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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 June 7, 2016 at 2:57am

Increased Activity at Sumatra's Kerinci Volcano (Jun 5)

Mt Kerinci volcano spewed volcanic ash over 800 meters high on Sunday, June 5.

Activity at Kerinci volcano has increased since a 6.6 quake struck off western Sumatra June 1.

The Vulcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation Agency (PVMBG) has established a three kilometer exclusion zone.

Mount Kerinci is Indonesia's tallest active volcano and is located the border of the Sumatran provinces of Jambi and West Sumatra, 138 kilometers southeast of West Sumatra's capital Padang.

National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said the eruption has not posed any real danger to surrounding villages, but officials are monitoring the volcano closely since its activities “continue to rise.”

Since Mount Kerinci is Sumatra's tallest mountain, volcanic clouds could reach airplane's cruising altitude and disrupt flights,” he said.

Prior to small ash emissions in April 2016, Mt Kerinci has been mostly dormant since 2013.




Comment by Howard on June 4, 2016 at 3:49am

Ongoing Eruption at Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano Eradicates Flora (Jun 3)

Vegetation and flora for 5 kilometres on the western flank of Turrialba volcano have disappeared due to nearly constant ashfall. The grass, plants and trees that used to be on the west side of the Turrialba volcano no longer exist. A change in wind is now beginning to affect the south side as well.

The ash and gases expelled by the volcano since 2010, when the volcano first reawakened, until recent weeks, have caused the disappearance of the flora.

After several days of relative calm, Turrialba had three significant eruptions within 7 hours.

The first eruption occurred at 10:40pm June 1, the second and third at 12:37am and 5:10am on June 2, respectively.

The third eruption sent ash, rocks and smoke reaching 1,000 meters into the sky.





Comment by jorge namour on May 25, 2016 at 8:45pm

Etna, outstanding video CAI Lingfield: the eruption from close!

May 25, 2016 -

VIDEO: http://www.meteoweb.eu/video-gallery/etna-eccezionale-video-del-cai...



continues the activity of the volcano: violent explosions from the "Chasm"

Etna, continuous eruptive activity began yesterday evening: loud noises from the main crater of the volcano

Continue the activities' eruption of Etna, but since last night has changed scenario: only violent explosions from the volcano. Cosi deafening in the summit area of ​​the volcano from being heard by the sea.

There 'no ash emission, it' presence of magma, such as casting or lava fountains. The tremors of internal ducts remain medium-high.

The system 'monitored National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Catania. The airport of Catania and 'fully operational.

Comment by Howard on May 25, 2016 at 4:41am

Ash Covers Villages after Mt Sinabung Eruption (May 23)

A thick layer of ash has covered several villages in Indonesia after the eruption of Mount Sinabung on Sumatra island.

At least seven people died after clouds of hot ash and gas consumed farmland around the mountain on Sunday.

Rescuers are still searching for survivors.

The ash reached towns 12km (seven miles) away, local military head Agustatius Sitepu told AFP, including Gamber village in North Sumatra.

Even though the eruptions have subsided since Sunday, residents are still being warned to stay away.

"We urge the people surrounding Mount Sinabung to keep away from the red zones, which are within a three kilometre radius from the crater, or within a four kilometre radius from the equator in the north to northeast sector, or a six to seven kilometre in the south and southeast sector," said local official Muhammad Nuril Ansori.

Sinabung had been dormant for 400 years when it began erupting again in 2010.



Comment by Howard on May 25, 2016 at 4:31am

Severe Ash Fallout from Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano (May 23)

The spewing of ash, rocks and gases that started Friday at Turrialba Volcano continued almost uninterrupted Monday afternoon. The volcano has been spewing materials for over 75 hours, with only brief periods of calm.

Ashes from the explosions caused a power outage in an area within 5 kilometers of the volcano and also affected OVSICORI’s cameras and measuring instruments at the crater.

Citizens over the weekend posted reports on OVSICORI’s Facebook page of ash falling in communities all over the Central Valley, which comprises the provinces of San José, Cartago, Heredia and Alajuela.

In San José most of the reports were from people in the northern cantons of Goicoechea, Coronado and Moravia.

OVSICORI also received reports of falling ash from the Heredia cantons of Santo Domingo, San Isidro and Belén, and as far as La Guácima in Alajuela province.

Communities around the volcano were affected by ash mainly in the Cartago cantons of Oreamuno and Turrialba.

Oreamuno Mayor Catalina Coghi Ulloa said material from the volcano affected some 20 dairy farms and nearly 2,000 animals in these cantons. “Milk production in the area has been reduced by at least 15 percent in the past days due to the constant ashfall,” she said.

Iván Brenes, president of the Emergency Commission, on Monday morning said that it started distributing hay bales and that experts from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry (MAG) are evaluating animals.

Ministry officials also are conducting inspections to assess the effect of ash on crops.

Agriculture is one of Cartago’s main economic activities, and farmers in the north of the province are the country’s top potato producers, supplying 80 percent of all potatoes consumed in Costa Rica, according to MAG.

The region also is the largest producer of onions, while hundreds of other farmers also grow carrots, beets, cabbages, yucca, flowers and other crops.

Early estimates from MAG say ash from Turrialba would have affected some 55 percent of the crops in the region.



Comment by Howard on May 23, 2016 at 6:35pm

Frequent Explosions at Guatemala's Santa Maria Volcano Causing Severe Ash Fallout

(May 22)

Very elevated activity continues at the active Caliente lava dome. Yesterday, another two strong explosions occurred at 08:30 and around 13:00 local time.

Both explosions produced tall ash plumes that rose 3-4 km above the dome, reaching altitudes of 15,000-20,000 ft as well as triggering several pyroclastic flows that descended several kilometers on the flanks of the dome.

The frequent explosions are beginning serious problems related to ash falls. Determined by the prevailing winds, ash plumes from the explosions again drifted W and SW, causing ash fall in the same areas that have been subject to fallout during much of the previous weeks already: Nuevo Palmar, San Marcos Palajunon, Coatepaque and others.

The ash fall is not only causing much damage to houses, cars, motorcycles, farmlands, but it is almost impossible to avoid breathing in the fine glassy particles. Prolonged exposure to fine dust is very unhealthy and can cause serious damage to the pulmonary system. Residents are advised to wear dust masks.

Another major concern is the pollution of drinking water by the fine ash.



Comment by Tracie Crespo on May 21, 2016 at 6:13pm


Mount Sinabung Volcano North Sumatra Kills Three After It Blasted Ash 3 Kilometers Into The Sky Saturday

Deadly Eruption at Sumatra's Mt Sinabung -May 21

Mt Sinabung blasted volcanic ash 2 miles high, with pyroclastic flows that tumbled down the slopes for 3 miles.

Three people were killed and four were critically injured after Mount Sinabung erupted in Sumatra Saturday.

All of the victims were working on their farms in the village of Gamber 2.5 miles away from the base of the volcano.

"Seven people were exposed to the hot clouds, killing three and leaving four others in critical condition," he said in a statement, adding the injured had been taken to hospital.

Several houses were also destroyed during the eruptions.




Comment by Howard on May 20, 2016 at 4:36am

Explosive Activity at Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano (May 19)

A volcano in central Costa Rica is spewing smoke and ash 9,840 feet (3,000 meters) into the sky, sending hundreds of people to the hospital with breathing difficulties and forcing dozens of flights to be diverted.

Activity at Turrialba Volcano increased significantly on Thursday with constant ash emanations and at least three big explosions.

The first explosion occurred at 2:05 p.m. and formed a plume of gas and ash that reached nearly 1 km high.

The second, and most prolonged one, occurred at 3:46 p.m. and lasted three minutes. A few minutes later, at 4:09 p.m., a third explosion was recorded.

The column of gases and ash at about 4:20 p.m. rose to more than 500 meters above the crater and wind conditions at that time caused ash to disperse from the volcano, mostly to the southwest, RSN reported.

Ash has been reported in San José and Heredia provinces.

“It seems to me to be the strongest Turrialba eruption in the past six years,” according to volcanologist Gino Gonzalez.

The National Emergencies Commission in a Facebook statement called people to take masks and wear tight clothing to protect their lungs and skin from the ash and smoke.

Since the start of the eruption, hundreds of local residents reportedly sought medical help due to breathing and skin problems.

People took to social media to describe the “all-hell-broke-loose” situation in the region. They spoke about a strong sulfur smell and added that ash has reached four provinces of Costa Rica.

Turrialba Volcano has seen increased activity following explosions in late April, some of which extended for several hours. The National University’s Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) reported that micro-tremors and ash eruptions from the volcano have been constant since an eruption recorded at 10:07 p.m. Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) established a 5-km restricted access area around the volcano. Entrance to the Turrialba Volcano National Park has been closed to all visitors since 2014.

In a report, CNE geologist Blas Sánchez said ash and other materials from the explosions are visible on various farms located west of the volcano. He also reported that ash is accumulating in various nearby rivers.






Comment by Howard on May 20, 2016 at 4:21am

Powerful Eruptions at 2 Guatemalan Volcanoes (May 18) 

A volcanic eruption at Guatemala’s Fuego volcano has sparked the evacuation of the area surrounding the peak on May 18. Explosive activity was also observed at Santiaguito (Santa Maria) volcano in Quetzaltenango on May 17.

At Fuego, an ash column reaching 5,500 meters (18,000 feet) has emerged with a strong pyroclastic flow and moderate rumbling of the mountain.

Fallen ash is reported in the villages of El Rodeo, La Rochelle, Osuna, Panimache, Morelia, Sangre de Cristo and Yepocapa.

At least one school has been evacuated in the municipality of Alotenango.

Volcanologists also observed explosive activity and multiple pyroclastic flows at the Santiaguito volcano in Quetzaltenango (above).

Two explosions occurredon May 19 at 09:34 and 09:56 local time, producing ash plumes that rose 2-3 km to 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.

Loud detonations accompanied the eruptions which also generated pyroclastic flows.

Ash fall occurred in up to 25 km distance to the south and southwest, in particular in the farms of El Faro, Patzulin, Monte Bello, as well as in Loma Linda, San Marcos Palajunoj, Las Marias and other villages of the municipality of San Felipe in the department of Retalhuleu.




Comment by Howard on May 19, 2016 at 5:24am

Italy's Mt Etna Reawakens (May 17)

Mt Etna has spent the last 24 hours sending huge plumes of ash and smoke hundreds of metres into the skies above Sicily.

Since the evening of 17 May 2016, there has been intense Strombolian activity at Etna's Northeast Crater (NEC), with ejection of incandescent bombs above the crater rim and fall of pyroclastics over the flanks of the cone.

Vulcanologists define strombolian activity as explosive bursts of cinder, ash and smoke ejected with great force.

Shortly after 12:50 local time on 18 May 2016, eruptive activity evolved into a pulsating lava fountain within just a few minutes.

Volcanic tremor amplitude soon showed a rapid increase and an ash plume rose to 3000-3500 m above the summit and was blown by the wind to east-southeast.

During the afternoon, lava started to overflow from the western rim of the Voragine-Bocca Nuova depression, feeding a minor lava flow toward west.

At the time of this update, lava fountaining is ongoing.

The current eruption is the most significant period of activity on the volcano since December 2015, when the mountain witnessed one of its most severe eruptions of the last two decades.



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