Wednesday, September 7, 2011

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Alaskan Volcano Alert Level Raised to Orange!

The lava dome at a remote Alaska volcano has resumed growing, prompting officials to raise its alert level.

The dome now fills the floor of the crater at Cleveland Volcano, 940 miles southwest of Anchorage. The Alaska Volcano Observatory Tuesday raised the volcano’s alert level to watch status. The dome is now about 394 feet in diameter. Officials say if that continues, lava flows could start on the flanks of the volcano. The growing dome also increases the possibility – but doesn’t ensure – an explosive eruption. - Alaska Public.
According to the code definitions for volcanoes, the Orange Alert Level is based on the volcanism exhibiting heightened or escalating unrest with increased potential of eruption, timeframe uncertain, OR eruption is underway with no or minor volcanic-ash emissions [ash-plume height specified, if possible].

According to the Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report, the following volcanoes across the globe are experiencing acivity:

New Activity/Unrest: | Bagana, Bougainville | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Papandayan, Western Java (Indonesia) | Ranakah, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Tambora, Sumbawa Island (Indonesia)

Ongoing Activity: | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Kizimen, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Lokon-Empung, Sulawesi | Popocatépetl, México | Puyehue-Cordón Caulle, Central Chile | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia)

MONUMENTAL EARTH CHANGES: Anote Tong, the President of Kiribati, Ponders Floating Island Due to the Destruction from Earth Changes?!

The president of the Pacific island nation of Kiribati is so worried about climate change wiping out his country that he's considering ideas as strange as building a floating island.

President Anote Tong raised the notion Wednesday on the opening day of a meeting of Pacific leaders in Auckland. Climate change has become a central theme of this year's Pacific Islands Forum thanks to the presence here of United Nations Secretary-General leader Ban Ki-moon, who has vowed to put the issue at the forefront of the U.N. agenda. Ban visited the Solomon Islands and Kiribati before coming to New Zealand and said it only strengthened his view that "something is seriously wrong with our current model of economic development." Tong said he'd seen models for a $2 billion floating island, which he likened to a giant offshore oil platform. He said while it sounded "like something from science fiction," every idea had to be considered given the dire situation facing Kiribati, a low-lying archipelago with a population of 103,000.

Other ideas to combat rising ocean levels include building a series of seawalls at a cost of nearly $1 billion, Tong said, and relocating some residents to other Pacific nations. But he said he couldn't imagine a day that Kiribati was abandoned. "Would Kiribati disappear?" he said. "Never. Never." Tong said some people have already lost their homes to rising sea levels. He said he's yet to see much in the way of financial aid from Europe despite ambitious pledges. But in an interview with the Associated Press, European Commissioner for climate action Connie Hedegaard, who was attending the conference, said Europe has granted more than 7 billion euros for specific environmental projects around the world over the three years ending 2012. "Climate change is not just a theoretical future. It is actually happening," Hedegaard said. "It is destabilizing areas of the world."
- Huffington Post.

PLANETARY TREMOR: 4.2 Magnitude Quake Rocks Delhi, India!

An earthquake of medium intensity jolted Delhi and its satellite towns late on Wednesday night, pulling panic-stricken people out of their homes.

The tremors, measuring 4.2 on Richter Scale with Haryana's Sonipat as epicentre, were felt across Delhi and its adjoining satellite towns of Ghaziabad and Noida in Uttar Pradesh and Gurgaon in Haryana at 11:28pm. The tremors were felt for less than ten seconds. "The intensity was 4.2 and the epicentre was Sonepat," Shailesh Nayak, secretary in ministry of earth sciences, and IMD director general Ajit Tyagi, said. The quake sent shivers among citizens who ran out of the high-rise buildings. There were no immediate reports of any casualty. The fire brigade and police said they have not received any immediate calls of casualty or damage.
  - Times of India.

GLOBAL VOLCANISM: Increased Seismicity at Volcano Katla!

An increase in seismic activity with small earthquakes has been reported at Iceland's one of the largest volcanoes, but scientists on Tuesday said that there were no signs that the activity would trigger eruptions.

(Click on the image for a larger view.)
"Although earthquakes in the surrounding area around Katla are common, yet there has been an unusual spike in earthquake swarms in recent days," University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said. Iceland's Civil Protection Department has increased its monitoring of the Katla volcano, according to a statement on its Web site. "It's one of the most feared volcanoes, so we're closely monitoring it," Einarsson told Associated Press. "It's normal for earthquakes to be detected around Katla. What's a bit unusual is that we're seeing swarms of small earthquakes, some occurring every 10 minutes or so," he said. - IB Times.

PLANETARY TREMORS: Ripple Effect on the Pacific Ring of Fire!

The ripple effect continues along the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Have a look at the following countries and regions of where earthquakes over a magnitude of 4 on the Richter Scale, occurred today, several of which was not listed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

Map of global earthquakes.

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES; 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN; 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA; 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA; 4.9 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN; 4.2 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE GUATEMALA; 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION; 4.2 Magnitude Earthquake CENTRAL TURKEY; 5.3 Magnitude Earthquake HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION; 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA; 5.0 Magnitude Earthquake OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE; 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake FIJI REGION;4.3 Magnitude Earthquake BANDA SEA, INDONESIA; 5.1 Magnitude Earthquake KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION; 4.8 Magnitude Earthquake OFF THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN; 4.7 Magnitude Earthquake NEAR THE SOUTH COAST OF PAPUA, INDONESIA; 4.4 Magnitude Earthquake FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA; ...

Expect this to escalate in the coming days.

WEATHER ANOMALIES: 23 Soldiers Struck by Lightning in Georgia?!

In a freak incident 23 soldiers have been taken to hospital after been struck by lightning.

The group were hit near to their training site at Fort Stewart in Georgia, and 19 soldiers were treated at hospital and then released yesterday. Four of those hit remained in the Winn Army Community Hospital overnight for observation, according to base spokesman Pat Young. There were believed to be no serious injuries - and none of the soldiers lost consciousness, Young said. He said that the lightning struck at about 4.35pm when members of the 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team were training close to the base's tactical operations centre. Locals reported that a storm was moving through the area, near Savannah, at the time. - Daily Mail.