Recent Volcanic Activity and Impending Eruptions
Italy – Stromboli is stirring. This marks the first lava effusion outside the crater terrace since the emission of a small lava flow in the night of 11-12 December 2010. Around 2100 GMT on 1 August, a vast accumulation of incandescent material appeared at the base of vent N1, the northernmost of the various active vents that lie within the crater terrace at about 750 m elevation on Stromboli. A few minutes later, this material started to collapse and slide, and then developed two small lobes of lava, the more easterly of which descended slowly on the steep slope of the northern portion of the Sciara del Fuoco, repeatedly generating collapse and small landslides derived from the loose material that the slope is made of. The lava then accumulated on the flat area where the hornitos of the 2002-2003 eruption had been located, before making its way down the steep slope below that flat area (as is shown in the two bottom frames in the figure above). On the late morning of 2 August, the lava flow had descended to about 500 m elevation and was advancing very slowly. During the early afternoon of the same day, feeding of the lava flow appeared to diminish. This lava flow represents the first major summit overflow at Stromboli for several decades, the most recent similar event being the eruption of November 1975. During the subsequent eruptions, in 1985-1986 and 2002-2003, lava effusion occurred from eruptive fissures on the upper northern slope of the Sciara del Fuoco, whereas in 2007, the main effusive vent was located at 400 m elevation. Differently from these eruptions, the usual Strombolian activity from the summit craters has not ceased with the onset of lava effusion on 1-2 August 2011. –CT.Ing.It
Russia – The Kamchatka Peninsula, along Russia’s Pacific coast, is currently the most volcanically active area in the world: four volcanoes are erupting simultaneously, and a fifth is showing signs of an impending eruption. Ash plumes from two of these volcanoes are visible in this natural-colour satellite image. Along the northern (top) edge of the image Shiveluch emits a broad gray plume from the lava dome growing on its southern flank. 90 kilometres (60 miles) to the southwest a much smaller plume escapes from Bezymianny. This image was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite on August 3, 2011. Bright green vegetation covers the river floodplains and mountainsides, which gives way to bare rock and eventually snow at higher elevations. –IWO
HAWAII – Eruptive activity at Hawaii’s Kīlauea volcano is continuing, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Hawaiian Volcano Observatory. Experts say the crater floor and lava lake within Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō collapsed and lava flowed out of its west flank on Wednesday, leading to the closure of some local roads in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The USGS stated: “Measurements today showed that the Pu’u ‘Ō’ō crater floor collapsed about 80-85 m (260-280 ft). The Pu’u ‘Ō’ō crater rim remained extremely unstable, with continued collapses along the crater walls sending blocks of rock onto the crater floor. Gas emissions from east rift zone sources remain elevated. Tourists have since flocked to the site to view dramatic glows from the new Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō eruption from several vantage points. In addition, Kīlauea’s summit eruption at Halema‘uma‘u crater continues, and visitors can often hear the roar from rocks exploding off crater walls, and can observe a beautiful red glow after nightfall. –IWO
ALASKA – Signs of lava at Mount Cleveland prompted volcanologists to raise their alert level Tuesday afternoon for the Aleutian Islands volcano. The Alaska Volcano Observatory reports “heightened or escalated unrest” and the possibility of an eruption at the 5,676-foot volcano, according to the observatory’s website. Cleveland Volcano comprises the western half of Chuginidak Island, which sits about 115 miles west of Dutch Harbor and 950 miles southwest of Anchorage. Satellite data and visual observations in late July revealed a lava dome about 140 feet in diameter growing in the volcano’s crater, said volcanologist Chris Waythomas. The dome grew another 10 feet or so between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the observatory. “Sometimes lava domes like that can be explosive and lead to ash production,” Waythomas said. The volcano observatory raised the advisory status from “advisory” to “watch” and the aviation warning level from yellow to orange. Cleveland is capable of blasting volcanic ash more than 20,000 feet into the sky — a significant danger to air traffic in the vicinity — so staff at the observatory decided to warn aviators of a possible explosive eruption, the researcher said. Still, it’s not certain that any ash-producing eruption will occur, Waythomas said. –Anchorage Daily News
INDONESIA – A newly released NASA satellite image shows an ash plume drifting from a volcano that produced one of the largest eruptions in modern history. Anak Krakatau (also known as Krakatoa), a volcanic island in the Sunda Strait between the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia, has been intermittently active for the past several decades. The island exploded in 1883, killing approximately 40,000 people, although some estimates put the death toll much higher. The explosion is considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern history, with reports of it being heard nearly 3,000 miles (4,800 km) from its point of origin. The shock wave from the explosion was recorded on barographs around the globe. On July 31, 2011, a wispy ash plume rose above the volcano and drifted west (up in the below image). The natural-colour satellite image was acquired by the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) aboard Earth Observing-1 (EO-1). Dark gray areas of Anak Krakatau are composed principally of lava flows deposited in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. These flows are topped by a young cinder cone near the center of the island. Green vegetation covers older lavas along the eastern coastline. The last significant activity at the volcano occurred in January 2011. –The Irish Weather On-line
OREGON — In order to monitor a potentially active volcano in Oregon’s Crater Lake National Park, the U.S. Geological Survey wants to build a 60-foot tall tower that will allow the transmission of information from surveying instruments. The monitoring agency released a draft report last week in which it said the current infrastructure in the park can’t support the additional load needed to transmit volcanic monitoring data to the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Wash. The new tower would allow 24-hour monitoring of the volcano. Scientists can use warning signs such as small earthquakes, release of volcanic gases and swelling of the volcano surface to predict an eruption. –Register Guard
Revelation 9:18 “A third of the human race was killed by these three plagues—by the fire, the smoke, and the sulfur that came from their mouths.”
A third of the human race is slated for destruction during this tribulation period. They die from three plagues. Fire, its smoke, and sulfur. The fire comes forth from volcanic activity. The sulfur is spewed forth from the volcanoes that will soon take their toll on a third of mankind by causing three unified plagues in the form of fire, toxic smoke, and heated sulfur.
Father entered the core of this planet with Her presence during the time this ministry had begun. Her purpose was to heat the core so that the planet would be aided in the cycle that has been taking place with carbon emissions. To heat the core to the point that it must spew forth its heated lava from all of the volcanoes on this planet. When this occurs, many will curse God because they will know Father has abandoned the human race. But fear not, Father has not forgotten Her remnant of faithful servants. However, it will be a severe test on all that reside on this planet. The volcanoes beneath the oceans and boiling the waters in the lower depths in preparation for the cataclysmic event that will be in unison with the other volcanoes around the globe.