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6 new mud volcanoes emerge in a week on Trinidad

MUD VOLCANO
Senior Geologist Xavier Moonan has revealed six new mud volcanoes along this country's southwestern coast.

Moonan stated that samples were collected for analysis and the activity was being monitored.

He posted photographs of the mud volcanoes to social media.

Moonan wrote, "New mud volcanoes!!! At least 6 new mud volcano cones have appeared over the last week in RE Trace, Los Iros. The new cones all occur along the trace of the August 21st 2018 earthquake fault rupture which completely offset the roads along RE Trace."

He said an oil sheen and strong sent of hydrocarbons accompanied the mudflow.


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Philippines looks for safer homes for volcano residents

Philippines
Philippine officials said Sunday the government will no longer allow villagers to return to a crater-studded island where an erupting volcano lies, warning that living there would be "like having a gun pointed at you."

Taal volcano has simmered with smaller ash ejections in recent days after erupting on Jan. 12 with a gigantic plume of steam and ash that drifted northward and reached Manila, the capital, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) away. While the volcano remains dangerous, with large numbers of local villagers encamped in emergency shelters, officials have begun discussing post-eruption recovery.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said officials in Batangas province, where the volcano is located, have been asked to look for a safer housing area, at least 3 hectares (7 acres) in size, for about 6,000 families that used to live in four villages and worked mostly as tourist guides, farmers and fish pen operators on Volcano Island. The new housing site should be at least 17 kilometers (10 miles) away from the restive volcano to be safe, he said.

The island has long been declared by the government as a national park that's off-limits to permanent villages. The government's volcano-monitoring agency has separately declared the island a permanent danger zone, but impoverished villagers have lived and worked there for decades.

Attention

New ash cloud sparks fears of Taal volcano eruption in the Philippines

A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal Volano continues to spew ash in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday Jan. 13, 2020.
© Aaron Favila
A family evacuates to safer grounds as Taal Volano continues to spew ash in Lemery, Batangas, southern Philippines on Monday Jan. 13, 2020.
The Taal volcano near the Philippine capital emitted more ash clouds on Saturday, posing the threat of another eruption.

The ash and steam explosions have gotten weaker after seven days of eruption. But despite the seeming lull, factors such as continuing volcanic quakes, the drying of the crater lake and other signs indicate magma is moving beneath, said Maria Antonia Bornas, an official with the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

The volcano in Batangas province, about 65 kilometers (40 miles) south of the capital, Manila, has remained at alert level 4, the second-highest warning, indicating a hazardous explosive eruption is possible in hours or days.


Fire

Volcano erupts on Galapagos island, spewing lava into the sea

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island

Volcano erupts on ecologically sensitive Galapagos island
A volcano on an uninhabited island in the Galapagos has begun erupting, spilling lava down its sides toward the sea.

Ecuador's Galapagos National Park said the La Cumbre volcano on Fernandina island began erupting Sunday night.


Fire

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Australia ash/smoke cloud circles Southern Hemisphere - Taal volcano erupts

Taal volcano in Philippines 'goes electric' January 2020
© BBC
Taal volcano in Philippines 'goes electric' January 2020
Dust, ask and smoke in both hemispheres causing strange weather extremes. Australia ash/smoke cloud from fires passed over New Zealand causing summer snow, South America next for that plume to pass over. Taal erupts in Philippines on the same low solar activity lows as was seen in 1913 which we reached in Dec 2019. Dust storms the length of Australia add to the blowing ash/smoke from the wildfires there. Question: How much debris in our atmosphere does it take before temperatures drop?


Comment: Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines erupts for first time in 50 years - Onlookers stunned by electric display


Cloud Lightning

Taal Volcano near Manila, Philippines erupts for first time in 50 years - Onlookers stunned by electric display


Comment: ANOTHER erupting volcano 'goes electric'! It's hard to believe now because it's common in these strange times, but the sight of lightning being emitted from an erupting volcano was once folklore...


taal volcano philippines
© AFP / Bullit Marquez
People take photos of the Taal volcano as seen from the town of Tagaytay in Cavite province, southwest of Manila, on January 12, 2020.
The Philippines' Taal volcano has erupted, spewing a large column of ash which prompted raised alert levels and the evacuation of nearby communities. Making the sight even more menacing, lightning was seen hitting the ash plume.

The eruption began on Sunday and was caught on video by numerous bystanders, as well as surveillance cameras used to monitor the volcano. While Taal has been quiet since 1977, when the last major eruption occurred, it has been exhibiting increased seismic activity over the past few years.

The initial eruption is described as phreatic - meaning it occurs when heated magma evaporates ground or surface water.


Comment: UPDATE 14 Jan 2020

Taal volcano's eruption continues. Check out the latest videos. ELECTRIFYING!




Better Earth

Volcanoes melting West Antarctic glaciers, 3 new studies confirm

west antactica volcano glacier
Not only are volcanoes melting the ice in Antarctica, previous studies show that underwater volcanoes (not humans) are melting ice in the Arctic.

"Three new research studies confirm that geothermal heat flow, not man-made global warming, is the dominant cause of West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) melting," writes geologist James Edward Kamis.

Outlined in red is West Antarctica's subglacial Marie Byrd bedrock mantle plume "hotspot". Red shading shows West Antarctic Ice Sheet (WAIS) thinning from 1992 to 2017 (credit research study to NASA, mantle plume outline by J. Kamis).

(1) One study, entitled "Evidence of an active volcanic heat source beneath the Pine Island Glacier", proves that the Pine Island Glacier of West Antarctica is melting and retreating from geothermal heat from a currently active subglacial volcano, not man-made global warming. See National Science Foundation's press release here.

Comment: It can't be global warming when colder summers are killing Antarctica's moss forests.

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Attention

Volcano erupts on southwestern Japan island

Mt. Shintake
© Japan Meteorological Agency
Mt. Shintake
A volcano on a southwestern Japan island erupted Saturday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, with no immediate reports of injuries.

Rocks were thrown about 300 meters from the crater of Mt. Shintake on Kuchinoerabu Island in Kagoshima Prefecture following the eruption around 3:05 p.m., the agency said, adding it had not confirmed any pyroclastic flow.

No evacuation order was issued. As of the end of last month, 100 people were registered as residents on the 36-square-kilometer island.

It was the first eruption on the island since Feb. 2 last year.


Fire

Mexico issues yellow alert after Popocatepetl volcano erupts spectacularly

Popocatepetl volcano erupts spectacularly
© ProtecciónCivilSeguridad / Twitter @CNPC_MX

One of Mexico's most active volcanoes, Popocatepetl, erupted on Thursday morning, spewing ash high into the air above and showering lava around its crater. Officials have issued a yellow alert in response to the volcanic activity.

Dramatic footage of the moments of eruption were caught on camera at around 6.30am local time. Officials say the volcanic blast sent up a column of smoke about 3 kilometers high, with a moderate ash content.


Cloud Lightning

Shishaldin volcano in Alaska erupts, producing 24,000 feet ash cloud and 'volcanic lightning'


Comment: ANOTHER erupting volcano 'goes electric'! It's hard to believe now because it's common in these strange times, but the sight of lightning being emitted from an erupting volcano was once folklore...


This image was taken a few hours after the Jan. 3 explosion, which deposited ash on the southern flanks of the volcano. Lava flows are visible to the northwest and northeast. An ash plume is visible erupting from the summit.
© Alaska Volcano Observatory
This image was taken a few hours after the Jan. 3 explosion, which deposited ash on the southern flanks of the volcano. Lava flows are visible to the northwest and northeast. An ash plume is visible erupting from the summit.
Shishaldin Volcano had an eruption Friday morning that produced an ash cloud approximately 24,000 feet and volcanic lightning.

Matt Haney, a geophysicist with the Alaska Volcano Observatory, said the volcano - located about 58 miles southwest of Cold Bay - has been active since July.

"Shishaldin has been in an eruptive state for the past few months," said Haney. "It's been having lava flows that have been spreading out on the north side of the volcano. But interspersed with those lava flows have been these periods of explosive eruptive activity."

Haney said the main hazard from an eruption at Shishaldin is to aviation, but no flights had been impacted, and no ash fall was expected in communities last week.