‘Colossus waking up’: Volcano eruption triggers evacuations in Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands (PHOTOS)

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.


National Emergency: Extreme Heat And Drought Fuel Dozens Of Explosive Wildfires In The Western United States

 – 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.


‘It’s not a matter of if, but when’: Terrified New Zealanders warned giant volcano is ready to ERUPT for the first time in 500 years, threatening to devastate the country’s North Island

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.


More than 150 tremors hit Vancouver Island in last 24 hours

 – 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.


A Yellow Alert Has Just Been Issued For 2 Major Volcanoes In North America

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.


Yellowstone Supervolcano: The Steamboat Geyser Just Went off AGAIN

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.


Freak weather storm HITS UK: Snow, twisters and lightning fireballs wreak HAVOC

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.


Massive insect plague: Millions of caterpillars invade Blue Hill, Maine and trigger a statewide traffic advisory

Strange Sounds – June 9, 2018

Their smell reminds Devon Granger of a bait truck. And when she runs them over with her car, the sound makes her think of popcorn, popping. Granger is talking about the caterpillars. That’s right. Millions of caterpillars have invaded Blue Hill, Maine for the last few weeks, eating everything on their path and even triggering a statewide traffic advisory for slippery conditions.

Millions of the fuzzy little beasts have flooded Mines Road between Second and Third ponds for the last few weeks or so. It has created such a hazard that state officials have placed an electronic sign in the area and posted a statewide traffic advisory warning motorists to go slow in the slippery conditions lest they have an accident.

The approximately 2-mile stretch of the road, which is also known as Route 176 or Route 15, features trees almost completely denuded of leaves, said Aaron Osborn, a 23-year-old plumber from Brooksville whose mother, Margaret Perkins Tufts, lives between the ponds on Douglas Loop road.


Kilauea destroys 600 homes, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times

– June 8, 2018

The number of homes destroyed by lava has reached 600 since Kilauea started erupting on May 3, 2018, marking its most destructive eruption in modern times and the most destructive in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

The number surpasses by far the 215 structures destroyed during Kilauea’s earlier eruption cycle that began in 1983 and continued nearly nonstop over the next three decades. Hawaii County Mayor Harry Kim, whose house was also recently destroyed, said Kilauea has never destroyed so many homes before in such a short period of time.

This is now Hawaii’s most destructive eruption in modern times and the most destructive eruption in the United States since the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens.

Mayor Kim said Vacationland, with some 160 homes, was completely erased, adding that at least 330 houses were destroyed at Kapoho Beach Lots and the rest in the Leilani Estates area.


The 2018 Wildfire Season Is On Track To Be As Bad As Last Year’s, US Forest Chief Says

Tim Pearce – June 7, 2018

Wildfires this year are burning acreage at a rate on par with last year’s historic fire season, during which the federal government spent a record $2.9 billion on fire suppression, according to U.S. Forest Service (USFS) interim chief Victoria Christiansen.

Christiansen sat before the House Subcommittee on Federal Lands, a part of the Committee on Natural Resources, Thursday afternoon. The hearing focused on the priorities of the USFS in the upcoming year and how recent changes to the structure of firefighting funding would affect forest management.

“Early predictions indicate that 2018 will likely be another challenging wildfire year,” Christiansen said in her testimony. “To date, about 1.7 million acres have burned, mostly in the South, Southwest and Rocky Mountain regions; this number is on trend with the number of acres burned last year at this time.”