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Icelandic Volcano 'Set to Erupt'

Scientists in Iceland are warning that another volcano looks set to erupt and threatening to spew-out a pall of dust that would dwarf last year's event.

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Lava and ash explode out of the caldera of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano
Geologists detected the high risk of a new eruption after evaluating an increased swarm of earthquakes around the island's second largest volcano.

Pall Einarsson, a professor of geophysics at the University of Iceland, says the area around Bárdarbunga is showing signs of increased activity, which provides "good reason to worry".

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 5.2: Off Coast Of Oregon

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 22:02:01 UTC

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 02:02:01 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

43.405°N, 127.119°W

10.1 km (6.3 miles)


235 km (145 miles) W of Coos Bay, Oregon

275 km (170 miles) NW of Brookings, Oregon

280 km (175 miles) WSW of Newport, Oregon

370 km (230 miles) WSW of SALEM, Oregon

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Solomon Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2

Solomon Islands Quake_080211
Earthquake Location
Monday, February 07, 2011 at 19:53:42 UTC

Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 06:53:42 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

7.157°S, 155.284°E

413.9 km (257.2 miles)


110 km (65 miles) SSW of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG

150 km (95 miles) WSW of Chirovanga, Choiseul, Solomon Islands

930 km (580 miles) ENE of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

2265 km (1400 miles) N of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

Cloud Lightning

Cyclones, Earthquakes, Volcanoes And Other Electrical Phenomena

Tornado and Lightning
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Recent events provide us with a great case study of the cosmic forces that may lie behind large storms such as cyclones, hurricanes, blizzards and much more. The recent events I speak of include the major blizzard that swept across the Midwestern and Eastern US as well as the punishment Cyclone Yasi inflicted on eastern Australia earlier last week. Both of these storms grew to enormous sizes during a time period that coincided with the Earth being lashed by a solar storm just following a New Moon. As strange as this may sound, this isn't the first time that celestial alignments along side of solar activity have spurred such events. If a correlation between these factors exists, as we suspect, then this overturns much of what is commonly believed about Earth weather and, as we'll see, even geology.

To understand how this all works, let's start with the sun. On January 31st a massive coronal hole opened up on the sun, hurling another sledgehammer of charged particles in the direction of Earth. This was due to impact us sometime between February 2nd and February 4th. Not only this, but we recently passed through a new Moon on February 2nd. But why is the Moon of any significance here, one might ask?

As James McCanney explains in an interview he did for Spectrum Magazine in 2003:
The [New] Moon moves in front of Earth, breaks that electrical flow [between the sun and Earth], and then moves out of the way. It gives us tremendous bombardment after that Moon moves out of the way, the first and second day after the New Moon. That's the condition that has been identified as being one of the leading causes of kicking-off major hurricanes and storms. What it does is: The Moon is interacting with the solar electric field. It's that CHANGE which causes the storms, and causes the environment around Earth to change, and thus affects Earth weather.
So the picture we're painting is this: The sun blasts a massive front of solar wind in the direction of the Earth. As the New Moon moves out of the way of the sun and Earth, this, by itself, creates a significant increase in charged particles hitting the Earth. With the excess of charged particles from this solar storm hitting us near simultaneously, all of this excess charge ends up in the radiation belts surrounding the Earth. The Earth then finds ways to discharge this imbalance such as these two major storms we've seen. One storm takes the form of a massive blizzard covering about half of the US. The other takes the form of a cyclone storm, Yasi, that pounds the already flooded east coast of Australia. Increased volcanic and earthquake activity was also noted during this time as well.

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Myanmar - India Border: Earthquake Magnitude 6.4

Myanmar-India Quake_040211
Earthquake Location
Friday, February 04, 2011 at 13:53:47 UTC

Friday, February 04, 2011 at 08:23:47 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

24.616°N, 94.740°E

88.8 km (55.2 miles)


85 km (50 miles) ESE of Imphal, Manipur, India

130 km (80 miles) SSE of Kohima, Nagaland, India

690 km (425 miles) ENE of Kolkata (Calcutta), West Bengal, India

1800 km (1120 miles) E of NEW DELHI, Delhi, India


Phivolcs: Taal Volcano shows increased activity

Taal Volcano in Batangas showed heightened activity anew after at least 10 volcanic quakes around it were recorded in the last 24 hours.

In its 8 a.m. Wednesday bulletin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the alert level at Taal remains at "1."

"Taal Volcano's status at Alert Level 1 means that a hazardous eruption is not imminent. However, the public is reminded that the Main Crater should be strictly off-limits due to sudden occurrence of steam explosions and accumulation of toxic gases," it said.

Phivolcs said the northern rim of the Volcano's main crater - in the vicinity of Daang Kastila trail - may also be dangerous when increased steam emission is reactivated along existing fissures.

Phivolcs reminded the public that the entire Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and permanent settlement in the island is strictly not recommended.

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US: Earthquakes rattle Wyoming

Minor earthquakes have rattled two areas of Wyoming.

The U.S. Geological Survey says a temblor with a magnitude of 3.0 struck early Tuesday about 25 miles northwest of the ghost town of Jeffrey City.

The quake comes almost a week after another minor earthquake struck Wright. A 3.2 magnitude earthquake struck at 10:16 p.m. Thursday. It happened just 7 miles northeast of Wright, about 5 miles underground.

At first the USGS thought it might be a mine blast, but later deemed it a genuine earthquake.

David King, Campbell County's emergency management coordinator, said the county sits on several fault lines which have caused 10 recorded earthquakes since 1967.

Thursday's quake is the county's fourth quake since 2000. Quakes in 2009, 2008 and 2004 all occurred about 17 miles underground away from Gillette at a magnitude of about 2.5.

The county's largest earthquake occurred in September 1984 west of Gillette by the Johnson County line at a magnitude of 5.1. There were two other earthquakes in the county that year - a magnitude 5 and 2.5.

There are no recorded earthquakes in Gillette.

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US: Earthquake Magnitude 3.1 - Idaho

Geologists say a small earthquake has rattled a remote and unpopulated area west of the central Idaho town of Salmon.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports a quake with a magnitude of 3.1 was detected Tuesday at 4:25 a.m. in rugged, mountainous terrain 29 miles west of Salmon near the former mining town of Cobalt.

The quake was first detected by staff at the Earthquake Studies Office at the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology. Director Mike Stickney says a 3.1 magnitude is barely enough to cause people to notice and it's not likely the tremor caused any serious damage to the landscape.

Stickney says it's not uncommon for small quakes to jolt the vast, mountainous backcountry north of Salmon and Challis.

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Tonga - Earthquake Magnitude 6.0

Tonga Quake_310111
Earthquake Location
Monday, January 31, 2011 at 06:03:26 UTC

Monday, January 31, 2011 at 07:03:26 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

21.943°S, 175.510°W

68.6 km (42.6 miles)


95 km (60 miles) SSW of NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga

360 km (225 miles) ESE of Ndoi Island, Fiji

400 km (245 miles) SSW of Neiafu, Tonga

1905 km (1180 miles) NNE of Auckland, New Zealand

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Swarm of nine earthquakes at Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens, Washington - A series of nine small earthquakes shook an area near Mount St. Helens over the weekend.

© Susan Wyatt/ KING 5 News
Seismologists at the University of Washington have been monitoring the quakes.

A 2.6 quake occurred at 2:26 p.m. on Saturday about six miles north of the volcano. Another quake, a 2.5, occurred at 2:44 p.m. in the same area. The depth for both quakes was two miles. Another quake occurred six miles north-northwest at 10:48 p.m. That measured 2.2 and was 2.2 miles deep.

Smaller quakes, ranging from magnitude 1.3 to 2.2, occurred on Sunday.