"Of course all volcanoes will explode, as this is going to be a very severe pole shift. What about the months and years preceding the pole shift? It is no secret that Mammoth Lake and the caldera of Yellowstone are warming up, and the populace has been prepared for these occurrences by the movie Volcano where there, in the middle of LA, lava is bubbling up. In fact, there is a fault line running from the approximate San Diego/LA area, up into the Sierras, and this is liable to rupture rather violently during one of the quakes that precedes the pole shift by some months. Volcanic eruptions from that area in the Sierras can be expected. Will Mount St. Helen erupt? All volcanoes that have been active within the memory of man will begin spewing and burping and oozing, and many that were not expected to become active will reactive. "   ZetaTalk

 

 

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Comment by Derrick Johnson on Tuesday

Japan raises volcano alert for Mount Hakone after small eruption

PUBLISHED ON JUN 30, 2015 12:20 PM

- See more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/japan-raises-...

Steam rising near Hakone's hot springs on May 6, 2015. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japan raised the volcano alert at Mount Hakone south-west of Tokyo, restricting access to the area after an apparent small eruption at the mountain popular with holidaymakers.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said it had confirmed volcanic ash was emitted from the area, which is known for hot springs and which has been emitting unusual amounts of steam in recent months.

"There appears to have been a very small-scale volcanic eruption," the agency said on its website, raising the alert level to 3 from 2 on a scale of 5.

The higher alert restricts people from entering the area.

Source: http://www.straitstimes.com/news/asia/east-asia/story/japan-raises-... 

Comment by Derrick Johnson on Monday

Guatemala volcano grows more active, spews ash

Guatemala City (AFP) - Guatemala's Fuego volcano shook from explosions Sunday and spewed ashes over nearby communities as it entered a more intense phase of activity, authorities said. The state Institute of Vulcanology reported "four or five explosions an hour accompanied by ashes (rising) to an altitude of 4,600 meters (15,000 feet)." The volcano is located 50 kilometers (30 miles) southeast of Guatemala City. The sound of the explosions could be heard from a distance of 25 kilometers, and shock waves rattled roof-tops and windows in surrounding villages, it said. Ash from the volcano was falling on villages on Fuego's western slopes. In February, a strong eruption forced authorities to close the international airport because of the ashfall.

Source: https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/28593896/guatemala-volcano-grows-... 

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 24, 2015 at 6:42am

Colima Volcano blasts ash and steam

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 23, 2015 at 6:31am

Ubinas volcano erupts, emits ashes

11 Hours ago

Hillary Ojeda

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.

Source: http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-ubinas-volcano-erupts-emits-ashes-... 

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 22, 2015 at 7:41am

Bulusan blows top anew, sends 1.5-km ash column

LEGAZPI CITY — Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon belched a 1.5-kilometer high ash plume cloud at around 2:55 p.m. Friday and rained ash on five villages in Juban town, a report from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol said.

Eduardo Laguerta, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) resident volcanologist here, said the eruption was  “phreatic,” similar to the three steam-driven explosions that happened early this week.

This time, the volcano bellowed a 1.5-kilometer high ash cloud, or about half a kilometer higher than the eruptions that took place on Tuesday and Thursday, Laguerta said in a phone interview. 

On Thursday, Phivolcs’ seismic instrument recorded one explosion and one rock fall event that lasted two minutes. However, it was not observed visually due to thick clouds covering the summit. But prior to Thursday’s ash eruption, a rumbling sound was heard between 5 a.m. to 7 a.m by residents of the village of Monbon in Irosin town, the bulletin said.

OCD-Bicol spokesperson Rachelle Miranda, in a phone interview, said the ash cloud belched Friday afternoon by the volcano drifted west southwest, affecting five villages of Juban – Anog, Puting Sapa, Katanusan, Bacolod and Bura-buran – with a total population of 5,713 persons.

Volcanologists were currently checking traces of ash that fell in the villages of Juban, she said.

The collected volcanic ashes would be tested to find out if it contain magma fragments, which could indicate that magma is building up in the volcano’s vent, Laguerta said.

“if the test finds that it contains ‘juvenile magma fragments’ it would be a precursor to a much stronger eruption,” Laguerta added.

Miranda said classes in public elementary and secondary schools in Juban remained suspended following Thursday’s eruption.

Alert Level 1 remains in effect over Mount Bulusan. Phivolcs warned the villagers not to venture into the 4-km Permanent Danger Zone due to sudden phreatic explosions.

Civil aviation authorities were likewise told to advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden phreatic eruption could be hazardous to aircraft.

Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/699637/bulusan-blows-top-anew-sends-1-... 

 

Comment by Howard on June 20, 2015 at 4:40am

Dramatic Video of Sinabung Eruptions in Sumatra (Jun 19)

Mount Sinabung in Indonesia has been exploding with ash and debris since early June, now in its fifth year of activity since the long-dormant volcano came back online after hundreds of years of silence.

Environment videographer James Reynolds has been on the Indonesian island of Sumatra since Thursday, June 18, sharing video of Sinabung’s intense eruptions of ash and gas. In Reynolds’ video above, Sinabung’s pyroclastic flow surges down the mountainside on Friday, destroying everything in its path, including farms. The beginning of the video shows how pyroclastic flow can pour down the side of a volcano like an avalanche.

Pyroclastic flow — made up of small pieces of rock, ash and hot gas — can vary in speed, it is universally deadly and destructive. A pyroclastic flow will destroy nearly everything in its path. With rock fragments ranging in size from ash to boulders traveling across the ground at speeds typically greater than 50 mph, pyroclastic flows knock down, shatter, bury or carry away nearly all objects and structures in their way.

Mount Sinabung probably rested dormant without eruption for 400 years, until it exploded into life on Aug. 29, 2010, and has remained active ever since.

Sinabung is a small, composite, andesitic volcano, which means the cone-like mountain was formed from layers of lava and ash over thousands of years. Sinabung’s summit is just over 8,000 feet, but rises only a thousand meters or so above the surrounding terrain, much of which is dotted with numerous small farms.

On Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that authorities in Indonesia were having a difficult time convincing residents closest to the volcano to stay away for their own safety:

“We have lost our vegetables, but not coffee,” said Sapta Sembiring Palawi from Gambir village, about 4.7 kilometers (3 miles) from the smoldering peak. “Coffee has let us survive and we have to take care of it now.” Palawi, a grandfather, is one of about 200 people from the village who have refused to move to government shelters.

Sources

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2015/06...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3132521/Thousands-villagers...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 18, 2015 at 7:27am

Alaska’s Cleveland volcano is restless again

Laurel Andrews

An ash cloud puffs from Mount Cleveland on March 14, 2013. NASA photo

Alaska’s remote Cleveland volcano is growing restless again, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Satellite images have detected elevated surface temperatures on Cleveland’s summit for the past week, and a light dusting of ash was visible in an image taken Sunday, the agency wrote on its website.

“The volcano has entered a renewed period of unrest,” AVO reported, prompting the agency to raise its alert level to advisory and its aviation code to yellow.

The increased temperatures are “consistent with renewed growth of the small lava dome within the summit crater,” and “the possibility of sudden explosions has increased,” AVO said.

Roughly 940 miles southwest of Anchorage, the volcano forms the west part of uninhabited Chuginadak Island in the east-central Aleutian chain.

Cleveland is one of Alaska’s most active volcanoes and has been in a near-constant state of eruption since 2006, AVO geologist Tina Neal told Alaska Dispatch News in September.

A webcam showed an overcast day Wednesday on Chuginadak Island, with Cleveland escaping view.

Source: https://www.adn.com/article/20150617/alaska-s-cleveland-volcano-res...

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 18, 2015 at 7:23am

A Restless Volcano Puts Ecuador on Edge Once More

The snow-capped peak of Cotopaxi in Ecuador, June 15, 2015. GDA/AP

Cotopaxi, located only ~60 kilometers from Quito in Ecuador, has been silent for almost 75 years. Prior to this three-quarter century quiescence, the volcano was vociferous, producing dozens of potent eruptions over the two centuries. Most of these explosive eruptions where fairly small. However, in 1744, 1768 and 1877, the volcano unleashed larger eruptions that were on the same scale as the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull or Pelée in 1902 — in other words, big. The 1877 eruption sent volcanic mudflows (lahars) over 100 kilometers from Cotopaxi. Then, after 1940, Cotopaxi went quiet*, and since has been a sentinel looking over the valley were Quito lies. However, Cotopaxi is starting to show signs of restlessness. Now, it is unclear whether this restlessness might be the prelude to a new eruption, but in any case, Ecuador isn’t taking any chances in preparing for the eventual awakening of Cotopaxi. The most recent reports from the IG-EPN, Ecuador’s volcano monitoring agency, say that the volcano is feeling over 100 small earthquakes per day, along with the signature tremor associated with fluid movement at a volcano. This increase in seismicity was first noticed in mid-May but has been slowly increasing ever since. Sulfur dioxide emissions are 5 times higher than the background level of ~500 tonnes/day. The steam-and-gas plume has also become more prominent, reaching 1-kilometer in recent days (and causing some alarm). The northeast flanks of the volcano are also experiencing low levels of ground inflation. Put all those signs together, and you have a volcano that is clearly heating up. Until other signs appear, it is hard to say these signs mean a new eruption will happen. Everything described above could be hypothetically caused by changes in the hydrothermal system under Cotopaxi rather than magma rising. It is important to remember that more times than not, unrest at a volcano does not lead to a new eruption. Even so, the IG-EPN suggest that we might expect only steam-driven (phreatic) explosions as the interior of the volcano warms. Right now, the volcanologists and disaster planners in Ecuador have to play a waiting game until the signs of activity at Cotopaxi become clearer (or start to wane). The National Park at Cotopaxi has been closed to the public as a precaution during this time of unrest. Regions near Cotopaxi have been placed on Yellow alert status as well so that preparations can begin if any eruption occurs. A major eruption from Cotopaxi could have serious ramifications for Quito. The population of the Quito metro area is around 3 million people, meaning it is roughly the same size as Seattle. Thinking of Cotopaxi the same way that Seattle thinks of Rainier is a good place to start when considering the dangers the volcano poses.

Source: http://www.wired.com/2015/06/restless-volcano-puts-ecuador-edge/

Comment by Derrick Johnson on June 16, 2015 at 6:48am

Light ashfall points to volcano eruption in central Japan; no damage reports

Comment by lonne de vries on June 10, 2015 at 11:04pm

Kamchatka’s Zhupanovsky volcano spews ash 6 km above sea level

http://www.panorama.am/en/society/2015/06/09/kamchatka-volcano/

Zhupanovsky Volcano in Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka Territory has spewed ash to a height of six kilometres above sea level, the Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team (KVERT) of the Institute of Volcanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences told TASS on Tuesday.

Kamchatka’s Zhupanovsky volcano spews ash 6 km above sea level

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