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"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 Howard on August 5, 2015 at 3:01am

Violent Eruptions Continue at Sumatra's Sinabung Volcano (Aug 4)

At least two pyroclastic flows occurred today at the volcano, continuing the destruction of the lava lobes on the upper SE and E side.

Heavy ash falls were reported southeast of the volcano, forcing shops to close and people stay indoors.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on August 2, 2015 at 7:25am

Volcano erupts on Indian Ocean island of Reunion - video

Source:  http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2015/aug/01/volcano-erupts-i...

Comment by Howard on August 1, 2015 at 3:22am

Large Explosive Eruption at Papua New Guinea's Manam Volcano (Jul 31)

The Himawari-8 satellite loop showing the start of the new eruption at Manam in Papua New Guinea.

A large explosive eruption occurred at the volcano today producing an ash column that rose to approx. 65,000 ft (20 km) altitude and started to drift SW.

VAAC Darwin changed aviation color code to red.

Ash from the Manam eruption has coated a number of towns, including Bogia, on the coast of New Guinea.

This explosion is the largest at the volcano in over 10 years. It seems to be similar to the powerful 24 Oct 2004 explosion.

In a bit of an eerie coincidence, officials from Manam and Bogia just recently settled their discord over the resettlement of over 1,000 volcanic refugee from the 2004 eruption of Manam to Bogia. The refugees from 2004 have yet to find permanent homes after having to leave the island. More than 9,000 were initially evacuated in 2004.

More than 5,000 people still live on the island and are being evacuated to the Madang mainland and will likely be permanently resettled. Two injuries from the eruption have been reported so far as well.




Comment by Howard on July 30, 2015 at 3:38am
Worldwide Volcanic Activity Summary (Jul 28)

Thermal signal from Raung volcano (MIROVA)
Thermal signal from Raung volcano (MIROVA)
Pyroclastic flow at Sinabung volcano this morning
Pyroclastic flow at Sinabung volcano this morning
Ash plume, approx. 2 km tall, from an explosion at Popo this morning and the glow from the active lava dome in its crater (CENAPRED webcam)
Ash plume, approx. 2 km tall, from an explosion at Popo this morning and the glow from the active lava dome in its crater (CENAPRED webcam)

Karymsky (Kamchatka): An ash plume from an explosion produced an ash plume that rose to 14,000 ft (4.2 km) altitude and drifted north this morning. The volcano continues to produce intermittent strombolian- to vulcanian-type explosive eruptions.

Chirinkotan (Northern Kuriles): Ash emissions were recorded on satellite imagery on 26 July, producing a plume that rose to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude and drifted NW.

Kirishima (Kyushu): Elevated seismic activity has been recorded since early July, the Japan Meterological Agency (JMA) reported. Yesterday, a phase of volcanic tremor occurred that lasted 3 minutes and a slight ground deformation was detected. Sudden phreatic explosions could occur any time and pose a significant risk if visiting the crater area.

Akan (Hokkaido): A swarm of shallow volcanic earthquakes under the Ponmachineshiri crater of Mt Meakan volcano has been occurring since yesterday. 
The swarm follows a gradual increase in seismicity under the volcano noted since April this year.

Raung (East Java): The eruption, now over 4 weeks old, continues with no significant changes. Strong lava effusion inside the summit caldera is accompanied by near-constant ash emissions rising 1-2 km and drifting up to 100-200 km in mostly westerly directions.

Sinabung (Sumatra, Indonesia): A series of pyroclastic flows yesterday noon (see previous post) and this morning destroyed a part of the eastern lava lobe.


Dukono (Halmahera): Strong ash emissions continue at the volcano. VAAC Darwin reported an ash plume extending 25 km north of the volcano yesterday.

Popocatépetl (Central Mexico): The activity at the volcano has remained more or less unchanged over the past months. During the past days, explosive activity has been a bit higher than average. Intermittent explosions occur from the summit crater, where lava domes slowly grow until a series of stronger explosions destroy it and a new one grows.



Comment by Howard on July 27, 2015 at 3:17pm

Sumatra's Sinabung Volcano Unleashes Pyroclastic Flow (Jul 27)

Heightened activity remains essentially unchanged at the volcano.

Effusion of viscous lava continues to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks.

At 12:22 local time today, a part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a pyroclastic flow that traveled approx. 2.5 km towards the outskirts of the already evacuated and destroyed villages of Bekerah and Simacem.



Comment by Howard on July 27, 2015 at 5:39am

Volcanic Ash Forces Airport Closures in Colombia (Jul 26)

Colombia's Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area.

The civil aeronautics agency said it closed airports at Manizales and Pereira as a precaution after the 8:30 am (1330 GMT) eruption.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on July 24, 2015 at 6:54am

Undersea Volcano Called Kick 'Em Jenny Rumbling off Grenada

An active underwater volcano off Grenada's northern coast called Kick 'em Jenny was rumbling Thursday and regional disaster authorities were put on alert, though they said it posed no threat of triggering a destructive tsunami.

Since its discovery in the 1930s, Kick 'em Jenny has erupted beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea at least 12 times, most recently in 2001. The volcano, which rises 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above the seafloor on a steep slope of the Lesser Antilles ridge, hasn't caused any known deaths or injuries.

The Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies said seismic activity had increased in the volcano, which sits 8 kilometers (5 miles) north of Grenada. Recreational divers have reported seeing some "degassing" on the seafloor off Grenada's west coast as gas-rich magma bubbles.

Center researchers put the alert level at "orange," which means an eruption could take place within 24 hours. An eruption would stir up high waves and heat surrounding waters to boiling temperatures. Scientists say the volcano can also shoot hot rocks up through the water column.

Under the alert, all boats must stay at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the volcano. Kick 'em Jenny poses the greatest threat to mariners since the gases it releases can lower the density of water so significantly vessels can lose buoyancy and sink.

Acting Prime Minister Elvin Nimrod said Kick 'em Jenny poses "no significant threat" to Grenada or other coastal communities on nearby islands for now.

"There is no need to move people away from coastlines," he told reporters.

People were advised to go about their lives normally. But some were jittery as seismic activity ramped up, knocking out Internet service.

"People are just wondering what's next," said Kendel Mark, a resident of the outlying island of Carriacou.

In a 1939 eruption, Kick 'em Jenny shot a cloud of ash 270 meters (900 feet) above the sea surface. Its eruptions since then have been weaker.


Associated Press writer Linda Straker reported this story in St. George's, Grenada, and David McFadden reported from Kingston, Jamaica.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/undersea-volcano-call... 

Comment by Howard on July 23, 2015 at 4:03am

Five Volcanoes Erupt In Indonesia, Blanketing Skies In Ash (Jul 22)

Major eruptions at five volcanoes shrouded the skies over the Indonesian archipelago Wednesday, forcing three airports to close.

Mount Raung on Java island blasted ash and debris up to 2,000 meters (6,560 feet) into the air after rumbling for several weeks.

Ash erupted also from Gamalama and Dukono mountains on the Moluccas islands chain, Sinabung volcano on Sumatra island and Mount Karangetang on Siau island, darkening the skies.

A total of more than 13,000 people have been evacuated due to the volcanic eruptions since last month, mostly from around the slopes of Sinabung in Tanah Karo District, added Surono.

Transport Ministry spokesman Julius Adravida Barata said Jember and Banyuwangi airports closed late Tuesday and Bali's international airport was closed for several hours on Wednesday, disrupting flights. Media reports said 37 flights to and from Bali's Ngurah Rai airport were cancelled.

An eruption of Raung early this month sparked chaos as the airport in the tourist hotspot of Bali and four other airports in the region were shutdown, stranding thousands of holiday-goers.

Last week, the ministry closed Sultan Babullah airport in North Maluku's Ternate town after eruptions at Gamalama and Dukono sent volcanic ash up to 1,700 meters (5,570 feet) into the sky.



Comment by Derrick Johnson on July 22, 2015 at 7:38am

Explosion Shakes Aleutians’ Cleveland Volcano

By  | July 21, 2015

An explosion shook Cleveland Volcano in the east-central Aleutian Islands at 8:17 local time Tuesday morning.

It’s the volcano’s first explosion since November.

Kristi Wallace with the Alaska Volcano Observatory in Anchorage called it “a small, discrete, short-duration event.”

Crater of Cleveland Volcano in July 2014. Pavel Izbekov, Alaska Volcano Observatory / University of Alaska Fairbanks photo.

Crater of Cleveland Volcano in July 2014. Pavel Izbekov, Alaska Volcano Observatory / University of Alaska Fairbanks photo.

“We aren’t certain whether or not a significant ash cloud was produced, likely not, mostly because it was short duration,” she said.

Clouds blocked the satellite view of the volcano Tuesday morning, and scientists haven’t received any reports from local pilots yet.

Grant Aviation said its flights in the area have been grounded because of fog.

The National Weather Service has put out an alert on the possibility of an ash cloud heading to the north and east, likely below 20,000 feet altitude.

The Alaska Volcano Observatory has raised the alert level for the volcano from yellow to orange, meaning an eruption is underway with only minor ash emissions.

“This is pretty common for this volcano,” Wallace said. “Typically, you have one explosion and maybe nothing for months. Sometimes we have maybe a couple over a week-long period. So we’ll just wait and see.”

Since its last major eruption in 2001, Cleveland Volcano has been active occasionally, with small lava flows and ash clouds generally staying below 20,000 feet. Eruptions in 2001 sent ash clouds, which can threaten airplanes that encounter them, as high as 39,000 feet above sea level.

Cleveland Volcano is on uninhabited Chuginadak Island, about 45 miles west of the village of Nikolski, 150 miles southwest of Unalaska and 940 miles southwest of Anchorage.

The volcanic cone towers 5,676 feet above the Bering Sea.

Source: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/07/21/explosion-shakes-aleutians-c... 

Comment by Howard on July 17, 2015 at 4:47am

Another Indonesian Volcano Shuts Down Airport (Jul 16)

Sultan Babullah airport in Ternate, North Maluku was shut down this morning following the eruption of nearby Mount Gamalama.

“It was shut down at 10 a.m. local time after Mt. Gamalama erupted,” Transportation Ministry spokesman JA Barata said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

Barata said he did not know when the airport would be reopened, as the authorities were still waiting for updates on weather conditions in the area.

Mt. Gamalama erupted at 9:58 a.m. local time, spewing dark clouds of volcanic ash around 1,500 meters into the sky.

The volcano had shown an increase in activity since Wednesday, including volcanic tremors reaching 90 times.

Mt. Gamalama’s last eruption was in December 2015. The eruption disrupted economic activities in Ternate and forced air authorities to shut the airport for two weeks because of the thick volcanic ash.





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