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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 February 6, 2016 at 4:11am

Guatemala's Santa Maria Volcano Erupts, Forcing Evacuations (Feb 5)

A strong explosion occurred from the active Caliente lava dome this morning around 10:30 local time.

It genereated a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the southeast flank of the dome complex reaching a length of approx. 2-3 km. 

Ash plumes from both the explosion and the pyroclastic flow rose to an elevation of 17,000 ft (5.5 km) and produced moderate ash falls in the southern sectors of the volcano, in particular in the village and coffee farm of El Palmar.

Authorities ordered preventive evacuations in areas to the S and SE closest to the volcano.

At the moment, it is unclear what exactly triggered the pyroclastic flow - collapse of ejected material or partial collapse of the upper parts of the dome itself, or, most likely, a combination of both.

This morning's eruption was preceded by 34 small to moderate explosions within 24 hours, a quite unusually high rate, suggesting that magma and/or gas supply into the dome has been elevated at the moment.

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http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/guatemala/santiaguito/news/56310/Sa...

Comment by M. Difato on February 5, 2016 at 2:40pm

TOKYO: A Japanese volcano about 50 km (30 miles) from a nuclear plant erupted on Friday, shooting ash nearly 2 km into the night sky along with fountains of lava, but there were no immediate report of damage and operations at the power station were not affected.
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-sakurajima/...
Following what they termed an "explosive eruption," Japan's Meteorological Agency raised the warning level on the peak, which experiences hundreds of small eruptions a year, to 3, meaning that people should not approach the mountain.
"It appears that stones have been thrown about 2 km from the crater, but this area is quite far from any communities," Kazuhiro Ishihara, an emeritus professor at Kyoto University, told NHK national television.
Television footage showed red streams of lava bursting from the side of the mountain, but Ishihara said he thought the impact of the eruption would not be that serious.
The Sendai nuclear power staion, run by Kyushu Electric Power and located on the same island, resumed operations last year after being shut down, along with all of Japan's nuclear plants, after a 2011 earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant.
A spokeswoman for Kyushu Electric said there was no impact from the eruption on the plant and its operations, and it was not taking any special precautions.
Japan lies on the "Ring of Fire" - a seismically active horseshoe-shaped band of fault lines and volcanoes around the edges of the Pacific Ocean - and has more than 100 active volcanoes.
(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori and Kiyoshi Takenaka, writing by Elaine Lies,; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Sources: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/japan-s-sakurajima/...

(Photo) http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/nationworld/ct-japan-volcano-20160...

Comment by jorge namour on February 4, 2016 at 2:41pm

The Alboran Island, a volcanic island in the western Mediterranean.

February 3 2016

http://www.earth-of-fire.com/2016/02/the-alboran-island-a-volcanic-...

The series of earthquakes that hit Alboran Sea since 25 January (link: http://www.earth-of-fire.com/2016/01/nombreux-seismes-dans-la-mer-d... ) is linked to the tectonic and volcanic origin of Alborán island.

This island is located between the Iberian Peninsula (Eurasian plate) and North Africa (African plate), at the coordinates 35º56'24 "N 3º02'04 y" W, in the west of the Mediterranean Sea.

The island has a visible part which is limited to 7.12 ha and a maximum extent of 265 m 605mètres; its highest elevation is 15 meters above sea level.

This small area contrasts with the expansion of its submerged base, formed by the ridge of Alboran and a continental shelf, 10 km wide and 45 km long, located at a maximum depth of 200 meters. The edges of the continental shelf, on each side, plunge to depths between 1,000 and 2,000 meters. CONTINUE...

Comment by Howard on February 2, 2016 at 2:18am

Colima's Violent Eruption Captured on Video (Jan 29)

A pillar of ash shot 10,000 feet into the sky in a violent explosion of the Colima volcano in south-central Mexico. The event was captured on a web camera installed by scientists to monitor the active volcano in the Jalisco province.

The awe-inspiring timelapse footage shows the volcano as it burst last Friday. The mountain is still erupting intermittent explosions varying from 3,000ft to 9,800ft in height, according to VolcanoDiscovery.

Footage from the webcam, installed across from the mountain to catch volcanic activity, is being analyzed by a specialized team at the University of Colima.

As Mt. Colima is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America, the eruption wasn’t the first for the locals, who have suffered the wrath of the mountain as recently as July 2015.

Colima, a small state beside Western Mexico, about 155 miles (250km) from Guadalajara, has endured more than 30 periods of eruptions, including several significant explosions in recent years, often covering the town in sheets of ash.

Residents have not been evacuated yet as winds are blowing the ash north-east, away from villages. However, the area has been placed on a possible evacuation alert until the eruptions die down.

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https://www.rt.com/news/330936-mexico-volcano-colima-video/

Comment by Howard on February 1, 2016 at 4:13pm

Australia's Remote Big Ben Volcano Erupts in the Antarctic (Jan 30)

Scientists aboard Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) have filmed a rare volcanic eruption video off the coast of Antarctica. You may also like: Rainfall on Earth affected by phases of Moon, finds study Your lifestyle is turning Earth into a 'plastic planet' The team, working in partnership with Tasmania’s Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS), was studying underwater volcanoes in the region. However, the land-based volcano caught their attention, and the event was captured on reel. This rare volcanic eruption video is one of the first to capture the Big Ben volcano spew out thick smoke. The Big Ben is an active volcano located in the Heard Island, a remote sub-Antarctic region. It is believed that the volcano has erupted only thrice since the turn of the century.

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http://www.skymetweather.com/content/earth-and-nature/rare-video-of...

Comment by Howard on January 30, 2016 at 7:22pm

Peru's El Misti Volcano Awakening After 5 Centuries (Jan 30)

For the first time in over 500 years, Peru's El Misti volcano is showing signs of potentially eruptive activity.

According to the committee charged with volcanic risk management for the region of Arequipa, El Misti is one of a dozen potentially active volcanoes in Peru but its proximity to a million residents have the officials concerned. 

Gas emissions and magmatic activity have been recorded, Peru This Week reports, but officials note the activity does not necessarily pose an immediate danger of eruption.

Officials warned people living nearby to refrain from building property too close to the volcano and to be prepared for evacuations, Wired reports.

According to the Smithsonian Institution's Global Volcanism Program, El Misti is Peru's most well-known volcano and hasn't had a major eruption since the 15th century.

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https://weather.com/science/nature/news/peru-el-misti-volcano-activ...

Comment by Howard on January 29, 2016 at 3:09am

Increased Activity Along the African Rift (Jan 28)

Volcano-tectonic activity has increased in recent weeks along the Ethiopian part of the East African rift, coinciding with the sudden disappearance of a large reservoir in Kenya.

In the Danakil depression of northern Ethiopia, the continuously active lava lake at Erta Ale started to overflow on the 27th of January.

Erta Ale is one of many volcanoes dotted along the East African rift, which can be compared to a large tear running from Erithrea through Ethiopia, along the great lakes of Uganda, Kenyia, DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia and Malawi down into Mozambique, and which is actively pulling the African continent apart.

This latest overflow created new pahoehoe lava flows that cover Erta Ale´s caldera floor both to the north and south of the lava lake´s eruptive vent.

The lava lake is still overflowing and its unclear how long this phase of lava overflow will continue.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake occured along this same rift system but in southern Ethiopia on 24 January at 18h34 UTC, with a hypocenter at about 10 km depth. Although not very strong, such earthquakes are rather unusual in this area near Lake Awassa, as shown by the ´´I felt it´´ reports from people living 20 km east of the epicenter and which vary from V (moderate shaking) to VI (strong shaking) on the Mercalli scale which ranges from I (not felt) to XII (extreme).

Reports describe books falling from shelfs and cracks in many local houses, frightening the inhabitants which remained outside for the rest of that night. Since this first earthquake, more shaking is reported to have occurred afterwards on irregular intervals. The epicenter of Sunday´s M4.2 earthquake was only 22 km S-SE of Corbetti caldera volcano.

The currently increased activity at Erta Ale was first reported in November 2015 when travellers visiting the caldera observed that the level of the lava lake was less than 1 meter below the rim of the vent. The lake´s activity remained high throughout the next 9-10 weeks, with the lava lake falling and rising repeatedly, and eventually culminated in a first overflow of its vent around midnight of 15 to 16 January 2016. The previous phase of increased volcanic activity with lava overflows dates back to December 2010, making it a rather rare event.

A series of similarly sized earthquakes (magnitude 4.5 or greater) started on the night of 12 January 2011 near a sparsely populated area of the Erithrea-Ethiopia border in the northern part of the Danakil depression. The earthquakes were linked to the simultaneous eruption of nearby Nabro stratovolcano, which up to 12 January 2011 had no record of historic eruptions. This sudden volcanic activity at the northern end of the East African rift continued for about one month and formed a ca. 15 km long lava flow. The ash cloud of this eruption rose up to 14 km and drifted to W-NW, forming a minor disruption to air traffic. On the 19th of June, the Nabro eruption produced the up to then highest concentrations of sulphur dioxide emission in the earth´s atmosphere ever recorded from space. The ash and tephra fall from this eruption covered a large area, negatively affecting water, crops and cattle of the local nomadic Afar people. Many Afar villages near the volcano were evacuated and at least 38 people were reportedly killed, but the exact death toll is this eruption is unknown.

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http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/view_news/56204/Increased-activity-...

Comment by Poli on January 24, 2016 at 4:01pm

Mexico: Several volcanic eruptions - 12 times in 12 hours!
The Colima and the Popocatepetl erupted several times over the weekend.
(German News today)

Comment by Mark on January 23, 2016 at 11:15am

Mass EVACUATION alert: One of world's MOST DANGEROUS volcanoes threatens to BLOW

http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/637110/MILLIONS-at-risk-as-Mt...

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.

In 2005 it had a minor eruption, but activity has been increasing since 2012, with this week's some of the most notable, prompting officials to issue the warning.

If the volcano experienced a massive eruption, an estimated nine million people would be in the blast zone and the impact on the atmosphere could be catastrophic.

Popocatépetl has erupted more than 20 times since 1519, according to records.

The glacier-covered peak is 5,426 metres-high.

Meanwhile Colima experienced a saw an ash cloud of 1.8 miles high expelled earlier this month.

This also put locals on standby for evacuations immediately afterwards.

Comment by Howard on January 22, 2016 at 4:08pm

Ash From Russian Volcano Threatens Air Routes (Jan 19)

Russian officials issued a code orange alert for the Zhupanovsky volcano after a powerful explosion spewed ash five miles into the air above the Kamchatka Peninsula.

The explosion at 16:36 local time generated an ash plume that rose to altitudes of 23,000-26,200 ft and drifted east, creating a potential threat to air routes between North America and Asia.

Sources

http://www.earthweek.com/2016/ew160122/ew160122d.html

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/zhupanovsky/news/56160/Zhupanovsky-...

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