WND – February 18, 2018
At least two potential super-volcanos have the attention of scientists worldwide because of the devastation any of them – two in the U.S. and one in Japan – could wreak on the planet, killing tens of millions and ravaging global economies.
Saturday’s rumblings at the Yellowstone Caldera in America’s most famous national park caught the attention of seismologists over the weekend because of its cataclysmic potential. Scientists warn that a major eruption of the Wyoming volcano would kill an estimated 87,000 people immediately and render two-thirds of the U.S. uninhabitable because of an ash cloud that would spark rapid climate change.
If that scenario sounds apocalyptically scary, consider the other volcano being watched worldwide off the shore of Japan. Just last week, Japanese scientists were warning an eruption at the Kikai Caldera, about 50 miles south of Japan’s main island, could kill 100 million people and set off catastrophic global climate change that would make the world forget about “global warming” scares.
TW – February 13, 2018
A new volcanic activity is taking place at Devil’s Woodyard mud volcano in Trinidad and Tobago. The last eruption of this volcano took place in 1995, killing 1 person and leaving 31 families homeless.
The first set of eruptions started at approximately 22:00 UTC on February 12. Another eruption took place at 00:20 UTC on February 13, followed by another at 04:52 UTC.
The volcano ejected thick volcanic mud and covered a large area, causing cracks in the ground and damage to concrete footpaths around the volcano. At the time, mud is extending some 45 m (150 feet) in each direction of the crater.
Joseph Carey – Feb 20, 2018
The shock discovery was announced by the United States Geological Survey (USGS) that declared the quakes have been occurring “over the past several days”.
In a post, it wrote: “Over the past several days, an earthquake swarm has been ongoing at Yellowstone.
“Keep in mind that swarms like this account for more than 50 per cent of the seismic activity at Yellowstone and no volcanic activity has occurred from any past such events.
“As of the night of February 18, over 200 earthquakes have been located in an area ~13 km (8 miles) North East of West Yellowstone, Montana.
The USGS added that the seismic rates and the magnitude of the quakes have “increased markedly” and warned that the largest quake reached a magnitude of 2.9 on the Richter scale.
CBS News – February 19, 2018
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 16,400 feet into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said.
The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died in a 2016 eruption.
Disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said hot ash clouds traveled as far as 16,000 feet southward.
The regional volcanic ash advisory center in Darwin, Australia, issued a “red notice” to airlines.
Some 30,000 people have been forced to leave homes around the mountain in the past few years.
TW – February 16, 2018
A new seismic swarm started under Cumbre Vieja volcano (La Palma), the Canary Islands on February 10, 2018. Quakes in this latest swarm are stronger than those in the previous swarm in October 2017, the first swarm in this area in 30 years.
National Geographic Institute (IGN) registered a total of 83 earthquakes between 23:23 UTC, February 10 and 07:32 UTC, February 15 with magnitudes ranging from 1.6 to 2.6.
In addition, there have been several hundred more which weren’t detected due to their magnitude and depth.
The depth of the quakes decreased during the course of the swarm, suggesting an upward movement of magma towards the surface.
The Canary Government called for an urgent meeting of the Scientific Committee for Evaluation and Monitoring of Volcanic Phenomena to discuss why the quakes are happening again and what might happen in the future. This is the second such meeting in four months.
Sputnik News – February 16, 2018
A huge underwater supervolcano has been tracked in the Japanese Archipelago, with scientists already warning that its possible new eruption may kill at least 100 million people.
Speaking to Sputnik, Yoshiyuki Tatsumi of Kobe Ocean-Bottom Exploration Center explained that in order to predict volcanic eruptions, including massive ones, it is important to accurately locate a magma pocket as well as its size and shape.
“So we chose the Kikai Caldera, the only place in the water area of the Japanese archipelago, where a gigantic eruption of an ancient underwater volcano took place 7,300 years ago,” he said.
Commenting on reports that there is only one percent probability of an eruption of the Kikai Caldera supervolcano in the next hundred years, Tatsumi drew a parallel with the deadly earthquakes in Kobe and Kumamoto in 1995 and 2016, respectively, which he recalled were predicted only the day before they took place.
Fox News – February 16, 2018
A potent earthquake shook southern Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that rocked buildings across Mexico City.
Originally reported as a 7.5 magnitude, the quake was later reported as a 7.2 by the U.S. Geological Survey, said an article Friday night in USA Today.
According to the Reuters news service, the epicenter was close to the Pacific coast in the southern state of Oaxaca, and had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km), based on data from the U.S. Geological Survey. The area is already reeling from a September earthquake’s impacts.
In Oaxaca, Gov. Alejandro Murat said via Twitter that damage was being evaluated, but there were so far no reports of deaths.
Jack Andrews – February 15, 2018
The mutant rodents are resistant to poison after developing a genetic mutation called L120Q, which renders many toxins useless.Scientists fear the rats’ immunity to poison will see the population explode.Dee Ward-Thompson, from the British Pest Control Association, said: “There could be a significant risk to public health if left unchecked.”
The shock discovery was made in a study by University of Reading experts who identified “the massive extent of L120Q resistance across the whole of central southern England”.
Data for the rest of the UK was not available.
There are now fears the deadly gene could spread to rat populations across the UK.
Space Daily – February 13, 2018
South Africa on Tuesday declared a “national disaster” over a drought that has ravaged parts of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without running water.
The government said it had elevated the drought to a “national disaster” after reassessing its “magnitude and severity”.
Cape Town is in the grip of a three-year-long drought as sparse winter rains have failed to bring relief, and dam levels have dropped dangerously low.
Rains over the weekend raised hopes that the situation would improve, but the downpours were neither heavy nor long enough to have an impact on the situation.
The statement, published in the official government gazette, means that the national government is now responsible for tackling the issue and ensuring relief efforts.
Strange Sounds – February 13, 2018
Seismic unrest is being reported since last Saturday, February 10, 2018 with a new earthquake swarm starting in the southeast of the island of La Palma in Spain. Now, on February 12, 2018 more than 300 small earthquakes have rattled the mid-Atlantic Azores Islands overnight. Tourists and general population have been advised to move away from Pico Do Fogo volcano. Are volcanoes waking up in both locations?
Last Saturday, February 10, 2018, 23:23 TU, a new seismic series has started in the southeast of the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain. As of February 13, 2018, 06:45 TU, already 11 earthquakes with magnitudes between M2.2 and M2.6 had already hit and are now continuing at a depth of 30 km.
Now, another archipelago, the Portuguese Azores, is also experiencing high seismic activity with more than 300 earthquakes overnight, prompting civil protection to ask residents to be vigilant. The tremors began shortly before midnight on Sunday and continued throughout Monday morning, February 12, 2018. The activity was focused on Sao Miguel island with the epicenter somewhere between the Fogo and Congro lakes.