Bali’s Mount Agung volcano erupts, prompting mass evacuation order

DW – November 27, 2017

Indonesian authorities on Monday raised the alert status of an erupting volcano in Bali to the highest level, ordering up to 100,000 people within 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of the crater to evacuate. Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency said the alert was raised “in anticipation of the possibility and imminent risk of disaster.”

Mount Agung, an active volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, erupted on Sunday, sending ash 3,000 meters (9,840 feet) above the crater, according to disaster management officials. “Constant tremors can be felt,” said volcanologist Gede Suantika.

The alert was raised after the volcano shifted from steam-based eruptions to magmatic eruptions, said Kasbani, who heads Indonesia’s geological agency.

Strongest eruption since 2013 at Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico

– November 24, 2017

On Thursday, November 23, 2017, Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano experienced its strongest eruption since 2013. Ashfall was reported in nearby communities, mainly to the south and southeast.

The eruption started at 20:13 UTC (14:13 local time), producing a plume of ash to around 1 800 m (5 900 feet) above the crater. That’s 7 226 m (23 700 feet) above sea level.

“This is the largest activity since 2013,” Carlos Valdes Gonzales, General Director of Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) said on Twitter.

The eruptive event was registered by the Tlamacas and Altzomoni stations, located 4.5 km (2.8 miles) and 12 km (7.4 miles) from the volcano, respectively.

Valdes reminded residents living near the volcano to cover their water sources, wear protective masks and do not let ash accumulate on light roofs.

Thousands flee over Bali volcano eruption fears

Space Daily – November 22, 2017

Thousands living in the shadow of a rumbling volcano on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali fled Wednesday as fears grow that it could erupt for the first time in more than 50 years.

Mount Agung belched smoke as high as 700 metres (2,300 feet) above its summit late Tuesday afternoon, sparking an exodus from the settlements near the mountain.

Nearly 1,600 people died when Mt. Agung last erupted in 1963.

It stirred to life again in September, prompting about 140,000 people to leave the area. Many returned home after the volcano’s activity waned, but thousands are now fleeing again.

Some 30,000 people remain displaced, officials said.

“There are 13 of us and we’re afraid. Our neighbours have also fled,” said Nyoman Sadi, a local resident who said she was leaving with her family.

Disaster officials have warned that fresh activity at Mt. Agung could see it blow its top.

Popocatepetl Violently Erupted – Authorities Warn Bigger Eruption Could Threaten More Than 20 Million In Mexico City

Michael Snyder – November 17, 2017

Mt. Popocatepetl is one of the most important volcanoes on the entire planet, and yet most Americans are not familiar with it.

In ancient Aztec, Popocatepetl means “smoking mountain”, but to the locals the 5,426-meter-high volcano is simply known as “Don Goyo”.

A catastrophic eruption of “Don Goyo” would be a nightmare scenario for the more than 20 million people living in the Mexico City metropolitan area, and that is why authorities are watching Mt. Popocatepetl very closely at the moment.

In fact, we are being warned that the eruption that just took place could be a precursor to an even larger eruption

Chilling footage showing the violent eruption emerged online amid fears there could be more.

A huge plume of smoke blasted three kilometres in to the air from the summit of Popocatepetl after a series explosions over the course of 24 hours.

NASA Has More Evidence Volcanic Activity Is Heating Up Antarctica’s Ice Sheet

Michael Bastasch – November 7, 2017

Ancient underground streams of heated rock, called a mantle plume, might be an explanation for the instability of Antarctica’s western ice sheet, according to a new NASA study.

Scientists have been debating whether or not mantle plume heat contributes to western Antarctica’s instability. Some recent studies provided evidence this might be the case, but even this study’s authors were skeptical.

“I thought it was crazy,” Hélène Seroussi, the study’s co-author and scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said in a release.

“I didn’t see how we could have that amount of heat and still have ice on top of it,” Seroussi said in a statement.

NASA says Seroussi’s study provides more evidence of geothermal activity underneath a portion of the world’s largest ice sheet.

Iceland’s Biggest Volcano Is ‘Ready To Erupt’ As Europe Faces A Disaster

Mac Slavo – October 31, 2017

Iceland’s biggest volcano has been rocked by the strongest earthquake since it last erupted in 2014.   With swarms of earthquakes occurring in the French Alps too, Europe is facing what could be one of the largest natural disasters in history.

Last week, the 6,591-foot tall Bardarbunga, a “powerful and versatile” volcano, was rattled by the four largest earthquakes since it last erupted in 2014.  The earthquakes, measuring in magnitudes of 3.9, 3.2, 4.7, and 4.7 on the Richter scale, struck the caldera region over several days last weekend. Another magnitude 4.1 earthquake hit the 200km long and 25km wide volcanic system earlier last week and several tremors struck in September.

Páll Einarsson, a volcanology expert at the University of Iceland, said the latest quakes are part of a series that have been “in progress for two years”. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said the volcano is “clearly preparing for its next eruption” within the next few years.

Fears are spiking even higher when considering the earthquake swarm that has been rocking the French Alps recently.

Tenerife volcano ALERT: Mount Teide WILL have MEGA ERUPTION after giant landslides

Chloe Kerr – November 4, 2017

MOUNT TIEDE could erupt soon as scientists reveal the Tenerife rock could actually be a mega volcano.

Fears have been mounting in Tenerife that the volcano could be about to blow after 22 quakes hit the popular holiday spot over the weekend.

The biggest island in the Canaries was hit by a seismic swarm of 22 earthquakes between Saturday, October 28 and Tuesday from Mount Teide.

And new research has shown that left over magma from old volcanoes on the popular island could have come together to create a super volcano.

Giant landslides caused by volcano explosions pushes fiery magma through cracks in the earth’s crust to form a new volcano “of greater or equal size” to the previous one.

Scientists fear Cumbre Vieja, which erupted in 1949 and 1971, will blow soon

Ronan J O’Shea – October 25, 2017

After a year that has seen concern about potential voicano eruptions in Iceland, Italy and Bali, volcanologists on the Canary Islands have been asked to work out whether the island of La Palma is facing an imminent eruption.

The experts have been asked to monitor activity on the island, which saw 400 tremors in 15 hours over the weekend, according to The Express.

Close to Tenerife, Cumbre Vieja (meaning “Old Summit”) previously erupted in 1949 and 1971. After the recent tremors – and a 3.5cm rise in the earth over the past year – scientists have been asked to monitor the volcano, amid fears that an eruption might lead to an earthquake and possible tsunami.

So now a special hydrogeochemical monitoring programme has been set up in a bid to improve volcanic monitoring of the volcano. Scientists will take samples of subterranean waters and PH levels, conductivity, temperature and dissolved gas activity three times a week at four locations in Cumbre Vieja.

RING OF FIRE: Indonesia hit by huge 6.7 earthquake – just MILES from Bali volcano

Rob Virtue – October 24, 2017

The 6.7 magnitude quake hit this morning just between the Pacific and Indian oceans.

It landed in the Ring of Fire, so-called because a huge number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions take place there.

The quake, which hit deep in the ocean, arrived at just after midday UK time.

It is not known yet if there are any injuries and no tsunami warnings .

Bali’s Mount Agung has recorded a drop in seismic activity this week but is still at risk of eruption.

The volcano has been at the maximum level for more than a month and has seen nearly 200,000 people evacuated.

Increased Seismic Activity at Bali’s Mount Agung Volcano Raises Alert

Sputnik News – September 19, 2017

Authorities in Indonesia have expanded the “no go zone” at Bali’s Mount Agung and sounded off an alert after officials detected an increase in seismic activity.

Indonesia’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency announced Monday that an exclusion zone of nearly five miles would be established around the volcano’s crater and would stay in place for at least 14 days.

“Harmonic tremors have continued to increase and people are advised to remain alert,” Sutopo Nugroho, spokesman for the agency, told The Australian.

Aside from the increased rumblings, the emergency agency reported a 165-foot high blast was observed from the crater.

Though this is the second time authorities have issued an alert since August, local residents were informed by officials to prepare for the worst — if officials sound the alarm again, they may be ordered to evacuate.