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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 July 2, 2016 at 6:36pm

Volcanoes Erupt in Indonesia, Guatemala (Jul 1)

Sumatra's Sinabung volcano exploded twice on July 1, throwing a column of ash and gas to a height of 2500 meters above the crater. The volcano and its surroundings have been placed under the highest level of alert: IV.

The first eruption occured at around 1:00 pm local time. A second and more powerful eruption happened 4 hours later at 5:22 pm.

Mount Sinabung, which has been active since September 2013, has started to spew lava and ash clouds that have spread as far as 1,200 kilometers away from the crater, Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) deputy chairman Yunus Swarinoto said on Friday.

“People who live within a 4 to 6 kilometer radius of the mountain have to be evacuated to safe places,” Yunus said in a press statement.

The BMKG also warned people living near rivers to remain alert as the lava might also flow along rivers and spill out in downstream areas.

Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano also exploded strongly on July 1 for the second time in two days.

Ash and gas were ejected more than 5000 meters above the crater and may have caused ballistic expulsions up to 1 meter in diameter up to 3 kilometers from the dome.




Comment by Howard on June 19, 2016 at 10:43pm

Philippines Mt Bulusan Volcano Explodes a Day After Mt Kanlaon  (Jun 19)

After a week of being silent, Mount Bulusan spewed ash on Sunday afternoon.

The explosion took place at around 1:03 in the afternoon. The explosion was steam-driven and created a 300-meter ash column above the crater.

The event lasted for about seven minutes based on the seismic record, drifting towards the northwest portion of the volcano.

Last week, the volcano exploded at 11:35 a.m., sending an ash column about 2,000 meters high.

This latest event comes only a day after the nearby Mt Kanlaon eruption yesterday.

Kanlaon and Bulusan are both active volcanoes that had a recent history of eruptions. They have not record however, of undergoing eruptions at the same time or one after the other.

A possible simultaneous eruption could put a stress on volunteer and government disaster management authorities and this early, President Benigno Aquino III has ordered the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) to closely monitor developments and prepare for the evacuation of people living in vulnerable areas if necessary.

“Field personnel are being mobilised to ensure the safety of the people. There are permanent exclusion zones being observed within a certain perimeter near the two volcanoes,” according to Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma.





Comment by Howard on June 19, 2016 at 10:02pm

El Salvador's San Miguel Volcano Erupts (Jun 18)

The San Miguel Volcano exploded violently on Saturday at 4:10am local time.

This new explosion covered the surrounding area with dust and was preceded by a sharp increase in seismic activity.

At the end of May 2016, seismograms started recording a very significant increase in tremors, most probably related to fluid circulation within the giant. The activity gradually declined until June 13 where again, 400 tremors were recorded and 500 the day after and another 500 on June 15.

This succession of seismicity peaks in June was accompanied by an increase in the amount of SO2 in the plume degassing.

Ash has been reported in villages around the volcano.

Degassing is still observed from the crater forming a plume about 400m high.

The last eruption of the San Miguel volcano occurred on December 29, 2013. It prompted the evacuation of thousands of people living in a 3 km radius around the volcano and was also preceded by increased seismic activity.



Comment by Howard on June 18, 2016 at 8:07pm

Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano Repeatedly Spews Ash (Jun 16)

Repeated ash emanations at the volcano reaching nearly a mile high and 7.5 miles from the crater arrived at nearby communities along with the smell of sulphur.

Sustained tremor activity that started at 8 p.m. Wednesday marked a new spike in activity at Turrialba Volcano. At 1:45 a.m. Thursday the crater began spewing ash and vapor.

The gas and ash plume reached some 1,500 meters (4,900 feet) above the crater of the volcano, located some 50 kilometers east of San José.

Emanations remained constant until 7:15 a.m.

Two more ash spewings occurred at 8:05 a.m. and 9:05 a.m. and lasted 20 and 10 minutes respectively.

Wind conditions during the morning caused ash to disperse from the volcano at about 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) northwest of the crater.

Ash from the plume reached communities north of Cartago and San José provinces, and as far as Braulio Carrillo National Park.

Residents of the northern Cartago canton of Oreamuno and from various communities north of Heredia province reported a slight smell of sulfur Thursday morning on OVSICORI’s Facebook page.

At 3:59 p.m. RSN monitoring stations recorded a new burst of ash that lasted about seven minutes and reached some 2,000 meters height (6,560 ft).

Turrialba Volcano since October has recorded important activity, with dozens of explosions of ash, gas and rocks that increased in late April, some of which extended for several hours.

The National Emergency Commission (CNE) in May 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.

Materials expelled by the volcano have reached communities in San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago and Limón provinces.



Comment by Howard on June 18, 2016 at 7:51pm

Powerful Explosion at Guatemala's Santiaguito Volcano (Jun 17)

A powerful explosion occurred at Santiaguito again yesterday, sending a mushroom-shaped eruption column 5 km into the sky.

Pyroclastic flows descended the base of the cone and ash falls occurred in downwind areas to the west and southwest, including the towns and villages of Loma Linda, San Marcos Palajunoj, San Felipe Retalhuleu, El Nuevo Palmar and others.

Santiaguito volcano has gone through 58 eruptive phases so far this year.




Comment by Howard on June 18, 2016 at 7:39pm

Mt Kanlaon Volcano Erupts in Philippines (Jun 18)

A powerful eruption at the Mt Kanlaon volcano Saturday morning sent a towering ash cloud nearly a mile high and blanketed several barangays in La Carlota and Bago cities in Negros Occidental with ash.

The eruption prompted aviation officials to issue a warning for all pilots to stay away from the area.

The volcano, located about 510 kilometres south of Manila, has been more active than usual since November, prompting the Government to ban hikers from its slopes.

Ash fall alert was raised in provincial capital city, Bacolod, as well as in the cities of Bago, La Carlota, and San Carlos and the towns of Moises Padilla, Murcia, and Pontevedra, all in Negros Occidental.

Phivolcs has placed Mt. Kanlaon under Alert Level 1 and Caelian said it is only when it reaches Level 3 that evacuation will be imposed.

Meanwhile, Phivolcs warns that there is a no-entry zone along a four-kilometer radius from the volcano.

On March 29, Kanlaon erupted, affecting several residents by ash fall. The eruption destroyed hectares of grassland in Negros Occidental.






Comment by Howard on June 14, 2016 at 3:57am

Kamchatka's Klyuchevskaya Volcano Spews Ash Nearly 4 Miles High (Jun 14)

Eurasia's largest volcano in Russia’s Far East erupted shooting hot ash miles into the air on Tuesday, the local geophysical service said.

"The eruption was detected early Tuesday morning. The eruption column rose 3.7 miles. The steam-gas plume stretched for 47 kilometers to the west of the volcano.

The 15,580-feet volcano in Russia’s Kamchatka peninsula has been rumbling to life since the beginning of April and the number of tremors and ash eruptions has been on the rise.




Comment by Howard on June 14, 2016 at 3:26am

Strong Explosion at Mexico's Popocatépetl Volcano (Jun 12)

Video captures the strong vulcanian explosion yesterday morning at 11:17 local time, producing a mushroom cloud ash plume that rose 1.5 miles above the summit and dispersed in westerly directions.



Comment by M. Difato on June 10, 2016 at 2:38pm

Spectacular ash explosion at Philippine volcano
A volatile volcano in the eastern Philippines sent a spectacular column of ash and steam high into the sky on Friday. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-3635038/Spectacular-as...

Mount Bulusan is an active volcano in the eastern Philippines that has been credited with nine similar ash explosions since May 2015 ©Philippines Institute of Volcano (AFP)

The plume of ash from Mount Bulusan in the rural eastern province of Sorsogon went two kilometres (1.24 miles) into the air, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said in an advisory.

Institute head Renato Solidum said nobody was living within a four-kilometre (2.48 miles) danger zone near the volcano, but that people in nearby communities should wear masks outside or stay indoors.
Solidum said that inhaling the ash could cause difficulty in breathing and respiratory illnesses.

Bulusan has had nine similar explosions since May last year. Solidum said Friday's lasted for about 30 minutes, and that more could be expected.

The Philippines is located in the seismically active Pacific "Ring of Fire" and has over 20 active volcanoes.

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.




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