RT – June 27, 2018
At least 250 people have been evacuated from the vicinity of the largest volcano in the Galapagos Islands, Sierra Negra, after a series of earthquakes awakened the colossus, according to Ecuadorean authorities.
“The colossus is awakening,” Environment Minister Tarsicio Hail said, announcing that Ecuador’s authorities are closely watching the seismic and geological activity near one of the world’s largest calderas, craters left by previous eruptions.
At least 250 people have already been evacuated from communities in the immediate vicinity of the volcano, and all tourist activity has been temporarily halted in the area, reports El Universo.
The volcano, which has the largest caldera of all of the Galapagos volcanoes, measuring seven by nine kilometers, is located on Isabela Island, the largest of the archipelago, itself of volcanic origin. The last time it erupted was in 2005.
Michael Snyder – July 4, 2018
Firefighters all over the western part of the country are talking about an unprecedented wildfire season, and we are only in early July. It is going to get a lot hotter and a lot drier as we move deeper into the summer, and the wildfires are likely to get a whole lot worse. At this moment, more than 600,000 acres of land are on fire in America. From California to Colorado and from Alaska to Arizona, extremely violent wildfires are raging out of control as firefighters battle relentlessly to save homes and lives. Rain is desperately needed, but right now much of the Southwest is experiencing a historic drought. In fact, things have gotten so bad that some experts are already comparing this drought to the Dust Bowl conditions of the 1930s. If very high temperatures and extreme drought persist, that is going to continue to create ideal conditions for more wildfires.
Travis Fedschun – June 17, 2018
Officials in Virginia are warning residents to be on the lookout after an invasive plant was found Tuesday in the northern part of the state that can cause third-degree burns and even permanent blindness.
The Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech said in a Facebook post that 30 giant hogweed plants were discovered in Clarke County, located between Winchester and Leesburg.
The plant contains a very toxic sap, that when combined with sun exposure, can cause severe health hazards.
“In brief, the sap prevents your skin from protecting itself from sunlight, which leads to a very bad sunburn,” according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. “Heat and moisture (sweat or dew) can worsen the skin reaction. The phototoxic reaction can begin as soon as 15 minutes after contact, with sensitivity peak between 30 minutes and two hours after contact.”
Brooke Rolfe – June 20, 2018
New Zealand‘s Mount Taranaki is ‘almost certain’ to erupt in coming years and cause mass devastation to its nearby townships, experts have warned.
The chances of the volcano, on the west coast of the North Island, erupting within the next 50 years and ‘producing volcanic hazards’ is extremely likely, authorities said.
‘An eruption of Mount Taranaki is not a matter of ‘if’, it is a matter of ‘when’,’ a report on the region’s latest five-year Civil Defence plan stated.
‘An eruption of Mount Taranaki could produce volcanic hazards such as tephra falls, pyroclastic density currents, lava flows, lahars, flooding, debris avalanches, sector collapses, lightning and volcanic gases.’
More than 450,000 people visit the Egmont National Park each year to hike its trails to the mountain’s 2500 metre summit.
Keri Coles – June 19, 2018
More than 150 tremors have hit Vancouver Island in the last 24 hours, and seismologists are monitoring the situation to see if it turns into an Episodic Tremor and Slip event.
Vancouver Island is normally moving toward the Lower Mainland at a rate of about one centimetre per year.
“Ferry fares keep going up but the distance is actually getting a little bit shorter,” jokes John Cassidy, seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada.
But every 14 months or so there is a Tremor and Slip event – a discovery made by two local scientists Gary Rogers and Herb Dragert – when Vancouver Island slips backwards a few millimetres towards Japan. Seismic recording instruments show Victoria moving in one direction and then changing direction for about two weeks during these episodes. These events add pressure to the locked Cascadian Subduction Zone fault.
Michael Snyder – June 12, 2018
Massive eruptions of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano and Guatemala’s Fuego volcano have captivated the entire world in recent days, and now it looks like even more volcanoes are starting to wake up. In fact, yellow alerts were just issued for Mexico’s Mt. Popocatepetl and Alaska’s Great Sitkin volcano.
Mt. Popocatepetl and Great Sitkin both sit along the “Ring of Fire” that roughly encircles the perimeter of the Pacific Ocean, and many are becoming concerned that we may be witnessing some sort of “chain reaction” as volcanoes all over the globe begin to exhibit signs of increased activity. This even includes some unusual happenings at Yellowstone, and we will cover that near the end of this article. But to start with, let’s take a look at the yellow alert that was just issued for Mt. Popocatepetl.
Weather.com – June 18, 2018
At least four people died and more than 300 were injured when a strong earthquake knocked over walls and ignited scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in Western Japan on Monday.
A falling concrete wall at a school killed a 9-year-old girl during the 5.5 magnitude quake. Two fatalities were men in their 80s, while officials later said they confirmed the death of an 81-year-old woman in Takatsuki.
Most of the injured were in Osaka – Japan’s No. 2 city bustling with businesses. Osaka officials did not give details, but the injuries reported in Kyoto and three other neighboring prefectures were all minor.
A falling concrete wall knocked down Rina Miyake as she walked by at her elementary school in Takatsuki. NHK public television aired footage showing the collapsed upper half of the high wall, which was cheerfully painted with trees, flowers and blue sky and surrounded the school swimming pool.
TW – June 16, 2018
A strong eruption took place from Sakurajima’s Minamidake crater volcano at 22:20 UTC on June 15, 2018 (07:20 JST, June 16).
The eruption sent ash up to 4.7 km (15 400 feet) above the crater (5.8 km (19 000 feet) above sea level) and produced several pyroclastic flows.
Ashfall was reported in the city of Kagoshima, capital of Kagoshima prefecture, located 8 km (5 miles) west of the volcano.
There were eight events and five explosions at Minamidake crater from June 4 to 11. Crater incandescence was occasionally visible at night. Ash plumes rose up to 2 km (1.2 miles) above the crater rim, except during an event at 11:35 JST on June 10 which produced a plume that rose 3.5 km (2.1 miles). Tephra was ejected as far as 1.3 km (0.8 miles) from the crater between June 8 and 11.
Mac Slavo – June 13, 2018
As scientists continue to tell the public not to worry, the largest geyser in Yellowstone has just gone off for the ninth time. Normally, this geyser is quiet for years at a time, but scientists are now saying this is the new normal.
Over the past few months, the Steamboat geyser has sprung to life and now seems to be erupting somewhat on a predictable schedule, at least for the moment. According to Forbes, just after 1 a.m. Monday it sent boiling water hundreds of feet into the air for the ninth time this year. Before this recent string of eruptions, Steamboat had been dormant since 2014. “Major eruptions over the past several weeks have been occurring with surprising regularity (every 6 to 8 days),” wrote Jamie Farrell, Chief Seismologist of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO).
This news comes as the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii continues to erupt sending lava flows into the ocean and Guatemalan volcano erupted sent pyroclastic flows into a town killing at least 100 people. Are the world’s volcanoes waking up? Not if you ask scientists.
Oli Smith – June 10, 2018
BRITAIN has been hit by a freak weather storm this weekend, with parts of the country experiencing snowstorms, lightning fireballs and flash flooding in the space of just a few hours yesterday
A freak weather storm hit Britain yesterday, disrupting the summer heatwave that has swept across the country over the last week.
Scotland bared the brunt of the bizarre weather pattern, with the region stunned by snowstorms, huge hail and lightning explosions.
In one of the worst weather-related incidents yesterday, a family house in Lenzie suffered an unusual lightning fireball, which set their home ablaze.
A lightning bolt struck the family home in East Dunbartonshire, which quickly erupted in flames, forcing the family to flee in terror.