"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



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Comment by Howard on September 12, 2014 at 3:15am

Peru's Ubinas Volcano Erupts Again (Sept 11)

A strong explosion occurred this morning at the Ubinas volcano, generating alarm among residents of surrounding areas of the massif located in the Moquegua region.

According to monitoring conducted by the Volcano Observatory Mining Geological and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) in Arequipa, the explosion occurred at 07:05 hours local time and reached a height of 3.5 kilometers.

The explosion generated ash dispersed in a southerly direction and thus fallout is anticipated in the villages of Querapi, Sacohaya, Tonohaya, Anascapa, Ubinas and San Miguel in the Moquegua region.

The Ingemmet will evaluate the impact of ash falls and implement mitigation actions (provide masks and lenses, and protect deposits from water and food to prevent contamination).

Ubinas last erupted with a sudden strong explosion on August 22.





Comment by jorge namour on September 11, 2014 at 4:10am

ICELAND Bárðarbunga - VOLCANO - September 10 2014

2014-09-11 00:07:40.81hr 45min ago 64.60 N 17.54 W 10 5.0 ICELAND

2014-09-10 05:28:34.5 64.67 N 17.15 W 10 5.1 ICELAND



STEAM tornados are forming constantly over the new lava except these are completely harmless
The earthquakes are getting stronger for some reason and are based under the glasier which is expected so right now were just waiting for it to melt through and start annoying everyone...


A surreal view of the lava field Holuhraun - photo 2014.09.10 - Go iceland - pic.twitter.com/bFiIvoxMKX

VOLCANO SO2 levels at Reydarfjordur in Eastern Iceland measured 2600µg/m3 today - highest ever in country. People told not to labor outside. - via Twitter

Whole country - earthquakes during the last 48 hours



Sinking Iceland volcano crater raises flood worries


(Reuters) - Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano registered one of its most powerful earth tremors yet on Wednesday while the sinking of its caldera raised concerns of an eruption and flooding, authorities said.

The caldera, the cauldron-like crater at the top of a volcano, had sunk by up to around 20 metres since last week as magma channeled through underground passages moves away from the volcano

A cloud of abrasive ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in a different region of Iceland, closed much of Europe's air space for six days in 2010, stranding tens of thousands of passengers, after an eruption under the ice cap.

"We take this increased subsidence in the caldera of Bardarbunga volcano very seriously, due to a possible large eruption and glacial flood," said Vidir Reynisson, Department Manager at Iceland's Civil Protection Department.

The ash warning level for aviation remained at orange, the second-highest level on a five-colour scale, after several brief hikes to the top red in recent weeks.

Lava from cracks around Bardarbunga has so far entered the surface on ice-free land, whereas an eruption under an ice cap may be explosive and produce an ash cloud that could disrupt aviation, as well as flooding due to melting of the ice.

Comment by jorge namour on September 8, 2014 at 1:15pm

Blue Haze from Eruption in East Iceland

September 08, 2014 10:42


The sun seen through the haze

A bluish haze caused by sulfur dioxide emitted in the Holuhraun eruption could widely be detected in East Iceland over the weekend. The haze was still there this morning, as the weather is still and dry. The pollution is not considered a health hazard.

“It’s like a bluish haze that hangs over everything, especially apparent when you drive from Hérað [by Egilsstaðir] and southwards along the fjords. The mountains disappear into the haze and if the mountains are at varied distance you can see how the haze increases,” Helga Hreinsdóttir, managing director of the East Iceland Public Health Authority, told ruv.is.

Pollution detectors in Reyðarfjörður, which were placed there because of the nearby aluminum smelter, showed on Saturday that pollution levels have never been as high in the town since they were first recorded before 1970.

One of the four pollution detectors in Reyðarfjörður will be moved to Egilsstaðir to monitor the air quality there.

Helga stated it is unlikely that people will be affected by the pollution, except particularly sensitive asthma patients, who might sense discomfort in the respiratory system.

Seismic activity by Bárðarbunga has decreased since midnight and the Holuhraun eruption remains stable.

2014-09-08 07:20:06.93hr 54min ago 64.51 N 17.58 W 10 4.4 ICELAND

2014-09-08 06:15:42.04hr 58min ago 64.67 N 17.65 W 2 4.2 ICELAND

Comment by Howard on September 7, 2014 at 6:16pm

Kamchatka's Zhupanovsky Volcano Erupts Several Times (Sept 7)

Zhupanovsky erupted several times on Sunday, sending out ash plumes into the air, the largest two reaching an altitude of 10 kilometers.

The first plume of ash on Sunday reached an altitude of 10 kilometers above sea level, he said. "Two ash clouds were formed, which have drifted to, respectively, 200 and 80 kilometers southeast of the volcano.

One of them is above the Pacific Ocean and the other above the Avachinsky Gulf," he said. The Emergency Situations Ministry's Kamchatka Department said that there are no populated areas on the clouds' way and that no fallout of volcanic dust has been registered.

The most recent eruption occurred at 3:39 p.m. local time (6:39 a.m. Moscow time).

The volcano is located 98 kilometers from the village of Koryaki in the Yelizovsky district, 100 kilometers from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and 102 kilometers from the town of Yelizovo. Code Red aviation alert was issued after the eruptions, although there are no air routes near the volcano.

Travel firms have been advised not conduct guided tours near Zhupanovsky.



Comment by Howard on September 6, 2014 at 8:05pm

Dramatic video of shockwave from Mount Tavurvur's recent eruption:

The powerful shockwave from the eruption of Papua New Guinean volcano Mount Tavurvur blew clouds around the sky before rattling a cameraman on a nearby boat.

Queensland resident Linda McNamara today uploaded a video to Facebook which shows the August 29 eruption as it blasts ash and smoke tens of thousands of feet into the air.

Taken by her husband Phil from Blanche Bay in nearby Kokopo Beach the footage shows Tavurvur belching fire and thick ash as high as 60,000 feet above sea level.

In the sky above the volcano the shockwave can be seen pushing aside clouds as it travels towards the cameraman.

"Watch out for the shock, it's coming," someone can be heard saying before a huge boom and force shakes the boat and its occupants.



Comment by Tracie Crespo on September 6, 2014 at 2:58am


Hawaii island declares emergency over volcano threat

Breakouts of lava from Hawaii's Kilauea volcano are seen near the West end of Wilipe, Hawaii, on July 31, 2002.

Hawaii's Big Island has declared a state of emergency as lava from an active volcano threatens nearby homes, which could be evacuated within days, officials and reports said Friday.

Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi signed a proclamation Thursday after the lava flow from the Kilauea volcano advanced to within a mile of a residential area known as the Ka‘ohe Homesteads.

"We are taking this step to ensure our residents have time to prepare their families, their pets, and their livestock for a safe and orderly evacuation from Ka‘ohe in the event the flow continues to advance," Kenoi said.

The emergency proclamation lets authorities close roads to non-residents, to make it easier for people who live there to evacuate rapidly if necessary, said Hawaii County Civil Defense Administrator Darryl Oliveira.

No evacuation has yet been ordered, but residents are being urged to "finalize their evacuation plans and monitor county Civil Defense updates closely in the days ahead," said a statement from the mayor's office.

According to the Honolulu Star newspaper, the lava flow could reach houses within days, possibly a week.

Hawaii Island, or the Big Island, is the largest of the eight main islands which make up the Pacific US state -- an archipelago that includes hundreds of smaller volcanic islands.

Comment by Starr DiGiacomo on September 3, 2014 at 6:13pm


Possible Explosions North of Vatnajökull as Icelandic Eruption Continues

Terra MODIS satellite image of the eruption north of Vatnajokull in Iceland peaking through the cloud cover. Seen on August 28, 2014.  NASA

Quick post today, but RUV.is is reporting that three small explosions occurred in the area just north of Vatnajökull. The nature of the explosions are unknown at this point, but from the rough translation of the article in Icelandic, they sound an awful lot like a phreatic explosion — that is, explosions driven by steam. If magma is directly involved, they would then become phreatomagmatic. In both cases, it could be a case where intruding basalt is interacting with saturated sediment at the edges of the Vatnajökull. This area is likely going to be saturated with water from the seasonal melting of the ice sheet itself, so explosive interactions between this wet sediment and basalt might be expected. The resulting mix of sediment and lava is called a peperiteUPDATE: Although likely unrelated to today’s mysterious explosions, there could be a chance for phreatic explosions if/when the lava flow reaches Jokulsa River.

Not much can be seen in the webcams right now, beyond the abundant degassing from the active fissure zones in the Holahraun lava fields between Askja and Barðarbunga. The new fissure that opened Sunday has produced some impressive lava fountains, some reaching 200 meters (650 feet). The lava flow that is issuing from the new fissure is made of slabby pahoehoe, a flavor of basaltic lava that is transitional between pahoehoe and a’a. You can see some video of the lava flows here and a great flyover of the fissure and lava flow.

Earthquakes around Vatnajokull, with hot colors marking the most recent earthquakes. Date is in the top left corner. Illustration by Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Earthquakes around Vatnajokull, with hot colors marking the most recent earthquakes. Date is in the top left corner.
 Icelandic Meteorological Office.

Overall, the Icelandic Meteorological Office is reporting that seismicity is down over the last day, along with the rates of deformation seen in the area. It is interesting to note that thisearthquake swarm has now progressed past Askja to the north (see right), with a bit of a “blank zone” under Askja. The eruption itself is also waning since the intense activity of Sunday and Monday. However, as we saw last week, if this fissure stops erupting, new ones may open — potentially related to the explosions reported today. The lava flow now covers about 4.2 square kilometers. The sulfur dioxide plume from the eruption is also prominent around Iceland and the North Atlantic, but it seems that much of the minor hazard due to the plume is localized to Iceland. You can read some more about the gas plume in this Daily Kos article, but be wary of the doom-and-gloom.

If you can’t make it to Iceland right now, be sure to check out the amazing collection of images from the eruption by Einar Guðmann.

Comment by Howard on September 3, 2014 at 3:51am

Aerial footage of the ongoing eruption at Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano.

Comment by Howard on August 31, 2014 at 10:14pm

Explosions Generate Lava Flows at Ecuador's Tungurahua Volcano (Aug 30)

A series of pyroclastic flows occurred yesterday evening.

The eruptions took place between 18:23 and 19:00 local time, and are the first occurrences of pyroclastic flows since the start of the new eruptive phase that started on 27 July.

Fortunately, the flows were small and eruptive activity remains only moderate, as frequent but typically smaller explosions occur and release pressure. It is thought that the volcano is currently in a state of having an open conduit, allowing magma to rise easily to the crater before building up large pressure.

IGPEN mentioned that significant deformation of the upper part of the volcano had been detected recently, indicating that more magma is on its way towards the crater. Hence, similar eruptions are expected to continue for a while.



Comment by Howard on August 31, 2014 at 10:10pm

Strong and Frequent explosions at Southern Japan's Sakurajima Volcano (Aug 31)

The activity has picked up significantly at the volcano.

During the past 30 hours, at least 10 vulcanian-type explosions were recorded. Some of them produced ash plumes rising to 13,000 ft (4 km) altitude, i.e. approx. 3 km above the volcano's Showa crater.





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