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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 jorge namour on December 3, 2015 at 11:49am

Etna, the eruption of the night among the strongest in the last 20 years, lava fountains of 1km! [PHOTO] - SICILY- ITALY

December 3, 2015

Etna, experts INGV explain all the details of the eruption of the night, "one of the most intense in 20 years"



Experts INGV - Osservatorio Etneo - explain in a statement the eruptive activity of Etna in the night. Experts explain that after a progessive intensification on the evening of December 2, 2015, the eruptive activity in the crater Chasm (often also called "Central") Etna culminated in the early hours of December 3 in a short but very paroxysm violent, with high lava fountains and an eruption column several kilometers high.

The cloud of pyroclastic material was moved by the wind to the northeast, causing fallout of ash on villages as Linguaglossa, Francavilla di Sicilia, Milazzo, Messina and Reggio Calabria.

At dawn the eruptive activity had almost ceased, although some weak ash emissions occurred yet is the Chasm is the Crater of the Northeast and the small crater pits that opened recently on the high side of the New Southeast Crater

The paroxysmal event tonight is among the most violent of Etna last two decades;

Comment by Recall 15 on December 2, 2015 at 8:05pm

Dec 2 2015: 

Nicaragua’s Momotombo Volcano Has Erupted For the First Time in 100 Years:

Quoted: "LAST NIGHT NICARAGUA’S Momotombo started its first eruption since 1905. The vigorous Strombolian eruption (see above and below) produced an impressive lava fountain along with a dark ash plume over the area near Lake Managua. Local reports suggest that people started feeling tremors and noticing steam plumes from Momotombo over the past few weeks. Then, late on Monday night, a new eruption began, sending incandescent volcanic debris cascading down the slopes of the volcano (see video below). By morning, the activity had waned, though a strong steam plume can still be spotted coming from the volcano on theINETER webcam pointed at Momotombo. At least six communities around Momotombo reported ash fall and as a precaution, schools in the region have been closed." end quoted


Comment by Howard on December 2, 2015 at 4:39am

Increased Activity at Guatemala's Santiaguito Volcano (Dec 1)

Since yesterday, activity has been elevated at the volcano.

The largest event so far occurred this morning at 07:07 local time, when a strong explosion produced an ash plume that rose 2-3 km with a likely pyroclastic flow.

Ash fall occurred in nearby villages and towns including San Marcos Palajunoj, and Finca La Florida.

During the preceding days, several smaller, but significantly larger than average explosions occurred from the Caliente lava dome, which on average had only been producing 2-3 small explosions per day before.

The above video was made on the evening of 28 November and shows one of the explosions. Several similar ones followed during the night.



Comment by Howard on December 2, 2015 at 3:55am

Nicaragua's Momotombo Volcano Re-awakens (Dec 1)

Marking the first eruptive activity in 110 years, at least 4 explosions occurred at the volcano this morning, producing steam and ash plumes that rose up to approx. 1 km from the summit.

The eruption has been intensifying with near-continuous explosions. Hot ejecta and/or lava flow can be seen be seen from the summit crater.

Ash was observed in the community of El Papalonal and near the Momotombo geothermal plant to the SW of the volcano.

Local residents have told media that the gases given off by the volcano were strong and were affecting at least five villages nearby.

Up to now, "Momotombo has been one of the calmest volcanoes" in the country, according to Nicaraguan First Lady Rosario Murillo, who also serves as the government's spokesperson.

The last confirmed eruption of Momotombo having been back in 1905. Since 1524, the volcano has known 16 recorded eruptions. Larger eruptions occurred in 1605 and 1609, when explosions ejected larger bombs and blocks to considerable distances, reportedly landing in the area of the now abandoned town of León Viejo approx. 6 km west from the volcano.

The volcano has been showing seismic unrest during the past few years already with frequent shallow earthquakes occurring in the area.





Comment by Howard on December 2, 2015 at 3:40am

Kamchatka's Zhupanovsky Volcano Sends Ash 30,000 Ft (Nov 30)

After its re-awakening 3 days ago, a strong explosion occurred from the volcano yesterday at 13:50 local time and produced a plume that rose to approx. 30,000 ft (9 km) altitude and drifted SE.

It was clearly visible even from the capital Petropavlovsk.

The aviation color code of the volcano was raised to orange.

New ash emissions occurred on 27 Nov, detected on satellite imagery.

A plume about 300 km long was seen drifting east from the volcano at estimated 18,000 ft (6 km) altitude.




Comment by Howard on December 1, 2015 at 4:37am

Guatemala's Fuego Volcano Eruptions Increasingly Violent (Nov 30)

Activity at Guatemala's Fuego volcano has increased significantly in recent days.

Pulsating lava fountaining and strong, detonating strombolian explosions several hundred meters high from the summit vents are currently feeding at least 3 relatively large lava flows descending on the western and southern flanks:

- through the Trinidad drainage (S): approx. 2400 m long,
- through the Santa Teresa drainage (W): approx. 2000 m long,
- through Las Lajas ravine (SW):approx. 1300 m long.

These steeply and rapidly emplaced lava flows are very likely to generate pyroclastic flows, in a similar way as occurred during the last paroxysm on 10 Nov only 3 weeks ago, threatening a vast area around the southern and western feet of the volcano, in particular valleys.




Comment by Howard on November 29, 2015 at 8:33pm

Summary of this week's volcanic activity.

Philippines Kanlaon Volcano Spews Steam (Nov 29)

Kanlaon Volcano in Negros Oriental spewed steam again Sunday, according to the  Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).

In its bulletin, Phivolcs said the smoke plume reached 50 meters above the summit.

Alert Level 1 is still hoisted over Kanlaon Volcano due to threat of phreatic eruptions, prohibiting entrance to the four-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone.

Phivolcs recorded three volcanic tremors overnight.

Canlaon City Mayor Jimmy Clerigo guaranteed that the local government is prepared should the volcano's activity escalate.

Clerigo, however, admitted that despite their information drive, residents around the volcano have yet to evacuate, as of posting. Some 11,000 individuals are still inside the Permanent Danger Zone in barangays Malusog, Malaiba, Pula and Linothangan.

Aircraft are advised against venturing near the volcano.

On November 24, the alert level of the volcano was raised following an increase in activity.

Starting from 21:55 local time on 24 Nov, a series of phreatic explosions occurred from the summit crater, producing ash plumes that rose up to approximately 1 km.

According to PHILVOLCS, this explosive activity was followed by increased seismicity and volcanic tremor.

An exclusion zone of 4 km radius around the crater was put in place, to prevent similar accidents as when 3 climbers were killed by a sudden explosion in the 1990s.

Aside from the Kanlaon Volcano, also currently under Alert Level 1 are Bulusan Volcano in Sorson, Mayon Volcano in Albay and Taal Volcano in Batangas.




Two Explosions at Mexico's Colima Volcano (Nov 28)

Colima Volcano continued to erupt on Saturday, releasing a plume of ash and smoke that reached an altitude of over 1.2 miles

The volcano had two explosions at 1:50 AM local time and a second one at 12:04 PM.

Colima is located approximately 428 miles from Mexico City.

Authorities have warned people to stay away from the crater, but have not ordered evacuations.



Increasing Ash Emissions at Chile's Copahue Volcano (Nov 28)

Moderately strong ash emissions and explosions have been near continuous during the past days, creating steam/ash plumes that rise up to approx. 1 km.

Overall, the volcano's activity seems to be gradually increasing.

A larger landslide occurred yesterday from the eastern flank.



Indonesia's Mount Rinjani Cancels Flights from Austrailia to Bali (Nov 27)

Flights between Australia and Bali have been cancelled by volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island.

Several flights heading to Denpasar had been forced to turn back.

Virgin Australia said in a statement that it had cancelled all flights to and from Bali for Friday.

'Conditions for flying in the vicinity of Denpasar Airport have deteriorated and it is unsafe to operate our scheduled services. As a result, Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights between Bali and Australia today.'

Virgin Australia said it was reviewing Saturday's services.

Meanwhile, Jetstar said it had no aircraft in Bali to fly people back to Australia after two of its planes - from Melbourne and Brisbane - were forced to return to Australia mid-air.

'We've been advised that the current ash cloud close to Bali is of a lesser scale than we have seen recently so we are hopeful that our customers won't be disrupted for extended periods,' a Jetstar spokeswoman said.

Earlier this month, volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani forced Virgin Australia and Jetstar to stop flights between Bali and Australia for 16 days.

It's the fourth time this year the troubling volcano on Lombok Island has caused major disruptions for air travel to and from Bali, leaving thousands upon thousands of tourists stranded on the island.



Continuing Lava Dome Growth and Pyroclastic Flow at Kamchatka's Shiveluch Volcano (Nov 22)

The extrusive activity of viscous lava into the active dome continues with little significant change, but seems to have picked up a bit recently.

Incandescent avalanches occur to both the southeast and southwest corridor.

Occasional larger collapses cause small to medium sized pyroclastic flows, such as one yesterday morning



Sudden Powerful Explosion at Nicaragua's Telica Volcano (Nov 22)

A sudden violent eruption occurred at the volcano at 08:45 local time on 22 Nov.

The powerful explosion ejected a dense plume of ash and ballistic blocks that fell in considerable distances and killed several cows.

The ash plume reached more than 2 km height and a small pyroclastic flow might have accompanied a partial eruption column collapse.

It is yet unclear whether the eruption, the third of its kind in 2015 so far, involved fresh magma or was simply caused by over-pressurized hydrothermal fluids under a solid plug in the upper conduit.

A family living in the small hamlet of Agua Fría, less than 1 km distance from the volcano, was evacuated immediately.



Comment by Mark on November 25, 2015 at 1:20pm

The island that came out of nowhere: Incredible images reveals how volcanic island of Nishinoshima has become TWELVE times bigger since if first erupted from the Earth just two years ago


Two years ago, a volcanic eruption took place in the Pacific Ocean, which gave birth to a small island off the coast of Japan.
The tiny islet first surfaced in November 2013, next to the island Nishinoshima, and kept growing until the two merged into one.
Today, the Japanese Coast Guard has revealed the volcanic island has now grown 12 times its initial size.

The new Nishinoshima now measures 1,900 meters east to west, about 1,950 meters north to south and more than 100 meters tall, the Japanese Coast Guard told Japan Today
Eruptions from the volcano keeps adding land, and scientists believe this activity won't fizzle out anytime soon.
On a recent aerial survey of the island, the Coast Guard observed a 1,200-meter plume of smoke stemming from the eruption as well as volcanic rock spouting from the volcano several times per minute.
Initially, scientists were unsure how long it would last because volcanic islets of that type tend to be reclaimed by the sea after a short time.
Its also been years since this volcano has seen any action, as the last major eruption took place just a little less than 60 years ago, from 1973 to 1974.
Scientists view this island as a rare opportunity to study how life begins to colonize barren land.

Comment by Howard on November 21, 2015 at 5:50am

Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano Buries Locals With Ash (Nov 19)

Residents from communities near Ecuadors Tungurahua volcano faced a massive cleaning operation after the volcano erupted, covering houses and fields with smoke and ash.

Authorities issued an orange alert as emissions reached 2,500 metres above the crater.

In nearby Queros, one of the most affected communities, officials registered 10kg of ash per square metre.

As he swept the street near his house, resident Luis Vaca said the volcanic material was damaging crops. Ash is falling everywhere; its strong, especially in the countryside where its falling more heavily. Its damaging the crops. It would be good if the president came to visit us, he said.

Volcanologist Patricia Mothes confirmed that eruptions have been substantial. These accumulations of ash that have been falling are the greatest masses of ash that we've registered in the past five years, she said.

Most residents are staying off the streets to avoid breathing in the ash while schools in the provincial capital of Ambato, have been closed.





Comment by Mark on November 20, 2015 at 10:40am

Indonesia's Mt Sinabung volcano erupts again


MEDAN - Mount Sinabung in Karo regency, North Sumatra, erupted forcefully once again on Wednesday and may threaten the opening of the Lake Toba Festival by Tourism Minister Arief Yahya in Berastagi, also in Karo, slated for Thursday.

No casualties were reported following the eruption, but pyroclastic flows drifting to the southeast affected a number of villages that have long been abandoned by residents.

"The current wind direction is directed to the southwest, but if it blows to the east the Lake Toba Festival will be disrupted as the spread of ash would reach Berastagi," Mt. Sinabung Observation Station staff member Deri Hidayat told The Jakarta Post.

Deri said the volcano discharged the clouds at 1:47 a.m. and 9:28 a.m.

He added the pyroclastic clouds, which drifted as far as 3.5 kilometers, affected Bekerah and Simacem villages.

He said both villages had long been left empty as they were inside a designated danger zone.

Deri added that Mt. Sinabung had also emitted volcanic ash to a height of 2,000 meters toward the southwest. He said the spread of ash could disrupt the Lake Toba Festival if the wind changed direction in coming days.

He said volcanic activity could increase within the week, adding that the volcano could discharge a bigger volume of pyroclastic flows and ash.

"The biggest eruption took place on Tuesday, when the volcano discharged pyroclastic clouds 13 times, compared to only twice today," said Deri.

According to him, the potential for pyroclastic flows remained great due to a lava dome buildup on the southeastern section of the peak.

Deri said the lava dome could collapse anytime and trigger huge pyroclastic flows.

Consequently, added Deri, his office had recommended that the regional administration evacuate human settlements within the danger zone.

Since an eruption in September 2013, volcanic activity at Mt. Sinabung has never entirely ceased. Thousands of residents moved away at that time, only returning home last month after the volcano showed decreased activity.

The eruptions have killed at least 17 people and destroyed thousands of houses and hectares of farmland.

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