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Mount St. Helen's Eruption May 18, 1980. (Nat. Geo)

Mount Saint Helen’s volcano erupted thirty years ago today-May 18, 1980.  “The devastation erupted so violently that it leveled 150 square miles of trees, sent the mountain’s north face 14 miles down the Toutle River and dropped gray ash around the world.”  http://www.usatoday.com/NEWS/usaedition/2010-05-17-mtsthelens17_ST_U.htm?csp=34 

The destruction began at 8:32 a.m. on May 18, when the north side of the mountain slid away after two months of intense earthquake activity and weaker eruptions. The landslide uncorked pressurized magma and released a blast so powerful that 1,300 feet of the mountain’s peak collapsed or blew outward, 24 square miles of valley was filled by a debris avalanche, 250 square miles of land was damaged by a lateral blast, and 57 people were killed.

Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull began the eruption in the same way, with an increase an increase of earthquake activity.  Eya continues to erupt and cause disruptions, but no one has died and the lava has not spread 150 miles of devastation.  Eya is holding us hostage,  not sending us running for cover-at least not yet.  

It is Iceland’s other major volcano’s that are becoming increasingly the center of debate.  Scientists are predicting  decades of ash disruptions and predictions of eruptions from Katla, which lies only 15 miles to the east of Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruptions. 

Lo and behold there was a quake beneath both Hekla on May 16 and Katla, May 17. via The Ice Met Office.  Uh, oh.

An eruption at Katla would cause very sudden jökulhlaups (glacier outburst floods).  They occurred during the subglacial eruption in Eyjafjallajökull volcano but have slowed.  Katla’s ice crater is estimated to be 2,000 feet thick and if she blows, that ice is going to melt fast and quickly wiping out everything in it’s path.  It is the fourth largest volcano in Iceland -220 sq. miles (580 sq. km). A large caldera 9 miles (14 km) in diameter underlies the ice.

At least three other big Icelandic volcanoes are building towards an eruption, according to Thor Thordarson, a volcanologist at Edinburgh University.  The three other volcanoes cited by Thordarson as being potentially close to a large eruption are Grimsvotn, Hekla and Askja — all of which are bigger than Eyjafjallajokull. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7127706.ece

Looking ever so peaceful, is the Hekla crater in this 2008 photo by David Adamson. http://picasaweb.google.com/thunder.son Hekla is 75 miles (120 km) east of Reykjavik and last erupted in 2000.

The Institute of Earth Sciences reports, “Hekla is a volcano with special seismic characteristics. During non-eruptive periods it is virtually aseismic, and does not give any obvious long-term or intermediate-term precursory warning before eruptions. The eruption-related seismicity starts only 30-80 minutes before its onset.  http://www.earthice.hi.is/page/ies_heklaseismicity

Mount St. Helen’s and Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcanic eruptions gave obvious seismic warning signs far ahead.  A quiet Hekla poses a huge challenge for predictability, warnings and safety. 

There is perhaps no other natural disaster quite as spectacular or potentially as destructive as that of an erupting volcano. Spewing out ash and magma that can kill a human in seconds, unleashing toxic gases from the belly of the planet, a volcano is truly nature’s fury unleashed. http://scrapetv.com/News/News%20Pages/usa/pages-4/Climber-unexpectedly-dies-after-falling-into-volcano-Scrape-TV-The-World-on-your-side.html

Human curiosity via webcams and tours to view volcano’s are common. Falling to your death in one is not so common. In February 2010, Joseph Bohlig posed for a picture with Mount Rainier in the background when he turned around and took a final step on the cornice and fell to his death. 

Though the connections go down pretty often, I’ll stick to the webcams at: 

 link to sv.tinypic.com]  [link to eldgos.mila.is]  [link to www.ruv.is]  [link to www.vodafone.is] [link to www.mulakot.net] [link to www.sat24.com]  “We have limited TV footage of the volcanic eruption. It’s all the same shots, and the same angles. Surely there must be something new to show? And there was a shot of a car in a dust cloud. Easily staged, and the only “evidence” of dust,” wrote  http://citizengodden.com/2010/04/16/iceland-volcanic-cloud-conspiracy/.

Putting our tinfoil hat back on, we search for any connections between natural physical science and the possibility of man causing volcano’s, earthquakes, tsunami’s and related disasters.  A cover-up of some sort?  An intervention with HAARP, ESCAT, CERN, etc., and quite possibly the impact on Earth’s magnetosphere from the atmosphere all offer some plausibility.  Others would say, God is just ticked off, that some catastrophes are just an, “Act of God.”

One thing for sure, volcano’s and magma’s muscle put humility in man and the power beneath our planet.

Watch the Mount St. Helen’s Volcano courtesy of your tax dollars at, http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/volcanocams/msh/.

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Are the Earthquakes, Cyclones and Volcanoes that are occurring giving clue that some larger catastrophe is coming?

Conspiracies from HAARP, EISCAT, CERN’s LHC and other man-made experiments offer a plausible explanation, but certainly not a definitive one for the cause and frequency of the recent rash of disasters. 

Is Mother Nature having growing pains with theories of Tectonic Shifts, Continental Drift, the sea floor spreading;  maybe a theory of global expansion?  

Professor of Geophysics at the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, John N. Louie, Ph.D teaches, “The plates consist of an outer layer of the Earth, the lithosphere, which is cool enough to behave as a more or less rigid shell. Occasionally the hot asthenosphere of the Earth finds a weak place in the lithosphere to rise buoyantly as a plume, or hotspot.  “Only the lithosphere has the strength and the brittle behavior to fracture in an  earthquake.” http://www.seismo.unr.edu/ftp/pub/louie/class/100/plate-tectonics.html

Dr. J. Louie said, “occasionally,” yet there are daily reports of disasters from the four corners of the earth and a whole lot of places in between- most with no commonality to geography.  Some of the quakes are near tectonic plates, but not all.

IRIS Seismic Monitor

Look how far apart these large magnitude quakes have occurred!  It’s a heck of a long way from Haiti, to Chile, to Mexico to China, to Spain via  http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/quakes_all.php: A few recent examples –

MAP  5.3   2010/04/09 16:34:26    -9.605    149.807  35.0   EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
MAP  5.8   2010/04/09 22:23:00   -28.529    -68.025  87.4   LA RIOJA, ARGENTINA
MAP  5.0   2010/04/09 23:11:59    0.964    -85.338  11.6   OFF THE COAST OF ECUADOR
MAP  5.3   2010/04/10 02:53:24    -7.179    129.549  94.6   KEPULAUAN BABAR, INDONESIA
MAP  4.5   2010/04/10 09:12:28    32.671   -115.773  6.8   SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
MAP  4.6   2010/04/10 09:47:58    61.597   -146.737  43.6   SOUTHERN ALASKA
MAP  5.9   2010/04/10 16:54:25   -20.113   -176.231  274.9   FIJI REGION
MAP  5.6   2010/04/11 04:57:29    23.257    122.056  16.7   TAIWAN REGION
MAP  6.8   2010/04/11 09:40:31   -10.913    161.130  60.2   SOLOMON ISLANDS
MAP  6.3   2010/04/11 22:08:11    37.048    -3.513  619.7   SPAIN
MAP  5.0   2010/04/12 07:57:23    76.939    18.917  10.0   SVALBARD REGION
MAP  5.7   2010/04/12 10:23:15   -56.917    147.477  22.8   WEST OF MACQUARIE ISLAND
MAP  6.9   2010/04/13 23:49:38    33.271    96.629  10.0   SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
MAP  5.0   2010/04/14 05:16:17    18.204   -101.356  71.8   GUERRERO, MEXICO

The recent earthquakes have many people feeling earthquake anxiety and wondering if they are foretelling “The Big One” in the United States, which geologists say is inevitable.

But the U.S. Geological Survey insists the number of major quakes occurring has not increased in frequency, yet people continue to be unusually concerned.  There is a widespread perception that something unusual is going on – a pervasive level of anxiety regarding the stability of the earth under our feet – something we normally take for granted. http://news.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978171654

Is it just pure randomness?  “In the last few years, scientists have found a new source of randomness that cannot be produced by a computer program. This is called algorithmic randomness and it is the gold standard when it comes to the absence of order.” http://www.technologyreview.com/blog/arxiv/25041/

There certainly is an absence of order on planet Earth!  There are often earthquake swarms where following one large quake, additional quakes occur as illustrated here http://fromtheold.com/news/earthquakes-today-chile-earthquake-swarm-continues-russia-and-new-guinea-has-few-earthquakes-20; they do not normally occur all over the earth.

Now we are witnessing volcanic swarms!  Thirty years ago, At 8:32 Sunday morning, May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helen’s erupted. Shaken by an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, the north face of this tall symmetrical mountain collapsed in a massive rock debris avalanche. Nearly 230 square miles of forest was blown down or buried beneath volcanic deposits… http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/

Ironically, there in an argument over funding for its National Monument Designation.  http://www.columbian.com/news/2010/apr/14/no-national-park-for-mount-st-helens-yet/

Now we see,

 ” A swarm of small earthquakes began Monday at a volcano near Anchorage in what scientists said was a warning that Mount Redoubt could be waking from its slumber. “It is reminding us that it is an active volcano.” said Rick Wessels, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Anchorage. 

Wessels said the current earthquakes were not connected to Sunday’s magnitude-7.2 quake in Mexico just south of the U.S. border. 

“We wouldn’t expect there to be any connection given the distances,” he said. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j8VGiRVV36COvlIWeZk4NOj06C2wD9ET7N300

We wouldn’t expect a connection?  Except, maybe there is a connection.

The eruption of Fimmvoerduhals volcano in Iceland Photo: EPA

Thousands of miles away:

An Icelandic volcano, dormant for 200 years, has erupted, ripping a 1km-long fissure in a field of ice.  The volcano near Eyjafjallajoekull glacier began to erupt just after midnight, sending lava a hundred metres high.  http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8578576.stm

Eyjafjallajokull, the Icelandic volcano that has continued to belch lava, ash and steam since first erupting last weekend, isn’t the direct problem. It’s Katla, the noisier neighbor, that’s the concern. If lava flowing from Eyjafjallajokull melts the glaciers that hold down the top of Katla, then Katla could blow its top, pumping gigantic amounts of ash into the atmosphere.

Air Travel Grounded due to Volcanic Ash

Scientists say history has proven that whenever the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupts, Katla always follows — the only question is how soon

“When volcanic ash reaches the stratosphere, it remains for a long time,” reports Hufford. “The ash becomes a very effective block of the incoming solar radiation, thus cooling the atmosphere’s temperatures.”  http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2010/03/global-cooling-what-happens-if-the-iceland-volcano-blows/1

The Batu Tara volcano off Indonesia isn’t sleeping soundly either with the Darwin Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) showing an ash plume rising 7,000 ft on April 5 and spreading a plume more than 35km.  

USGS offers these updates from around the world:

New Activity/Unrest: | Egon, Flores Island (Indonesia) | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Eyjafjöll, Southern Iceland | Gaua, Banks Islands (SW Pacific) | Miyake-jima, Izu Islands (Japan) | Redoubt, Southwestern Alaska | Reventador, Ecuador
Ongoing Activity: | Arenal, Costa Rica | Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Dukono, Halmahera | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka | Kilauea, Hawaii (USA) | Kliuchevskoi, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Popocatépetl, México | Rabaul, New Britain | Sakura-jima, Kyushu | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Soufrière Hills, Montserrat.  Updates can be found at http://www.volcano.si.edu/reports/usgs/index.cfm?wvarweek=20100407#etna

All that ash is another black mark for global warming.  Perhaps it can be washed clean with water from cyclones or hurricanes?

CALCUTTA, India (AP) — Disaster officials in India say there was no warning issued by forecasters before a cyclone struck overnight in a northeastern region. The storm’s winds topped 100 miles per hour and demolished thousands of mud homes across two states. http://www.wlos.com/template/inews_wire/wires.international/3f9eb90d-www.wlos.com.shtml

"NOAA understands and predicts changes in the Earth’s environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and conserves and manages our coastal and marine resources."

NO WARNING? Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, there are buoys everywhere to set off alarm bells.  The Cyclone is one  the most famous attraction in all of Coney Island and one of the most famous roller coasters in the world, (http://www.coneyislandcyclone.com/)  Those who died and lost their homes got taken for a ride alright, especially with NOAA claiming to predict weather related disaster.

West Bengal is located at approximately, Latitude : 23° 00′ N  Longitude : 87° 00′ E.  The closet data buoy is hundreds of miles away at Station 23101
National Institute for Ocean Technology
Location:
14N 83.3E
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=23101  It is apparently out of order.  Could it have predicted the coming cyclone to give warning? It was supposed to. 

 
 
 

Relative Intensities of NOAA POES Energetic Particles

Perhaps it is the Earth’s bombardment of Energetic Particles or Space Weather causing an abundance of earthquakes, volcanoes and cyclones all on one day.  

 

The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field around April 17th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives. Photo byJo Dahlmans of Ulestraten, The Netherlands.

Coincidences or not, the Earth is ticked off.  I wonder when CERN powers down if the Earth will settle down as well. 

Stay tuned.

Update.  Related post May 18, 2010 on the 30th anniversary of Mount St. Helen’s Eruption vs Iceland’s Volcano at https://ahrcanum.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/mount-st-helens-vs-iceland-volcano/

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