There has been much recent activity on the Pacific Ring of Fire which is a worrying indicator of earth changes. How much is this affecting global warming? The first was in Chile in late April. I am adding to this as I hear of more.
CHILE: Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupts for third time in 8 days April 30, 2015 A huge volcano eruption fills Chilean skies. Chile’s Calbuco Volcano erupted Wednesday, April 22, sending a huge ash cloud over a sparsely populated, mountainous area in southern Chile. Military and police forces helped evacuate more than 4,400 residents then, the Interior Ministry said. Ash and smoke shoots into the sky from the Calbuco Volcano. Authorities order people to evacuate within a 12.4-mile (20-kilometer) zone of the volcano.
The last major eruption was in the early 1960s. There was a minor eruption in 1972. Calbuco also belched out a bit of gas and smoke in 1996. The eruption could be seen clearly from Puerto Varas, a popular vacation destination. There have been no reports of deaths, missing people, or injuries, said Chilean Interior Minister Rodrigo Penailillo last week. A thick plume pours from the Calbuco Volcano near Puerto Montt, Chile, on Thursday, April 30.
The volcano erupted again Thursday, marking the third time since last week. About 1,500 people were evacuated this time, an Interior Ministry official said. The eruptions at the Calbuco are the first in more than four decades. Calbuco Volcano erupts again on April 30. The explosion was described as smaller than the eruptions on April 22 and April 23, CNN Chile said. Chilean officials say the eruption was preceded by a rise in seismic activity about an hour before, which sent a gray column of ash more than 9 miles (15 kilometers) into the sky. Officials have declared a state of emergency in the town of Llanquihue and the town of Puerto Octay as well as a red alert for Chile’s Lakes Region and the towns of Puerto Montt and Puerto Varas.
ECUADOR June – The volcano has been showing signs of unrest. Since mid-April this year, and particularly during May, a marked increased in earthquakes and SO2 emissions have been detected, which could be signs of a magma intrusion beneath the volcano. During May, about 3000 local earthquakes were recorded, a significant increased compared to April (628 quakes), and more than during the last seismic crisis in 2001-02. In particular, long-period earthquakes related to internal fluid movements have shown an increase in May. Most quakes were located in areas north and northeast of the volcano’s summit, at two depth layers, one at shallow 3 km and others at deeper depths of up to 14 km.
In addition, SO2 emissions have shown an increased from normal values of approx. 500 tons / day to 2500-3000 tons per day. At the crater, fumarolic activity has increased during May. During the weekend of 22 and 23 May, sulfur smell the upper northern flank was very intense. Very slight deformation has occurred on the N and NE flanks, suggesting a trend towards inflation, IGPEN reported. For now, the signs of volcanic unrest are small and there is no indication that a new eruption is imminent, but the current unrest could be a medium to long term precursor to a possible new eruption, which would be the first since 1942. –Volcano Discovery
NEW GUINEA A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea with the US Geological Survey warning people to expect aftershocks. There are no reports of deaths or damage from the earthquake, which accorded near Rabual in the East New Britain province on Thursday evening. The US Geological Survey says those living in coastal areas should be aware of possible tsunamis and stay away from the beach. See more at: http://www.skynews.com.au/news/top-stories/2015/04/30/quake-hits-papua-new-guinea.html#sthash.qIZ7wbzL.8BkP03bS.
PAPUA NEW GUINEA – A magnitude 7.4 earthquake has struck the New Britain region of Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey said, setting off a tsunami warning within 300 km of the epicenter. The large earthquake struck 689km north-east of Port Moresby, the capital, at 11:44am AEST, at a depth of 63.1 km. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300km of the epicenter.
There were no immediate reports of waves being seen and no reports of damage, said Chris McKee, assistant director Geophysical Observatory in Port Moresby. “The earthquake is offshore and the nearby land areas are fairly sparsely populated,” McKee said. The US Geological Survey first reported the earthquake as magnitude 7.5, later revising it to 7.4. An aftershock measuring 5.9 was recorded 10 minutes later. The quake was centered in the same area as two earthquakes that rocked Papua New Guinea last week – a magnitude 6.8 earthquake on Friday, and a 6.7 on April 30. Neither of those quakes caused damage or generated a tsunami, but they were slightly lower in strength. Papua New Guinea sits on the Ring of Fire, the arc of seismic faults around the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes are common. The USGS has reported the magnitude of the earthquake as a 7.5 magnitude event. –Sydney Morning Herald
PAPUA NEW GUINEA—7th May Another powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage. The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported. The earthquake appears to have not been as big as first estimated,” McKee said. “I think the threat from that event is basically passed now. So we’ll just wait for the next one.” Thursday’s quake (7th May) was located in a different area of Papua New Guinea than the previous three temblors that rattled the region over the past week, and was therefore an unrelated event, McKee said. Still, the area has been unusually active. “We think it’s probably something along the lines of just regional readjustment — movements in one area allow stress to be redistributed and that allows other areas to rupture,” McKee said. Betha Lorenz, owner of Rising Sun Lodge in the town of Arawa on Bougainville Island, said the quake delivered a powerful jolt, but did not appear to have caused any damage. –Washington Post
The US Geological Survey says the 7.2-magnitude quake struck on Thursday about 150 kilometres southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 10 kilometres.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said hazardous tsunami waves were possible within 300 kilometres of the epicentre on the coasts of the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea.
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RUSSIA. Another volcano on the Pacific Ring of Fire erupting in May 2015 – KAMCHATKA – The Kliuchevskoi, the most powerful existing chain giants in the Russian peninsula of Kamchatka volcano, today launched clouds of gas-steam and ash to a height of seven thousand five hundred meters above the level the sea. Emissions were captured by the observatory of geophysics and volcanology, a subsidiary of the Academy of Science of Russia in the Far East.
The wind spread the ash cloud at a distance of 40 kilometers to the northeast, toward the Gulf of Ozernovskiy, and does not represent a danger for the populations, the regional Emergency Situations Ministry, in a report televised on federal channels said. However, civil defense declared code yellow -alert averagely for aviation security and recommended to travelers refrain from organizing tourist expeditions in the area of the volcano, active since 1 January. Kliuchevskoi ranks as the largest and most powerful active basaltic volcano in Eurasia, with four thousand 850 meters. Actually it gives its name to a group of giants (Kliuchevskaya) located near the east coast of the peninsula as Ploski Tolbachik, Shiveluch and Kizimen responsible for the intense seismic activity in the region since late 2012. The Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East is part of the zone of high seismic activity on the planet, the Ring of Fire. – Prensa Latina
FIJI, South Pacific – Tremors experienced in the district of Nakasaleka and Rakiraki in Kadavu have stopped. The Mineral Resources Department says a team will be going to the villages that experienced the tremors to carry out a geological investigation. Director Malakai Finau says they will try to find why it is localized. “We need to investigate so we could find out more information about the events such as the centre; the epicenter and the depths and that would help us find out the real causes of these tremors.” The tremors were experienced in the past week. Villagers reported cracks to walls of a hall and some houses in Nakasaleka. –RSOE
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NEW ZEALAND Strong quake hits NZ town of Wanaka A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck near Wanaka in New Zealand. The quake, located 30km northwest of the town, struck at 2.29pm. It was at a depth of 5km and its intensity was severe, GeoNet reports.The South Island town of Wanaka is about a 50 min drive from Queenstown
JAPAN’S “Gushing Steam” is reported to be venting throughout the Owakundani volcanic valley in Japan, about 40 miles West of Tokyo, and 23 miles East of Mount Fuji. Japanese authorities have now cut public access to the regionally famous hot springs resorts of Hakone Japan, saying there is a possibility of eruption at Mount Hakone. Mount Hakone has not had a major eruption in over 2,900 years, and the last noteworthy blast was about 700 years ago (in the 12th Century AD). (thanks to viewer Mohamad Haziq on facebook for reporting this!)
“Tokyo, May 4 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese Meteorological Agency said Monday that steam is gushing at the Owakudani volcanic valley in the Hakone hot spring resort area in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo. The agency confirmed that the steam burst had been continuing since Sunday at a hot spring facility at the valley in the town of Hakone in its joint on-site survey with the Hot Springs Research Institute of Kanagawa Prefecture, it said. On Monday, the town shut down the Owakudani nature trail and part of hiking courses. While the agency keeps its volcanic alert at the lowest, normal level, it notes that steam may suddenly erupt at Okakudani as slightly increasing volcanic activities are believed to be making hot water unstable in the shallow underground, officials said. Many volcanic temblors have been measured since April 26 there, according to the officials.“
JAPAN – Mt. Fuji is located only about 25 kilometers from Mt. Hakone. While Mt. Fuji is also an active volcano, will the increased volcanic activity of Mt. Hakone have any effects on Mt. Fuji? “The magma chambers located beneath Mt. Hakone and Mt. Fuji are not connected, so there is no effect on Mt. Fuji,” said Toshitsugu Fujii, who chairs the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Coordinating Committee for Prediction of Volcanic Eruptions. The agency has not observed any signs of impending eruption in Mt. Fuji and therefore has not raised the eruption alert level for the mountain. However, since the magnitude-9.0 Great East Japan Earthquake occurred in March 2011, volcanoes in the country have shown signs of increased activity. Currently, a Level 2 eruption alert, which restricts access around the volcanic vent, is in effect for 10 volcanoes, while a Level 3 alert, which restricts approach to the volcano, has been issued for three volcanoes.
A 6.7 magnitude earthquake has struck off northeastern Japan a short time ago.(reported Wed 13th May) The undersea earthquake occurred at 7:13 AM AEST on Wednesday 13 May 2015 near the east coast of the island of Honshu, Japan at a depth of almost 50 kilometers.
The quake hit 33km south east of the nearest city of Ofunato.Tremors were reported in the nation’s capital of Tokyo but no casualties or damage have yet been reported.
The quake is not expected to cause tsunami like waves and no official warnings have been issued by authorities.
Japan’s islands are situated at the conjuncture of several tectonic plates and experience a number of relatively violent quakes every year.
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JAPAN – A volcano erupted on a small island in southern Japan on Friday, and authorities ordered residents to evacuate the island. Mount Shindake erupted about 10 a.m. (0100 GMT) in spectacular fashion, spewing towering black-gray clouds into the sky. No injuries had been reported, although the Japan Meteorological Agency reported that pyroclastic flows from the volcano had reached the shore to the northwest. The government was surveying the island by helicopter to assess damage.
The national broadcaster NHK cited local officials as saying that 80 residents had taken refuge in a shelter on the island. About 140 people live on Kuchinoerabu island in the Ryukyu archipelago, 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of the main southern island of Kyushu. Tourism and fishing are the main activities on the heavily forested, mountainous island, which is a national park. The Japan Meterological Agency raised the volcano alert level to five, the highest on its scale. Shindake also erupted in August last year for the first time since 1980. Kuchinoerabu island can be reached only by a once-a-day ferry from Yakushima island, 12 kilometers (about 7 miles) to the east, which has an airport and a population of more than 13,000 people
PHILIPPINES – Hundreds of people fled their homes on the slopes of a rumbling Philippine volcano on Friday as authorities warned of rain-driven mudflows from an approaching typhoon that could bury them alive. Around 500 residents of farming villages around Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon province, many of them children and elderly women, boarded army trucks clutching sleeping mats and bags of clothes as Typhoon Noul (local name: Dodong) bore down on the area. Bulusan, on the southeastern tip of the main island of Luzon, is about 400 kilometers (249 miles) south of the capital, Manila. It is among the country’s 23 active volcanoes. Noul would be the fourth major storm or typhoon to hit the Philippines this year. The disaster-prone nation is lashed by an average of 20 each year, routinely killing hundreds of people. –Inter Askyon
INDONESIA – At least 465 people were evacuated from their houses in Siau Tagulandang Biaro district in North Sulawesi province on Friday following eruption of Karangetang volcano, a senior official at Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) said here. Impact of the active volcano’s eruption has flattened several houses in Kora village in the region, BNPB Spokesperson Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said, adding that in the afternoon the volcano was still erupting lava, rocks and hot materials as far as several kilometers from the crater of the volcano.
INDONESIA – Monitoring officials have warned residents to remain alert as Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra continues with intense volcanic activity. A local chief reported that ongoing eruptions had taken a mental toll on residents, with two people being sent to mental institutions. The volcano erupted twice early on Wednesday, at 1:21 a.m. and 3:30 a.m., and sent hot clouds southward. The Sinabung observation station recorded at least 87 tectonic quakes and lava flow from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. Observation station staff member Deri Alhidayat said the volcanic intensity over the past few days had shown a significant increase, evident from the tectonic quakes occurring thus far. “Tectonic shock waves have been detected almost every day. As many as 20 tectonic and volcanic quakes have taken place today alone,” said Deri on Wednesday. He added the eruptions were expected to continue for a long time.
JAKARTA, Indonesia June – More than 6,000 residents living near the Mount Sinabung volcano on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island were told to evacuate Wednesday following a sharp increase in volcanic activity. Mount Sinabung has erupted intermittently since late 2013. Sixteen people were killed and tens of thousands were temporarily displaced during an intense period of eruptions early last year. The alert for Sinabung has been raised to the highest level, said Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management Agency. The lava dome at Sinabung has grown in volume to more than 3 million cubic meters, making it unstable, Mr Sutopo said.
June 2015 – INDONESIA – Mount Sinabung blew its top Saturday sending lava and thick plumes of volcanic ash into the sky. Indonesian officials raised the alert status Friday to the highest level, urging residents who live nearby to evacuate. About 2,700 people were forced to flee their homes from the island located in the North Sumatra province. Government agencies have set up public shelters and kitchens to help those who have been evacuated.
The 2,600-metre-high volcano had been inactive for three years before showing signs of life in September, 2013. Pyroclastic flows (avalanche-like hot ash, rocks and gas) have been rushing down the sides of the mountain for the past week, Zuki told CNN. The photography student lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Malaysian island of Borneo, shaking the Mount Kinabalu region around 7:15 a.m. local time Friday. At least 12 people have died. Of the eleven people confirmed to have died, nine have yet to be identified by authorities. Zuki has been documenting Mount Sinabung’s activity since 2014, according to CNN. –The Weather Network
These activities on the Ring of Fire are signs of the earth changes predicted by channelled sources. To follow these events further link to The Extinction Protocol on WordPress.
May 2015 – GEOLOGY – Seismic tension continues to mount in the volatile Pacific Ring of Fire, with a cluster of earthquakes now being reported in Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, as well as New Zealand. People in high-risk seismic regions should remain alert for the possible occurrence of moderate to large earthquake events. –TEP
This one’s on the Mid Atlantic Ridge I think which is a worrying escalation.
17th May 2015 – Réunion Island – A new eruption, so far small, began this Sunday at 13:45 from a fissure vent at the the southeast slopes of the Dolomieux crater inside the Enclos next to the Château Fort cone. An intense seismic crisis with 5-7 earthquakes per minutes started 55 minutes before the onset of the eruption, as magma pushed its way to the surface. A few minutes after the beginning of the quakes, significant deformation of the Dolomieu crater rim could be measured as well.
GALAPAGOS IS MAY 28th – Heard on the radio that another volcano is erupting in the Galapagos Islands- no further details yet
Following the second major earthquake that hit Nepal on 12 May, some scientists believe we could be seeing a seismically active period that began in 2004 and could end around 2019. However, predicting the quakes more accurately in time and space still remains a task for the future. The magnitude 9.1 Sumatra-Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004, was one of the largest earthquakes ever recorded, triggering a tsunami that killed over 200,000 people. Experts like Sun Shihong, research fellow at the China Earthquake Networks Centre have in the past spoken of a 100-year cycle for earthquakes.
On 21st May a 6.9-magnitude earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific, but no tsunami warning has been issued.
The US Geological Survey says the quake hit on Thursday morning at a depth of 19 kilometres, some 184 kilometres from Lata and 487 kilometres from the capital Honiara.
‘Based on all available data there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake,’ the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.
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