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Ethiopian Volcano Spews Stunning Deadly Blue Gas

New Scientist interviewed French photographer Olivier Grunewald, who captures striking images of nature like the Dallol volcano, located in the Danakil Depression of Ethiopia’s Afar region. Grunewald’s work uses no filters or digital enhancement, and the results are stunning. To capture the Ethiopian volcano, Grunewald waited until after dusk, when the blue flames were more visible against the night sky.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/05/31/35-ethiopian-volcano-spews-stunning-deadly-blue-gas/

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** INDONESIAN VOLCANO ERUPTS **

 

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Story : SMH
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Qantas and Virgin Australia have confirmed all their flights to and from Darwin have been cancelled as a massive volcanic ash cloud sweeps from Indonesia towards the Australian mainland.

Flights around Australia may be disrupted by the cloud, which began spreading when Sangeang Api, a volcano off the northeast coast of the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, erupted on Friday evening.
Virgin Australia spokeswoman Jacqui Abbott said all Virgin flights to Darwin on Saturday have been cancelled.
"Because of the impact of the volcano we have cancelled all flights today on our schedule to and from Darwin," she said.

"Our meteorologist aare monitoring the situation and are consulting with the (volcanic ash) advisory centre in Darwin and we will renew normal operations as the situation allows."
Qantas Group spokeswoman Kira Reed said cancellations also affect all Qantas flights to and from Darwin on Saturday and Jetstar's Cairns-Darwin and Darwin-Cairns flights, its Darwin-Adelaide service and its Darwin-Bali, Bali-Darwin, Singapore-Darwin and Darwin-Singapore flights.

The Darwin International Airport website indicates all Saturday flights to and from Darwin have been cancelled
Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre manager at the Bureau of Meteorology in Darwin, Emile Jansons, said the ash cloud is already affecting Australian air space.
"It has currently reached the Australian coast. It has reached the Kimberley coast (in Western Australia)," he told AAP.
"It is spreading east and it may dissipate, so it is not clear how far east it will get.
"It is not yet clear if it will affect the eastern seaboard."

Mr Jansons said volcanic ash can be hazardous to aircraft but the decision whether or not to fly is a safety and economic decision that rests with individual airlines.
Airports in Singapore and Bali are operating as normal according to a Qantas spokeswoman.
AAP

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-essentials/travel-news/darwin-airport-flights-cancelled-after-indonesia-volcano-erupts-20140531-39ang.html#ixzz33FqYx9LL

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Volcano-Like Eruption in Himachal Pradesh

SHIMLA: Reports of a "volcano-like eruption" in Kangra district in Himachal Pradesh has triggered panic among the people of the area.

Flames and a hot liquid stream were seen spewing out of a hill 100 m from Gadiyada village. The village is over 200 km from Shimla.

After a report by the state geologists confirmed the eruption as 'small magmatic activity', a team of Geological Survey of India (GSI) reached the site on Thursday. This is the first time such a volcanic activity has been witnessed in the state.

Fearing that a bigger eruption could damage their agricultural land and houses, residents of around half a dozen villages in the vicinity of the eruption are anxiously awaiting the final report of GSI team.

"Gases and liquids are being emitted from holes in a 10 feet area around the hill where the volcanic activity took place," said Ved Prakash, president of Drang panchayat. He said the eruption, unheard of in this area, caused panic among villagers.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Volcano-like-eruption-in-Himachal-Pradesh/articleshow/36116427.cms

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I want to know if anyone recalls the story about the boy and his father walking in Colorado Springs, Colorado. How all of a sudden his shoes melted and he had 3rd degree burns on his feet.  I believe they found the ground to be 800 degrees. This incident in India, sure brought it back to my mind.  They said due to coal spoil, but is it really??

 

Boy's feet burned after shoes start to melt

June 3, 2008

http://archive.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=92982

 

Volcanic eruptions from Ubinas in southern Peru to continue next week

June 7, 2014

 

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"June 2014 PERU – Peru’s most active volcano is likely to continue its eruptive activity next week with ash emissions and occasional eruptions, government officials have said. The ongoing process of the Ubinas volcano, in south-eastern region of Moquegua, is characterized by major plume of ashes as well as by volcanic gases and explosive activity. The above former activity is expected to generate harmful effects on farming and livestock raising activities in the area, the country’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) said. Likewise, the Peruvian agency announced an overall decrease in the volcano’s daily seismic energy and a sharp decline in the number of explosions, lowering from more than 40 to 1 or 2 a day."

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Alaska’s Pavlof volcano blows its top, threatens air flights

June 6, 2014

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ALASKA – Alaska’s Pavlof volcano turned up the volume on its new eruption yesterday (June 2), sending up a billowy ash plume that could threaten local flights, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). The AVO tracks eruptions at Pavlof, a snowy cone on the Alaska Peninsula, using satellite imagery and earthquake monitors. The most recent eruption started Saturday, when heat-tracking by satellite shows a rise in surface temperatures at the volcano. NASA’s Landsat satellite also snapped lava streaming from the volcano’s peak. Pilots flying to nearby villages also called in reports to the AVO, and yesterday, local aviators said the volcano’s ash column had reached 22,000 feet (6,700 meters)"

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I want to know if anyone recalls the story about the boy and his father walking in Colorado Springs, Colorado. How all of a sudden his shoes melted and he had 3rd degree burns on his feet.  I believe they found the ground to be 800 degrees. This incident in India, sure brought it back to my mind.  They said due to coal spoil, but is it really??

 

Boy's feet burned after shoes start to melt

June 3, 2008

http://archive.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=92982

 

Volcanic eruptions from Ubinas in southern Peru to continue next week

June 7, 2014

 

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"June 2014 PERU – Peru’s most active volcano is likely to continue its eruptive activity next week with ash emissions and occasional eruptions, government officials have said. The ongoing process of the Ubinas volcano, in south-eastern region of Moquegua, is characterized by major plume of ashes as well as by volcanic gases and explosive activity. The above former activity is expected to generate harmful effects on farming and livestock raising activities in the area, the country’s Geological, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet) said. Likewise, the Peruvian agency announced an overall decrease in the volcano’s daily seismic energy and a sharp decline in the number of explosions, lowering from more than 40 to 1 or 2 a day."

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http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

 

 

Alaska’s Pavlof volcano blows its top, threatens air flights

June 6, 2014

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ALASKA – Alaska’s Pavlof volcano turned up the volume on its new eruption yesterday (June 2), sending up a billowy ash plume that could threaten local flights, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). The AVO tracks eruptions at Pavlof, a snowy cone on the Alaska Peninsula, using satellite imagery and earthquake monitors. The most recent eruption started Saturday, when heat-tracking by satellite shows a rise in surface temperatures at the volcano. NASA’s Landsat satellite also snapped lava streaming from the volcano’s peak. Pilots flying to nearby villages also called in reports to the AVO, and yesterday, local aviators said the volcano’s ash column had reached 22,000 feet (6,700 meters)"

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I do remember that incident with the shoes melting.  The front range was once volcanic I am told, and it seems most volcanoes are becoming active again so who knows?  Life is so tentative these days, sure makes one count their blessings.

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Semisopochnoi volcano (Aleutian Islands, Alaska): seismic unrest

June 13, 2014

 

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"Another remote volcano in Alaska is showing signs of unrest or possible activity. The Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) sent out the following alert:
"A swarm of earthquakes at Semisopochnoi volcano that started at 10:00 AKDT (18:00 UTC) on June 9 escalated yesterday, June 12, at approximately 12:00 AKDT (20:00 UTC). The continuation of this anomalous seismic activity through the night prompts AVO to raise the Aviation Color Code to YELLOW and the Volcano Alert Level to ADVISORY. No eruptive activity is currently indicated.

"AVO is closely monitoring the situation and will issue further updates as conditions change."

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http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/semisopochnoi/news/45187/Semisopochnoi-volcano-Aleutian-Islands-Alaska-seismic-unrest.html

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VOLCANO WATCH: Mauna Loa Showing Signs of Stirring

June 12, 2014

 

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"fter a 30-year repose, Mauna Loa may be slowly stirring to life. While there are no signs of impending eruption, the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory has recorded an increased level of seismic activity on the flanks and summit of Mauna Loa over the past 13 months.

Four distinct earthquake swarms — clusters of earthquakes occurring closely in time and location — have occurred since March 2013.

Each swarm began with earthquakes northwest of the summit (Moku‘āweoweo Crater) at 4 to 15 km (2.5-9 mi) deep, followed by shallow earthquakes at the summit from several days to one month later. These earthquakes have all been less than magnitude-2.2, except for a magnitude-3.5 earthquake on May 9, 2014."

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http://bigislandnow.com/2014/06/12/volcano-watch-mauna-loa-showing-signs-of-stirring/

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Mt Etna erupts, closing airport

June 17, 2014

 

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"Mt Etna, one of the world's most active volcanoes, has erupted, spewing lava and ash into the night sky.

Footage shows a spectacular display as red hot lava pours down the southern crater of the volcano.

The new eruption forced the closure of an airport in Sicily, but no other disruptions have been reported.

Several villages dot the mountain's slopes, and the last major eruption of the volcano occurred in 1992."

http://www.3news.co.nz/Mt-Etna-erupts-closing-airport/tabid/1160/articleID/348902/Default.aspx


 

 Yellow Alert declared for Tungurahua Volcano in Ecuador

June 18, 2014

 

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"Quito, ECUADOR – The National Secretariat for Risk Management of Ecuador today decided to change from orange to yellow the alert in Tungurahua Volcano, 80 km south of Quito, given the decline in activity. According to a report of the Geophysical Institute of the National Polytechnic School, the volcanic activity at Tungurahua has remained low in the recent days, so the authorities decided to change the level of the alert.  In the first months of the year, the volcano showed an increased activity with columns of ash and gases that rose reaching four kilometers above the crater, causing the orange alert to be declared in the affected areas.  Although the alert level was changed, the Secretariat said that provintial and cantonal Emergency Operations Committees should keep on alert in order to react to any situation to protect the citizens.  At an altitude of five thousand 20 meters above the sea level, Tungurahua volcano erupted in 1999 and since then high activity periods with others of relative calm have been interspersed. –Prensa Latina"     via http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

 

 

Sabancaya Volcano in southern Peru becomes active

June 18, 2014

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Activity at Sabancaya has slowly increased since late February.

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"Geological authorities are reporting that the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru has become active after 15 years of silence.

According to information released by the Peruvian Geophysical Institute (IGP), Sabancaya has erupted several times. The first recorded activity at Sabancaya was in 1750, and the volcano became active again in 1784. 200 years later, in 1986, the volcano once again displayed activity. Now, the volcano is once again active, having gradually intensified since late February.

Speaking to El Comercio, IGP investigator Orlando Macedo said “All this activity is part of an expected process. Before the eruption, tremors were occurring closer and closer to the volcano and the crater. However, the process is taking longer than that which we saw at the Ubinas Volcano, when everything happened in a matter of days. In the case of Sabancaya, this could go on for several months.”

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http://www.peruthisweek.com/news-sabancaya-volcano-in-southern-peru-becomes-active-103283

 

 

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Reunion Island Volcano Wakes Up After Four Years With Major Eruption  

This morning at 1:35 am tourists on the French Indian Ocean Islands La Reunion tourists witnessed a spectacular many had been waiting to see for some time. The Piton de la Fournaise volcano erupted. “It made a few days that we were waiting for it, said Pascal Viroleau, CEO of Reunion Island Tourism, about the eruption of the volcano of Reunion Island, the Piton de la fournaise. According to Viroleau, “the volcano entered in activity this morning at 1:35 am.” Most recently, an eruption occurred on December 9, 2010 and lasted for two days. The volcano is located within Réunion National Park, a World Heritage site. It is considered one of the major attractions of the Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/06/22/40-reunion-island-volcano-wakes-up-after-4-years-with-major-eruption/

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Volcanoes Are Waking Up In The Aleutians; The Most Activity Seen In 26 Years

Sharply increased seismic activity and volcanic eruptions in the Aleutian Islands and the far western Brooks Range are being investigated by scientists. The Alaska Volcano Observatory says the activity over the past few months is the most seen by the station in 26 years. On the Alaska Volcano Observatory three volcanoes are classified with a yellow alert level—signifying signs of elevated unrest above known background levels—and three are at an orange alert level—heightened unrest with increased likelihood of eruption. Orange is the second-highest alert level after red signifying an eruption that is imminent or underway.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/volcanoes-are-waking-up-in-the-aleutians-the-most-activity-seen-in-26-years/

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Kamchatka's Shiveluch Volcano Rocked By Second Large Eruption In Five Days

 

Shiveluch, one of the largest and most active volcanoes of Russia’s far-eastern Kamchatka Peninsula, has spewed a plume of ash as high as 8 km into the air, the Kamchatka Emergency Service reported on Sunday. “The wind is driving the ash cloud southeastwards. There are no populated centers along its path,” the report says.

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Katla Volcano Stirs: Glacial Flooding , Increased Seismicity

There are indications that a small glacial outburst flood is occurring in the river Múlakvísl, which originates in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where the volcano Katla is located. The Civic Protection Department of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police declared yesterday a level of uncertainty because of the flood, which is believed to have started on July 2. Employees of the Icelandic Met Office have placed sensors on the new bridge that is being built across Múlakvísl to measure the water flow and conductivity in the river. The uncertainty level does not affect the bridge’s construction, ruv.is reports. There are a number of calderas near Katla, created by geothermal heat, but it is uncertain where the flood originates. Hydrogen sulfide is being carried into Múlakvísl and travelers are asked not to stop by the river because of dangerous gases, mbl.is reports.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/katla-volcano-stirs-glacial-flood-outburst-increased-seismicity/

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'Extinct’ Costa Rican Volcano Being Re-examined for Activity

July 11, 2014

 

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"The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Volcanologists of the National Seismological Network (RSN) have begun early research on the Chato volcano, located southeast of Poas volcano, to find out information such as its last eruption.

RSN volcanologist, Gino Gonzalez, said that measurements of the temperature of the lagoon taken by sonar instrumentation, determining that the surface of the lake is about 19°C and approximately 6 meters deeper the temperature of the lagoon varies drastically.

“It’s a volcano which very little is known about its historical activity, so we have seismic stations for periodic sampling and we are starting a campaign to closely monitor it every six months,” Gonzalez said."

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http://thecostaricanews.com/extinct-costa-rican-volcano-being-re-examined-for-activity/20969

 

 

Volcano erupts in Indonesia again

July 13, 2014

 

"Mount Sinabung, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia, has erupted, spewing ash to the sky. No casualty was reported, official said here Sunday.

The volcano located in Karo district of North Sumatra province erupted at 23.05 p.m. Saturday, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesman of national disaster management agency, said.

"The height of the eruption could not be determined as it took place at night and there were many clouds," he told Xinhua by phone."

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/news-ians/volcano-erupts-in-indonesia-again-114071300354_1.html

 

 

Mt. Bulusan acting up

July 13, 2014

 

"MANILA, Philippines – Although not posing any serious threats at the moment, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Sunday told the public to stay away from Bulusan volcano’s permanent danger zone in Sorsogon after volcanic earthquakes were detected.

“During the 24-hour observation period, the seismic network detected thirteen (13) volcanic earthquakes. Ground deformation data from continuous GPS and precise leveling survey also indicated that the volcano is slightly inflated,” Phivolcs said in a statement."
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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/619209/mt-bulusan-acting-up-phivolcs#ixzz37LTqmZZY


 

 

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Japan earthquake has raised pressure below Mount Fuji, says new study

 

Geological disturbances caused by 2011 tremors mean active volcano is in a 'critical state', say scientific researchers

 

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Proximity of Mount Fuji to the epicentre of the March 2011 earthquake. Christine Oliver/Guardian Source: Le Monde
 

Mount Fuji, or Fujisan as it is known in Japanese, is the highest point on the archipelago (rising to 3,776 metres) and the national emblem, immortalised in countless etchings. In June last year Unesco added it to the World Heritage list as a "sacred place and source of artistic inspiration". But it is still an active volcano, standing at the junction between the Pacific, Eurasian and Philippine tectonic plates. Though it has rarely stirred in recorded history, it is still potentially explosive.

 

..."Our work does not say that the volcano will start erupting, but it does show that it's in a critical state," says Florent Brenguier, a researcher at the Institute of Earth Sciences (IST) in Grenoble, France, and lead author of the publication, to which the Institute of Global Physics (IPG) in Paris also contributed....

 

So should Japan be on red alert? "We cannot establish a direct relation of cause and effect between quakes and volcanic eruptions, even if statistically the former lead to an increase in the latter," Brenguier says. "All we can say is that Mount Fuji is now in a state of pressure, which means it displays a high potential for eruption. The risk is clearly higher."

 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/15/japan-mount-fuji-eruption-earthquake-pressure

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Study: Mt. Rainier Will Erupt Again - Magma Rising In Enigmatic Volcano

Scientists from the University of Utah have determined that Mount Rainier, one of the most prominent peaks in North America, will erupt again. The question of when remains unanswered, but science has recently discovered how: By measuring how quickly Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, they’ve effectively “mapped” Rainier’s magma “plumbing.” “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.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/07/18/study-mount-rainier-will-erupt-again-magma-rising-in-enigmatic-volcano/

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Yes, yes, yes  Mt. Rainier.  One cannot help but be aware of that one sticking up there in plain sight.

 

UPDATE Mt. Sinabung

Indonesian Eruption Keeps Almost 15,000 From Homes

July 18, 2014

 

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Ash spewing from Indonesia's Sinabung volcano during late June

 

 

"Molten lava flows increased in volume at Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung volcano, along with discharges of ash clouds that fell over nearby farmland and villages.

Ongoing volcanic activity over the past year has kept thousands of residents away from their homes.

Officials say that as many as 10,447 people, or 3,143 families, are housed in 23 evacuation shelters, while another 3,683 evacuees live in houses provided by the government’s disaster agency.

A blast from Sinabung in February killed at least 16 people. Mount Sinabung surprised scientists in September 2010 by erupting suddenly for the first time in 400 years.

Two weeks of eruptions at that time forced more than 30,000 people from their homes."

http://www.earthweek.com/2014/ew140718/ew140718d.html

 

 

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Kuchinoerabu-Jima volcano (Ryukyu Islands, Japan): new eruption and pyroclastic flow

August 4, 2014

 

 

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Pyroclastic flow from Kuchinoerabu-Jima yesterday    kuchi-erabu.org

 

 

"A new eruption occurred yesterday at the volcano at 12h25 local time. It consisted of a single powerful explosion from the Shin-Dake crater. An ash plume rose to approx 1.5 km height, and a pyroclastic flow was generated.
The eruption lasted about 10 minutes and much of the erupted mass collapsed into an impressive pyroclastic flow (hot avalanche of fragmented lava and gasses).
There are no reports of victims or damage. Japanese volcanologists raised the alert level to 3 and closed access to the summit area.
The volcano had last had erupted in 1980, 1976, 1974 and 1973. All its recent eruptions were short lived."
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http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/kuchinoerabu-jima/news/46488/Kuchinoerabu-Jima-volcano-Ryukyu-Islands-Japan-new-eruption-and-pyroclastic-flow.html

 

 

Guatemala's Fire volcano rumbles back to life

August 6, 2014

 

 

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"GUATEMALA CITY - Guatemala's Fire volcano erupted Tuesday for the first time in nearly two years, causing panic in nearby villages and prompting aviation authorities to re-route air traffic. 

 

 

The volcano, in the country's southwest spewed smoke and ash Tuesday, at the rate of three or four times per hour, officials said. Geologists said the volcano belched out huge columns of smoke measuring as high as 4,300 meters (14,000 feet). 

The volcano, which is more than 3,700 meters (12,000 feet tall), is located between the departments of Chimaltenango, Escuintla and Sacatepequez, in southwest Guatemala. One of three active volcanoes in the country, the last time it rumbled to life was in September 2012, sparking mass evacuations. - AFP"

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Regional/2014/08/06/Guatemalas-Fire-volcano-rumbles-back-to-life/
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Awakening? Mysterious Noises Coming From Remote Iceland Volcano That Hasn't Erupted In More Then 12,000 Years 

Strange rumblings coming from the tuya Herðubreið are confounding observers as to their possible source. Vísir reports that visitors to the mesa-shaped volcano in northeast Iceland have been unable to determine if the persistent rumblings coming from Herðubreið are being caused by an avalanche, landslide, or something else entirely. Rangers around Herðubreið were the first to announce the rumblings, which lasted about 30 seconds.

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2014/08/08/awakening-mysterious-noises-coming-from-remote-iceland-volcano-that-hasnt-erupted-in-more-than-12000-years/

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Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano spews lava and ash

August 8, 2014

 

 

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"The 5,023-meter (16,575-foot) volcano Tungurahua, in Central Ecuador, spewed lava and incandescent rocks from its crater in its latest activity on Thursday. Tungurahua has been shooting plumes of ash into the sky to a distance of upto three kilometers (1.8 miles) since the beginning of the week. Civil defense officials have issued an "orange warning," - involving voluntary evacuation - to villagers living near Tungurahua's flanks. The Tungurahua volcano has been active since 1999. In 2006, it spewed large clouds of ash down its slopes, killing four people and leaving two missing."

http://rt.com/in-motion/178956-volcano-activity-ecuador-evacuation/

 

 

Stromboli volcano update: Continuing lava flows

Aug 09, 2014

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"The lava effusion continues at decreasing, but still considerable rate. When seen yesterday evening, only one channel, 5-10 m wide was still entering the sea at 10 m wide front, while there had been up to 7 branches reaching the shore in the area west of or partially covering the 2007 lava delta. Small explosions were occurring at the sea entry.
Several lava branches were still weakly active on the upper Sciara, causing many incandescent rockfalls.
It appears that a part of the NE flank of the NE crater has collapsed and that the new effusive vent is located at its northern base, at approx. 700 m elevation. Thus, being lower than the summit vents, it is able to effectively drain the upper part of the volcano's plumbing system, which explains why no explosions were observed at the summit craters."

http://www.volcanodiscovery.com/stromboli/news/46641/Stromboli-volcano-update-Continuing-lava-flows.html

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Bloomburg news article:   Iceland Tells Airlines Volcano Under Glacier May Erupt

By Omar R. Valdimarsson Aug 18, 2014 8:38 AM MT

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A cloud of smoke and ash is seen over the Grimsvotn volcano on Iceland, on May 21, 2011.

Iceland warned airlines that there may be an eruption at one of the island’s largest volcanoes located underneath Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier.

The alert level at Bardarbunga was raised to “orange,” indicating “heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption,” the Reykjavik-based Met Office said in a statement on its website. Over 250 tremors have been measured in the area since midnight. The agency said there are still no visible indications of an eruption.

The volcano is 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) wide and rises about 1,900 meters above sea level. Bardarbunga, which last erupted in 1996, can spew both ash and molten lava.

Ash from Iceland’s Grimsvotn volcano forced flight cancellations in Scotland, northern England and Germany in May 2011. An eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in April 2010 caused the cancellation of more than 100,000 flights on concern glass-like particles formed from lava might melt in aircraft engines and clog turbines.

To contact the reporter on this story: Omar R. Valdimarsson in Reykjavik at valdimarsson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jonas Bergman at jbergman@bloomberg.net Tasneem Hanfi Brogger

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Another update on the Iceland volcano beneath glacier.

 

20 Aug 2014 - 9:45am
Evacuations begin amidst fears Icelandic volcano beneath glacier will explode
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    Aerial pictures of Iceland's dramatic volcanic landscapes. Thousands of small intense earthquakes are rocking Iceland amid concerns that one of the country's volcanoes may be close to erupting. (Olivier Douliery)
 
Iceland has begun evacuating areas close to its largest volcano after warnings of a possible eruption, four years after millions of air travellers were grounded by a huge ash cloud from another peak.
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20 Aug 2014 - 9:43 AM  UPDATED YESTERDAY 9:45 AM
 
 

Scientists believe the ash from an eruption at Bardarbunga, a huge volcano under Iceland's largest glacier, the Vatnajokull in the south of the country, could disrupt transatlantic and northern European air traffic.

They also fear floods from melting ice could cause serious damage to the country's infrastructure.

On Tuesday, police announced that they had "decided to close and evacuate the area north of Vatnajokull as a result of seismic activity on the Bardarbunga". It is not known how many people have been moved as the area is remote, but emergency services in Iceland have been placed on "alert".

The Icelandic Meteorological Office raised its aviation alert to "orange", the second-highest level on Monday after four days of increasing seismic activity, signalling a heightened risk of eruption.

On Monday, seismologists recorded an earthquake of 4.5 on the Richter scale, the strongest in the region since 1996.

Roads in a sparsely populated area north of Bardarbunga were closed on Tuesday, as the Meteorological Office said it had recorded some 2600 tremors over the past four days.

Bardarbunga, Iceland's second-highest peak, which rises to more than 2000 metres, caps the country's largest volcanic system.

It sits in one of the most active seismic areas on the planet.

Bryndis Brandsdottir, a geophysicist at the University of Iceland, told public broadcaster Ruv on Tuesday that the latest readings indicated that magma was not approaching the surface, but rather remaining "three to seven kilometres below".

"We meet twice a day, but the earthquake activity still comes in waves. There do not seem to be any changes, but it is still very powerful," Vidir Reynisson, department manager at Iceland's Civil Protection Department, told broadcaster 365.

In 2010, the Eyjafjoell volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier, further to the south, shot a massive plume of volcanic debris up to nine kilometres into the sky, blowing ash across to mainland Europe.

The ash cloud caused the planet's biggest airspace shutdown since World War II, with fears it could damage aircraft engines.

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Erupting volcano off the coast of Japan could cause tsunami

August 20, 2014

 

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"JAPAN – An erupting volcanic island that is expanding off Japan could trigger a tsunami if its freshly-formed lava slopes collapse into the sea, scientists say. The small, but growing, island appeared last year and quickly engulfed the already-existing island of Nishinoshima, around 1000 kilometers south of Tokyo. It now covers 1.26 square kilometers. The island’s craters are currently spewing out 200,000 cubic meters of lava every day – enough to fill 80 Olympic swimming pools – which is accumulating in its east, scientists said. “If lava continues to mount on the eastern area, part of the island’s slopes could collapse and cause a tsunami,” warned Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo. He said a rockfall of 12 million cubic meters of lava would generate a one metre tsunami that could travel faster than a bullet train, hitting the island of Chichijima – 130kms away – in around 18 minutes, he said. Chichijima, home to about 2000 people, is the largest island in the Ogasawara archipelago, a wild and remote chain that is administratively part of Tokyo."

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Iceland volcano: Magma moving towards new volcanic system

August 26, 2014

Rebecca Morelle

 

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The University of Cambridge is monitoring the area with 70 seismometers

 

"The magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be moving towards another large volcanic system.

Data recorded by a team from the University of Cambridge suggests that 50 million cubic metres of molten rock has moved in the last 24 hours.

If it continues on a northern trajectory it could feed into the Askja volcanic system, potentially triggering a large eruption.

Prof Bob White said: "It's headed straight for it."

But he cautioned that volcanoes were hard to predict.

"It's moving at about 4km a day towards Askja, and if it keeps going it will get there in a few days," he told BBC News.

"We know there is a lot of molten rock sitting under the ground beneath Askja, which is a major volcanic system. If this molten rock hits that, we know it is likely to trigger it to erupt.

"But who knows, it may just stop. It is still at 5km-depth, and it is possible it could freeze there and not a lot more will happen. That is perfectly plausible."

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http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28943708

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PNG volcano Tavurvur eruption may disrupt Australian flights

August 29, 2014

 

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"A MAJOR volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea this morning could disrupt flights to and from Australia. 

The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin is monitoring the ash cloud from Tavurcur on PNG’s East Britain Island, which is slowly drifting southwest.

Senior meteorologist Ian Shepherd said they were watching the cloud closely and providing advice to airlines.

 

“The volcanic eruption reached the top of the atmosphere at 50,000 feet which is the same height as which planes travel,” said Mr Shepherd.

“It’s too early to say at this point if the ash cloud will reach Australia but it was a significant eruption.”

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http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/png-volcano-tavurvur-eruption-may-disrupt-australian-flights/story-e6frfq80-1227040827996

 

 

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Icelandic volcano alert raised to red after eruption

 

"A volcanic eruption has occurred near Iceland's Dyngjujokull glacier, prompting authorities to raise the warning code for aviation to red, the highest level, but no volcanic ash has been detected, Iceland's authorities said.

The red code indicates that an eruption is imminent or underway with a significant emission of ash likely."

http://www.itv.com/news/story/2014-08-29/icelandic-volcano-alert-raised-to-red-after-eruption/

 

 

Some 500 earthquakes hit Iceland volcano within hours

August 29, 2014

 

"Around 500 earthquakes have rocked a rumbling volcano in Iceland since midnight, adding to fears that an eruption could be sparked at any moment.

The country has issued an orange aviation alert - the second highest - warning of possible disruption to air traffic should the Bardarbunga volcano blow."

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http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-08-27/some-500-earthquakes-hit-iceland-volcano-within-hours/

 

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Iceland volcano erupts again, aviation warning raised to highest level

Adrienne Balow

August 31, 2014

 

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"Iceland has raised its aviation warning level after a new eruption from a fissure near the Bardarbunga volcano Sunday morning.

The eruption was described as “a very calm lava eruption” which could “hardly be seen on seismometers”.

Planes are now banned from flying within 6,000 feet of the volcano peak."

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http://www.livefromiceland.is/webcams/bardarbunga-2/

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Sep 5, 2014 | Hawaii Volcano Alert Elevated to Warning, Emergency Declared by Civil Defense

 

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Published on Sep 4, 2014

News update as of September 5, 2014:
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014...
Official Warning by Hawaii Civil Defense (Sep 4, 2014):
Volcano: Kilauea (VNUM #332010)
Current Volcano Alert Level: WARNING
Previous Volcano Alert Level: WATCH
Current Aviation Color Code: ORANGE

 

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