Jul 25

H/t reader squodgy:

“We mustn’t forget that the three concentrin rings showing the last three ‘supervolcano’ incidents at Yellowstone, have been on a reducing scale in that the last one was comparatively less in area than the second and so on, indicating that logically, should number four be triggered, whilst it will be a big issue, it SHOULD be of a much lower output than previously.”


24.07.2016

WARNING: We will NOT have enough time to prepare for volcanic super-eruption:

SCIENTISTS have warned that if a super-volcano were to erupt, we would not have enough time to save the planet and humanity.

Experts state that we would only have about one year warning if a mega volcano were to erupt catastrophically, putting all life on Earth at risk. Continue reading »

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Jul 25

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Pavlof volcano is on the brink of erupting

VOLCANO ALERT: Huge lava peak on brink of erupting any minute now:

A HUGE volcano in the US is on the brink of erupting, scientists have warned.

The violent Pavlof volcano, located in Alaska, erupted earlier this year, ploughing ash 37,000 feet into the air.

It is once again showing signs of activity, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), who said that the volcano is unpredictable and won’t give much warning if it is about to blow.

AVO research geologist Robert McGimsey said: “Pavlof is one of those volcanoes that can erupt without very much in the way of precursory activities.”

The AVO has increased the volcano warning code from green to yellow.

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Jul 18

Volcano on outskirts of Rome showing activity:

Long thought to be extinct, the Colli Albani Volcanic District, located just 19 miles (30 km) from downtown Rome, is waking up.

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The town of Castel Gandolfo overlooking Lake Albano, a small volcanic crater lake – Wikipedia

Using ground-based observations of rising land, earthquake swarms and steam vents along with satellite data to track Colli Albani’s activity, a team of researchers says the complex is overdue for an eruption.

The activity includes a  four-year earthquake swarm that began in 1991, and more recently, a volcanic vent that opened near Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport in 2013,

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Jun 23

Iceland’s Hekla volcano “ready to blow”:

A geophysics professor from the University of Iceland has warned people not to travel up Hekla volcano in South Iceland as it could erupt at any moment.

As reported by Icelandic news website visir.is (link in Icelandic), Hekla erupted regularly ever ten years or so from 1970 to 2000 – but has now been silent for sixteen years. Continue reading »

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Jun 05

Interactive Map of Active Volcanoes and recent Earthquakes world-wide

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May 24

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 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 more than 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.

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May 24

Seven killed as Mount Sinabung erupts

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May 21

Guatemala – Volcan de Fuego erupts

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May 17

THREE Volcanoes in Pacific Northwest Now Rumbling with Earthquakes

THREE Volcanoes in Pacific Northwest Now Rumbling with Earthquakes!

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May 06

Earthquake swarm continues at Mount St. Helens:

Small magnitude earthquake rates have been steadily increasing since March, reaching nearly 40 per week.

5 May 2016 – (Excerpts from USGS website) – Over the last 8 weeks, there have been over 130 earthquakes formally located by the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and many more earthquakes too small to be located. The earthquakes have low magnitudes of 0.5 or less; the largest a magnitude 1.3.  These earthquakes are too small to be felt at the surface. Continue reading »

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Apr 20

“Is “The Big One” imminent?”

And it is quite interesting to note that in 1906 there were major earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan that preceded the historic San Francisco earthquake.

On January 31st, 1906 an enormous magnitude 8.8 earthquake hit Ecuador, and that was followed by a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Japan on March 17th.

Of course most Americans have already heard about the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit San Francisco on April 18th of that year, but most people don’t understand that it came in the context of these other major quakes.


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The Shaking Continues: The Most Dangerous Volcano In Mexico Has Erupted In Spectacular Fashion:

More than 25 million people live in the vicinity of Mt. Popocatepetl, including Mexico City’s 18 million residents.  At 2:32 local time on Tuesday morning, the most dangerous volcano in Mexico roared to life in spectacular fashion, and this has many experts extremely concerned about what is coming next.  Popocatepetl is an Aztec word that means “smoking mountain”, and historians tell us that once upon a time entire Aztec cities were buried in super-heated mud from this volcano.  In fact, the super-heated mud flows were so deep that they buried entire Aztec pyramids.  A full-blown eruption of Mt. Popocatepetl would be a catastrophe unlike anything that modern Mexico has ever experienced before, and considering what has been happening in Ecuador, Japan and at Yellowstone over the past week, I believe that there is great reason for concern.

The eruption of Mt. Popocatepetl very early this morning took residents of the area very much by surprise.  The following is how one Mexican news course reported the newsContinue reading »

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Apr 06

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BREAKING NEWS: Yellowstone Public Seismographs Taken OFF-line – Wait ’til you see why!:

The public seismographs which monitor earthquakes in and around the Yellowstone super-volcano are presently OFFLINE, and the public is not presently able to see seismic activity there.

Being able to see what is taking place in and around Yellowstone is of great interest to many people because if there is a sudden flurry of earthquake activity, it COULD — but not necessarily — signal a pending eruption.

Since Yellowstone is the only “super volcano” on the North American continent, and is VERY geologically active, if an eruption were to actually take place, the western two-thirds of the United States would POTENTIALLY be hit with volcanic ash and a severe disruption of life.

So why are the public seismographs from the US Geological Survey (USGS) OFFLINE (to the public) today?  No one is providing any answers.

Even more peculiar, the privately-funded seismographs from the University of Utah . . . are also OFFLINE (to the public) right now.  No one is providing any explanation for this either.

After poking around to various folks involved in the University of Utah Seismic Center, one person at that facility “quietly” e-mailed us a single graphic image which gave us pause: Continue reading »

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Apr 03

H/t reader squodgy:

“Looks like something could be de-stabilising the crust.”


Pavlov Volcano Erupts in Alaska; Popocatepetl Volcano Erupts Near Mexico City – Enormous Pressure on Pacific Plate could mean CA Earthquake

Pavlov Volcano Erupts in Alaska - Popocatepetl Volcano Erupts Near Mexico City - Enormous Pressure on Pacific Plate could mean CA Earthquake

Two volcanoes are erupting on the Pacific “Ring of Fire” indicating a massive build-up of tectonic stress on the west coast of North America.  It began at 4:18 PM Alaska time (8:19 PM Eastern Time) when the Pavlov volcano on Alaska’s Aleutian Island Chain, blew ash, stone, dirt, smoke some four MILES into the air before lava began seeping out.

The US Geological Survey mentioned that the Pavlov Volcano, around 600 miles southwest of Anchorage, has erupted at 4.18pm local time.

The agency affirmed that the eruption led to tremors on the ground. It has raised the volcano alert level to ‘warning’ and the aviation warning to ‘red’. The USGS said that the Pavlov Volcano has 40 known eruptions.

Last time, it erupted in 2013 and at that time, the plumes rose 27,000 feet. Considered to be one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, other eruption on the Pavlov volcano has generated plumes as high as 49,000 feet.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory said, “As of 4:18 pm AKDT … ash was reportedly moving northward from the volcano. Seismicity began to increase from background levels at about 3:53 pm … with quick onset of continuous tremor, which remains at high levels”.

The volcano is around 7km in diameter and has active vents on the north and east sides close to the summit. Eruptive activity is characterized by sporadic Strombolian lava fountaining that continues to take place many months.

A report published in the ADN News said, “A volcano on the Alaska Peninsula has stirred with new activity this weekend, with volcanologists reporting an eruption Sunday afternoon that sent ash 20,000 feet into the air. The Alaska Volcano Observatory said on its website that the alert level had risen to warning and the aviation color code to red for the Pavlof Volcano, on the Alaska Peninsula about 30 miles northeast of the community of King Cove, and 36 miles from Cold Bay. The fresh eruptions, reported Sunday afternoon, raised the alert level from normal and the color code from green.

In a report published by the KTUU News, The Aviation Color Code has been raised to red and the Volcano alert has been raised to Warning.

Pavlof Volcano is located on the Alaska Peninsula about 37 miles away from Cold Bay and almost 600 miles away from Anchorage. “With over 40 historic eruptions, it is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc,” officials wrote. “Eruptive activity is generally characterized by sporadic Strombolian lava fountaining continuing for a several-month period.”

As per the research paper published by the study team, The USGS has raised the volcano alert level to “Warning” and the aviation warning to “Red.” The agency says the volcano, which is about 4.4 miles in diameter, has had 40 known eruptions and “is one of the most consistently active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc.” The USGS says that during a previous eruption in 2013, ash plumes rose 27,000 feet. Other eruptions have generated ash plumes as high as 49,000 feet.

Volcano-alert notifications are produced by Volcano Observatory scientists and are based on analysis of data from monitoring networks, direct observations, and satellite sensors. They are issued for both increasing and decreasing volcanic activity and include text about the nature of the unrest or eruption and about potential or current hazards and likely outcomes. Scientists describe a volcano’s status using the alert levels and color codes and issue different types of notifications to address specific information needs. All notifications are publicly available.

Volcano Activity Notice (VAN)-Announces alert-level changes or significant volcanic activity within an alert level; covers all volcanic hazards-lahars (volcanic mudflows), lava flows, ashfall, airborne ash, pyroclastic flows.

Hours later, the he Popocatepetl volcano which is located 70 kilometers from Mexico City, showed signs of life. That became clear when an ash cloud of up to two kilometers was put away the air. People who live nearby, are advised to cover their mouth and nose with a damp towel. In addition, no one within twelve kilometers arrive at the volcano for safety reasons. Some sixteen years ago, the Popocatepetl erupted for the last time out, requiring as many as 40,000 to be evacuated. Mexico has 3,000 volcanoes, of which 14 are active.

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The occurrence of these two volcanic eruptions signals the Pacific Tectonic Plate, which basically “floats” is now pressing heavily against its northern and southeastern boundaries.  That’s causing pressure to be released from the two volcanoes.  It also means there must necessarily be tremendous pressure along the eastern boundary, pressing-up against California.  The potential for this to trigger a large earthquake along the US west coast is therefore greater.

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Mar 29

The volcanic peak Copahue Chile is the fourth volcano to erupt around the world in the last couple of days

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Mar 06

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Lava lake activity in Masaya’s Santiago crater increasing, Nicaragua:

The activity of the lava lakes in Masaya’s Santiago crater is increasing. According to INETER, volcanic tremor remained high and Real-time Seismic Amplitude Measurement (RSAM) values were at high to very high levels during February 20 – March 1, 2016.

On February 23, small explosions ejected spatter onto the crater floor. Volcanologists observed active lava lakes in all three vents on the crater floor, and noted that the inner walls of the crater were being eroded due to the lava lake and a new vent was forming on the SE part of the crater floor. Continue reading »

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Feb 06

Volcano Erupts “Spectacularly” 50km From Japanese Nuclear Plant:

Last August, in a hilarious example of bad timing, Japan restarted its first nuclear reactor since the Chernobyl redux at Fukushima just as a nearby volcano was set to erupt.

Sakurajima, one of the country’s most active volcanos, erupts almost constantly, but experts warned the next eruption could be “the big one”, so to speak. Continue reading »

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Jan 24

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The Popocatépetl volcano, just 35 miles from Mexico City and only 20 miles from nearby city Peubla 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.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science…

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Jan 21

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October 2015 sea-ice-melt location above Gakkel Ridge

Underwater volcanoes melting Arctic Ice, says geologist:

Powerful deep Arctic Ocean geological heat flow forces are melting the ice, says geologist James Edward Kamis.In an article entitled “Heat From Deep Ocean Fault Punches Hole in Arctic Ice Sheet,” Kamis punches his own holes in the “humans-are-melting-the-ice”chorus.

“A very interesting high temperature and low salinity hole has just been punched in the sea ice … directly above the deep ocean Gakkel Ridge Rift / Fault System,” wrote Kamis in early November. (The event Kamis is referring to took place on October 12, 2015.)

Massive amounts of heat pulsing from the earth

The Gakkel ridge is a gigantic chain of underwater volcanoes snaking 1,800 kilometers (1,100 miles) beneath the Arctic Ocean from the northern tip of Greenland to Siberia. Continue reading »

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Dec 04

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Mount Etna: Incredible video of the volcano erupting for first time in two years

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Oct 13

If we want to stop global warming, we need to shut down underwater volcanoes:

“The last 1 million years have been the coolest million years in the last 250 million years.”
– Ray Kraft

If we want to stop global warming, we need to shut down underwater volcanoes

By Ray Kraft

Wikipedia / Paleoclimatology has a good illustration of constant climate change over 500,000,000 years, with hundreds of cycles of global warming / cooling in the last 50 million years, and 10 cycles of global warming / cooling (“ice ages”) in the last 1 million years.

The last 1 million years have been the coolest million years in the last 250 million years, the long-term trendline has been cooling for 250 million years.

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No theory of climate change / global warming even begins to be credible UNLESS it plausibly explains the vast climate changes of the past fifty million years, at least, as global warmings and coolings and ice ages have come and gone and sea level has risen and fallen 400 feet or more again and again and again. Continue reading »

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Sep 29

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Underwater Volcanoes Heating the Arctic Ocean

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Sep 29

Peru’s Ubinas volcano erupts again – Video

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Aug 14

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Another ‘Explosion’, This Time In Ecuador (ZeroHedge, Aug 14, 2015)

 

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Aug 01

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MH370 ‘debris’ is not the biggest story on the island of Réunion – this volcanic eruption is (Independent, July 31, 2015):

Le Piton de la Fournaise volcano started erupting as investigations continued into part of a plane washed up on one of the island’s beaches

Much of the world may be awaiting news of the possible wreckage from MH370 today, but on the opposite side of the remote island where it was found, all eyes are on another story.

Piton de la Fournaise has started erupting , sending lava flows creeping down its flanks and spewing boiling gas into the air.

Officials warned of an imminent eruption at the Réunion volcano yesterday and evacuated the immediate area.

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Aug 01

Papua New Guinea Volcano Sends Ash up to 65,000 Feet High (Ice Age Now, Aug 1, 2015):

Manam volcano erupted on Friday, sending volcanic ash as high as 65,000 feet (19,812 m) into the sky, according to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Following the eruption, a Code Red aviation advisory was issued in the region, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.

The last time the 1,807-meter-high volcano erupted was in 2004, according to Accuweather.com.

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Jul 29

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Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia – July 27, 2015 (The Watchers, July 27, 2015):

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.

At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that traveled approximately 2.5 km (1.55 miles) towards the outskirts of the (already evacuated and destroyed) villages of Bekerah and Simacem, Volcano Discovery reports.

Video courtesy of Ingrid Smet / Volcano Discovery.

During July 18 to 19, BNPB reported pyroclastic flows traveled 2.5 -3 km (1.86 miles) E and SE, ash plumes rose as high as 1 km (0.62 miles), and lava was active as far as 1.5 km (0.93 miles) SE. Seismicity was high and the lava dome continued to extrude. Continue reading »

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May 29

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Japan volcano violently erupts without warning — Gov’t issues highest level alert for first time — Reuters: “Smell of sulfur, smoke blacked out sky… Officials warn of more big eruptions” — Expert: “I don’t think this is finished… We could see a more powerful eruption” — Upsurge in volcanic activity linked to 3/11 quake (VIDEO) (ENENews, May 29, 2015):

NBC News (emphasis added): Volcano Violently Erupts… in a towering plume of thick, black smoke almost six miles high and a shower of fiercely hot rock… NHK broadcast a bulletin showing smoke billowing over Mount Shindake, which the Japanese Meteorological Agency said erupted violently… Sadayuki Kitagawa, director of the Meteorological Agency’s volcanology division, characterized the eruption as one of “explosive power,” with a smoke plume rising 9,000 meters, or almost 30,000 feet, from the crater… He said the alert level of 5, the highest on the scale, was being maintained because more powerful eruptions are possible.

USA Today: A violent volcanic eruption in southern Japan forces scores of people to evacuate and shoots a huge column of ash high into the air… in spectacular fashion… The Japan Meterological Agency raised the volcano alert level to five, the highest on its scale.

Reuters: [Residents] described a smell of sulfur and clouds of smoke that blacked out the sky. Ash blanketed lower slopes and fell like snow on Yakushima, 12 km (7 miles) to the east… Smoke shot more than 9,000 meters (29,000 feet) into the sky and officials warned of more big eruptions and urged “extreme caution”… It was not clear if the eruption would affect the restart of Kyushu Electric Power’s Sendai nuclear plant, which on Wednesday cleared the last of the nuclear regulator’s safety hurdles… Mount Shindake was dormant for 34 years until last year. Japan is one of the world’s most seismically active countries and there has been an upsurge in volcanic activity in recent weeks, which volcanologists said may be linked to the big 2011 earthquake.

Yomiuri Shimbun: Massive eruption on Kuchinoerabu… The agency raised the volcanic alert… to Level 5… This is the first time for the agency to issue the highest-level warning since the current alert system was introduced in 2007… On May 23, the agency detected a volcanic earthquake [but] found no significant developments in observation data, the official said. “There were no signs of this eruption

Guardian: Shindake erupts without warning

Yomiuri Shimbun: Expert: Possibility eruption was magmatic… the direct ejection of magma… Setsuya Nakada, a professor at the University of Tokyo’s Volcano Research Center, said Friday’s eruption appeared to be magmatic after observing the height of its volcanic column and the way its pyroclastic flows had been generated.

AP: A volcano erupted in spectacular fashion… spewing out rocks and sending black clouds of ash 9 kilometers (5.6 miles) into the sky… The agency raised the alert level… to five, the highest on its scale… The eruption [of Mount Ontake] last September… killed 57 people. Setsuya Nakada [said this] eruption on Kuchinoerabu was stronger than Mount Ontake’s.

Nakada: “This sort of activity has continued [since 3/11]… Probably the eruptions will continue.”

Prof. Ryusuke Imura, specialist in volcanic geology at Kagoshima Univ.: “I don’t think this is finished. The activity could continue and we could see another, more powerful eruption.”

Sadayuki Kitagawa, JMA official: “More strong and large scale explosions could happen.”

Watch NHK’s broadcast here

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May 16

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40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire (Economic Collapse, May 14, 2015):

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?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…

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Apr 23

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Surreal! Sunset turns massive Calbuco eruption into amazing scene (IMAGES) (RT, April 23, 2015):

The record-breaking volcanic eruption in southern Chile is dramatically altering skies, as spectacular views emerge of white plumes creeping miles up into the sky after coloring the night orange. A second blast took place hours ago.

Nature’s colossal power was aptly demonstrated by Calcubo, which erupted a second time just a few hours ago, with agencies reporting a stronger eruption than the first.

An electrical storm mixed with the raging spurts of lava overnight to create what looked like the jaws of hell opening to swallow the surrounding landscape.

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In scenes reminiscent of the movie Independence Day, white mushroom disks adorned the daytime skies, slowly claiming the city of Puerto Varas for their own.

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Mar 20

H/t reader squodgy:

“To take our minds off Fukushima, the Economy & WWlll, here’s another….”


3/19/2015 — West coast US eruption? Mt. Hood Volcano in Oregon sends signals of activity — USGS installing new equipment (DutchSinse, March 19, 2015):

USGS installing new CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas monitoring equipment on Mount Hood Volcano in Oregon.  ( the equipment also can measure SO2 / sulfur dioxide).


Screenshot below from Google Earth shows Mount Hood in the foreground, and the multiple other large volcanic peaks located due North.

Just across the border from Oregon’s Mt. Hood, resides the much more famous Mount St. Helens.

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As seen in the above screenshot, Mount St. Helens, Mount Rainier, and Mount Adams, as well as West Crater, and Indian Heaven all are within a very short distance from Mount Hood. Continue reading »

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