Blood-red sea as underwater volcano erupts off Tonga, ash delays flights


SYDNEY Mon Jan 12, 2015 9:43pm EST

(Reuters) – An underwater volcano off Tonga was spewing ash high into the air on Tuesday, causing several carriers to suspend air travel to the South Pacific island nation and turning the surrounding ocean blood red, residents and officials said.

The Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano, located about 65 km (40 miles) north of the capital Nuku‛alofa, was sending volcanic ash up to 4,500 meters (14,765 feet) into the air, the Wellington Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VAAC) said.

The volcano, which first erupted in 2009, had been rumbling in recent weeks before exploding violently in the past few days, The New Zealand Herald newspaper reported.

An Air New Zealand flight between Auckland and Nuku‛alofa on Monday was diverted to Samoa and later returned to New Zealand because of the volcano, the airline said in a statement.

A return service had been scheduled to fly on Tuesday, the airline said, but had been canceled because of volcanic activity. The volcano was not disrupting flights to other regions, it said.

Regional carrier Fiji Airlines also turned around a flight to Tonga on Monday, citing safety concerns, and domestic flights were grounded in Tonga.

Residents in Tonga described a spectacular sight, with the enormous plume from the volcano shooting high into the sky and a muddy discharge underwater turning areas of the sea off the island blood red.

“I feel it is healthily letting off steam but it is growing … the base has doubled in size since December 24 when we first saw it again. And it’s getting higher,” resident Chris Egan told the Stuff.nz website.

“This one will not give up.”

There was no damage reported and New Zealand’s VAAC said the ash cloud was expected to dissipate by the end of Tuesday.

(Editing by Paul Tait)

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/13/us-tonga-volcano-idUSKBN0KM05U20150113

More incredible eruption photo’s here

 

Cape Verde Volcano Fogo Portela Destruction 2014 – Lava zerstört Häuser von Portela Fogo, Kapverden


Destruction of houses 2014 in Cha das Caldeiras, Portela (Cape Verde Fogo island), in the second half of this video you see the lava destroying a house completely. (06-12-2014)

Zerstörung der Häuser in Portela, Cha das Caldeiras 2014 (Kapverden, Fogo). In der zweiten Hälfte dieses Videos sieht man wie die Lava ein Haus komplett zerstört. (06.12.2014)

Volcano Update January 9, 2014


Popocatepetl volcano erupts in Mexico emitting gas and ash some two miles in the sky. 12/31/14
Source: NBC News.
http://www.nbcnews.com/watch/nbc-news…

Jan 4, 2015 | Japan: Sakurajima Volcano Eruption [ 桜島 ]

1/09/2015 — Lava Flow breakout upslope from Pahoa — moving new direction towards Ainaloa

An update from the USGS, and the County of Hawaii has been released. The #punalavaflow is moving in a new direction taking the main bulk of the flow slightly away from the downtown marketplace , more towards Ainaloa (town).
New up close video of the lava flow has been released by the County of Hawaii shows outbreaks of the flow further up slope. The USGS has confirmed the new direction of the flow in their most recent website update here:
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/ind…
Quote the USGS:

“Kīlauea’s East Rift Zone lava flow has not advanced any closer to Pahoa Marketplace, but is still active. Breakouts were also active near the True/Mid-Pacific geothermal well site, and along the distal 3 km (2 miles) of the flow, where a narrow lobe has been advancing toward the north-northeast.

The north-northeast lobe is following a drainage that leads to the steepest-descent path that crosses Highway 130 about 1 km (0.6 mi) south of the Makuʻu Farmer’s Market. The flow, however, is still 3.5 km (2.2 mi) upslope from that spot and moving slowly.

Be sure to check Earthspace103’s channel for regular updates on this event and other earth changes related news:
http://www.youtube.com/earthspace103
http://www.youtube.com/earthsky102
Credit to the County of Hawaii :
Hawaii Volcano Observatory updates, and Civil Defense alerts can be found here:
http://hvo.wr.usgs.gov/multimedia/ind…
and here:
http://www.hawaiicounty.gov/active-al…
Request a copy of the original video directly from:
County of Hawai‘i Standard Hours of Operation: 7:45AM – 4:30PM.
For general information and assistance, please call (808) 961-8223 or email cohinfo@co.hawaii.hi.us. TDD number is (808) 961-8521.

PAHOA VILLAGE, Cemetary Road and Downtown – Drive Through and Civil Defense Update 11/14/14


Many of us are very thankful to whomever filmed and posted this Sept video drive through of Pahoa before the lava flow crossed Cemetery Rd. The footage is already history, as is evident in the second video dated Nov 14  where the road is gone, the transfer station was breached, a home burned down and even more breakouts are occurring west of the main lava flow in non-residential areas.  I lived less than two miles due east of the main flow in Leilani Estates, a neighborhood which fortunately  appears to be safe for now. 

It’s quite surreal watching this unfold from a distance, when living in Pahoa 4yrs was profoundly healing and literally transformational in every respect. I’ve longed to go back to lend support, but $300 airfares for inter-island travel are out of the question for most of us.  But, a piece of my heart will always be there…

Much love and aloha, Annette

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Took a drive in and around Pahoa Town…. September 17th 2014… Wanted to get another first hand look at the topography surrounding the area where lava may cross through… Watch In HD!

Downtown Pahoa starts around the 7:32 mark… Post office and downslope? at 9:33 ….mahalos for watching.

Civil Defense Eruption Update – November 14, 2014
Big Island Video News

Oct 25  Flyover of Pahoa lava flow. At the very beginning of the video a rainbow appears to end/begin at the transfer station, where the flow burned thru the fencing and melted a little asphalt before coming to a stop. Interesting synchronicity to note.  Almost as tho the rainbow laid energetic protection down at the station as a stopping point…

Never underestimate the magic of the land on these magnificent isles, where nature is vibrantly alive with consciousness.

Morning Lava Update, Thursday, Nov. 13 ~ Big Island News


Note: The transfer station below was fairly new, it opened a year or so after I moved there in 2010. It’s a nice facility for local residents, with any luck it’ll just get grazed with a good singe and they won’t have to build a new one.

Right now, it looks like the recycle stations taking a hit and lava’s encroaching from behind one of the two main trash receptacles..

(ABOVE PHOTO) UPDATE: New photos show lava entering the transfer station on Thursday morning, courtesy Ena Media Hawaii (Nov. 13, 2014)

NEWS BRIEFS

  • Civil defense reports the three breakouts remain active and continue to advance uplsope of the stalled flow front.
  • The breakout near the transfer station continues to fill into the driveway area to the rear and south side of the facility and is burning the asphalt road material.
  • Smoke conditions are currently moderate to heavy, and blowing in a north northeast direction towards the Ainaloa, Hawaiian Paradise Park and Keaau areas.
  • UPDATE: Post Office Road in Pahoa has been reopened to two way traffic.

Lava continues to enter transfer station area. Photo courtesy Ena Media Hawaii on Nov. 13, 2014.

The view from above Apa'a Street looking downslope towards Pahoa Village. Photo courtesy Ena Media Hawaii on Nov. 13, 2014.

View over the flow field looking upslope. The transfer station is seen near the center of the photo. Courtesy Ena Media Hawaii on Nov. 13, 2014.

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2014/11/13/morning-lava-update-thursday-nov-13/

10/29/2014 ~ New Eruption at Bárðarbunga Volcano in Iceland ~ Miles across Caldera


Note: A better perspective instead of a massive eruption would be to visualize Gaia slowly releasing the pressure to avoid a cataclysmic event. That’s what she’s been doing up until now, she appears to be maintaining balance as she moves through cleansing all the negative energy stored in her Earth body stemming from very dense human consciousness levels over the last several thousand years.

Breaking news out of Iceland.. a NEW eruption (new volcanic fissure) has opened up miles away from the original volcanic rift which formed near the Bardarbunga caldera.

website post with links here:

http://dutchsinse.com/10292014-new-er…
October 29, 2014 — This 3hr time lapse video (sped up 40X) from 5pm – 8pm (Iceland local time) shows the new volcanic plume rising very close to the stationed webcam.

http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams…

The new volcanic fissure must be forming along the slopes of the mountain top which the webcams reside upon. I would say this new fissure forming is rather unexpected, due to its proximity to the cameras.

This new fissure is currently melting the icesheet / snow / glacier above it, causing large amounts of steam to rise, mixed with volcanic gas.. forming a plume of dark smoke/steam reaching out across the volcanic basin of Bardarbunga.

No “glow” from the new rupture is visible (yet), however unless the lava below stops rising, we can be certain this new rift will behave like the original rupture has over the past 2 months.

Having a new fissure forming miles away from the original (and still heavily active) rupture, which is seen glowing in the background, is something we need to keep watch upon.

If any more areas begin to rupture, we might be looking at a large scale eruption following the weakening of the crust above the magma chamber showing such large scale unrest.

See the eruption as it began in September 2014 here:

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Red Hot Lava Flow Edging Toward Hawaiian Town


PHOTO: A lava flow is threatening homes and a town on the Big Island of Hawaii.

A lava flow threatening homes and a town on the Big Island of Hawaii has gained speed in recent days, advancing more than five football fields in just the last 48 hours.

Hawaii civil defense authorities and scientists are closely monitoring the lava’s progress, which is steadily encroaching on the small town of Pahoa and several Big Island subdivisions. The flow is now less than a mile from Pahoa, Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira said Thursday.

Oliveira said changes in topography may help slow or change the path of the red-hot lava flow, which emerged from the Kilauea volcano East Rift Zone on June 27 and has traveled roughly 11 miles since then.

PHOTO: The lava flow from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has advanced more than five football fields in the last 48 hours.

ABC News
PHOTO: The lava flow from Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has advanced more than five football fields in the last 48 hours.

Authorities now say they are preparing for the inevitable. About 10,000 residents on the island could be affected, Oliveira said. When the lava gets too close — and Oliveira says he doesn’t yet know when that is — the plan is to give residents three to five days warning before they need to evacuate.

“We’d like to allow people adequate time to make whatever plans they need to make on a comfortable timeline,” Oliveira said.

PHOTO: The ABC News crew stands by the lava flow in Hawaii.

ABC News
PHOTO: The ABC News crew stands by the lava flow in Hawaii.

Authorities said the lava traveled 425 yards from Wednesday morning to Thursday morning. The lava devoured another 130 acres of terrain by Thursday afternoon, officials said.

Emergency roads are already being constructed in case the lava cuts off people living in the lower Puna area. Power company officials began efforts Thursday to protect electrical transmission lines.

PHOTO: About 10,00 residents in Hawaii might be forced to evacuate their homes as lava continues to flow from the Kilauea volcano.

ABC News
PHOTO: About 10,00 residents in Hawaii might be forced to evacuate their homes as lava continues to flow from the Kilauea volcano.

Big Island residents are used to living with one of the world’s most active, and sometimes destructive, volcanos. Since the current eruption began in 1983, unstoppable lava flows have added 500 new acres to the island and destroyed at least 181 homes, a visitor center, a church and a community center, according the National Park Service.

Oliveira says past efforts to slow or divert lava flows simply don’t work, and can create more problems.

PHOTO: Molten lava can be seen in between the cracks of these rocks in Hawaii.

ABC News
PHOTO: Molten lava can be seen in between the cracks of these rocks in Hawaii.

“Any redirecting of the flow would likely push it into another subdivision in another area, basically putting new properties at risk that would not have been at risk before,” Oliveira told ABC News.

“If we divert it, we are going to push it into someone else’s backyard,” he said.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/red-hot-lava-flow-edging-hawaiian-town/story?id=26420794

9/16/2014 — (1080p HD) AMAZING Volcanic Eruption and Lava Flows in Iceland


Watch in HD if possible! (original version was lower resolution).

Amazing video released by the RUV (Icelandic Geologic Agency). Showing several minutes worth of lava flows occurring at Icelands Bardarbunga Volcano. The first two weeks of September proving phenomenal for anyone who studies volcanism.

Full website post with links here:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/916…
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Last week, a TORNADO formed over the lava flows, producing a toxic, boiling hot vortex of Sulfur Dioxide. Watch that video here:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/909…

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Bardarbunga Volcano still going stong, currently picking up in intensity..

Watch the live stream here:

http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams…

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The Icelandic Geologic Agency (RUV) has provided multiple HD videos of these impressive lava flows occurring from a new volcanic fissure which opened up a few miles from the original Bardarbunga caldera.

All videos publicly accessible here:

http://www.ruv.is/

http://www.ruv.is/frett/video-of-the-…

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This video is a repost.

This original video was FLAGGED DOWN by “euronews”, falsely claiming they “own” the rights to the public RUV Icelandic agency lava footage. I’ve made 100% sure this footage is public domain, released by RUV itself (the icelandic version of the USGS).

It was my most popular video this month, took down. Last month, they took down the Mexico crack / fissure in the ground video, my most popular video last month. Meanwhile everyone elses video showing the same thing still stands (and they’re even running ads on their videos no less!)

Big Island Morning Lava Flow Update – Wednesday, Sept. 24


Note: In August the neighborhood I lived in on the big island, Leilani Estates was hardest hit by hurricane Iselle. Now, two months later lava encroach’s upon the area. Needless to say, I’m soooo grateful for the guidance and direction to move residence to Kauai last January. Right now, the lava movement appears to be taking a break but residents in the area must be a bit unnerved right now. Sending prayers top Pele to cool the flow…


 

(ABOVE PHOTO) Still image taken from video shot by Mick Kalber of a Sept. 22 overflight aboard Paradise Helicopters

NEWS BRIEFS

  • The leading surface lava flow has not advanced since yesterday, according to a civil defense overflight this morning.
  • The small breakout flow upslope along the north flank of the leading edge has moved 100 yards since yesterday. Its heading northeast and does not pose an immediate threat to area communities, civil defense reports.

PRIMARY SOURCES

This map was posted by Hawaii County Civil Defense on Wednesday, Sept. 24. Close-up insert on top, wide out below. Full map can be found on the Civil Defense Active Alert website.

Courtesy Hawaii County Civil Defense. Posted Wednesday, Sept. 24

Courtesy Hawaii County Civil Defense. Posted Wednesday, Sept. 24

http://www.bigislandvideonews.com/2014/09/24/morning-lava-flow-update-wednesday-sept-24/

Dutchsinse 9/21/2014 ~ Glacier breaks off Mt. Shasta Volcano in North California – Lahar mud flow


Glacier breaks off Mount Shasta Volcano in North California — Lahar mud flow …… Full post with links here:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/921…

September 21, 2014

A lahar mud flow occurred from the Southeast flank of Mt. Shasta in Northern California.

The professionals are vexed at the moment, however I have a suspicion that some will soon realize this is related to volcanic / seismic activity in the region.
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Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano impressive lava video:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/916…

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Fracking induced (man made) earthquakes:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/?s=…
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Mount Saint Helens magma chamber recharging:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/512…

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Yellowstone confirmed rising fast:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/410…

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Salton Sea confirmed to be recharging its magma chamber, and elevated to “active” status:

http://dutchsinse.tatoott1009.com/327…

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Philippines volcano Mt. Mayon erupted this week:
http://nypost.com/2014/09/17/volcano-…

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Indonesias Mt. Slamet erupting now:

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/video/raw-v…

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New Lava flows in Hawaii prompt Civil Defense Alerts 2nd week of September 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gn_6V…

Unknown orange/red glow over Pacific Ocean – August 24, 2014


 Note: Beautiful photos! From what I can determine, this was a major undersea volcanic eruption, flanked by the northern lights in the skies. There’s a large chain of volcano’s that have been erupting over the last couple years in Eastern Russia which are probably connected the same a magma pool under the ocean. In addition, in the last few days there have been major earthquakes on the pacific rim that were likely influenced by an earthbound G2 class solar flare last week, then 2 smaller M-class flares followed 3-4 days later and another M5 flare on the 24th.

As a result of all the solar energy in the atmosphere, last week a Russian astronaut from the ISS said he’s never seen aurora borealis so big, bright and beautiful. Apparently these pilots witnessed a rare combination event…

I was talking with a close friend today about the suns energy over the last week, how hard it’s been to integrate… He’s also been slammed with energy, like being hit with a fire hose. So the earth is feeling the same thing and releasing the pressure thru the valves. It’s all good because it’s shifting things to cleanse and move to a higher level.

Last night over the Pacific Ocean, somewhere South of the Russian peninsula Kamchatka I experienced the creepiest thing so far in my flying career.
After about 5 hours in flight we left Japan long time behind us and were cruising at a comfortable 34.000ft with about 4,5 hours to go towards Alaska.
We heard via the radio about earthquakes in Iceland, Chile and San Francisco, and since there were a few volcanos on our route that might or might not be going off during our flight, we double checked with dispatch if there was any new activity on our route after we departed from Hongkong.
Then, very far in the distance ahead of us, just over the horizon an intense lightflash shot up from the ground. It looked like a lightning bolt, but way more intense and directed vertically up in the air. I have never seen anything like this, and there were no flashes before or after this single explosion of light.
Since there were no thunderstorms on our route or weather-radar, we kept a close lookout for possible storms that might be hiding from our radar and might cause some problems later on.I decided to try and take some pictures of the night sky and the strange green glow that was all over the Northern Hemisphere. I think it was sort of a Northern Lights but it was much more dispersed, never seen anything like this before either. About 20 minutes later in flight I noticed a deep red/orange glow appearing ahead of us, and this was a bit strange since there was supposed to be nothing but endless ocean below us for hundreds of miles around us. A distant city or group of typical Asian squid-fishing-boats would not make sense in this area, apart from the fact that the lights we saw were much larger in size and glowed red/orange, instead of the normal yellow and white that cities or ships would produce.
The closer we got, the more intense the glow became, illuminating the clouds and sky below us in a scary orange glow. In a part of the world where there was supposed to be nothing but water.
The only cause of this red glow that we could think of, was the explosion of a huge volcano just underneath the surface of the ocean, about 30 minutes before we overflew that exact position.
Since the nearest possible airport was at least 2 hours flying away, and the idea of flying into a highly dangerous and invisible ash-plume in the middle of the night over the vast Pacific Ocean we felt not exactly happy. Fortunately we did not encounter anything like this, but together with the very creepy unexplainable deep red/orange glow from the ocean’s surface, we felt everything but comfortable. There was also no other traffic near our position or on the same routing to confirm anything of what we saw or confirm any type of ash clouds encountered.

We reported our observations to Air Traffic Control and an investigation into what happened in this remote region of the ocean is now started.

Two photos included, hardly edited except for watermark and resize. Note that photos are taken with extremely high ISO (sensor sensitivity) so quality might be a bit poor. Also an overview of our route + marking of the location is included.

Now I’m just hoping that if a new island has been formed there, at least it can be named after me as the official discoverer. :)
That would be pretty cool!

UPDATE: Added 4 new photos and google-earth map with underwater geography
One of the photos shows our landing lights illuminating the sky ahead since we were afraid we might be encountering an ashcloud. We entered a thin layer of clouds 5 minutes after passing the red glow, but no ash was detected or encountered.

 

Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights underneath the clouds
Glowing lights underneath the clouds
Glowing lights underneath the clouds
Glowing lights underneath the clouds
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Glowing lights illuminating the nightly sky
Landinglights illuminate a thin layer of clouds after passing the lights
Landinglights illuminate a thin layer of clouds after passing the lights
The location of the sighting, as indicated by our navigation equipment
The location of the sighting, as indicated by our navigation equipment
Location of observation/possible eruption
Location of observation/possible eruption
Location of observation/possible eruption
Location of observation/possible eruption
Location of observation/possible eruption
Location of observation/possible eruption
Ocean chart with plot
Ocean chart with plot
Ocean chart with plot
Ocean chart with plot
The Ring of Fire - Pacific Rim
The Ring of Fire – Pacific Rim

 

http://www.pbase.com/flying_dutchman/pacific_eruption

Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupts, causing massive evacuation


GlobalPost.com

Mount Sinabung November 2013 eruption

Powerful burst of hot ash erupted from one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, Mount Sinabung in Karo district of North Sumatra, on Sunday evening, triggering massive evacuation, official disclosed here.

The eruption occurred only months after the volcano had erupted intermittently from September to February which left 15 people dead, more than 30,000 other internally displaced and a warning to aviation.

Sunday’s eruption occurred at 19:29 p.m. Jakarta time (1229 GMT) with 4,000 meter high column of ash spewed to the sky, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster agency said.

The hot ash slid into southeast of the crater by up to 4,500 meter, he said. “Until now, the number of evacuee chalks up to 14,382 people,” Sutopo told Xinhua via phone.

“The rise of seismic activity has been disseminated among people, hence the condition remains safe,” he added.

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.”

The volcano rumbled back in September 2013 after being dormant for 400 years. The Indonesian transport ministry warned flight to stay away from the path near the volcano.

http://www.sott.net/article/281129-Indonesias-Mount-Sinabung-erupts-causing-massive-evacuation

Signs Of Change The Past Week Or So ~ May 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqKcbDIyKdw

Village evacuated as Peru’s Ubinas volcano erupts


Ubinas volcano in southwest Peru erupts, sending smoke and ash into the air. It became active again in September 2013 after lying dormant for decades

A volcano in Peru that has not erupted 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 60 villagers from Querapi, near its base, to be relocated on Saturday, Ubinas town mayor Pascual Coaquira said.

“We are readying a shelter for refugees from the blasts,” he added, 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 evacuation.

See VIDEO

Seven Volcanoes In Six Different Countries All Start Erupting Within Hours Of Each Other


A new island has appeared in the Pacific. A submarine eruption just off Nishino-Shima Island Japan has erupted for the first time in 40 years. The Japanese Navy noticed the explosions as boiling lava met sea water giving rise to plumes of steam and ash.

Almost 7,000 miles away in Mexico, the Colima volcano blew its top after a period of relative calm. A steam and ash cloud rose two miles into the sky and the grumbling of the mountain could be heard in towns a few miles away.

In Guatemala the ‘Fire Mountain’ belched out lava and sent up a moderate ash cloud causing an ash fall over nearby towns. The explosions and shock waves occurring in the volcano can be felt by residents over 6 miles away. Doors and windows are reported to be rattling, but there has been no damage so far.

In Vanuatu the Yasur volcano is giving some cause for concern. Although the explosions are quite weak the continuous ash that is coming from the mountain is starting to build up on farming land.

Over to Italy, Mount Etna is putting on quite a display. The current eruption started a few days ago and has been getting stronger as time moves on. A massive eruption lit up the sky and disturbed residents yesterday. The ash cloud was high enough to see flights canceled. The lava flow was the biggest in years, and the town of Zafferana which lay in its path saw some damage. Lava diverters were put into place, and most of the town escaped unscathed.

In Indonesia a four mile high ash cloud is making life hard for residents. Mount Sinabung came back to life in 2010 after dormancy of hundreds of years. Occasionally coming to life after its 2010 awakening, the rumbling of the volcano prompted the evacuation of over 6000 people as scientists feared a major eruption. There has been no lava flows so far but the ash cloud is growing.

Mount Sinabung ash cloud

Still in Indonesia but on the island of Java this time, Mount Merapi exploded yesterday. Hundreds of people were killed when it last erupted in 2010. There is no news of casualties at this point.

So, we have eruptions big enough to prompt evacuations. Flights are canceled, and a new island pops up off the coast of Japan. I would have called that newsworthy myself but obviously I’m wrong. If I was right it would have been common knowledge right? Reports may have been on the news right?

So many volcanoes throwing so much gas, ash and particulates into the air can have an effect on climate, this is a scientific fact. I’m not saying that these volcanoes herald the start of a new ice age but the planet certainly seems to be getting a bit more active of late.

Continued large eruptions put a huge amount of particulate matter into the atmosphere, and these particles reflect sunlight away from earth and when there is enough of them the temperatures can drop.

The Mount Pinatubo eruption lowered temperatures by around 0.5°C across the Northern Hemisphere.

Considering that we are in a cooling period anyway, having so many volcanoes going off at the same time is not good. Aside from the devastating effects the lava and ash can have on the lives of those living near to them, the global impacts can be enormous.

Lost crops due to ash fall and lower temperatures can lead to hunger and famine, as happened after the Tamboraeruption in 1815.

Economic losses due to lost crops and canceled flights runs into millions of dollars a day, as with the Icelandic eruption of Eyjafjallojkull (pronounced: aya fiat la u cud la) in 2010.

The spasms of the earth come without warning, but at the same time those spasms should be a wake up call to all of us that change can happen in the blink of an eye.

Better be prepared for it.

http://breakingthenewstoday.blogspot.com/2013/11/seven-volcanoes-in-six-different.html#sthash.EPJAbNEE.dpuf

New island emerged off the coast of Tokyo, Bonin Islands


                                                                                    A new island has emerged off the coast of Tokyo on October 20, 2013, as a result of underwater volcano eruption.

Advisories from the coast guard and the Japan Meteorological Agency said the island is about 200 meters (660 feet) in diameter. The island emerged 1 000 km (620 miles) south of Tokyo, just off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small, uninhabited island in the Ogasawara chain, which is also known as the Bonin Islands.

The last time the volcanoes in that area are known to have erupted was in the mid-1970’s. Much of the volcanic activity occurs under the sea, which extends thousands of meters deep along the Izu-Ogasawara-Marianas Trench.

Pictures taken by the Japanese coast guard showed clouds of heavy smoke, billowing steam, and waters rolling over the newly formed crater.

Video courtesy RT

The Ogasawara Islands were formed around 48 million years ago. They are a part of the Izu-Bonin-Mariana Arc known geologically as a fore arc. They lie above a subduction zone between the Pacific Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate.

The Pacific Plate is subducting under the Philippine Sea Plate, which creates an oceanic trench to the east of the islands. The crust of the Ogasawara (Bonin) Islands was formed by volcanic activity when subduction began 45–50 million years ago, and is composed mostly of an andesitic volcanic rock called boninite, which is rich in magnesium oxide, chromium, and silicon dioxide.

An erupting undersea volcano forms a new island, shown by its nearest neighbour, Nishinoshima, a small unihabited island in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands. Image taken on November 21, 2013 (Credit: Japanese Coast Guard)

The Ogasawara Islands may represent the exposed parts of an ophiolite that has not yet been emplaced on oceanic crust. The rocks of the Volcano Islands are much younger; Iwo Jima is a dormant volcano characterized by rapid uplift and several hot springs. Most of the islands have steep shorelines, often with sea cliffs ranging from 50 to 100 meters (160 to 330 ft) in height, but the islands are also fringed with coral reefs and have many beaches.[34] The highest point lies on South Iwo Jima, at 916 meters (3,005 ft) (Bonin Islands).

Images of an eruption taken on November 21, 2013 (Credit: Japanese Coast Guard)

Featured image: An erupting undersea volcano forms a new island off the coast of Nishinoshima, a small unihabited island in the southern Ogasawara chain of islands. The image was taken on November 21, 2013 by the Japanese Coast Guard.

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New volcanic vent discovered close to airport in Rome, Italy


 

 

 

August 26, 2013 ROME, Italy Italian experts have been puzzled by the overnight appearance of what looks like a volcanic geyser erupting steam and gases 5 meters into the air. What appears to be a new fumarole appeared near Rome’s International Fiumicino airport Saturday morning. A vent producing small geyser-like fountains of steam, water and mud was suddenly opened in the ground near a road crossing near Fiumicino. Geologists are currently examining the phenomenon. It is still a bit unclear whether it is not a man-made accident caused by a broken pipe or similar (which might well be the case). As La Repubblica statess, first inspections however indicate that it is in fact a new natural vent. Obviously, there are also already some speculations whether it could be related to volcanic activity. The nearest possibly still active volcanic system in the area is the Monti Albani, an old but possibly not yet extinct volcanic complex located 20 km SE of the capital. Its last known activity there took place about 20,000 years ago. New volcanic activity in the suburban area of Rome itself is certainly not a completely impossible, but quite unlikely scenario. More data will be needed to shed light on this. “From Mt. Etna in Sicily up to the Alban hills around Rome, there is a good deal of volcanic activity,” Alberto Basilli, a seismologist at the Italian National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology told the Daily Telegraph. –Volcano Discovery

 

Chirinkotan Volcano erupts in Kuril Islands of Far East Russia as Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano unleashes another wave


The remote volcano in the northern Kuriles is probably in eruption, the latest SVERT report and satellite images suggest. A plume of gas and steam, and possibly some minor amounts ash was seen with the MODIS sensor onboard the NASA Terra satellite this morning. Satellite data also indicate that activity had likely already started in early May, because a small thermal anomaly can be traced back on archive pictures to 7 May. One should take into account that frequent dense cloud cover often prevents such observations, so activity could have started earlier than that. It is not known what kind of activity is occurring at the volcano. Possibilities include some minor explosive (strombolian ?) activity at the summit, or lava flows that might be reaching the sea and produce the steam plume observed. The last eruption of the volcano was (probably) in 2004. – Volcano Discovery

Eruption continues in Mexico

Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano unleashed another wave of powerful exhalations and explosions in the early hours of Thursday (May 23), officials reported. Hundreds of individual exhalations reaching up to 2.5 km (1.5 miles) of smoke and ash spewed out of Popocatepetl in the latest escalation in activity. An explosion at 02:54 local time (06:54GMT) also sent fragments out over 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), Mexico’s National Centre for Disaster Prevention reported. –WSBRADIO

 

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