Eruptions and Quakes: The Earth Continues to Groan
Dr. Mark Sircus
The volcanic eruptions of 2011 have been notable. Not only are more volcanoes awakening from dormancy, it also appears the eruptions have become more kinetic and the volcanoes are staying active longer. There is also more than a good chance that this is having an effect on the weather. A week into November is showing no slacking off of the great disturbances shaking the Earth, with a new underwater volcano off the coast of Spain boiling the waters there.
On October 1 in Tennessee we heard, “It’s scary-loud. It’s loud enough that it makes your heart stop for a second,” said Andy Wombold. “It sounds like a shotgun or an explosion of some kind.” Wombold and dozens of other residents in the neighborhood are unable to say exactly what “it” is. All they know is the mysterious booms have provided several rude awakenings that sent residents scrambling in fear.
And this has been happening in Canada and the Ukraine and other places around the globe. Nobody can explain it but the Earth is groaning.
Chile’s Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcano continues to erupt. Argentina and Uruguay have both suspended flights at major airports several times, and the sheep, unable to find food as the volcanic ash mix turns into a toxic grind, continue to die. “We estimate over half a million sheep have been lost because of the ashes that continue to be spewed by the volcano,” said Ernesto Siguero president of the Chubut Rural Society. On the 4th of October the Kamchatka volcano Shiveluch in Russia emitted a column of ash up to 8 km high.
Chile’s Hudson volcano released three huge columns of steam and ash that combined in a cloud more than 3 miles high on the 28th, threatening a much larger eruption that had authorities in Chile and Argentina on red alert. On October 27, Chilean volcano awakened after 20 years of silence unleashing a cloud of smoke 1 km high. On October 26, another volcano in central Indonesia erupted, spewing hot smoke and ash thousands of feet into the air. On October 23, 2011 – Catania, Italy – a spectacular eruption started going on the Mount Etna volcano. On October 26, 2010, Mount Merapi exploded killing more than 300 people as they raced from the crater down the volcano’s slopes attempting to escape the fast-moving clouds of superheated gas and ash that scorched entire villages. The eruptions peaked on November 5, with a spectacular ash plume extending 14 kilometers into the atmosphere.
Nature is hitting us below the belt with incessant earthquakes around the globe. And now there is talk about super-volcanoes, which get their name because they erupt with such power that they typically spew out 1,000 times more material, in sheer volume, than a volcano like Mount St. Helens.
Modern human civilization has never witnessed such events. The planet’s most recent super-volcanic eruption happened about 74,000 years ago in Indonesia. But today a group of scientists studying a mysterious and rapidly inflating South American volcano are more than alarmed. Uturuncu is a nearly 20,000-foot-high (6,000 meters) volcano in southwest Bolivia. Scientists recently discovered the volcano is inflating with astonishing speed.