The statement added that elections would go ahead on Tuesday at polling stations in the area.

The U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory said a finger of lava on Monday was trudging downslope, parallel to a larger flow that crossed onto a residential property last week before stalling.

Kilauea has erupted continuously from its Pu'u O'o vent since 1983. The last home destroyed by lava on the Big Island was at the Royal Gardens subdivision in Kalapana in 2012.

On Sunday, two Hawaii residents were charged with trespassing after police found the man and woman snapping pictures within five feet of a slow-moving river of molten lava, police said.

The office of Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii on Monday said the representative had been called up to serve as a military police captain alongside some 80 National Guard members already in the area.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 10, 2014, 10:23:29 pm
Slow-moving lava sets house ablaze in Hawaii town

HONOLULU (AP) — A stream of lava set a home on fire Monday in a rural Hawaii town that has been watching the slow-moving flow approach for months.

It took about 45 minutes for the 1,100-square-foot home to burn down, Oliveira said.

"The house has been destroyed," he said.

Earlier in the day, lava burned down a small corrugated steel storage shed on the property, Oliveira said. A garage or barn structure still remained on the property, but it was possible that the lava would also consume it.

The home's nearest neighbor is about a half-mile away, Oliveira said.

The lava from Kilauea volcano emerged from a vent in June and entered Pahoa Oct. 26, when it crossed a country road at the edge of town. Since then, it has smothered part of a cemetery and burned down a garden shed. It also burned tires, some metal materials and mostly vegetation in its path.

Firefighters will basically let a structure burn, but they will fight any wildfires that spread or threaten other structures, Oliveira said.


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Post by: Mark on November 23, 2014, 03:20:57 pm
Colima volcano (Mexico): large explosion on Friday, 5 km eruption column


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 28, 2014, 04:22:48 pm
Volcano erupts in Japan, disrupting flights
Published:    11.28.14, 08:58 / Israel News

A volcano in southern Japan -- one of the world's largest -- blasted out chunks of magma Friday in the first such eruption in 22 years, causing flight cancellations and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said that Mount Aso spewed out lava debris and smoke, shooting plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) into the sky.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on November 28, 2014, 08:17:32 pm
Cape Verde volcano threatens to destroy villages, as government meets with U.N. officials

Molten rock from a thundering volcano threatens to engulf several villages in Cape Verde – days after its initial eruption.

The active volcano, Pico do Fogo, is the archipelago’s highest peak on its most prominent island: Fogo, which means fire.

It burst open on November 23 for the first time since 1995 and has continued to erupt – prompting government officials to call for an emergency meeting with U.N. representatives and aid agencies, according to local reports.

Cape Verdean Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves addressed the escalating volcanic activity while visiting Fogo on Thursday.

"In the last few hours, there was an increase in volcanic activity and the lava is flowing towards Portela and this community may be completely engulfed by lava," he said, Reuters reported. "The potential is for the total destruction of Cha das Caldeiras, one of the most fertile regions of Cape Verde.”

Neves called upon the international community to help the former Portuguese colony – about 400 miles off the coast of Senegal – with the seismic activity.

Fogo News said he also praised local authorities for their swift response and cooperation with organizations like the Red Cross to protect civilians.

A gigantic lake of black lava could be seen a few feet from homes in the village of Portela and the 1,200 residents of Cha das Caldeiras fled for emergency shelters, reported Jornal de Notícias.

This was Pico do Fogo’s largest eruption since 1951.

Witnesses have been shooting videos of the continuing eruptions.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 17, 2015, 03:18:12 pm
Video: http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/lava-flow-is-icelands-largest-in-over-200-years/
Lava flow is Iceland's largest in over 200 years
JANUARY 15, 2015, 7:51 AM|New pictures show Iceland's biggest volcanic eruption in more than 200 years. Experts predict it could continue flowing for years. Gayle King reports.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on March 03, 2015, 07:23:38 pm
Villarrica volcano erupts in southern Chile, thousands flee

PUCON, Chile (AP) — One of South America's most active volcanoes erupted early Tuesday in southern Chile, spewing heavy smoke into the air as lava surged down its slopes, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands of people.

The Villarrica volcano erupted around 3 a.m. local time, according to the National Emergency Office, which issued a red alert and ordered evacuations. Local media showed images of the volcano bursting at the top, glowing in the dark amid heavy smoke and rivers of lava. Authorities worried that mudslides caused by melting snow could endanger nearby communities, but no injuries were reported.

The 9,000 foot (2,847-meter) volcano in Chile's central valley, 400 miles (670 kilometers) south of Santiago, sits above the small city of Pucon, which has a population of about 22,000 people.

"It was the most amazing thing I've ever seen," 29-year-old Australian tourist Travis Armstrong said in a telephone interview from Pucon. "I've never seen a volcano erupt and it was spewing lava and ash hundreds of meters into the air. Lightning was striking down at the volcano from the ash cloud that formed from the eruption."

Chilean authorities had issued an orange alert on Monday because of increased activity at the volcano. About 3,500 people have been evacuated so far, including tourists, said Interior and Security Minister Rodrigo Penailillo.

Penailillo warned that the eruption was causing numerous rivers in the area to rise as snow along the sides of the volcano began melting. Villarrica is covered by a glacier cap covering some 40 square kilometers (15 square miles) and snow from about 1,500 meters (about 5,000 feet) on up.

Authorities were keeping an eye on four nearby communities that could be endangered by mudslides as the snow melts. Officials were also monitoring nearly 200 people who were cut off from main roads when two bridges were destroyed by rising waters from nearby rivers.

Rodrigo Alvarez, director of the National Service of Geology and Mining, issued a warning for people in the area, especially at tourists, to be careful. "This is not a fireworks show," Alvarez said, calling on people to obey official prohibitions to stay away from the volcano.

"It's an unstable volcano, all of its borders are altered," Alvarez added.

President Michelle Bache let arrived in Pucon amid cheers and boos later Tuesday to check on safety preparations, and declared an agricultural emergency to help local farmers.

"You never know when an eruption will take place but what we do know is that the activity is lower, that's visible," Bachelet said after flying over the affected areas and meeting local authorities.

Witnesses said Pucon looked like a deserted town at dawn. But as the volcanic activity decreased, some local residents had decided to return to their homes, more cars were seen in the streets, and some people had even decided to sunbathe at a nearby lake. By midday, the community's bus terminals, banks, restaurants and other businesses were operating normally.

The eruption "was something beautiful and amazing. We're still a bit shocked but the volcano has calmed down so I'm going to continue with my vacation," Alejandra Paz Bustos, 29, said as she sunbathed at nearby lake Villarrica.

Jose Manuel Reyes, the 37-year-old manager of La Bicicleta hostal in downtown Pucon, said visitors from France, Canada, Australia, South Africa and Brazil watched the early morning eruption from the building's terrace.

"We're still a bit nervous because we don't know what's happening," said Reyes. "There was nervousness, but we haven't seen any panic."

Tourists flock to the area around Villarrica for outdoor activities like kayaking, horseback riding, fishing and hiking around the volcano, which last had a major eruption in 1984. Dozens of tourists were among those evacuated. Officials said late Tuesday that about 15,000 people living in rural areas near the volcano were suffering water shortages after the eruption, and kept the red alert for nearby areas.

The Villarrica has a crater of about 200 meters (yards) in diameter and a lake of lava about 150 meters (yards) deep. It has periodic eruptions every 10 or 15 years.

Chile has more than 2,000 volcanoes in the Andes cordillera and about 90 of them remain active. Villarrica is considered among the country's most dangerous.

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Post by: Mark on April 17, 2015, 08:18:47 am
The Number Of Volcanoes Erupting Right Now Is Greater Than The 20th Century’s YEARLY Average

Is the number of volcanic eruptions worldwide increasing?  Yes.  During the 20th century, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions globally.  That works out to approximately 35 eruptions per year.  That may sound like a lot, but according to Volcano Discovery there are 36 volcanoes erupting around the world right now.  In other words, the number of volcanoes erupting as you read this article is greater than the 20th century’s yearly average.  And all of this is part of a larger trend.  In 2013, we witnessed the most volcanic eruptions worldwide that we had ever seen in a single year, and 2015 is already threatening to be another one for the record books.  All over the planet, volcanoes that have long been dormant are beginning to wake up, and this is greatly puzzling many scientists.  Fortunately, most of the eruptions in recent years have been relatively small.  But scientists tell us that if we do see a VEI 7 or a VEI 8 eruption today, the amount of energy that would be released would be somewhere in the neighborhood of a million nuclear bombs going off all at once, and such an eruption would completely literally transform our civilization almost overnight.

The last VEI 7 eruption that the world witnessed was in Indonesia in 1815.

According to the Express, that massive eruption resulted in a “year without summer” and created famine all over the globe…

    The deadly eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia sparked what was known as the ‘Year Without Summer’ in 1815 as crops failed and livestock died in much of the Northern Hemisphere – causing the worst famine for hundreds of years.

    However, academics have warned that the chances of a similar disaster happening in the next 85 years, which could see the Earth flung back into a “pre-civilisation state”, was estimated to be as high as one in 10.

    Due to dense population, an eruption which killed tens of thousands only two centuries ago would now be “cataclysmic” for today’s population, the authors warned.

    “Large volcanic eruptions have the potential to impact climate, anthropogenic infrastructure and resource supplies on a global scale,” the panel of geologists, economists and climate scientists from the European Science Foundation have written in a new paper.

If you don’t think that such a thing could happen today, you should keep in mind that global food production is just barely keeping up with global food demand.  In fact, in some years the world actually eats more food than it produces.  Global food reserves are at perilously low levels, and so a “year without summer” would be absolutely cataclysmic.

And right now, some of the biggest volcanoes in the world are starting to wake up.

For example, consider what is happening at one of the most prominent volcanoes in Iceland…

    Small earthquake swarms occurred at shallow depths during the past days near the volcano. The quakes were located approx. 6-10 km south of Hekla volcano and at shallow depths around 5 km. The largest quakes were two magnitude 2.6 events at 4 km depth on Thursday (9 April). It is impossible to say whether the earthquakes are linked to volcanic activity and thus might be precursors of a new eruption, but Hekla is probably the most likely candidate volcano for the next eruption to occur on Iceland.

    One of the country’s most active, and the most frequently erupting volcano, Hekla has been believed to be “due” and have its magma chamber filled for several years now. Known for not giving much precursory signals (and only few earthquakes), an eruption would not be a surprise at all. Hekla volcano’s last eruption was 15 years ago.

In Japan, a swarm of earthquakes around Mount Zao has authorities extremely concerned…

    Fears of fresh eruption of Mount Zao, a volcano that sits on the border of the Yamagata and Miyagi prefectures, rattled Japan after the country’s meteorological agency recorded 12 volcanic earthquakes on Tuesday. The seismic activity prompted warnings of a volcanic eruption, with the agency asking the public to stay safe from falling rocks in a 1.2 km radius of the volcano, The Japan Times reported.

And a massive volcano near the border between North Korea and China is showing signs of life.  If Mount Paektu were to fully erupt, scientists tell us that the energy released could potentially be equivalent to “1,000,000 nuclear weapons all going off at the same time”…

    More than 1,000 years ago Mount Paektu blew its top, sending tons of rock and magma spewing into the air and blanketing the much of the region in a thick layer of ash.

    “It’s hard really to imagine the scale,” Oppenheimer said, “but you’re talking about something like 1,000,000 nuclear weapons all going off at the same time in terms of the energy involved.”

If an eruption of that magnitude were to happen today, it would truly be a global event.

For instance, consider the chaos that an eruption in Iceland in 1783 caused.  The following comes from the Daily Mail…

    In Iceland an estimated 20–25% of the population died in the famine and from fluorine poisoning after the fissure eruptions ceased.

    Around 80% of sheep, 50% of cattle, and 50% of horses died because of dental and skeletal fluorosis from the 8 million tons of hydrogen fluoride that were released.

    There is evidence that the Laki eruption also weakened African and Indian monsoon circulations, reducing precipitation over areas in Africa.

    The resulting famine that afflicted Egypt in 1784 caused nearly one sixth of the country’s population to die out.

    In Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the ‘sand summer’ because of the ash fallout and an estimated 25,000 people died due to breathing problems.

The truth is that volcanoes are far, far, far more of a threat to our climate than human activity is.  All throughout history, volcanic eruptions have instantly changed the climate in a dramatic way.  The following list was compiled by Wikipedia…

    Most recently, the 1991 explosion of Mount Pinatubo, a stratovolcano in the Philippines, cooled global temperatures for about 2–3 years.

    In 1883, the explosion of Krakatoa (Krakatau) created volcanic winter-like conditions. The four years following the explosion were unusually cold, and the winter of 1887-1888 included powerful blizzards.  Record snowfalls were recorded worldwide.

    The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, occasioned mid-summer frosts in New York State and June snowfalls in New England and Newfoundland and Labrador in what came to be known as the “Year Without a Summer” of 1816.

    A paper written by Benjamin Franklin in 1783 blamed the unusually cool summer of 1783 on volcanic dust coming from Iceland, where the eruption of Laki volcano had released enormous amounts of sulfur dioxide, resulting in the death of much of the island’s livestock and a catastrophic famine which killed a quarter of the Icelandic population. Northern hemisphere temperatures dropped by about 1 °C in the year following the Laki eruption.

    In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602, Switzerland, Latvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.

Are you starting to get the picture?

These kinds of events have happened many times before, and scientists tell us that they will happen again.

Here in the United States, people are closely watching the supervolcano that sits under Yellowstone national park.  In recent years the ground in Yellowstone has been rising, and many observers are concerned that we are witnessing the lead up to a full-blown eruption.

If a full-blown eruption of Yellowstone were to occur, all of our lives would instantly change.  The following are some facts about Yellowstone that I put together for a previous article…

#1 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could be up to 1,000 time more powerful than the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.

#2 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would spew volcanic ash 25 miles up into the air.

#3 The next eruption of Yellowstone seems to be getting closer with each passing year.  Since 2004, some areas of Yellowstone National Park have risen by as much as 10 inches.

#4 There are approximately 3,000 earthquakes in the Yellowstone area every single year.

#5 In the event of a full-scale eruption of Yellowstone, virtually the entire northwest United States will be completely destroyed.

#6 A massive eruption of Yellowstone would mean that just about everything within a 100 mile radius of Yellowstone would be immediately killed.

#7 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone could also potentially dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away.

#8 A full-scale eruption of Yellowstone would cover virtually the entire midwest United States with volcanic ash.  Food production in America would be almost totally wiped out.

#9 The “volcanic winter” that a massive Yellowstone eruption would cause would radically cool the planet.  Some scientists believe that global temperatures would decline by up to 20 degrees.

#10 America would never be the same again after a massive Yellowstone eruption.  Some scientists believe that a full eruption by Yellowstone would render two-thirds of the United States completely uninhabitable.

#11 Scientists tell us that it is not a matter of “if” Yellowstone will erupt but rather “when” the next inevitable eruption will take place.

Are you beginning to understand why the rise of volcanic activity all over the planet is such a big deal?

Just a single VEI 7 or VEI 8 eruption could fundamentally alter the way that we all live our lives in a single moment.

Despite all of our knowledge and all of our technology, the forces of nature are still vastly more powerful than we are, and scientists assure us that someday the United States will be directly confronted with that reality.


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Post by: Mark on April 23, 2015, 09:03:22 am
Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours - having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius.   

New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica 

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 25, 2015, 08:37:07 am
Evacuation as Calbuco volcano erupts in Chile
The Calbuco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the space of a few hours - having lain dormant for decades. Footage from the area shows a huge column of lava and ash being sent several kilometres into the air. The authorities have declared a red alert and evacuated more than 4,000 people within a 20km (12 mile) radius.   

New eruption at Turrialba produced ash column reaching more than 6,500 feet
Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano erupted again Tuesday afternoon, producing a column of ash, gas, and water vapor that reached some 6,500 feet over the volcano’s crater, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica 

I didn't give any thought to this, until it showed up on the front page of my local paper yesterday. Apparently(and I'm THINKING OUT LOUD HERE), it may have triggered other earthquakes around the world subsequently(Alaska, Idaho, Nepal, Guam, and Portugal).


Chile volcano Calbuco causes flight problems

International flights are being delayed or cancelled because of concerns over the ash cloud created by the Calbuco volcano in Chile.

The eruption on Thursday created a cloud of ash that went up 20km (12 miles) into the air.

Volcanic ash can be extremely dangerous to aircraft as the fine particles can damage engines.

Many international flights have been affected in the last few hours, with one forced to turn back to Australia.

Qantas flight QF27 was five hours into its journey to Santiago when it had to turn back to Sydney late on Friday.

A Qantas spokeswoman in Sydney said it returned because of concerns over the ash cloud.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 25, 2015, 02:33:28 pm
The ash cloud from the Chile volcano that just erupted is incredible

When Volcano Calbuco erupted in Chile on Wednesday for the first time in five decades, everyone within a 12 mile radius was evacuated immediately.

The ash cloud from the explosion, however, reached 9 miles into the sky and has already covered much of the continent. Flights from Argentina have been canceled as experts say the ash is heading over the Andes mountains and could reach as far as the Buenos Aires province — 1500 km to the east — by next week.

The volcano itself is still puffing out ash and smoke, Reuters reported. A 2011 volcanic eruption in Chile sent ash so high up into the atmosphere that flights flying out of Australia were canceled as a safety precaution.

The small village of Ensenada, Chile and some towns in Argentina have been blanketed with a thick layer of ash and soot capable of causing respiratory infections and contaminating water, the Guardian reported.

The weight of the ash has caused roofs to cave in. While most of Ensenada has been evacuated, about 30 people have remained behind, not wanting to leave their homes or their animals.

“We woke up today with a blanket of fog and it hasn’t cleared," a resident of Puerto Varas, Chile told the Guardian. "We have a layer of smoke above us."

Officials have warned residents of the affected towns that a third "and even more aggressive" explosion is likely, “We are praying that the volcanic activity will be as short as possible,” said Villa La Angostura, Argentina mayor Roberto Cacault.

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Post by: Mark on May 02, 2015, 06:00:06 am
Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast

An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday.   


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Post by: Mark on May 04, 2015, 06:16:58 pm
Is Axial Seamount erupting? Seafloor off the coast of Oregon has dropped 8 FEET due to movement in the 'wired' underwater volcano

    Geologists previously predicted Axial Seamount would erupt this year
    For more than a week the region has experienced thousands of tiny quakes
    Seafloor has also reportedly dropped by almost 8ft (2.4 metres)
    Both are said to be a sign of magma moving from beneath the summit

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3064887/Scientists-monitor-undersea-volcanic-eruption-Oregon-coast.html#ixzz3ZDNKzBLZ

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Post by: Mark on May 16, 2015, 05:09:00 am
40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire

You may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire.  If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.  As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.  And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend.  Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating.  The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…

    If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.

Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington.  In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.  Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way.  Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.

For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event.  But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.

And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday…

    A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.

    “We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.

    The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.

    Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.

One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions“, and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.

Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well.  The following comes from the Washington Post…

    A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.

    The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.

As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.

The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.

For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…

    Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that you know why our planet and our sun are experiencing such dramatic changes?


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Post by: Mark on May 29, 2015, 05:19:57 am
Telica volcano in Nicaragua shaken by explosive eruption – ejects ash cloud 3 km high

Volcano erupts on Kuchinoerabu isle off Kagoshima; 130 inhabitants ordered evacuated

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 04, 2015, 02:02:46 pm
Mass Evacuation Underway on Indonesian Island as Sinabung Volcano Erupts

Thousands of people have been evacuated on Indonesian Island as the alert level over the eruption of the Sinabung volcano was raised to the highest level.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Thousands of people have been evacuated on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island as the alert level over the eruption of the Sinabung volcano was raised to the highest level four, Indonesia’s Jakarta Post reports.

"Until this afternoon the evacuation is still going on," Commander of the Mount Sinabung Disaster Mitigation Agency task force, Lt. Col. Asep Sukarna told the newspaper on Wednesday, adding that the pile of lava at the peak of Sunabung’s crater amounts to three million cubic meters and could slide down covering an area within a seven-kilometre (4-mile) radius around the volcano.

According to Asep, people living within a radius of seven kilometres from the crater were taken to a temporary evacuation center at the Parish Catholic Church in Kabanjahe, the capital of the Karo Regency located in the North Sumatra province.
At least 1,500 residents had been evacuated from the area as of Thursday morning, according to Jakarta Post.
The volcano on the 8,070 feet-high Mount Sinabung, located near the capital of the North Sumatra province woke up on September 15, 2013, after a three-year-long break.
In February 2014 16 people died during one of its eruptions.
In February 2015 lava flows from Sinabung burnt several houses abandoned by their residents.
Indonesia is located in the so-called Ring of Fire quake zone, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 08, 2015, 02:25:35 pm

Asia volcano alert … OVER 85 different blasts from Sakurajima Volcano in less than 1 days time (from 6am to 11pm)

sakurajima aa

Also, notice the steady steaming off the back side of Sakurajima, which is Mount Ontake caldera (a different volcano in this complex)… Ontake caldera could also erupt in a large blast if things carry on this way.

Video sped up 64X speed to just get a rough count from 6am to dark.. 15 hours long sped up 64X reduces the length of this video to 14min 10sec.


Video showing the 85+ blasts in one days time here:



No exaggeration to say these 85+ blasts (over the course of 1 day) are a huge number of volcanic events from a single volcano.

Yes, Sakurajima is “active” , but this takes the cake by far when it comes to number of different blasts in one days time. I’ve seen this volcano send of 10 or 15 large blasts in one day before.. but in this case.. its OVER 85 different blasts since yesterday morning.

View the recorded real time streams from Sakurajima here:



Keep in mind the other West Pacific volcanic activity taking place South in Indonesia near Sinabung and Toba Supervolcano, also with the new eruption off the coast of Japan and Shindake volcano, the new Island forming at Nishinoshima Volcano, and the coming to life of the 800 year dormant Mount Hakone Volcano.

This is a lot of volcanic activity to see in just a few weeks time.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 17, 2015, 04:38:05 pm
Indonesian volcano Mount Sinabung erupts: Over 10,000 evacuated

More than 10,000 villagers have fled a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia this month, most in recent days after a series of violent eruptions, an official said on Tuesday.

Authorities raised the alert status of Mount Sinabung, on Sumatra island, to the highest level at the start of June after detecting a sharp increase in activity.

The volcano, which came back to life two years ago after a period of inactivity, erupted violently at the weekend, spewing hot ash and rocks high into the air.

Sinabung - which killed 16 people in a fierce eruption last year - was continuing to belch out a thick plume of smoke high into the sky on Tuesday, covering homes far away with a coating of ash.

About 7500 residents have been evacuated from their villages following the weekend eruptions, disaster agency official Tri Budiarto told AFP.

They "left their homes on motorcycles, in cars and on military trucks. They were from six villages located in the danger zone south and southeast of the volcano," he said.

Several thousand people fled their homes at the start of the month when the alert status was lifted, and the total number of evacuees now stands at 10,714, said the disaster agency.

The evacuees are sheltering in government buildings and places of worship in Kabanjahe town, about 10 kilometres from Sinabung.

Volcanic activity remained high on Tuesday, with Sinabung spewing out rocks and hot gas over a distance of three kilometres four times since early morning, said Armen Putra, head of the volcano observation post.

"We could still feel tremors. Ash one to two millimetres thick covered roads and homes located 15 kilometres away," he said.

"It could take weeks before it eases, but for now, it is dangerous for people living nearby so we have recommended for them to evacuate."

After Sinabung rumbled back to life in 2013, more than 10,000 people fled from nearby villages. Some have returned home but more than 6000 of the original evacuees are still living in shelters.

The volcano has also had a devastating economic impact, with the disaster agency estimating it caused more than $100 million in damage last year and in 2013 in a broad range of areas, including infrastructure, farming and tourism.

Sinabung is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a belt of seismic activity running around the basin of the Pacific Ocean.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 23, 2015, 09:30:34 am
Ubinas volcano erupts, emits ashes

The Ubinas volcano explosion occurred this morning and spread ashes of 15 kilometers around the crater.

Ubinas volcano exploded this morning, spreading ashes over the Ubinas valley, reports El Comercio.

The explosion occurred at 8:50 a.m. this morning and spread ashes 15 kilometers wide around the volcano. The ashes primarily affected those in southeasterly direction at Ubinas Valley villages.

The Volcanological Observatory Metallurgical Mining Geological Institute (Ingemmet) reported the locals of Ubinas, Tonohaya, Anascapa and Sacohay were the most affected.

Ingemmet recommends that the valley’s citizens take precautions to protect against the layer of ash that could harm livestock and water sources. Locals should wear masks and glasses.

The volcano recorded numerous explosions earlier this month and for the last few months in high frequency.

In late April Ubinas and Matalaque declared state of emergency for the high level of activity registered by the volcano.

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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on June 30, 2015, 03:45:35 pm

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 10, 2015, 11:35:02 am
Volcanic ash causes Indonesia airport closures

Three airports in Indonesia, including in the tourist hotspot Bali, are to remain shut until at least Saturday, after a volcanic eruption.

Mount Raung in East Java has been spewing ash into the air for nearly a week, raising concerns it could interfere with aircraft safety.

Bali's Denpasar airport, a top destination for Australians, was closed late on Thursday, stranding travellers.

The government said this and two small airports in East Java would stay shut.

Earlier advice had been that all airports would remain out of action until late Friday.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on November 02, 2015, 04:48:16 am
One Of The Most Dangerous Volcanoes In North America Is Roaring To Life

More than 25 million people live in the vicinity of North America’s 2nd-highest volcano, and in recent weeks this volcano has been steadily rumbling and has been spewing out massive amounts of black smoke and ash.  I have previously written about “the most dangerous mountain in the United States” (Mt. Rainier), but if the volcano that I am talking about today experiences a full-blown explosive eruption it could potentially be a cataclysmic event beyond what most of us would dare to imagine.  Popocatepetl is an Aztec word that means “smoking mountain”, and it is also the name of a giant volcano that sits approximately 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million residents.  “Popo”, as it is called by locals, was dormant for much of the 20th century, but it came back to life in 1994.  And now all of this unusual activity in recent weeks has many wondering if a major eruption may be imminent.

Historians tell us that Popocatepetl had a dramatic impact on the ancient Aztecs.  Giant mud flows produced by massive eruptions covered entire Aztec cities.  In fact, some of these mud flows were so large that they buried entire pyramids in super-heated mud.

But we haven’t witnessed anything like that in any of our lifetimes, so it is hard to even imagine devastation of that magnitude.

In addition to Mexico City’s mammoth population, there are millions of others that live in the surrounding region.  Overall, there are about 25 million people that live in the immediate vicinity of Popocatepetl.  Thankfully, we haven’t seen a major eruption of the volcano in modern times, but at some point that will change.

As most of you already know, Mexico sits on the “Ring of Fire” that stretches along the outer rim of the Pacific Ocean.  Over the past couple of years seismic activity throughout this area has started to really heat up, and according to Volcano Discovery there are dozens of volcanoes associated with the Ring of Fire that have recently erupted.

That is why so many people are alarmed about the very unusual activity that we began to see from Popocatepetl starting in mid-September.  The following is from a report that was posted on September 23rd…

CENAPRED reported that during 16-22 September the seismic network at Popocatépetl recorded 15-89 daily emissions consisting of water vapor, gas, and sometimes ash; cloud cover often prevented visual observations. Variable nighttime or morning crater incandescence was observed most days, and 1-13 daily explosions were registered.

In recent days, the activity at Popocatepetl seems to be getting stronger and more intense.  This next excerpt is from an article the Telegraph posted on October 21st…

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano put on a spectacular display as it spewed out huge clouds of ash in to the sky.

The volcano, which is 50 miles south east of Mexico City spat ash and smoke 2500 metres above the volcano’s crater.

Mexico’s volcano experts says the volcano had around 40 exhalations with a series a of rumblings in the past three months.

And just over the weekend there was even more activity.  This is what the BBC reported on October 30th…

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano has erupted spewing ash and black smoke into the sky.

The volcano is located 50 miles (80 km) southeast of the capital, Mexico City.

Could all of this be the build up to a major event of some sort?

As I mentioned above, 18 million people live in Mexico City.  And we do know that ash from Popocatepetl can reach Mexico City.  In fact, this actually happened on a small scale back in 2013…

The Popocatepetl volcano just east of Mexico City has spit out a cloud of ash and vapor 2 miles (3 kilometers) high over several days of eruptions, and Mexico City residents awoke Saturday to find a fine layer of volcanic dust on their cars.

Mexico City is not in a particularly safe location.  In addition to Popocatepetl, the city also sits in an area that is prone to experiencing earthquakes.  One of these days we could see an event that could destroy much or all of Mexico City, and if that happened the entire economy of Mexico would immediately collapse and millions of refugees would start streaming north.

So ultimately Popocatepetl is not just a Mexican problem.  If a major eruption took place, it would quickly become a U.S. problem too.

Speaking of the United States, the unprecedented earthquake swarm near San Francisco that I reported on the other day is getting even worse.  The following comes from NBC News…

The earthquake swarms in one San Francisco Bay Area city keeps rising, and according to the US Geological Center’s past historical data, has shattered old records.

As of Wednesday, the USGS noted that San Ramon, about 45 miles from San Francisco had experienced 446 quakes, including 86 quakes that were a magnitude of 2.0 or higher, since Oct. 13. A total of 28 earthquakes have been documented alone since Tuesday.

San Ramon had previously set a record in 2003 when a swarm of 120 earthquakes struck there over 31 days.

And that is not the only unusual “shaking” inside the U.S. that is raising eyebrows lately.  Not too far from Yellowstone, a giant crack in the ground has formed…

A dramatic crack has suddenly formed in the foothills of Wyoming‘s Bighorn Mountains that measures an impressive 750 yards long and 50 yards wide. It was discovered recently by surprised backcountry hunters who travel frequently to the area in search of game.

First reported by SNS Outfitter & Guides, a hunting company, on their Facebook page, the mammoth chasm appeared over the course of just a couple of weeks. It’s an impressive example of just how quickly very large geological events can occur under the right conditions.

“Everyone here is calling it ‘the gash.’ It’s a really incredible sight,” wrote SNS on the group’s Facebook page.

In just about every possible way that you can imagine, our world is becoming more unstable.  In North America, we have been blessed with a long period of peace and prosperity, and we have had only a few major seismic events over the past several decades.

But now things are changing.  The planet is starting to shake, and I believe that it is going to get a lot worse in the years ahead.  And these great natural disasters that are coming will combine with all of the other major problems that we are currently facing to create something of a “perfect storm” which will bring our nation to its knees.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on January 19, 2016, 05:17:37 pm
MONSTER ERUPTIONS: Panic as two volcanoes EXPLODE simultaneously causing mass evacuation

MAJOR evacuations have been sparked by the SIMULTANEOUS eruption of two volcanoes - including one of the world's most feared - spewing toxic gas and ash clouds for miles.

The two volcanoes are thousands of miles apart but are on the edge of the same tectonic plate – the Phillippine Plate – sparking fears of a major seismic shift, more volcanic activity and even earthquakes and tsunamis.

More than 1,200 people have been evacuated from within a 1.9-mile containment zone around Mount Egon in Kupang, eastern Indonesia - one of the most volcanic parts of the globe.

It was followed moments later by the eruption of Zhupanovsky on Russia's eastern coast which spewed lava FIVE MILES into the air.

The latter explosion is likely to affect air traffic in Russia, but the huge ash cloud is also drifting east over the Pacific Ocean so the impact on flights could be much worse


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on January 22, 2016, 05:24:40 pm
Mass EVACUATION Mexico City on alert : One of world’s MOST DANGEROUS volcanoes threatens to BLOW : Is Mexico city doomed

THOUSANDS of people living by one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes have been put on evacuation alert after the monster peak began spewing toxic gas and ash.

Tens of thousands of people live in the farming villages on the volcano’s flanks while roughly

25 million people live within a 60 mile radius.

Historians tell us that Popocatepetl had a dramatic impact on the ancient Aztecs. After a huge eruption giant mud flows produced by massive eruptions covered entire Aztec cities.  In fact, some of these mud flows were so large that they buried entire pyramids in super-heated mud.

But we haven’t witnessed anything like that in any of our lifetimes, so it is hard to even imagine devastation of that magnitude.

Mexico sits on the “Ring of Fire” that stretches along the outer rim of the Pacific Ocean.  Over the past couple of years seismic activity throughout this area has started to really heat up, and according to Volcano Discovery there are dozens of volcanoes associated with the Ring of Fire that have recently erupted.

That is why so many people are alarmed about the very unusual activity that we began to see from Popocatepetl starting in mid-September.  The following is from a report that was posted on September 23rd…

CENAPRED reported that during 16-22 September the seismic network at Popocatépetl recorded 15-89 daily emissions consisting of water vapor, gas, and sometimes ash; cloud cover often prevented visual observations. Variable nighttime or morning crater incandescence was observed most days, and 1-13 daily explosions were registered.

In recent days, the activity at Popocatepetl seems to be getting stronger and more intense

Mexico City is not in a particularly safe location.  In addition to Popocatepetl, the city also sits in an area that is prone to experiencing earthquakes.  One of these days we could see an event that could destroy much or all of Mexico City, and if that happened the entire economy of Mexico would immediately collapse and millions of refugees would start streaming north.

So ultimately Popocatepetl is not just a Mexican problem.  If a major eruption took place, it would quickly become a U.S. problem too.

Thousands of people were placed on an evacuation warning this week

The Popocatépetl volcano, just 35 miles from Mexico City and only 20 miles from nearby cityPeubla sent a mile high plume of ash into the air, putting thousands of people living within 10 miles of it on a yellow alert to be ready to evacuate should activity increase.The Mexican capital is the world’s fourth most populated city and home to 20 million people, while Peubla has more than 6 million people living there, and all could be at risk in both cites in the event of a catastrophic eruption.

The volcano alert follows fears earlier this month that a second large volcano in Mexico – the 3,850 metres-high Colima in western Mexico – could be about to face a large scale eruption for the first time in 100 years.

Popocatépetl last saw a major eruption in 2000, but early warnings saw 41,000 people evacuated in advance, averting a major disaster.

In 2005 it had a minor eruption, but activity has been increasing since 2012, with this week’s some of the most notable, prompting officials to issue the warning.If the volcano experienced a massive eruption, an estimated nine million people would be in the blast zone and the impact on the atmosphere could be catastrophic.

Popocatépetl has erupted more than 20 times since 1519, according to records.

The glacier-covered peak is 5,426 metres-high.

Meanwhile Colima experienced a saw an ash cloud of 1.8 miles high expelled earlier this month.

This also put locals on standby for evacuations immediately afterwards.


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Post by: Psalm 51:17 on January 31, 2016, 11:15:57 pm

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on February 10, 2016, 08:13:51 pm
Dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions around the world in February 2016 and nobody knows why

We are currently experiencing a dramatic increase in volcanic eruptions around the world in 2016. And nobody knows why…
What is going on with all these volcanoes erupting? Are we going to see a big quake hit somewhere? Things are starting to reach excessive levels.


February 10, 2016 – Japan – 3rd Day of volcanic tremors at Japan’s Kirishima; JMA warns of “catastrophic eruption.” Youtube

February 9, 2016 – Guatemala – Eruption of Volcan de Fuego. Youtube

February 8, 2016 – Japan – The Japan Meteorological Agency warns for possible catastrophic blowout, such as fumaroles and volcanic gas as the volcanic activity at Ontake is increasing. NHK

February 7, 2016 – Costa Rica – New Smoke and Ash Eruption at Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica. The Costa Rica Star

February 7, 2016 – Indonesia – Mount Soputan volcano erupts in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Xinhuanet

February 7, 2016 – Indonesia – Mount Bromo enters eruption phase. Xinhuanet

February 7, 2016 – Japan – Smoke rises from Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano. Breakingnews

February 6, 2016 – Guatemala – Santiaguito volcano erupts again in Guatemala. Strange Sounds

February 5, 2016 – Peru – Peru’s typically snow-capped El Misti volcano, also known as Putina, is showing signs of awakening from a period of relative slumber that goes back to the 15th century. Earthweek

February 5, 2016 – Japan – Japan’s Sakurajima volcano erupts. RT

February 4, 2016 – Antarctica (Australia) – The Big Ben volcano on remote Heard Island in sub-Antarctica erupted a combination of poisonous gases and red-hot lava for the first time in decades. Brisbane Times

February 3, 2016 – Mexico – Night eruption of Popocatepetl volcano. Strange Sounds

February 3, 2016 – India – Steam/ash plume and thermal anomaly at Barren Island. Volcano Discovery

February 1, 2016 – Mexico – The Colima volcano eruption in western Mexico has sent a spectacular plume of smoke and ash high into the air. ABC

February 1, 2016 – Russia – Karymsky volcano in Russian Kamchatka’s eastern volcanic zone explodes 1.8 miles high hours after massive earthquake. Express

And I forget January 2016, which was also very active. So are these volcanic eruptions forecasting a catastrophic earthquake? Because things are really starting to reach excessive levels.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on February 24, 2016, 11:06:05 pm
Three volcanoes erupt in Nicaragua, and a fourth may join them – Disaster experts on alert

Currently, the Momotombo volcano, the Télica volcano and the Masaya volcano are erupting and will probably continue to do so.

Meanwhile, the Cerro Negro recorded an increase in seismic activity last week and could start erupting any time now.

Disaster experts from around the world are concerned and assess the potential risks from these active volcanoes.

Nicaragua, February 23, 2016 – Volcano experts from the US, UK, Costa Rica and local geologists are observing activity at four active peaks in Nicaragua after the flurry of explosions.

In fact, there’s been so much volcanic and seismic activity in Nicaragua lately that these disaster experts are carefully studying and observing the situation.

Momotombo, Télica and Masaya began erupting at the same time, and continue to do so.

Meanwhile, Cerro Negro, which has so far not erupted, recorded bursts of seismic activity last week.

The danger of this seismic activity is because it’s from Plinian eruptions, which are characterised by a high level of explosiveness.

To date, Momotombo hasn’t placed any nearby residents in danger, but that’s not to say it couldn’t.

In 1610, a Momotombo eruption forced residents of the then-Spanish city of León to relocate 30 miles to the west. – Express.co.uk


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Post by: Mark on April 17, 2016, 07:39:21 pm
3 volcanoes erupt simultaneously on April 16, 2016: Villarrica (Chile), Mt. Cleveland (USA), Colima (Mexico)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on April 17, 2016, 08:57:33 pm
3 volcanoes erupt simultaneously on April 16, 2016: Villarrica (Chile), Mt. Cleveland (USA), Colima (Mexico)


Events recently have really been heating up - earthquake 7.0+ mags slowly becoming normal, and now this? And then the massive sea animals die-offs continue to grow exponentially, and not to mention too the UN votes for that big climate change deal and possibly Obama pushing a Palestinean state there this Friday!

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 22, 2016, 11:27:40 pm
38 volcano eruptions right now: Volcanic and earthquake anomaly along The Ring of Fire and nobody knows why!


global warming big time!

San Cristobal volcano erupts in Nicaragua on April 22, 2016


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Post by: Mark on April 29, 2016, 03:48:34 pm
Two more volcanoes erupt overnight: White Island in New Zealand and Shiveluch in Russia


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on April 30, 2016, 05:49:50 pm
Increased seismic activity at Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia


Volcanic earthquake swarm and water temperature rising at Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand


Sakurajima volcano eruption on April 30, 2016 video


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 06, 2016, 05:29:51 pm
Quake Swarm Mount St. Helens...

Recharging magma stores...

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 14, 2016, 04:48:21 pm
New Pavlof Volcano rumblings could be prelude to eruption

An increase in seismic activity at Pavlof Volcano, which erupted spectacularly in March, has prompted Alaska Volcano Observatory staff to step up monitoring of the Alaska Peninsula volcano.

In a brief update Friday, raising Pavlof’s alert level to watch and its aviation color code to orange, staff at the observatory said they haven’t been able to visually confirm any eruption from satellite data or camera images, due to clouds obscuring the volcano.

“At about 10:35 a.m. (Alaska time) seismic activity at Pavlof Volcano increased to levels typically associated with low-level eruptive activity and it is possible that an eruption of Pavlof Volcano may be in progress,” AVO staff wrote.

rest: http://www.adn.com/article/20160513/new-pavlof-volcano-rumblings-could-be-prelude-eruption

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 15, 2016, 06:07:34 pm
5 volcanoes erupt simultaneously on May 14, 2016: Pavlof (USA), Santa Maria (Guatemala), Kluchevskoy (Russia), Sinabung (Indonesia), Nyiragongo (Congo)



Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 18, 2016, 09:22:47 pm
Major Eruption Imminent? Earthquake Swarms Reported At Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier And Mt. St. Helens

Is an eruption of one or more of the major volcanoes in the northwest United States imminent?  In recent days, very large earthquake swarms have been reported at Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens.  It is certainly not unusual for each of these volcanoes to experience earthquake swarms from time to time, but right now we are seeing this happen at all three volcanoes simultaneously, and this comes at a time when seismic activity along the Ring of Fire is on the rise all over the planet.  If you have followed my work for a while, then you probably already know that I have been consistently warning that an eruption of Mt. Rainier is coming, and of course Mt. Hood and Mt. St. Helens are exceedingly dangerous volcanoes as well.  If any one of the three were to erupt on a massive scale, it would instantly become the biggest news story of the year. (Read More...)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 23, 2016, 06:05:23 pm
Costa Rica volcano erupts violently, spewing ash, column of smoke: hundreds seek medical help

Earthquakes return to Iceland’s Bárðabunga volcano – sudden rise in activity surprises geologists

Seven killed in violent eruption from Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 24, 2016, 01:06:52 am
40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now As The Crust Of The Earth Becomes Increasingly Unstable

Have you noticed that our planet has begun to shake, rattle and roll? Over the past few days we have seen major volcanic eruptions in Costa Rica and Indonesia, and according to Volcano Discovery more than 40 volcanoes around the planet are erupting right now as you read this article.

Meanwhile, earthquakes continue to shake the globe with alarming regularity. Just last week, Ecuador was hit by a magnitude 6.7 earthquake and a magnitude 6.8 earthquake in rapid succession. Overall, there have been nearly 3,000 earthquakes of magnitude 1.5 or greater within the past month globally. So yes, I write constantly about the rapidly accelerating deterioration of our financial system, but the coming "collapse" is not just about money.

I am convinced that we are entering a "perfect storm," in which a confluence of factors will absolutely cripple society and bring about changes that most of us would not even dare to imagine right now.

Let's talk about the volcanic eruptions that we have seen in recent days. The eruption down in Costa Rica took authorities completely by surprise, and a thick layer of dust and ash is coating vehicles and buildings 30 miles away in the capital city of San Jose:

    A volcano has erupted in central Costa Rica, belching smoke and ash up to 3,000m (9,840ft) into the air.

    Hundreds of people have gone to hospital, complaining of breathing difficulties and skin problems.

    Some schools were shut and some flights into the country cancelled or diverted.

    People in the capital San Jose, about 45km (30 miles) west of the Turrialba volcano, said layers of ash had coated buildings and cars and there was a fierce smell of sulphur.

Leading up to this eruption, there were "swarms of small earthquakes" in the vicinity of the volcano, but scientists assured the public that these earthquake swarms were "not signs of an imminent eruption."

Keep that in mind, because later in the article I am going to show you something.

But first let us talk about the other major eruption that is happening right now. Down in Indonesia, Mount Sinabung has violently erupted, and this is causing all sorts of chaos.

    The death toll from a volcanic eruption in western Indonesia has climbed to six, an official said Sunday, with fears more could have been trapped by the hot ash.

    Three people also remain in a critical condition after Mount Sinabung, a highly-active volcano on Sumatra island, unleashed a series of fresh eruptions on Saturday afternoon, disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.

    "Nine people were struck by the hot clouds. Six died, and three others remain critical with burns," he said, adding the injured had been taken to hospital.

According to one report, "torrents of lava" are pouring out of the volcano, and this is just one example of how volcanoes that were once considered to be "inactive" are coming to life all over the world. In fact, prior to 2010, Mount Sinabung had been dormant for about 400 years.

Meanwhile, there is "unprecedented" activity at Iceland's very dangerous Baroabunga volcano. This one is not erupting quite yet, but we definitely want to keep an eye on it, because a major eruption there would have serious implications for Europe.

To finish this article, I would like to provide an update to a piece that I posted last week on End of the American Dream. Just prior to the eruption of the Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, there were significant earthquake swarms in the vicinity of the volcano. Well, the exact same thing is happening at three major volcanoes in the United States right now.

I would like to share three images with you that come from Google Earth via the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network. This first image shows the earthquake activity that has taken place in the area around Mt. St. Helens in recent days. Over the past month there have been 95 earthquakes in the region, and most of them have been centered right along the core of the volcano.

This next image shows what has been happening at Mt. Rainier. Those that follow my work closely already know that I consider it to be the most dangerous mountain in America and that I believe that a major eruption of the volcano is coming in the not-too-distant future. There have been 36 earthquakes at Mt. Rainier over the past month, and once again most of them have occurred right along the core of the volcano.

Mt. Hood is also a very dangerous volcano. There have been 126 earthquakes in the vicinity of Mt. Hood in recent days, and in this image you can see that the earthquakes have been centered very tightly on a spot on the south face of the mountain. This is alarming because it was also the south side of Mt. St. Helens that violently erupted back in 1980.

When there are major volcanic eruptions or major earthquakes in other parts of the globe, many Americans don't seem to care too much because they don't think that this rise in global seismic activity is any sort of a threat to them personally.

But the truth is that the entire west coast of the United States lies along the Ring of Fire, and virtually every other section of the Ring of Fire is roaring to life these days.

At some point, there will be historic earthquakes on the west coast.

At some point, there will be historic volcanic eruptions on the west coast.

Scientists assure us that these things are inevitable.

So let us certainly hope for the best, but putting our heads in the sand and pretending that these dangers do not exist is not going to help matters one bit.

Get prepared while you still can, because at some point time will run out.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 24, 2016, 01:25:02 am
pastor Danny Castle has probably the best sermons on preaching/warning about hell - since the 2nd half of the 20th century, they've really targeted the youth in terms of all of this spiritual wickedness (ie, rock music, evolution, etc). This is one reason we're seeing hell enlargening herself now - like the rich man in Luke 16, we're seeing an astronomical amount of people underneath screaming for everyone to REPENT.

Too bad today's IFB churches (not all, but most) are not preaching biblical repentance (2nd Cor 7:11).

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on May 25, 2016, 01:08:28 pm

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on May 27, 2016, 07:01:45 pm
Two new lava breakouts at Kīlauea Volcano, Hawaii on May 24, 2016 (video)


Piton de la Fournaise eruption in Reunion on May 26, 2016


Six volcanoes erupt simultaneously around the world on May 24, 2016


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on June 18, 2016, 05:29:01 pm
Central Philippines volcano spouts massive ash column

A rumbling volcano in the central Philippines shot a huge column of ash into the sky on Saturday, prompting the official aviation agency to warn aircraft to stay away, authorities said. Mount Kanlaon, located on the central island of Negros, launched a plume of whitish-grey ash about 1.5 kilometres (almost a mile) into the air, said Kenn John Veracruz of the official Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology. 


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on July 08, 2016, 02:36:39 pm
4 volcanic explosions on July 7, 2016: Turrialba (Costa Rica), Alaid (Russia), Klyuchevskoy (Russia), Sinabung (Indonesia)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on August 05, 2016, 07:55:50 pm
Major Volcanoes Along The Ring Of Fire Are Going Off Like Firecrackers

So far this week, we have seen the most dangerous volcano in Mexico erupt, and three major volcanoes in Indonesia all erupted within the space of just 72 hours.  Mexico and Indonesia are both considered to be part of “the Ring of Fire”, and all along the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean volcanoes are starting to go off like firecrackers right now.  According to Volcano Discovery, 25 volcanoes in areas that are considered to be within the Ring of Fire have erupted recently.  Our planet appears to have entered a time of increased seismic activity, and those the follow my work regularly know that this is a theme that I revisit repeatedly.  Sadly, most Americans are not paying too much attention to this increase in seismic activity, but the truth is that it has very serious implications for the west coast of the United States.

It didn’t make a big splash in the mainstream media in the United States, but this week Mt. Popocatepetl erupted and coated homes and vehicles in Mexico City with a thick layer of volcanic dust.  And now some scientists are becoming concerned that this recent activity may be building up to “a major disastrous eruption”…

    Residents of Mexico City woke this morning to find ash coating cars and buildings after the Popocatepetl volcano belched out another toxic cloud.

    The volcano is considered one of the world’s most dangerous due to its proximity to the city with more than nine million inhabitants.

    Around 25 million people live within 62 miles of the crater of the 5,426-metre magma mount, who could also be affected.

    There are fears the peak is building towards a major disastrous eruption after activity increased over the past few years, although, it has been periodically erupting since 1994.

There is a very good reason why Mt. Popocatepetl is considered to be the most dangerous volcano in Mexico.  If there ever is “a major disastrous eruption”, millions upon millions of people will be directly affected and it will bring Mexico’s economy to a screeching halt.  The following comes from one of my previous articles…

Popocatepetl is an Aztec word that can be translated as “smoking mountain”, and more than 25 million people live within range of this extraordinarily dangerous mountain. Experts tell us that during the time of the Aztecs, entire cities were completely buried in super-heated mud from this volcano. In fact, the super-heated mud was so deep that it buried entire pyramids. In the event of a full-blown eruption, Mexico City’s 18 million residents probably wouldn’t be buried in super-heated mud, but it would still be absolutely devastating for Mexico’s largest city.

Meanwhile, the nation of Indonesia has been rocked by three significant volcanic eruptions in just a three day period…

    Giant clouds of ash engulfed the skies as Mount Sinabung became the third volcano to erupt in Indonesia, in the space of just three days.

    Mount Rinjani on Lombok island near Bali erupted on Monday, with the Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Gamalama in the Moluccas chain of islands following suit late yesterday.

There are approximately 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, but this is still very unusual even for them.

But of even greater concern for Indonesia (and for the rest of the planet) is the magnitude 5.8 earthquake that shook Mount Tambora on July 31st.  Back in 1815, an eruption at Mount Tambora was the largest that has ever been recorded, and there are concerns that this recent very large earthquake may be a sign that another mega-eruption is on the way.

If you are not familiar with the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, it was truly a historic event.  More than 70,000 people died from the immediate blast, and the climate of the entire planet was cooled substantially for years afterwards.  The following description of that eruption comes from Wikipedia…

    After a large magma chamber inside the mountain filled over the course of several decades, volcanic activity reached a historic climax in the eruption of 10 April 1815.[5] This eruption had a volcanic explosivity index (VEI) of 7, the only unambiguously confirmed VEI-7 eruption since the Lake Taupo eruption in about AD 180.[6] (The 946 eruption of Paektu Mountain might also have been VEI-7.)

    With an estimated ejecta volume of 160 km3 (38 cu mi), Tambora’s 1815 outburst is the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history. The explosion was heard on Sumatra, more than 2,000 km (1,200 mi) away. Heavy volcanic ash falls were observed as far away as Borneo, Sulawesi, Java, and the Maluku Islands.

The following year became known as “the year without a summer” because the global climate cooled down so dramatically.  There were crop failures all across the northern hemisphere, and as a result the world experienced the worst famine of the 19th century.

Someday, there will be another eruption of that magnitude at Mount Tambora or elsewhere along the Ring of Fire, and the world will experience another horrifying famine.

It is just a matter of time.

And let us not forget that the entire west coast of the United States also sits along the Ring of Fire.  In my novel and in my new book I warn about the coming eruption of Mt. Rainier.  But that is certainly not the only volcano on the west coast that we need to be concerned about.  In recent months there has also been increased seismic activity at Mt. Hood and at Mt. St. Helens.

We have been very fortunate not to have had any major volcanic eruptions in the continental United States since the eruption of Mt. St. Helens in 1980, but scientists assure us that we are well overdue for the next one.

In addition, the Yellowstone supervolcano may not be considered to be directly along the Ring of Fire, but it has also been exhibiting very strange behavior this year as well.  When it finally erupts, all of our lives are going to change in a single moment.

So there are definitely some big reasons why we should be concerned about all of these volcanoes that are currently erupting around the world.  It may not be tomorrow, but eventually Americans are going to see firsthand how a major volcanic eruption can permanently alter their lives.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on December 11, 2016, 05:21:40 pm
11 volcanoes erupting around the world last week. The volcanic unrest continues

Here are the following eruptions and ash emissions as mentioned in the weekly report by GVP dated 30 November-6 December 2016.

Turrialba, Costa Rica: 6th December.

Sinabung, Indonesia: 30th November.

Sheveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula: 25 November-2 December.

Reventador, Ecuador: 30 November-6 December.

Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia: 2nd December.

Kilauea, Hawaii: lava flows during 30 November-6 December.

Dukono, Indonesia: 30 November-6 December.

Bagana, Papua New Guinea: 3-6 December.

Sabancaya, Peru: 30 November-2 December and 5-6 December.

Langila, Papua New Guinea: 1-6 December.

Copahue, Chile-Argentina Border: 30 November-4 December and 6th December.

Some volcanoes show continuous activity, others have just erupted after a long dormant time. Compare with last week list!


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on February 28, 2017, 07:41:04 pm
The Scary State of Volcano Monitoring in the United States
Adrienne LaFrance

Thirteen days before Christmas, somewhere in the frigid waters of the Bering Sea, a massive volcano unexpectedly rumbled back to life. 

Just like that, Bogoslof volcano began its first continuous eruption since 1992, belching great plumes of ash tens of thousands of feet into the cold sky over the Aleutian islands, generating volcanic lightning, and disrupting air travel—though not much else.

The volcano is on a tiny island about 60 miles west of Unalaska, which is the largest city in the Aleutians. It has a population of about 5,000 people.

Bogoslof hasn’t quieted yet. One explosion, in early January, sent ash 33,000 feet into the air. Weeks later, another eruption lasted for hours, eventually sprinkling enough ash on the nearby city to collect on car windshields and dust the snow-white ground with a sulfurous layer of gray. Over the course of two months, Bogoslof’s intermittent eruptions have caused the island to triple in size so far, as fragments of rock and ash continue to pile atop one another.

Geologists don’t know how long the eruption will last. In 1992, the activity at Bogoslof began and ended within weeks. But more than a century ago, it erupted continuously for years. In the 1880s, volcano observers in the Aleutians had little but their own senses to track what was happening. Today, scientists use satellite data and thermal imagery to watch Bogoslof—signs of elevated temperatures in satellite data indicate that lava has bubbled to the surface, for example. But monitoring efforts are nowhere near what they could be. For the relatively remote Bogoslof, the absence of ground-level sensors is inconvenient, perhaps, but not necessarily alarming. Elsewhere, the dearth of volcano sensors poses a deadly problem.

There are at least 169 active volcanoes in the United States, 55 of which are believed to pose a high or very high threat to people, according to a 2005 U.S. Geological Survey report.
The flow of lava from Kilauea as photographed by a NASA satellite in 2014. (NASA / Reuters)

About one-third of the active volcanoes in the U.S. have erupted—some of them repeatedly—within the past two centuries. Volcanoes aren’t just dangerous because of their fiery lava. In 1986, volcanic gas killed more than 1,700 people in Cameroon. And one of the latest theories about the epic eruption at Pompeii, in 79 A.D., is that many people died from head injuries they sustained when boulders rained down on them.

Hawaii’s Kilauea, Washington’s Mt. St. Helens, and Wyoming’s Yellowstone all have extensive monitoring. But many volcanoes in the Cascades have only a couple of far-field sensors, several geologists told me. The Pacific Northwest, which includes high-population areas in close proximity to active volcanoes, is of particular concern for public safety.

“Most people in the U.S. perceive volcanic eruptions as rare, and [believe] that we’d be able to get advance notice because of the advance in science and instrumentation,” said Estelle Chaussard, an assistant professor of geophysics and volcanology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. “However, the massive eruption of Mount St. Helens, in Washington, was only 37 years ago, and it took until the volcano became active again in 2004 to start a truly comprehensive monitoring. ... This kind of assumption is therefore very dangerous, because most of our volcanoes are not as intensively monitored as we think they are or as they should be.”
Mount St. Helens spews steam and gray ash from a small explosive eruption in its crater on October 1, 2004.
(John Pallister / USGS / Reuters)

Almost half of the active volcanoes in the country don’t have adequate seismometers—tools used to track the earthquakes that often occur during volcanic eruptions. And even at the sites that do have seismometers, many instruments—selected because they are cheaper and consume less power—are unable to take a complete record of the ground shaking around an eruption, meaning “the full amplitude of a seismogram may be ‘clipped’ during recording, rendering the data less useful for in-depth analyses,” according to a 2009 report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

“Using satellite radar and other systems, it should be possible to systematically keep a close eye on most all hazardous volcanoes around the world,” said Roland Bürgmann, a professor of planetary science at the University of California at Berkeley. “Currently, some volcanoes in the U.S. and globally are well-monitored, but most are not.”

GPS helps fill in some of the gaps. As magma accumulates at the Earth’s surface, the ground bulges upward—and that bulge can be measured from space, using radar bounced off the ground. “That’s a big advance, because you don’t need sensors on the ground and, in theory, you could monitor all the Earth’s volcanoes,” said Paul Segall, a professor of geophysics at Stanford University. “The trouble is, there’s nothing up there that is designed to do that, and the orbital repeat times aren’t frequent enough to do a really good job.”

“In my view,” he added, “We haven’t even gotten up to bare bones, let alone more sophisticated monitoring.”
A plume from the Bogoslof eruption can be seen from Unalaska Island, 53 miles away from the volcano, on February 19, 2017.
(Janet Schaefer / AVO)

That’s part of why a trio of U.S. senators is reintroducing legislation aimed at improving the country’s volcano monitoring efforts. “For the past 34 years, we have experienced first-hand the threat of volcanic activity to our daily lives with the ongoing eruption at Kilauea,” Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii, said in a statement about the bill. “As recently as 2014, we had evacuations and damage to critical infrastructure and residences.”

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, on Hawaii’s Big Island, has been monitoring volcanoes since 1912—nearly four decades before Hawaii became a state. Today it’s considered one of the world’s leading observatories. Yet there’s little coordination between even the best observatories in the United States. The Senate bill calls for the creation of a Volcano Watch Office that will provide continuous “situational awareness of all active volcanoes in the U.S. and its territories,” and act as a clearinghouse for the reams of volcanic data that new sensor systems would collect.“Long-records of activity are especially important in volcano monitoring to successfully identify behaviors that differ from the ordinary,” Chaussard told me in an email, “and not all of our volcanoes have such records.”

“Essentially everything we do now is empirical,” Segall told me, “but most of the really dangerous volcanoes haven’t erupted in modern instrumental times.”

More data means a better opportunity to identify eruption warning signs, which Segall hopes could eventually make it possible to forecast volcanic activity the way we can predict severe weather like hurricanes. “I don’t know if it’s possible, but it seems a worthy goal,” he said. “We obviously have less ability to peer into the Earth as we do to peer into the sky.”


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 02, 2017, 06:12:55 pm
Is Something Strange Happening Inside The Earth?

Why are “giant fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life?  The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.  According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes either are erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens of others are stirring.  So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity?  Is something strange happening inside the Earth?

According to the USGS, magma is “molten rock underground”, and lava is molten rock “that breaks through the Earth’s surface”.  Right now, something is pushing magma up through the crust of the Earth at a number of key spots around the planet.  On the island of Sicily, the “giant fountains of lava” that are coming out of Mt. Etna can be seen 30 kilometers away…

Giant fountains of lava could be seen sprouting from the volcano, located on the isle of Sicily, as far away as Catania, around 30 kilometres away, and the resort town of Taormina.

The Meteorological Observatory in Nunziata said: “You can clearly see the lava fountains, although currently modest, as it escapes from the crater in the southeast.”

An orange air alert has been issued, meaning that airspace will remain open but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.

On the other side of the world, a constant stream of molten rock has been springing out of Guatemala’s “Volcano of Fire” since February 25th…

Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupted Saturday (Feb 25), spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach the capital, civil protection authorities said.

The Volcan de Fuego, one of the country’s three active volcanoes, is located about 45km southwest of the capital Guatemala City. It was the volcano’s second eruption this year.

And in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a “firehose of lava” has been pouring out of the Kilauea Volcano since December 31st.

Meanwhile, a number of large volcanoes that have been dormant for a very long time all over the world have started springing back to life.

For instance, the only active volcano in India has suddenly started “spewing lava and ash” after being silent for 150 years…

Barren Islands volcano, India’s only active volcano, is reportedly spewing lava and ash after a gap of 150 years. It erupted for about four hours in January, scientists from the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) claimed.

The volcano is situated in Barren Islands in the Andaman & Nicobar archipelago. Some unsubstantiated reports even claim that it is South Asia’s only active volcano.

Its first recorded eruption dates back to 1787. Since then, the volcano has erupted more than ten times, including the one this year.

At one time scientists would speak of “dead volcanoes”, but now we learning that it really isn’t safe to speak of any volcano as being completely “dead”.  So many of these long dormant volcanoes are roaring back to life, and why this is suddenly happening now is puzzling many of the experts.

And as you have seen, this isn’t isolated to just one or two geographic regions.  It literally is happening all over the globe.

Last month, Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung in the southern hemisphere erupted seven times in the space of a single day, and meanwhile authorities in the northern hemisphere were warning us that four of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes are preparing to erupt.

Indonesia and Iceland are about as far apart as you can get, and yet they are both being affected by this worldwide phenomenon.

Without a doubt, something definitely appears to be causing a significant increase in worldwide seismic activity.

Let’s talk about earthquakes for a moment.  A website known as the Big Wobble recently published an article that included two extraordinary maps.  The first map showed the number of major earthquakes from January 1900 to January 1917, and the second map showed the number of major earthquakes from January 2000 to January 2017.  The difference between the two maps was startling to say the least.

It is becoming extremely difficult to deny that something is happening to the crust of our planet, and many are becoming concerned about what we could soon experience if the level of seismic activity continues to rise.

We already talked about Mt. Etna, but a much greater threat in Italy appears to be awakening under the city of Naples.  A massive supervolcano known as “Campi Flegrei” is close to a “critical state”, and if it erupts the consequences will be beyond catastrophic.  The following comes from National Geographic…

A long-quiet yet huge supervolcano that lies under 500,000 people in Italy may be waking up and approaching a “critical state,” scientists report this week in the journal Nature Communications.

Based on physical measurements and computer modeling, “we propose that magma could be approaching the CDP [critical degassing pressure] at Campi Flegrei, a volcano in the metropolitan area of Naples, one of the most densely inhabited areas in the world, and where accelerating deformation and heating are currently being observed,” wrote the scientists—who are led by Giovanni Chiodini of the Italian National Institute of Geophysics in Rome.

If that supervolcano were to fully erupt, millions could die, the skies in the northern hemisphere would be darkened for months and the resulting “volcanic winter” would cause famines all around the globe.

And the same things could be said about the supervolcano that is awakening in North Korea too.

In the United States, we should be watching the volcanoes on the west coast for signs of trouble, and my regular readers know that I am particularly concerned about Mt. Rainier.  There is an eruption of Mt. Rainier in “The Beginning Of The End“, and it is in there for a reason.

Someday Mt. Rainier will erupt, and the horror that this will mean for the Northwest is beyond anything that I could put into words for you right now.

We live at a time when our planet is becoming increasingly unstable, and a major natural disaster could change all of our lives in a single moment.

Just because our lives have been somewhat “normal” for an extended period of time does not mean that they will always be this way, and those that are ignoring the rumblings of our planet do so at their own peril.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 08, 2017, 05:14:46 pm
Five new volcanoes erupt around the world: Red alert at Bogoslof (USA), eruptions at Reventador (Ecuador), strange lights above Popocatepetl (Mexico), Sabancaya (Peru), Kilauea (USA)


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on March 22, 2017, 06:19:45 pm
15 new volcanoes are erupting around the world right now

Here are the following eruptions and ash emissions as mentioned in the weekly report by GVP dated 8-14 March 2017.

Colima, Mexico: 3-9 March.

Bogoslof, Aleutian Islands: 7th and 13th March.

Bezymianny, Kamchatka Peninsula: 9th March.

Bagana, Papua New Guinea: 14th March.

Kliuchevskoi, Kamchatka Peninsula: 8th March.

Ebulobo, Indonesia: 12th March.

Nevados de Chillan, Chile: 7th and 11th March.

Kilauea, Hawaii: lava flows during 8-14 March.

Fuego, Guatemala: 9-14 March.

Ebeko, Kurile Islands: 3-10 March.

Dukono, Indonesia: 8th and 10-14 March.

Popocatepetl, Mexico: 8-11 March.

Sinabung, Indonesia: 8-14 March.

Sheveluch, Kamchatka Peninsula: 5th and 8-9 March.

Sabancaya, Peru: 8-14 March.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Psalm 51:17 on July 11, 2017, 06:08:18 pm
Mount Vesuvius on fire: People evacuated as smoke engulfs volcano, seen from Pompeii
Published time: 11 Jul, 2017 21:18
Edited time: 11 Jul, 2017 21:37

A huge blaze has broken out on the slopes of Italy's Mount Vesuvius and near the city of Naples, prompting an evacuation of tourists and local residents for the second time in a week.

The huge pillars of smoke from fires raging through the forests on the slopes of Vesuvius rose to more than 2 kilometers up in the air and were also 2 kilometers wide at the top, AP reports. Clearly visible from Naples, the smoke deceived some people into believing that the volcano was erupting.

The local weather channel 3B Meteo compared images of the fires with pictures of the volcano's most recent eruption in 1944, which destroyed three villages.

    Sembra l'eruzione del 1944... invece sono incendi di questo #11luglio
    ➡️ https://t.co/VqaN7ofmiQ 🔥#Vesuviopic.twitter.com/MdmXlJ4aYu
    — 3B Meteo (@3BMeteo) July 11, 2017

Many tourists, who were visiting the famous archeological site of the Ancient Roman city of Pompeii, not far from Naples, also witnessed huge clouds of smoke darkening the skies.

    Huge ongoing fire on Mount Vesuvius. The view of the smoke from Pompeii. pic.twitter.com/9iQRAffRqN
    — Nida (@nidssserz) July 11, 2017

    Impressive!! Mount #Vesuvius on fire! #Italy#Vesuvio#Pompeiipic.twitter.com/JsixOSntDI
    — Marco السلام (@meteorologo777) July 11, 2017

Some local residents turned to social media to say that ash from the fires fell in many neighboring towns.

    VIDEO: Huge fire on Mount #Vesuvius - #Naples. Ash fall in many towns. #Vesuvio#Italypic.twitter.com/RVffpSHMjz
    — Marco السلام (@meteorologo777) July 11, 2017

    when you think it's just cloudy but it turns out the vesuvius was on fire and that's all smoke, it's now raining ashes too pic.twitter.com/PSsxmOHf47
    — melania. (@MelaniaSpizuoco) July 11, 2017

According to some twitter posts, hundreds of people were evacuated from the area.

    ITALY - BREAKING: Huge Fire on On Mount #Vesuvius - #Naples. Hundreds of people evacuated. #Italy#Vesuviopic.twitter.com/WXkTK1bMx0
    — Terremoti Italia (@Terremoti7) July 11, 2017

The Italian Civil Protection Agency called the fire outbreak in the Vesuvius National Park one of the “most critical situations,” as reported by the Local.

    Vesuvius is on fire. Time to evacuate #Vesuvio#gotourpassports#lotsofwindpic.twitter.com/b6PFKxjJjR
    — @breffnidelea (@BreffniDelea) July 11, 2017

Fires broke out on the volcano's northeastern side, news agency Ansa reported, as well as in two locations on the southwest side, including Via Vesuvio in Herculaneum which was the scene of another blaze the previous week.

Some residents were evacuated from their homes on Monday, local media reported, adding that, on Tuesday, some restaurants, businesses and more homes were evacuated as a precaution.

    Mount Vesuvius is on fire today,huge clouds of smoke #Napoli#Italypic.twitter.com/Sw917L4qTr
    — Malika Zerguine (@ZerguineM) July 11, 2017

Italy has faced a large number of fires, following months drought and heat, and the situation is most serious in the south.

More than 600 firefighters and Civil Protection workers were tackling at least 100 active fires in the Italian region of Campania, where Vesuvius is located, on Tuesday.

Sicily has also been particularly severely hit by fires in recent days, with two large blazes breaking out at Enna near the center of the island and Messina at its most northeastern point, the Local reports.

Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on July 10, 2018, 06:46:25 pm
Kilauea’s heat triggering mass amounts of acid rain

Intense, hot air from the ongoing Kilauea eruption — combined with a drop in trade-winds — triggered 9.22 inches of rain containing sulfur dioxide to drench an isolated portion of the Lower East Rift Zone in the 24 hours that ended this morning at 8 a.m.

Intense, hot air from the ongoing Kilauea eruption — combined with a drop in trade-winds — triggered 9.22 inches of rain containing sulfur dioxide to drench an isolated portion of the Lower East Rift Zone in the 24 hours that ended this morning at 8 a.m.

“The heat coming out of the lava is making the air mass really unstable,” said National Weather Service meteorologist John Bravender. “We’re not seeing it all the time, but it’s cropping up part of the time.”

The forecast of a return to more conventional tradewind patterns mean heavy rains over the Lower East Rift Zone are likely to dissipate as early as tonight, Bravender said.

In the meantime, he said, as “the lava heats up and rises” it then cools higher in the atmosphere, turns into condensation, then falls as heavy rain that’s “just localized to the specific area where it’s most unstable,” Bravender said.

Tina Neal, scientist in charge of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, said ongoing emissions of sulfur dioxide from the eight-mile river of lava likely are falling as “acidic rain” downwind of fissure 8.

No measurements have been taken to determine the level of sulfur dioxide in the rainfall, Neal said.

But, she said, “that rain is acidic. … That likely is occurring.”

Also this morning, the ongoing collapse of Halemaumau Crater from the Kilauea eruption triggered another “explosive event” equal to a 5.3-magnitude earthquake, according to HVO.

As in past “explosive events,” the number of temblors suddenly dropped from 25 to 40 an hour to fewer than 10 an hour following the 9:21 a.m. shaking, which occurred during an operations meeting at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Scientists at HVO expect the number of earthquake-like events to increase over the next 24 hours until the next “explosive event” that’s expected sometime Tuesday as the rim and walls of Halemaumau continue to collapse.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat.

But all of the shaking on Friday opened up “a fairly large sinkhole” on Highway 11 leading into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has now been shuttered for 60 days, said park spokeswoman Jessica Ferracane.

Highway 11 had to be closed down to one lane as state Department of Transportation repair crews repaired the damage by this morning, which included the installation of a steel plate, Ferracane said.

Highway 11 now has a “noticeable big bump and dip” over the old sinkhole and cracks continue to appear in roads throughout the park, Ferracane said.


Title: Re: Active Volcanos
Post by: Mark on June 12, 2019, 04:37:28 am


Scientists warn Russian Bolshaya Udina volcano could erupt at any time and cause destruction on scale of Pompeii:A slumbering titan in Russia’s Far East could soon awaken.SQ:SLUMBERING TITAN ?LOOK UP WHO THE TITANS WERE


Indonesia warns of further eruptions after volcano spews ash
Indonesian officials warned on Monday against the prospect of further eruptions from an active volcano on the island of Sumatra after it emitted a huge column of ash, causing panic among residents. Mount Sinabung, which has seen a spike in activity since 2010, erupted for around nine minutes on Sunday, sending clouds of volcanic ash 7 km (4.4 miles) into the sky.