Seismic swarm in Iceland leads to volcanic eruption

Luke 21:11 There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven.

Important Takeaways:

  • See Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano erupt for 3rd time in 3 years
  • The Icelandic Meteorological Office said Monday that a fissure broke open between the Fagradalsfjall and Keilir mountains, roughly 37 miles from the country’s capital and just a half hour from an international airport.
  • The fissure excreting lava is estimated to be about 200 meters, or about 656 feet long. The office said that the “lava is emerging as a series of fountains.”
  • However, “there is presently no emission of ash to the atmosphere,” the office said in its last update on Monday evening, adding that the eruption is occurring in a region where people do not live, ensuring “no immediate risks to communities or infrastructure.”
  • “The development of the eruption is presently unclear, so we advise the public not to attempt to visit the eruption area,” the office said. “Dangerously high levels of volcanic gases will accumulate close to the eruption. Further updates from IMO will be issued in the coming days.”
  • The peninsula has been experiencing a “seismic swarm” since July 4, the meteorological office said, with at least 7,000 earthquakes recorded between Fagradalsfjall and Keilir since that time, with the largest measuring as a 4.8 on July 5. The office says the rise in activity is because of a “new dike intrusion in the area.”

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Eruption at Mount Etna brings airlines to a standstill

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Mount Etna eruption grounds flights in Sicily with clouds of ash
  • Flights from Catania airport in Sicily were grounded on Sunday after volcanic ash from an eruption of Mount Etna covered the runways.
  • Airport authorities announced that flights would be suspended until Monday 9 a.m. local time (3 a.m. ET) due to the fallout from the eruption on Twitter. They later told CNN that flights are expected to resume at midday Monday
  • Pictures and video footage show black volcanic ash covering planes at the airport, and blanketing roads in the area.
  • The ash was produced by a paroxysmal eruption that sent lava fountains more than 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) into the air, Boris Behncke, a vulcanologist at the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology’s Etna observatory, told CNN.
  • The observatory said in a statement that the eruptive phase ended around 9 p.m. Sunday, but it couldn’t predict when a new phase might begin.

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Mexico City elevates volcano alert system to yellow as volcano produces ash

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Millions are told to get ready to evacuate as one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes in Mexico is set to erupt with smoke, ash and molten rock already spewing into the sky grounding planes forcing nearby schools to close
  • Mexican authorities on Sunday raised the warning level for the Popocatepetl volcano to one step below red alert as smoke, ash and molten rock spewed into the sky posing risks to aviation and far-flung communities below.
  • The huge volcano that towers above Mexico City is considered one of the most dangerous in the world because some 25 million people live within a 60-mile radius.
  • Sunday’s increased alert level – to ‘yellow phase three’ – comes a day after two Mexico City airports temporarily halted operations due to falling ash, which also forced 11 villages to cancel school sessions.
  • The yellow phase three activated Sunday means ‘intermediate to high activity’ and is triggered when the volcano shows ‘significant explosions of increasing intensity that shoot fragments (of rock) over considerable distances.’
  • The next step, a red alert, triggers mandatory evacuations

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Mt. Fuji eruption and earthquake escape plan has just been revised; in short there is no good plan at this moment

Mount Fuji

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Escaping on foot from a giant volcano with a diameter of 44 km… Mt. Fuji eruption and evacuation plan “unable to cope with a major earthquake and tsunami” nightmare
  • New evacuation plan for Mt. Fuji eruption revised for first time in 9 years
  • The damage estimates for a massive Nankai Trough earthquake, which is expected to kill more than 320,000 people, have also been revised.
  • Fuji erupts and a massive earthquake occurs in tandem with the eruption, unprecedented damage would likely occur.
  • While expanding the evacuation zone to 27 cities, towns, and villages (with approximately 790,000 residents), the timing of the start of evacuation is being reconsidered in order to reduce to zero the number of people who fail to escape during an eruption. However, the evacuation sites will not be decided in advance and will be secured according to the eruption situation, and in order to prioritize the evacuation of those who need assistance, the means of evacuation for general residents will be switched from private vehicles to walking in principle.
  • Fuji is a huge volcano with a maximum base diameter of 44 km. If an eruption were to occur and cinders, pyroclastic flows, and large volcanic ash showers were to fall all over the area, it would be difficult to know which direction to flee in.
  • there are about 30 craters in a chain of about 30 major ones from southeast to northwest. The important thing is to determine where the eruption will occur and prioritize evacuation. In any case, it is best to assume that residents will not be able to evacuate so easily
  • Even if we were lucky enough to escape from the crater area, the transportation infrastructure could be paralyzed beyond that point.
  • There is a great possibility of the piers collapsing or being submerged by a tsunami, and evacuation to the west may not be possible
  • Fuji has remained quiet for more than 300 years since the Hoei eruption. It is believed that a considerable amount of energy has accumulated, and a major eruption could occur at any time.
  • The last time Mt. Fuji erupted was 1707… At that time 49 days before the last eruption with an estimated magnitude of 8.6 earthquake occurred
  • Fuji evacuation plan that has just been revised will not be enough to cope with the situation… Unless a more concrete and feasible plan is created, the damage will be much worse,” said Takahashi.

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Russian volcano eruption described as biggest fallout in 60 years

Russian Volcano

Mathew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Volcano eruption on Russia’s Kamchatka sends dust clouds 20km into the sky
  • The ash cloud from the eruption of Shiveluch, one of Kamchatka’s most active volcanoes, extended over 500km northwest and engulfed several villages in grey volcanic dust.
  • Officials closed the skies over the area to aircraft. Local authorities advised residents to stay indoors. Schools in several affected communities were shut and two villages had their power supplies cut for a few hours until emergency crews restored them.
  • Ash fell on 108,000 square kilometres (41,699 square miles) of territory, according to the regional branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Geophysical Survey. Scientists described the fallout as the biggest in nearly 60 years.
  • The Kamchatka Peninsula, which extends into the Pacific Ocean about 6,600km east of Moscow, is one of the world’s most concentrated area of geothermal activity, with about 30 active volcanoes.

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Mauna Loa Volcano alert level raised after Eruption

Volcano Erupting

Matthew 24:7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

Important Takeaways:

  • Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Volcano Begins Eruption, Alert Level Raised
  • An eruption began in the summit caldera of Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano
  • “At this time, lava flows are contained within the summit area and are not threatening downslope communities,” the notification said.
  • However, the notification warned, based on previous events that the early eruption stages of this volcano can be very dynamic and the location and advance of lava flows can change rapidly.
  • The volcano alert level was upgraded from an “advisory” to a “warning.”
  • Over a dozen earthquakes of more than 2.5 magnitude struck the region in the last two hours, according to the USGS, with one measuring 4.2 in magnitude.

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Massive eruption Tonga volcano

Joel 2:30 “I will display wonders in the sky and on the earth, Blood, fire and columns of smoke.

Important Takeaways:

  • Volcano Discovery
  • Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano (Tonga): another stunning footage of eruption seen from boat
  • The explosive eruption of the volcano continues characterized by dark and dense masses of pyroclastic material and ground-hugging currents known as base surges

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Spain’s La Palma lifts lockdown imposed after volcano soured air quality

By Marco Trujillo

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – Authorities in Spain’s La Palma lifted a stay-at-home order on Monday just a few hours after telling people to stay indoors due to poor air quality caused by the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano.

The eruption, which has sent spectacular rivers of molten lava running down the slopes of Cumbre Vieja for nearly three months, is the longest running on the Spanish Canary island since records began in 1500.

Around 24,500 residents in Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso and Tazacorte – a third of La Palma’s inhabitants – were asked to stay indoors due to emissions of sulphur dioxide that had reached “extremely adverse” levels, authorities said.

In affected municipalities, residents were told to stay inside, while students were told to remain in schools and parents not to pick them up until the air quality cleared.

However, a few hours later, emergency services lifted the order thanks to an improvement in air quality data and said students would leave school at the regular time.

“We’re all a bit scared,” said 64-year old Carlos Ramos in Los Llanos de Aridane, explaining that nothing similar had happened with previous eruptions on the island.

“We’ll see how it all ends because I don’t trust it (the volcano) and I’m not totally sure it’s ever going to end.”

Lava flows have damaged or destroyed at least 2,910 buildings, according to the EU satellite monitoring system Copernicus, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes on the island, part of the subtropical Canaries archipelago.

(Reporting by Marco Trujillo and Borja Suárez; writing by Emma Pinedo; editing by Nathan Allen, Mark Heinrich and Raissa Kasolowsky)

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano erupts for first time in nearly a year

(Reuters) -Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano, in its first eruption in nearly a year, was filling the crater at its summit with hot red lava and clouding the skies with volcanic smog on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The latest eruption of Hawaii’s youngest and most active volcano began on Wednesday afternoon.

While the lava presented no immediate threat to populated areas, residents who live downwind of Kīlauea were warned of possible exposure to sulfur dioxide and other volcanic gases that can irritate the respiratory system.

The eruption was taking place within the confines of Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, which remained open to visitors who wished to observe the lava’s glow and the pluming smoke from a safe distance.

Kīlauea’s last eruption took place in December 2020, when a water-filled lake that had formed at the crater evaporated, replaced by a lava lake.

Two years before that, a string of earthquakes and a major eruption led to the destruction of hundreds of homes and businesses as lava flowed down to the ocean over a period of several months, hardening into new land.

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York; Editing by Giles Elgood and Mark Porter)

Earthquakes ease on Spain’s La Palma as volcano alert remains

By Borja Suarez

LA PALMA, Spain (Reuters) – A surge in seismic activity on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma has slowed in the past day but could return at any moment, authorities said on Friday, as they kept almost half the island’s population on yellow alert for an eruption.

“The decrease in seismic activity may be transient and does not necessarily imply a halt to the reactivation,” the regional emergency services said in a statement after a meeting with politicians, volcano experts and civil defense authorities.

Scientists have recorded more than 4,000 tremors in the Cumbre Vieja national park in the south of the island, prompting authorities to declare a yellow alert for eruption on Tuesday, the second of a four-level alert system.

The yellow alert affects some 35,000 people in the regions of Fuencaliente, Los Llanos de Aridane, El Paso y Mazo.

Authorities on Friday advised people in those areas to prepare an emergency backpack with vital supplies and a mobile phone in case an evacuation is ordered.

So-called “earthquake swarms” are common on volcanic island chains such as the Canaries, said Eduardo Suarez, a volcanologist with Spain’s National Geographic Institute on neighboring Tenerife.

“What is noteworthy this time is that normally they occur between the crust and the mantle, at a depth of around 20 kilometers, now in some zones they are between 1km-3km from the surface,” he said.

More than 11 million cubic meters (388 million cubic feet) of magma have seeped into Cumbre Vieja, around a quarter of the amount expelled during the last major eruption in 1971.

(Reporting by Borja Suarez in La Palma and Nathan Allen in Madrid; Additional reporting by Emma Pinedo; Editing by Alex Richardson)