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  • 5/22/2015 — Whole West coast moved over 48 hours — Oregon Earthquake near Erupting Volcano

    05/22/2015 3:14:25 PM PDT · by Twotone · 52 replies
    Dutch Sinse ^ | May 22, 2015 | Michael Janitch
    Over the past 48 hours the whole of the West coast of the United States has moved on at least a 4.0 magnitude level or greater. Currently, another mid-4.0 magnitude (4.2 M) earthquake has struck the West coast, off the shores of Oregon, near the Axial undersea volcano (which is currently erupting).
  • 35 years later, residents remember Mount St. Helens eruption [May 18, 1980]

    05/19/2015 10:51:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 72 replies
    Thirty-five years have passed since Mount St. Helens erupted in Washington, killing 57 people and raining ash throughout the state. Lisa Rainey shared a photo of jarred ash with Seattle's KIRO-TV, writing: "Ashes and a newspaper from Mount St. Helen's blast from 1980 ... my grandma and grandpa scooped up ashes in their yard from the blast.” When the photo was shared on Facebook, many viewers began to share their memories of that day – May 18, 1980.
  • 6-centimeter uplift seen in Hakone

    05/09/2015 4:50:22 PM PDT · by VanShuyten · 13 replies
    The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) ^ | May 09, 2015 | unknown
    Amid a volcanic alert, satellite data show that a 200-meter-diameter area of the Owakudani hot spring district at Mt. Hakone, south of Tokyo, has been lifted by up to 6 centimeters, the Geospatial Information Authority said Friday. The upthrust is believed to have occurred between April 18 and Thursday, said the GIA, which analyzed data from the Daichi-2 observation satellite, launched in May last year by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. The satellite already observed a 10-centimeter land uplift in areas near craters of Mt. Ontake after the central Japan volcano erupted last September, leaving 57 people dead and six...
  • What about the Calbuco Volcano in Chile?

    05/06/2015 6:13:12 AM PDT · by olepap · 11 replies
    Vanity | Your old Pappy
    Whats the deal with the volcano spewing all the dust into the atmosphere? Will this cause global warming, or global cooling? Will it accelerate the cooling trend we have been seeing for the last 20 years?
  • Crater collapse causes lava explosion on Hawaii's Kilauea

    05/04/2015 11:32:13 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 10 replies
    AP ^ | May 3 , 2015 | CALEB JONES
    Molten lava, rocks and gas went flying through the air on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano after an explosion was caused by the partial collapse of a crater wall. The collapse triggered a small explosion, spreading lava and debris around the rim of Kilauea's Halemaumau Crater, the U.S. Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory says. Janet Babb, a geologist with the USGS, compared the blast on Sunday to taking a hammer to the top of a bottle of champagne.
  • Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast

    05/01/2015 5:31:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Courtney Sherwood
    An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of two previous eruptions by the volcano, dubbed "Axial Seamount" for its location along the axis of an underwater mountain ridge, Oregon State University geologist Bill Chadwick said on Friday. But those 1998 and 2011 eruptions were detected months or years afterward, Chadwick added. Last year, researchers connected monitoring gear to an undersea cable that, for the...
  • Magma expanse under Yellowstone supervolcano more vast than thought

    04/24/2015 10:34:31 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 4/24/2015 | Ben Brumfield
    As tourists stroll between Yellowstone's 300 active geysers, taking selfies in front of thousands of bubbling, boiling mud pots and hissing steam vents, they are treading on one of the planet's greatest time bombs. The park is a supervolcano so enormous, it has puzzled geophysicists for decades, but now a research group, using seismic technology to scan its depths, have made a bombshell discovery. Yellowstone's magma reserves are many magnitudes greater than previously thought, say scientists from the University of Utah. Underneath the national park's attractions and walking paths is enough hot rock to fill the Grand Canyon nearly 14...
  • A Volcano Just Erupted in Chile, Spewing Ash For Miles

    04/22/2015 7:38:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 40 replies
    RYOT Blog ^ | 4-22-15
    A few hours ago Volcano Calbuco in southern Chile erupted for the first time in nearly 40 years. According to CNN Chile, a Red Alert was issued for the surrounding area. An estimated 1500 people are being asked to evacuate within a six mile radius. “The eruption happened about half an hour ago. There are a lot of people out in the streets, many heading to the gas stations to fill up on gas,” Derek Way, a resident of Puerto Varas, told Reuters.
  • Volcano responsible for one of the worst eruptions in last 2000 years set to explode again

    04/18/2015 10:12:44 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 40 replies
    The Weather Network ^ | April 15, 2015 | Rodrigo Cokting
    / Mount Baekdu is set to explode according to experts and if that isn't shocking enough, keep in mind that Baekdu is responsible for one of the worst eruptions in the last 2,000 years. Professor Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University urged officials to keep a close eye on the highest peak of the Korean peninsula. Baekdu is an active volcano located on the border between North Korea and China. The caldera or cauldron of the Baekdu volcano, which is sometimes called Paektu or Changbai, has risen a centimetre since July, according to new research. "The mountains's height has risen...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Milky Way over Erupting Volcano

    04/13/2015 7:30:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    NASA ^ | April 13, 2015 | (see photo credit)
    Explanation: The view was worth the trip. Battling high winds, cold temperatures, and low oxygen, the trek to near the top of the volcano Santa Maria in Guatemala -- while carrying sensitive camera equipment -- was lonely and difficult. Once set up, though, the camera captured this breathtaking vista during the early morning hours of February 28. Visible on the ground are six volcanoes of the Central America Volcanic Arc, including Fuego, the Volcano of Fire, which is seen erupting in the distance. Visible in the sky, in separate exposures taken a few minutes later, are many stars much further...
  • Why ancient myths about volcanoes are often true

    03/22/2015 6:17:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2015 | Jane Palmer
    Story has it that many hundreds of years ago, Tanovo, chief of the Fijian island Ono, was very partial to a late afternoon stroll. Each day he would walk along the beach, watch the sun go down and undoubtedly contemplate this paradise on Earth. But one day Tanovo's rival, chief of the volcano Nabukelevu, pushed his mountain up and blocked Tanovo's view of the sunset. Enraged at this, and robbed of the pacifying effects of his daily meditation, Tanovo wove giant coconut-fibre baskets and began to remove earth from the mountain. His rival, however, caught Tanovo and chased him away....
  • Volcano Monitors Proposed For Mount Hood, A "Very High Threat" Volcano

    03/19/2015 12:20:01 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 33 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 3/17/2015 | Staff
    PORTLAND -- The U.S. Geological Survey and the Cascades Volcano Observatory hope to install four volcano monitoring stations on the upper flanks of Mount Hood.
  • THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER 1816 IN MAINE

    03/18/2015 2:42:50 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 30 replies
    http://www.milbridgehistoricalsociety.org/ ^ | Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | Lee-Lee Schlegel
    THE YEAR WITHOUT A SUMMER 1816, IN MAINE By Lee-Lee Schlegel MONTHS THAT SHOULD BE SUMMER’S PRIME SLEET AND SNOW AND FROST AND RIME AIR SO COLD YOU SEE YOUR BREATH EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND FROZE TO DEATH (An old rhyme) -------------------------------------------------------------1771 REUBEN WHITTEN 1847 SON OF A REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIER, A PIONEER OF THIS TOWN, COLD SEASON OF 1816 RAISED 40 BUSHELS OF WHEAT ON THIS LAND WHITCH KEPT HIS FAMILY AND NEIGHBOURS FROM STARVATION ( Tombstone in an Ashland, N.H. cemetery) Imagine! It’s June. Or July. Or perhaps August in Down East Maine. In Milbridge. That’s easy enough to do,...
  • Thousands Flee Huge Volcano Eruption In Southern Chile (pix of lava)

    03/03/2015 8:09:25 PM PST · by Loud Mime · 24 replies
    Buzzfeed ^ | March 3, 2015 | Francis Whittaker
    A volcanic eruption in Villarrica, central Chile, prompted evacuations of nearby towns and cities and emergency meetings of officials, local media reported.
  • Multiple Camera Drones Were Lost for This Imagery of a Volcano’s Insides

    02/24/2015 8:28:59 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 22 replies
    PETAPIXEL ^ | 02/24/15 | Michael Zhang
    Explorer Sam Cossman recently employed the help of multiple drones to capture photos and footage of the Marum Crater in an active volcano on the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. He ended up losing multiple drones in the process, but he left the island with spectacular images that will help provide a better understanding of the volcano and the life that exists around it.
  • The Copper Heart of Volcanos

    02/12/2015 10:48:03 AM PST · by JimSEA · 24 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 2/10/2015 | News Staff
    The link between volcanism and the formation of copper ore could lead to discovery of new copper deposits. Copper has been in use for 6,000 years and it shows no signs of slowing down. The average home has about a hundred pounds of it and we are going to have more people and homes, not fewer. Volcanoes may be the answer. A research team led by Professor Jon Blundy of University of Bristol's School of Earth Sciences, studied giant porphyry copper deposits of the variety that host 75 percent of the world's copper reserves. Copper forms in association with volcanoes...
  • New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction

    12/19/2014 11:42:56 AM PST · by Red Badger · 25 replies
    www.sciencedaily.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Source: Princeton University
    A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs, according to new research from Princeton University. A primeval volcanic range in western India known as the Deccan Traps, which were once three times larger than France, began its main phase of eruptions roughly 250,000 years before the Cretaceous-Paleogene, or K-Pg, extinction event, the researchers report in the journal Science. For the next 750,000 years, the volcanoes unleashed more than 1.1 million cubic...
  • What would happen if the Yellowstone supervolcano actually erupted? [Matthew 24:7]

    12/16/2014 6:25:56 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Vox ^ | 12/15/2014 | Brad Plumer
    If the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park ever had another massive eruption, it could spew ash for thousands of miles across the United States, damaging buildings, smothering crops, and shutting down power plants. It'd be a huge disaster...
  • UW team explores large, restless volcanic field in Chile

    12/05/2014 9:57:57 AM PST · by JimSEA · 3 replies
    University of Wisconsin ^ | 11/28/2014 | David Tenenbaum
    If Brad Singer knew for sure what was happening three miles under an odd-shaped lake in the Andes, he might be less eager to spend a good part of his career investigating a volcanic field that has erupted 36 times during the last 25,000 years. As he leads a large scientific team exploring a region in the Andes called Laguna del Maule, Singer hopes the area remains quiet. But the primary reason to expend so much effort on this area boils down to one fact: The rate of uplift is among the highest ever observed by satellite measurement for a...
  • This Eye-Opening Infographic Shows How Prepared Every State Is For A Natural Disaster

    11/29/2014 11:21:05 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies
    BI ^ | 11-29-2014 | Matt Johnston
    Matt Johnston November 29, 2014The folks at Foodstorage.com have put together some crucial data about how safe we all are in one big and wonderful infographic. The first graphic below shows a map of the United States and the disasters most likely to hit certain parts of the country. Foodstorage.com also poured through the data to look at how each state is prepared for disaster. This is measured by each state's disaster budget per capita according to NEMAweb.org. The results are very telling. Texas is in the worst shape, according to this data. They are ranked as the least safe...
  • Flights cancelled across Japanese...Mount Aso volcano erupts for the first time in 22 years

    11/28/2014 5:18:10 AM PST · by John W · 18 replies
    Mail Online ^ | November 28, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Dozens of flights have been cancelled across southern Japan after a volcano erupted for the first time in 22 years. Mount Aso, located about 625 miles southwest of Tokyo, on Kyushu island, has been blasting out chunks of magma since Friday morning, causing flight cancellations from Kumamoto, the nearest city, and prompting warnings to stay away from its crater. The volcano has been spewing out lava debris and smoke, shooting plumes of ash a kilometer (3,280 feet) into the sky, The Japan Meteorological Agency said.
  • Pavlof Volcano

    11/16/2014 10:02:13 AM PST · by JimSEA · 7 replies
    Geology.com ^ | 2014 | Hobart King
    Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in North America. In the past 100 years, Pavlof has erupted at least 24 times and may have erupted on several other occasions. The remote location and weather with limited visibility, combined with the fact that there are few local inhabitants, may have allowed some eruptions to go unconfirmed. Today, daily satellite monitoring and real-time data from instruments around the volcano bring a continuous stream of information to scientists. [1] Although there is very little human activity on the land immediately surrounding Pavlof, the sky above is heavily travelled. Each day at...
  • Volcano erupts in Alaska

    11/15/2014 4:57:27 PM PST · by John W · 47 replies
    Airplanes are being warned to avoid airspace near an erupting Alaska volcano as it spews ash 30,000 feet above sea level. The National Weather Service said Saturday ash is being blown to the west and northwest of Pavlof Volcano. Pavlof began erupting three days ago, pushing lava out from a vent near its summit. On Friday, the ash cloud reached 16,000 feet. Alaska Volcano Observatory Geophysicist Dave Schneider says the eruption intensified at 6 a.m. Saturday, sending the ash cloud higher.
  • Alaska braces for possible volcanic eruption

    12/23/2005 1:57:23 AM PST · by Crackingham · 32 replies · 1,781+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/23/5 | Yereth Rosen
    A restless volcano near Alaska's most populated region is being watched by scientist and officials, who warned on Thursday of the risk of clouds of ash and a tsunami from a possible eruption. The intensifying rumblings in the past few weeks at Augustine Volcano, an island peak 175 miles southwest of Anchorage in Cook Inlet, have produced a series of steam explosions, releases of sulfur gas and signs that there may be an eruption similar to events in 1986 and 1976 which sent ash clouds as high as 40,000 feet, scientists said. There has even been an increase of 1...
  • Alaska Volcano Blanketed Europe with Ash 1,200 Years Ago

    10/17/2014 10:53:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    LiveScience ^ | October 06, 2014 | Becky Oskin
    Alaska's Mount Churchill volcano erupted some 1,200 years ago, spreading ash from Canada to Germany... Mount Churchill is also an impressive volcano, the tallest on land in the United States and one of the towering, snowy peaks of Alaska's Wrangell-St. Elias Mountains. But Churchill's blast in A.D. 843 ejected just 12 cubic miles (50 cubic km) of ash, a layer now called the White River Ash, according to the new study, published in the September 2014 issue of the journal Geology... If moderate volcanic eruptions can spread ash for thousands of miles, then these blowouts may be more hazardous than...
  • The Stunning Video When "Camera On A Drone" Entered An Active Volcano

    10/04/2014 12:24:59 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 11 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 10/04/2014 | Tyler Durden
    Earlier this week, a bunch of guys from DJIGlobal had a brilliant idea: let's take the infamous "camera on a stick" from Go Pro(laroid), stick it on a drone, and dump the whole thing above the magma caldera of Iceland's most recent active volcanic eruption at Bardarbunga, while filming every step of the way. The resulting video is stunning, even if the camera melted in the process.
  • Japan volcano: Bodies of 31 hikers found after eruption

    09/28/2014 12:51:18 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Sun, Sep 28, 2014, 20:24
    The bodies of 31 people have been found near the peak of a Japanese volcano that erupted unexpectedly yesterday while it was packed with hikers out to admire autumn foliage, sending a huge cloud of ash and rock tumbling down its slopes. Police said the 31 people were found in “cardiopulmonary” arrest but declined to confirm their deaths pending a formal examination, as per Japanese custom. An official in the area said rescue efforts had been called off due to rising levels of toxic gas near the peak, as well as approaching nightfall. Hundreds of people, including children, were stranded...
  • Earthquakes reported near Mammoth Mountain volcano

    09/27/2014 5:34:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 9-27-14 | Amanda Watts
    A flurry of small earthquakes rumbling near the Mammoth Mountain Volcano, have been categorized as "volcanic unrest" by the United States Geological Survey. Nearly three dozen earthquakes ranging from magnitude 2.6 to 3.8 have swarmed the area, northeast of Fresno, California, over the last two days. Earthquake swarms in this region are not uncommon. David Shelly, a seismologist with California Volcano Observatory, said this swarm is "bigger than we've seen recently, but normal in the area." He adds they are keeping a close eye on the movement, "but in the larger scheme of things, it's within in the range of...
  • Volcano erupts in Japan; injuries reported

    09/27/2014 1:23:16 AM PDT · by John W · 24 replies
    AP via Fort Wayne News Sentinel ^ | September 27, 2014 | AP
    TOKYO (AP) — A volcano erupted in central Japan on Saturday, catching mountain climbers by surprise and seriously injuring at least one person. With a sound likened to thunder, Mt. Ontake spewed large white plumes high into the sky, sending people fleeing and covering surrounding areas in ash. Several people were injured, including one who was unconscious, according to Japanese media reports.
  • Mt. Ontake in central Japan erupts

    09/27/2014 12:11:47 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 7 replies
    NHK a World ^ | Sept. 27, 2014 | NHK
    Japan's Meteorological Agency is warning people to stay away from Mount Ontake in central Japan following a volcanic eruption. The agency said the volcano on the border between Nagano and Gifu prefectures erupted shortly before noon on Saturday. Video taken by an NHK helicopter shows the volcano spewing gray smoke up into the sky. The agency upgraded its 5-stage volcanic alert level to 3 -- which urges people not to approach the mountain. Firefighters say about 200 climbers have taken shelter at a cottage near the top. They say a few people are reportedly injured. Mount Ontake last erupted 7...
  • Pahoa within Pele’s grasp | Hawaii Tribune-Herald:

    09/15/2014 3:10:21 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 18 replies
    Hilo Tribune Herald ^ | Monday Sept. 15th , 2014 | Tom Callis
    Kalapana. Royal Gardens. And now … Pahoa? With a lava flow advancing steadily toward Pahoa village, Kilauea appears poised to claim yet another community as part of its 31-year-long eruption.
  • Scientists turn textbook volcanic eruption theory on its head

    09/13/2014 12:52:15 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    Zeenews (India) ^ | Tuesday, September 9, 2014 | ANI
    Researchers at Caltech and the University of Miami in Florida found that the volcano pictures, such as those that are forming the Hawaiian Islands, illustrate that it erupts when magma gushes out as narrow jets from deep inside Earth but those pictures are wrong. Don Anderson, the Eleanor and John R. McMillian Professor of Geophysics, Emeritus, at Caltech said that new seismology data are now confirming that such narrow jets don't actually exist. He further explained that, in fact, basic physics doesn't support the presence of these jets, called mantle plumes, and the new results corroborated those fundamental ideas. It...
  • This Is What Would Happen If The Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupted

    09/09/2014 3:29:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | September 9, 2014 | Ajai Raj
    Recently, rumors have been swelling of a danger at Yellowstone National Park. That danger? A brewing supervolcano eruption. The fear of a Yellowstone supereruption, which ultimately went viral, may have begun back in February when a seismometer called B944 began sending senseless data to a public viewer at the University of Utah's seismographic station, as George Black reports in The New Yorker. Luckily for most of the U.S., the likelihood this eruption would happen is pretty low: about one in 100,000 any given year. If it did happen, it would be pretty devastating, though.
  • Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea (video)

    09/08/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | 9-5-2014 | bacobjee
    The eruption of Mount Tavurvur volcano on August 29th, 2014. Captured by Phil McNamara.
  • Big­gest su­bsi­dence since mea­surements of crustal mo­vements started (ICELAND)

    09/06/2014 7:10:26 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 36 replies
    MBL ^ | 09/06/14 | staff
    n the sur­veill­ance flig­ht yester­day the ice-surface at Bárðarbunga was mea­sured with the radar system of Isa­via’s aircraft. The mea­surements show lar­ge changes on the ice-surface. Up to 15 m su­bsi­dence has occur­red in the centre of the caldera, which cor­responds to a volume change of 0.25 km3. The shape of the su­bsi­dence area is in accor­d­ance with the elevati­on of the caldera floor having low­ered by that amount. o Su­bsi­dence of this or­der has not been obser­ved in Ice­land since mea­surements of crustal mo­vements started around the middle of last cent­ury. o No signs of erupti­on or increa­sed geot­hermal...
  • Yellowstone ‘Super Eruption’ Could Blanket U.S. in Ash, Study Finds

    09/03/2014 12:37:43 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    TIME ^ | Sept. 2, 2014 | Dan Kedmey
    <p>If Yellowstone erupted into a massive, ash-spewing volcano, how far might the plume travel across the continental United States? From coast to coast, blanketing every city in ash, according to an unsettling new study.</p> <p>Geophysicists developed a computer model of a Yellowstone “super eruption” that would spew 330 cubic kilometers of volcanic ash into the sky. The resulting ash cloud, depending on wind conditions, would blanket the continental United States in ash deposits of varying thickness, according to the study, published late August in the journal Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems.</p>
  • Iceland Volcano Pushes Aviation Warning To Highest Level

    08/31/2014 6:46:58 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-31-2014 | Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, Reuters
    Robert Robertsson and Simon Johnson, ReutersAug. 31, 2014 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A small new fissure eruption in an ice-free area of Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano system prompted authorities to raise their warning of the risk of ash to aviation to the highest level on Sunday. Iceland's largest volcanic system, which cuts a 190 km long and up to 25 km wide (118 miles by 15.5 miles) swathe across the North Atlantic island, has been hit by thousands of earthquakes over the last two weeks and scientists have been on high alert. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, in...
  • 'Cauldrons' Found At Iceland's Largest Volcano Could Spell Big Trouble

    08/28/2014 5:43:49 AM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    BI - Reuters ^ | 8-28-2014 | Robert Robertsson and Anna Ringstrom , Reuters
    Robert Robertsson and Anna Ringstrom , Reuters August 28, 2014REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Ice over Iceland's rumbling Bardarbunga volcano has melted to reveal a row of 1-km wide "cauldrons", possibly due to a sub-glacial eruption, the country's meteorological office said late on Wednesday. Rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system for about a week have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days. The Met Office said on its website it had not observed an increase in the level of tremors...
  • Iceland Removes Ban On Air Traffic Over Rumbling Volcano (Bardarbunga)

    08/24/2014 3:06:24 PM PDT · by blam · 10 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8-24-2014 | AFP
    AFPAugust 24, 2014 Reykjavik (AFP) - Iceland removed a ban on air traffic around the nation's largest volcanic system on Sunday after fears of an imminent eruption subsided. The Icelandic Met Office said there had not been a small, subglacial eruption on Saturday, as previously announced, and lowered the alert over the Bardarbunga volcano from red to orange. "Presently there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity," the IMO said on its website. A major explosion at the Bardarbunga volcano, located under a glacier, could signal a replay of the global travel chaos triggered when another Icelandic peak blew four...
  • Subglacial Volcanic Eruption Begins in Iceland

    08/23/2014 8:34:53 AM PDT · by FlJoePa · 62 replies
    abc news ^ | 8-23-14 | JENNA GOTTLIEB and JILL LAWLESS
    Iceland raised its aviation alert to red Saturday as a subglacial eruption began at the restless Bardarbunga volcano, which has been rattled by thousands of earthquakes in the past week, the country's Meteorological Office said. Seismic data indicated that lava from the volcano was melting ice beneath the Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland's largest, Met Office vulcanologist Melissa Pfeffer said. She said it was not clear when, or if, the eruption would melt through the ice — which is between 100 to 400 meters (330 to 1,300 feet) thick — and send steam and ash into the air. The eruption led Iceland...
  • Icelandic volcano could trigger Britain's coldest winter EVER this year

    08/23/2014 8:23:20 AM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    Daily Express ^ | August 22, 2014 | Nathan Rao
    BRITAIN could freeze in YEARS of super-cold winters and miserable summers if the Baroabunga volcano erupts, experts have warned. Depending on the force of the explosion, minute particles thrust beyond the earth’s atmosphere can trigger DECADES of chaotic weather patterns. Tiny pieces of debris act as billions of shields reflecting the sun’s light away from earth meaning winter temperatures could plunge LOWER THAN EVER before while summer will be devoid of sunshine. The first effect could be a bitterly cold winter to arrive in weeks with thermometers plunging into minus figures and not rising long before next summer. The Icelandic...
  • CODE ORANGE: The Risk Of An 'Explosive Subglacial Eruption' In Iceland Just Went Up

    08/18/2014 9:58:16 AM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    BI ^ | 8-18-2014 | Myles Udland
    August 18, 2014Myles UdlandThere's a (increased) chance a huge volcano in Iceland could blow.Lorcan Roche Kelly at Agenda Research tipped us off to the news that the Icelandic government on Monday changed the status of Bardarbunga, a volcano in Iceland located under Europe's largest glacier, to "orange," meaning there is a heightened risk of eruption and ash cloud. A report from Reuters on Monday noted that this is the second-highest risk level on the government's five-level risk scale. "Presently there are no signs of eruption, but it cannot be excluded that the current activity will result in an explosive subglacial...
  • Volcanos of the World: A - Z

    08/09/2014 11:16:59 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 6 replies
    Volcano Discovery ^ | Unknown | Staff
    Alphabetical List of All The Volcanos in The World
  • Japan's 2011 Earthquake May Lead to Mount Fuji Volcanic Eruption, Study Says

    07/18/2014 9:24:03 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 8 replies
    In 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck just off the coast of Honshu, Japan. The quake — the country's strongest ever — and resulting tsunami claimed more than 15,000 lives and destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and buildings. But according to a study published in Science, a new cataclysm from the devastating quake could be on the horizon: a major eruption of Japan's Mount Fuji. Using seismic data collected in the wake of the earthquake, French and Japanese researchers pieced together a map of the geological underpinnings of Japan most "disturbed" by the 2011 quake. What they found was alarming:...
  • New View of Rainier’s Volcanic Plumbing

    07/18/2014 9:45:32 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 17 replies
    News Center, Univ. of Utah ^ | 7/17/2014 | Staff
    July 17, 2014 – By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier’s deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday. “This is the most direct image yet capturing the melting process that feeds magma into a crustal reservoir that eventually is tapped for eruptions,” says geophysicist Phil Wannamaker, of the university’s Energy & Geoscience Institute and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. “But it does not provide any information on the timing of future eruptions from Mount Rainier or other...
  • Scientists use ‘metal-detector’ instruments to trace activity of magma under Mount Rainier

    07/17/2014 8:11:40 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 4 replies
    Tech Times ^ | 7/17/2014 | Jim Algar
    Geophysicists say a network of electrical sensors is giving them a picture of the deep underground volcanic plumbing containing molten rock under some of North America's most active and dangerous volcanoes.
  • Super Volcano is Bigger [YELLOWSTONE]

    07/09/2014 1:13:21 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    www.kulr8.com ^ | Updated: Jul 09, 2014 3:04 PM CST | By Penny Preston
    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - The world’s authority on Yellowstone’s Super Volcano says it’s more than twice as big as scientists once thought. Does that mean it’s more likely to blow up soon? Penny Preston found Dr. Robert Smith at his home near Grand Teton, and found the answer. Millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to see its geysers, fumeroles, hot springs, and mud pots. It’s the largest concentration of thermal features in the world. The park sits on top of the world’s largest active volcano. The Super Volcano. Its most recent eruption was more than 600,000 years ago. All...
  • World's largest active volcano shows signs of life in Hawaii

    06/20/2014 10:11:27 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    www.dnaindia.com ^ | Friday, 20 June 2014 | Reporting by Dan Whitcomb; Editing by Peter Cooney
    Mauna Loa, the world's largest active volcano, has rumbled back to life in Hawaii over the past 13 months with more seismic activity than at any time since its last eruption, scientists say, while calling it too soon to predict another blast. The volcano, which last erupted in 1975 and 1984, has been rattled since March 2013 by earthquakes of the same type and in the same location as the temblors that preceded those explosions, said Wes Thelen, a seismologist for the US Geological Survey's Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. "The earthquakes we are seeing at Mauna Loa lead us to believe...
  • Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupts - video

    06/16/2014 8:11:44 AM PDT · by don-o · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | June 16, 2014
    Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, erupts sending columns of lava and ash high into the air. The spectacular visual display was accompanied by loud explosions. Airport authorities at Catania in Sicily closed the airport to avoid the hazardous ash clouds caused by the eruption
  • Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI)

    06/11/2014 8:28:03 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 9 replies
    Geology News ^ | June 8, 2014 | Hobart King
    Measuring the size or strength of natural events has always been a challenge for natural scientists. They developed the Richter Magnitude scale to estimate the amount of energy released by an earthquake, the Saffir-Simpson scale to estimate a hurricane's potential, and the Fujita scale for rating the intensity of hurricanes. These scales are valuable for comparing different events and for understanding the amount of damage that events of different size can cause. Measuring the strength of a volcanic eruption is more challenging than collecting wind speed data or measuring ground motion with an instrument. Volcanic eruptions produce different types of...