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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 M. Difato on Sunday

Mount Lokon erupts on August 28, 2015

Mount Lokon in Tomohon, North Sulawesi, erupted on 11:49 p.m. local time on Saturday and spewed volcanic ash from its Tompaluan Crater, which reached several areas of Manado city.

Local residents reported that Mt. Lokon spewed a column of ash around 1,500 meters high, which spread in a northern and northeastern direction away from the volcano.

“Winds have pushed the volcanic ash areas, starting from Manado to North Minahasa. The ash is covering our houses. We have to get masks,” said Amanda, a Winangun resident, on Sunday.

Kompas.com reported that Saturday’s eruption had caused flight delays at Sam Ratulangi Airport in Manado as thick volcanic ash covered its runways.

At least three flights that should have departed for Balikpapan (East Kalimantan), Jakarta and Surabaya (East Java) on 6 a.m. local time on Sunday had to be rescheduled.

Authorities said they delayed their departures because of the poor condition of the airport’s runways.

There have been no reports of fatalities or injuries during the eruption. Lokon is one of active volcanoes in North Sulawesi that has frequent eruptions. Lokon last erupted in May. (ebf)

Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2015/08/30/mount-lokon-erupts.html

Comment by M. Difato on August 25, 2015 at 8:59pm

Piton de la Fournaise Volcano erupts on Reunion Island


The Piton de la Fournaise volcano on Reunion Island erupted on 24 August, prompting tourists and locals to endure the cold night to watch molten lava erupt from the crater. This was the fourth eruption this year for the Piton de la Fournaise, one of the most active volcanos in the world.

The previous eruption happened on 31 July while Reunion Island was in the spotlight as beach cleaners found a piece of plane wing believed to have come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupted at 6.50pm local time, after an increase of its seismic activity during the entire day, local authorities said in a written press release. The eruption was visible from Piton de Bert located at 2000m and not accessible by car, but reachable after a one hour walk.

Local hikers and tourists eager to watch the volcano in action ventured on the path at night with their headlamps, hiking shoes, cameras and a temperature of about zero degrees. This is the first eruption of my life, this is the first time I come here, it has been all about first times in the last 24 hours, said Francoise, a tourist from Clermont-Ferrand, in Mainland France.

If some of the tourists on the site saw a volcanic eruption for the first time, others were regular watchers of eruptions, such as Romain, who is originally from Mainland France, but has moved to la Reunion Island in 2014.

It is so wonderful that I am always ready. You put your sport shoes on and you go directly there. It is too beautiful; there is nothing more beautiful than that. It makes some nice souvenirs pictures, Romain, who hasnt missed an eruption in 2015, said.

Hikers stayed watching the volcanos lights, red smoke and lava all night. The road leading to the path to reach the view spot was particularly busy all night, with many cars queuing. As cars proceeded slowly towards the beginning of the path, local policemen were busy managing the traffic.

Our experience during the last eruptions – those of end of July and May – shows that we can see some 2500 cars per day, between eight and midnight, local police captain Tanguy Madec said.

Comment by Howard on August 24, 2015 at 12:05am

Increasing Activity at Ecuador's Cotopaxi Volcano (Aug 22)

Ash emissions have been increasing and producing plumes that rose 2 km above the summit and drifted west for over 50 km.

Ash fall occurred in several populated areas including Mulalo, Chaupi, Lasso, Machachi, Aloag, Tambillo.

According to Ministry of Security, evacuation routes and over 120 "albergues" - shelters - have been prepared to accommodate evacuees.

On August 21, the volcano’s penetrating sulfurous gases burned the nose and throat of Marco Toctauano, 32, as he chased his sheep down the mountain.

The surgical mask shielding his nose and mouth was of little help little. The crater is less than 2 miles away.

“We have cattle up on the mountainside. There’s no more we can do,” he said. “With the ash, they’re suffocating and could be dying. We’re pretty bad, too.”

Toctauano figures he’s lost 17 or 18 head of cattle worth a total of some $7,500. A lot more could be lost if Cotopaxi were to blow.

All but a quarter of Ticatitlin’s 200 residents have evacuated. Those who remain are mostly elderly, like 84-year-old Adelaida Iza. She is more or less resigned to fate, noting as she cut alfalfa for her animals.

“If the volcano blows, we’re dead.”




Comment by Derrick Johnson on August 22, 2015 at 8:35am

Mexico's Colima Volcano erupts twice, spewing ash into air

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 4:22 - The Colima Volcano erupted twice on Thursday (August 20) morning, spewing ash and smoke more than 3 kilometres (1.86 miles) into the air.

Located in the southwestern Mexican state of Colima, the Fire Volcano's first eruption occurred at 8:00 am local time (1300 GMT) and the second at 9:20 am (1420 GMT).

The volcano has been exhibiting activity since July 9. Over the last month, nearby villages have been blanketed with thick coats of ash, prompting evacuations. 

Officially known as the Colima Volcano, it was previously active in January and February of 2015 and is part of the Pacific's Ring of Fire Mexico contains over 3,000 volcanos but only 14 are considered active. 

Major eruptions have included the 1953 eruption of the Paricutin Volcano in Michoacan, the 1982 eruption of Tacana Volcano in Chiapas and the 1986 eruption of the Colima Volcano. 

The Colima Volcano has erupted more than 40 times since the 16th century and local authorities have an emergency plan that includes continuous observation of the volcano and mandatory evacuations, if needed.

Source: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/us/news/articles/extreme-weather/m...

Comment by Howard on August 20, 2015 at 4:53am

Northwest side of the Indo-Australian Plate feeling pressure lately with buoy 23227 off Sumatra showing undersea displacements as well as Barren Island volcano to the north.

A 5000-ft ash plume was reported this morning extending 50 km to the east from the Barren Island volcano.

Barren Island, a possession of India in the Andaman Sea about 135 km NE of Port Blair in the Andaman Islands, is the only historically active volcano along the N-S-trending volcanic arc extending between Sumatra and Burma (Myanmar).





Comment by Mark on August 17, 2015 at 8:22am

Sakurajima volcano threatens to erupt: Thousands prepare to evacuate as huge blast feared just miles from nuclear reactor


Thousands of people are being evacuated after Japan warned a massive volcano close to a nuclear power plant is threatening to erupt.

Japan warned Sakurajima volcano, which is just 50 km (31 miles) from a nuclear reactor is showing signs of increased activity.

The mountain - on the southern island of Kyush - is one of Japan's most active volcanoes and erupts almost constantly.

But a larger than usual eruption could be in the offing, an official at the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

"There is the danger that stones could rain down on areas near the mountain's base, so we are warning residents of those areas to be ready to evacuate if needed," the official added.
The agency also said it had raised the warning level on the peak, 990 km southwest of Tokyo, to an unprecedented 4, for prepare to evacuate, from 3. Roughly 100 people could be affected.

Japan on Tuesday restarted a reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant, some 50 km from Sakurajima. It is the first reactor to be restarted under new safety standards put in place after the 2011 Fukushima disaster.

Comment by M. Difato on August 14, 2015 at 8:26pm

Cotopaxi Volcano in Ecuador Erupts after 75 Years - August 14

The Cotopaxi volcano, located 60 kilometers from Quito in Ecuador, which has been silent for almost 75 years has erupted.

Reports of falling ash and the smell of sulphur is being reported in nearby Machachi, Ecuador following Cotopaxi volcano eruption.

The last major eruption was in 1940, but since then the Cotopaxi had been quiet. However, in the last few months, Ecuador's volcano monitoring agency - IG-EPN had raised fears that the volcano may go active again as there have been some 100 small earthquakes per day in the region. Signature tremor associated with fluid movement at volcano also was reported.

Ash from Cotopaxi has considerably affected visibility in Quito and other areas. Local residents are wearing masks in the city streets. * Two phreatic eruptions took place at Cotopaxi volcano this morning. A phreatic eruption is a steam eruption without lava ejection. It is a common precursor of volcanic activity.

Volcanologists from the Instituto Geofisico are expected to visit the summit to access the situation.

Locals have been asked by the government officials to use precautions when venturing outside to avoid inhaling ash. No evacuations have been ordered yet. * "We are monitoring the situation closely,"

Ecuador's volcano monitoring agency - IG-EPN. * Locals heard two loud explosions followed by a rain of ash and strong smell of sulphur. *

Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcanoes in the world and the second highest summit in the country.

Cotopaxi's most violent eruptions in historical times occurred in the years 1744, 1768, and 1877. In the 1877 eruption pyroclastic flows descended all sides of the mountain, with lahars travelling more than 100 km into the Pacific Ocean and western Amazon basin draining the valley.

There was a major eruption in 1903 through 1904, and some minor activity in 1942 as well as 1975 but it did not produce any major events. (via sguisard.astrosurf.com)

Source: http://www.ibtimes.co.in/live-cotopaxi-volcano-ecuador-erupts-after...


Comment by Howard on August 10, 2015 at 7:09am

Inactive Geyser Bursts Through New Zealand City Centre (Aug 10)

Parts of a New Zealand city have been closed after an old geyser suddenly burst back into life and started spitting steam and water 15m into the air.

Rotorua city, on the country’s north island, is well-known for its geothermal activity, with many tourists drawn to its unusual boiling mud pools and geysers.

But the old bore that began spraying dirt and gravel onto roofs yesterday provided an unlikely CBD spectacle for tourists.

Video posted to the Rotorua Daily Post shows the geyser gushing up from underneath the ground down a small cobbled lane in front of concerned onlookers.

"Mum, shall I ring 911?" says the man recording the footage. Police were called and shops in the surrounding area were reportedly closed for several hours.

A spokesperson from the local council said the geyser burst through an old bore in the city centre.

"Once the bore has been shut down contractors and staff will have a better idea about why it blew this afternoon," he said.

"The area has been cordoned off for safety reasons and we will have security guards there overnight to ensure public safety."





Comment by Howard on August 5, 2015 at 3:55am

Mexico's Colima Volcano Spews Huge Ash Cloud (Aug 3)

Mexico's famous "volcano of fire" spewed an ash cloud two miles (3km) into the sky on Monday.



Comment by Howard on August 5, 2015 at 3:10am

Ongoing Eruption at Java's Raung Volcano Continues to Disrupt Air Travel (Aug 4)

The eruption at the volcano remains very intense and might have increased during the past days.

Virgin Australia has cancelled all flights to and from Bali today as volcanic ash from the erupting volcano continues to wreak havoc on airline travel.

“The latest advice from our team of meteorologists and the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre is that conditions are not suitable for operations into and out of Denpasar Airport today,” the airline said in a statement.

“We have been advised that Mt Raung continues to erupt and winds are blowing in an unfavourable direction, and are forecast to continue to do so for the rest of the day.”

Jetstar has also had to cancel and delay flights to and from Bali again after seriously deteriorating flight conditions.

According to Indonesian press reports, new fissures have been reported and incandescent ejecta were seen to up to a height of 1500 m.






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