Articles Tagged "Volcanic Activity"
Saturday, March 2nd 2013, 5:16 PM EST
The Year Without Summer: 1816 and the Volcano that Darkened the World and Changed History By William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman 352 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99.
As the ghastly weather of 1816 persisted, observers naturally tried to divine the cause of their distress. The favored explanation among the learned was Sunspots.
When a massive volcano exploded in 1816, it plunged temperatures around the world. Mark Hertsgaard on the eerie parallels between this catastrophe and climate change in our own time.
The terms “global warming” and “climate change” never once appear in this book, but in relating the history of a literally earth-shaking event that occurred 200 years ago, the authors of The Year Without Summer - Amazon Link: 1816 and the Volcano that Darkened the World and Changed History By William K. Klingaman and Nicholas P. Klingaman 352 pages. St. Martin’s Press. $27.99. -The Year Without Summer have described a past that resembles our present in ways so uncanny, so numerous and fundamental, that the reader can only hope that Marx’s dictum—history happens twice, the first time as tragedy, the second as farce—will turn out to be wrong this time around.
The earth-shaking event in question? Not a military battle, not the overthrow of a government, the invention of a revolutionary technology, or any of the other human-centric themes that preoccupy most history books. No, this event’s protagonists were natural forces: a volcano whose eruption was the most powerful in recorded history, and the many changes that the volcano’s smoke and ash triggered on this planet.
The volcano, named Tambora and located on the island of Java in what is now Indonesia, exploded on April 5, 1816. As superheated liquid rock and gas gushed down the mountainside, an estimated 12,000 local people perished within 24 hours.
But a far greater, and distant, death toll was yet to come. As the eruption’s detritus rose into the sky, it cohered into an aerosol cloud the size of Australia. Winds then blew this cloud westward across the continents, over Asia, Europe, and the Americas.
Wednesday, February 27th 2013, 7:11 AM EST
LIMA (Reuters) - Hundreds of small earthquakes have shaken the earth around the Sabancaya volcano in southern Peru over just a few days and the rumbling, along with plumes of smoke spewing up to 320 feet high, have put officials on alert to evacuate the area.
Peru's geological agency Ingemmet recorded some 536 quakes, about 20 an hour, on February 22 and 23 and periodic movement is ongoing.
Thousands of people live in the valleys surrounding the volcano. Some have already started to leave the region because the unusual seismic activity has damaged their homes. About 80 homes were damaged by one temblor on February 22, Peru's national defense office said....
..Ingemmet said the volcano has been releasing huge smoke trails intermittently since January 15 and current seismic activity is similar to that which accompanied an eruption in 1986.
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Friday, October 28th 2011, 11:11 AM EDT
The above extract is from the Piers Corbyn Earthquake and Volcano forecast for October 2011 issued in September
Chilean authorities have evacuated people living near the Hudson Volcano after it exploded and spewed a steam cloud half a mile into the air.
Chilean authorities were still evacuating residents living near a volcano in the country's far south after a volcano spewed a jet of steam 3,200 feet into the air and seismic activity triggered an avalanche.
Government officials flew over the Hudson volcano, which lies around 1,000 miles south of the Chilean capital Santiago.
More than 100 residents from the sparsely populated area have been evacuated as a precaution as the state emergency office ONEMI increased the volcanic alert status to Level 5 in preparation for an imminent major eruption.
Updated below with MUST READ comments by Piers Corbyn and also news of Climate Fools Day 2011
Saturday, December 10th 2011, 10:58 AM EST
It appears that the "smoke and ash party" of Icelandic volcanoes may continue across the Atlantic. Scientists say that Katla, another volcano in Iceland, may erupt in the near future. In addition, volcanologists are concerned about the ongoing eruption of the underwater volcano near the Canary Islands.
Katla's eruption can be much stronger. The volcano may lead to much greater catastrophic consequences for the country than the debuts of Eyjafjallajokull and Grimsvotn.
Katla is situated in the south of Iceland. It is a large volcano, with an approximate height of 1,512 meters and the diameter of the caldera (the crater) of 10 kilometers. There is a glacier on the slope of the volcano - Myrdalsjokull. If Katla erupts, the glacier will melt and trigger a catastrophic flood on the entire south-eastern coast of the island.
The volcano started to show the signs of life in the middle of the year. Scientists registered its activity on July 9. It was a relatively insignificant quake, although it caused floods and destroyed several bridges. As a result, several regions of the country found themselves in isolation for days.
Tuesday, January 22nd 2013, 10:17 AM EST
Three volcanoes in Russia’s Kamchatka continue to send steam and ash into the air while lava flows down their slopes. Volcanic activity on the peninsula has dramatically intensified. Aviation authorities issued an orange security level in the area.
The volcanoes Shiveluch, Kizimen and Plosky Talbachek are erupting in different parts of the peninsula simultaneously, causing dozens of local earthquakes, as the vibrations accompanying the eruptions of the giants continue to increase.
The biggest and most active is Shiveluch, Kamchatka’s northernmost volcano and 3,283 meters high. Over the last days it made several eruptions of gases, steam and ash, the highest of which reached the 4,900m above sea level. Unceasing earth tremors send avalanches down its slopes. Sensors installed near the volcano are registering high seismic activity with, active gas generation and thermal anomalies.
Activity of Shiveluch started to grow back in 2009 when its dome split with a fissure 30 meters deep.
A mere 45km from Shiveluch there is Klyuchi settlement with 5,000 citizens. Volcanologists say at the moment there is no imminent danger to the town.
Tuesday, December 18th 2012, 7:01 AM EST
Now thats what I call another "end of the world" coincidence!
Click source and see too many Volcano reports to summarise in one title for the 17th December!!!
Friday, February 1st 2013, 8:36 AM EST
A unique show is taking place on Kamchatka these days: Four separate but nearby volcanoes are erupting simultaneously on the Russian peninsula. A Moscow film crew has produced an awe-inspiring 360-degree video of the natural fireworks.
Volcanic eruptions are hardly a rarity. It seems that a new one goes off every few weeks or so somewhere in the world. But a string of four volcanoes erupting in close proximity to one another is virtually unheard of.
That, though, is what has taken place in recent weeks on the Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia's far east. Four different cones and mountains, all within 180 kilometers (110 miles) of each other, have been active simultaneously since late November. Given that volcano experts don't believe that the four volcanoes are being fed from the same magma source, the parallel eruptions would seem to be the geological equivalent of winning the lottery.
And, as a photography team from the Moscow-based Airpano discovered, the phenomenon presented a fantastic opportunity to produce some awe-inspiring images and videos. Indeed, the quartet of lava and ash-spewing peaks are so close to one another -- they lie within 180 kilometers (110 miles) of each other -- that that the film crew recently visited all of them in a single day. (Use your mouse or arrow keys to change your viewpoint once you click in to the video)
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Friday, February 22nd 2013, 11:35 AM EST
On the 18th February SpaceWeather.com reported that the Sun had the most intense Solar Flare of the Year on the 17th February and I reported at the time there was nothing of any note that I could associate with this event. Well after two days of this Solar event taking place it looks as if Mount Etna decided to join the party!!!....and no, this time I do agree it's just a coincidence:)
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Saturday, December 15th 2012, 8:09 PM EST
A late report has come through regarding Volcanic Activity after the CME I mentioned yesterday
The Tungurahua volcano seismic activity remains after yesterday's explosion -abc.es/agencia - Google translate Spanish/English
The Tungurahua volcano in central Ecuador Andean, today held a major seismic activity after the sudden explosion Friday, which raised a column of gas and ash seven kilometers on its summit.
The Geophysical Institute (IG) of the National Polytechnic School reported that in the last 24 hours the Tungurahua generated another small explosion, with a column of 2 kilometers, plus 74 minor earthquakes by fluid movement inside and two Vulcan tectonic rocks related internal fractures.
Tungurahua volcano (Ecuador): sudden strong explosion - volcanodiscovery.com
A sudden strong ash explosion occurred at Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador today at 14:35 local time. According to local reports, the eruption produced an ash plume rising to 6 km altitude and was visible from Ambato, Riobamba, Pelileo and Patate. The explosion followed an increase in seismicity over the past days.
Thursday, March 7th 2013, 8:04 AM EST
The Italian night sky was glowing red yesterday after a massive eruption from Mt Etna.
The volcano, which is the tallest in the world, spewed hot lava and ash into the atmosphere for several hours on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
It is not believed that anyone was hurt by the eruption, though there are worries that increasing levels of activity from the volcano could presage a seriously destructive incident in the near future.
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