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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Volcanic eruptions and earthquakes increasing across the planet


If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that's because they are.

Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. 

Unrest also seems to be growing among the world's super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy's Campi Flegrei - almost all of the world's active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

When they will erupt is guess work, but in the meantime, activity is growing in Central America's volcanoes such as Costa Rica's Turrialba Volcano, Asia's volcanoes such as Kamchatka, Alaska and Indonesia are also more active. Magma chambers are growing as pressures increase, the numbers of tremors are increasing as are related 'quake-clusters'. If any one of these major volcanic systems has a large scale eruption, it would be a global event.

Iceland is considered by many scientists to be the next likely place for a global level volcanic event. The last major event, actually relatively minor, was in 2010 when an Icelandic volcano (Eyjafjallajökull volcano) made headlines around the world by spewing mega-tons of ash into the atmosphere, cancelling and re-routing thousands of flights and costing airlines and passengers more than $7 billion+ in lost revenues.


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Costa Rica Volcano Erupts

The Turrialba Volcano which is located in the Cartago Province of central Costa Rica has reportedly erupted on Saturday. A news article that was published by RT reads,
Featuring thick clouds of ash and smoke rising into the grey sky, spectacular images of the powerful Costa Rica volcano eruption have flooded social media.
The 3,340-meter Turrialba Volcano is located in Cartago Province of central Costa Rica, only 30 km from the country’s capital, San José. The volcanic activity started Wednesday and the first eruptions were recorded Friday, according to local media.
“It seems to me to be the strongest [Turrialba] eruption in the past six years,” volcanologist Gino Gonzalez told AFP. He added that the wind was blowing the smoke and ash westward, toward the most populated areas of the country.

Eruption at Colombian volcano forces airport closure

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — An eruption at the towering Nevado del Ruiz volcano has forced the closure of a regional airport in western Colombia.
Colombia’s Geological Service says bursts of ash rose nearly a mile and a half (2,300 meters) above the peak of the volcano at about 5:50 a.m. (6:50 a.m. EDT; 1050 GMT).
A somewhat smaller eruption three hours earlier prompted closure of the La Nubia airport in Manizales, capital of Caldas state.
The 17,457-foot (5,321 meter) volcano has been under close observation since a 1985 eruption killed some 25,000 people and demolished the town of Armero.
Seismologists say earth tremors indicate movement of magma within the volcano’s system.

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Contributing sources:


A map showing the location of Wednesday's first earthquake in Ecuador. A second followed nearby. USGS

Wednesday's first quake, with a magnitude of 6.7, 
hit at 3 a.m. local time (4 a.m. ET). 
The second followed in the afternoon at 6.8, according to the United States Geological 
The epicenters of the two quakes were only a few miles apart, just south of Esmeraldas, 
according to the USGS.
The single reported casualty was man killed in Tosagua, the Ministry of Security said
 in a tweet.
Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa reported some power outages near the epicenters.
Wednesday's quakes affected the same area hit by a 7.8-magnitude 

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