Japan: A new island appears in the Ogasawara Islands - November 2013

Active volcanoes (Sep 28, 2012)



"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 - Feb 15, 2000

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Comment by Juan F Martinez on January 24, 2018 at 9:48pm

The ‘Ring of Fire’ is on high alert. This horseshoe-shaped geological disaster area comprises over half of the world’s active volcanoes as well as subductions zones and plate movements responsible for earthquakes and, sometimes, subsequent tsunamis… Well, within the last few days, several countries situated on the ‘Ring of Fire’ such as the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, and Alaska were hit by unprecedented volcanic eruptions and powerful earthquakes. Is this increased seismic activity due to the slowing down of Earth rotation? Or is the Super Blue Moon eclipse on January 31, 2018, playing with our nerves? Nobody knows… But some impressive seismic and volcanic events are going on right now on Earth.


Comment by jorge namour on January 23, 2018 at 11:25am

One killed and 11 injured after Gunma’s Mount Kusatsu-Shirane erupts


JAN 23, 2018


MAEBASHI, GUNMA PREF. – A Self-Defense Forces member died and 11 other people were injured after a volcano erupted near a ski resort in Gunma Prefecture on Tuesday morning, spewing cinders and possibly causing an avalanche.

Stones from the eruption of Mount Kusatsu-Shirane hit a gondola lift and injured at least four people on board with shattered glass, according to local rescuers. The 9:59 a.m. eruption of the 2,171-meter mountain is the first since 1983, according to the Meteorological Agency.

The stones also crashed through the roof of a rest house where about 100 people had evacuated, the rescuers said.

Video footage from the top of the resort’s gondola showed skiers gliding down the slopes as black rocks plummeted from the skies and snow billowed up as they struck the ground, sometimes just missing skiers. A cloud of black smoke later drifted in.

“There was this huge boom, and a big plume of totally black smoke rose up,” one skier told NHK. “I had absolutely no idea what had happened.”

A photograph taken at the site and shown on NHK depicted a gondola with a shattered window. At least several of the injuries were due to broken glass.

“Other people appeared to be hurt by the stones, which appeared to be around 10 to 20 cm in size,” another skier told NHK. CONTINUE.....

Comment by Howard on January 20, 2018 at 6:18pm

Philippines Mt. Mayon Volcano Erupts, Over 34,000 Evacuated (Jan 20) 

Mayon volcano entered a new eruptive phase on January 13, 2018 with phreatic eruptions and lava flows from a new lava dome. It was the first eruption of this volcano since August 2014. Alert Level was raised from 1 to 3 and by January 17, more than 34,000 people living around the volcano were evacuated.

The current exclusion zone includes a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) that extends in a 6-kilometer (3.7 km) radius around the volcano and an Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) that extends 7 km (4.3 miles) on the southern flanks of the volcano, due to higher hazard in this area.

Lava flows were first observed on the southern slopes on January 14, followed by two lava collapse events producing rockfalls and pyroclastic density currents as well as degassing events which sent ash plumes SW and WSW of the volcano on January 15.

On January 18, twenty-four rockfall events and one volcanic earthquake were recorded by Mayon's seismic monitoring network.

Rockfall events were generated by the collapsing lava front and margins of the advancing lava flow on the Miisi Gully and by shedding from the summit dome onto the Bonga Gully. The Miisi lava flow has advanced to approximately 3 km (1.8 miles) from the summit crater well within the Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ). Ash clouds were lofted from the rockfall events as well as from the persistent disintegration of lava on the advancing front of the Miisi lava flow before drifting to the southwest.

Sulfur dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 1,478 tonnes/day on January 18, 2018.

Similar activity was observed on January 19. Seismic network registered 5 rockfall events and the Missi lava flow was still 3 km from the summit crater.

Sulfur dioxide gas emission was measured at an average of 1,131 tonnes/day on January 19, 2018. Electronic tilt measurements indicate a sustained swelling or inflation of the edifice since November 2017, consistent with pressurization by magmatic intrusion.

Alert Level 3 remains in effect, which means that the volcano is still in a relatively high level of unrest and a hazardous eruption is still possible within weeks or even days.

The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the 6 kilometer-radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) and the 7-km Extended Danger Zone (EDZ) on the southern flanks due to the danger of rockfalls, landslides and sudden explosions or dome collapse that may generate hazardous volcanic flows.

PHIVOLCS is also advising increased vigilance against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden streamflows along channels draining the edifice.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.



Comment by Juan F Martinez on January 12, 2018 at 11:34pm

Volcanoes are rumbling again: Popocatepetl (Mexico), Shiveluch (Russia), Agung (Indonesia), Sinabung (Indonesia), Ebeko (Russia), Kadovar (PNG), seismic unrest at Tenorio, Irazu and Miravalles volcanoes (Costa Rica)

Jan 12, 2018

After a quiet start in 2018, volcanoes are rumbling again around the world, with strong volcanic activity recorded in Russia (Shivelush and Ebeko), in Indonesia (Agung and Sinabung) and a seismic unrest measured below Tenorio, Irazu and Miravalles volcanoes 5 minutes after the M7.6 (+2 = ~ M9.6) earthquake hit Honduras.


sinabung eruption january 12 2018. Andro Lew Foto

Comment by Howard on January 6, 2018 at 7:28pm

Kadovar Volcano Awakens in PNG, First Eruption in Known History (Jan 5) 

More than 500 people living on Kadovar Island, East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea have been evacuated following the first eruption of Kadovar volcano in known history. This volcano, dormant until yesterday, is part of the Schouten Islands, and lies off the coast of New Guinea, about 25 km (15 miles) N of the mouth of the Sepik River. The latest activity at this volcano was a period of heightened thermal phenomena in 1976. The Aviation Color Code for the volcano was raised to Orange. 50 - 60 percent of the island is already covered in lava.

Kadovar started erupting around 12:00 local time Friday, January 5, 2018 (02:00 UTC), prompting authorities to send out boats to evacuate more than 500 people living on Kadovar Island. The boats were sent from Kopar, the nearest island, some 30-minutes boat ride from Kadovar.

According to Loop PNG, immediately after sending boats to Kadovar, Kopar councilor Tom Kelly said that thick clouds can be seen rising from the island. "The clouds are darker and increasing at an alarming rate," Kelly said.

Places like Kairuru Island, Mt Uru in Yangoru and Woginara in the West coast of Wewak District are under thick clouds and dust, Loop PNG reported 00:53 UTC, January 6. Kairuru is not visible from Wewak and Mushu is covered by dust, it said.

In a Loop PNG article published 08:24 UTC, January 6, Ricky Wobar, Wewak District Administrator, said that the situation at Kadovar Island has worsened.

The statement was made after an overflight confirmed lava coming out of the once dormant volcano.

"At least 50 to 60 percent of the island is covered in lava," he said.

Wobar said they saw no evidence of inhabitants on the island, adding that he hopes all of them have been evacuated. The National Disaster and Emergency Services were called in to respond at the earliest tomorrow.

According to Darwin VAAC, the volcanic emission was clearly visible on Himawari-8 imagery acquired 02:30 UTC today. The volcanic ash cloud was reaching an altitude of 2.1 km (7 000 feet) above sea level. 




Comment by jorge namour on December 28, 2017 at 12:11pm

Bali's Agung Volcano DECEMBER 28 2017


VOLCANO Sinabung - North Sumatra, Indonesia

DECEMBER 28 2017



Sinabung - eruption and Pyroclastic flows of 27.12.2017 / 15h36

As reported in the update of yesterday's article, the Sinabung was the site of a strong eruption on December 27 at 15:36 WIB.

Comment by Howard on December 3, 2017 at 4:37am

Bali's Agung Volcano Erupts, Closing Airports and Forcing 100,000 to Evacuate (Dec 2) 

The eruption has been gradually intensifying with near continuous explosions generating an eruption column rising over 30,000 feet with a dense ash plume burying local villages and forcing the closure of Bali's and Lombok's airports.

The continuous ash emission is accompanied by explosive eruptions, with sounds heard up to 12 km (7.4 miles) from the summit.

Around 100,000 residents living near erupting Agung volcano in Bali, Indonesia have been told to evacuate.

Layers of ash coated cars, roofs and roads in an area southeast of the crater. Children wore masks to walk to school.

Within hours the after the second phreatic eruption within a week started, Agung shifted into magmatic phase. Lahars were observed descending down the mountain, prompting authorities to raise the alert level to 4 (highest).

The danger zone is now expanded to all areas within a radius of 8 km (5 miles) from the crater and as far as 10 km (6.2 miles) to the north-northeast and southeast-south-southwest.

According to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the National Board for Disaster Management, "some 40,000 have been evacuated but a further 60,000 also need to move. There are those who haven’t evacuated because their farm animals haven’t been evacuated yet and those who feel they are safe because their area hasn't been affected during 1963/64 eruption," Sutopo said, adding that security personnel were trying to persuade people to leave but they could be evacuated by force. Bali governor Made Mangku Pastika later said that 150,000 could be called on to evacuate.

At least 445 flights at Ngurah Rai International Airport, Bali's main airport, were canceled for 24 hours starting 00:15 UTC, November 27 (07:15 local time), stranding some 59,000 domestic and international passengers. 

The danger zone is dynamic and continuously evaluated, and can be changed at any time following the most recent observational data, BNPB said.

The lingering volcanic ash cloud has forced the cancellation of several flights from Bali, keeping thousands of holiday-makers stranded, and all flights to the island from Australia have been cancelled by Virgin, Qantas and Jetstar.

More than 7400 passengers have been flown back home by Jetstar, Virgin and Qantas since Denpasar Airport reopened on November 29 after the ash cloud from Mount Agung’s eruption briefly cleared.

But more than 2000 people will remain at the popular holiday destination after conditions started to deteriorate on December 2 — nearly a week since the volcano’s initial eruption.






Comment by Juan F Martinez on November 29, 2017 at 2:24am
Comment by Derrick Johnson on November 22, 2017 at 5:48am

Bali travel chaos as airlines warn ash cloud from Mount Agung could cancel scores of flights – as villagers flee the erupting volcano

  • Bali's Mount Agung volcano has erupted after months of intensive monitoring 
  • Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency called for public to be calm 
  • Airlines said on Wednesday flights in and out of Bali are operating as scheduled
  • Jetstar Airways warned that could change if ash billows into the airspace


The eruption of Bali's Mount Agung volcano overnight could cause flight disruptions if ash makes its way into the airspace.

The volcano began spewing grey ash and gas 700m above peak at 5:05pm local time, but authorities say its alert level remains unchanged. 

All airlines said on Wednesday morning flights in and out of Bali are operating as scheduled, but Jetstar Airways claims that could change if the smoke continues to billow. 

With Schoolies underway, thousands of students have flocked to Indonesia or are expected to fly this week.

The eruption has forced about 29,000 evacuees into emergency shelters (pictured)

The eruption has forced about 29,000 evacuees into emergency shelters (pictured)

'We are continuing to closely monitor volcanic activity at Mount Agung in Bali, Indonesia after a minor eruption earlier today,' the airline said in a release.

'All Jetstar flights to and from Bali are currently operating as scheduled.'

'Should any volcanic ash make its way into in Bali airspace tomorrow, however, this could result in flight disruptions.'

Virgin Australia said it is also monitoring the volcano's activity but plans to operate as 'scheduled, unless otherwise advised.'

'We encourage guests booked via travel agents or third parties to ensure Virgin Australia has your mobile number, should we need to contact you in the event of any changes,' the airline said. 

'Guests with travel insurance are also encouraged to check with their insurer about their individual circumstances.'  

The Department of Foreign Trade is advising anyone travelling to Bali to always 'exercise a high degree of caution in Indonesia'.

Officials estimated recent fears over Mount Agung's eruption have cost Bali at least $110 million in lost tourism and productivity, as many local residents moved to shelters. 

Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.

In 2010 Mount Merapi, considered one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world, erupted and killed more than 300 people and forced 280,000 people to flee.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, which is currently at its highest alert level, has been active since 2013.

Indonesia's National Disaster Management Agency has called on the public to remain calm, and Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport remains open. 

The eruption was considered small although the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said the danger zone around the volcano was 'dynamic' and could change at any time. 

They advise people to stay out of the exclusion zone, which remains unchanged, and extends 7.5km from the volcano.

About 29,000 evacuees are currently living in shelters — that's far less than the 150,000 people who fled their homes last month in fear the volcano would erupt. 

The Australian government advises all Australian tourists in Bali to monitor local media, follow instructions from local authorities and ensure they have travel insurance.

The alert level remains at three after it was downgraded from the maximum level of four on October 29. 

Agung has been rumbling intermittently since August.  

Officials estimated recent fears over Mount Agung's eruption have cost Bali at least $110 million in lost tourism and productivity, as many local residents moved to shelters. 

Indonesia is home to around 130 volcanoes due to its position on the "Ring of Fire", a belt of tectonic plate boundaries circling the Pacific Ocean where frequent seismic activity occurs.

In 2010 Mount Merapi, considered one of the most active and dangerous volcanoes in the world, erupted and killed more than 300 people and forced 280,000 people to flee.

Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island, which is currently at its highest alert level, has been active since 2013.

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5105179/Ash-cloud-Bali-s-Mo...


Comment by Yvonne Lawson on November 18, 2017 at 11:44am

Yellow alert put up for Öræfajökull volcano

A new caldera, measuring a diameter of one kilometres has been formed in this last week in Öræfajökull glacier, a caldera spotted via satellite images of the glacier. 

Iceland's volcanoes may be ready to blow

According to the Iceland Met Office this caldera shows increased activity in Öræfajökull which is located in Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier. 

A great sulphuric stench has eminated from the river Kvíá last week.  

Increased seismic activity has occured in the area in recent months, activity which has subsided in recent days. The volcano hasn't erupted since 1727. There are still no signs of an imminent eruption states an announcement from the Met Office. However, the safety code has been put up to yellow. 


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