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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Possible tsunami threat if Big Island coast slips, eruptions expected at Hawaii's Kilauea volcano

Kilauea volcano fissures
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
The lava conduit filling the crater with lava at Halemaumau is receding at a steady pace and if it continues it will reach the water table and a steam explosion will occur as in 1924, which sent multi ton boulders miles from the crater and multi pound debris five miles and blanketed the island in ash. This ash will reach the continental USA and Canada. There is a tsunami threat if any part of the slump breaks off and slides in to the Pacific. Break through fissures are continuing in a straight line which is unusual and geologists are puzzled as Pu'u' O vent collapses and no more magma emerges from the vent. Be aware the threats are real and this explosion if it takes place will be the biggest in 100 years.


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Mount Merapi volcano erupts in Java, Indonesia - Airport shut down, residents evacuated

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts
The US state of Hawaii is already reeling under the effects of the erupting Kilauea volcano, and now hundreds of residents have been evacuated in Indonesia after Mount Merapi volcano, on the densely populated island of Java, erupted and sent a column of volcanic ash into the atmosphere Friday, May 11.

The disaster mitigation agency asked residents living within a radius of 5 km (3 mile) to move to safer locations and shelters.

After columns of ash and volcanic material as high as 5,500 meter (18,000 ft) were noticed, the airport in Yogyakarta, the nearest big city to the volcano, was also shut down, reported Reuters.


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Volcanologist on future of Kilauea eruption: 'There's likely more to come' and 'Mauna Loa really scares us'

Lava flowing from new fissures along the eastern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano
© U.S. Geological Survey
CREEPING FIRE Lava flowing from new fissures along the eastern flank of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano engulfed part of Makamae Street in a housing subdivision on May 6.
A volcanologist tackles that and other burning questions about the Hawaii volcano

Cracks open in the ground. Lava creeps across roads, swallowing cars and homes. Fountains of molten rock shoot up to 70 meters high, catching treetops on fire.

After a month of rumbling warning signs, Kilauea, Hawaii's most active volcano, began a new phase of eruption last week. The volcano spewed clouds of steam and ash into the air on May 3, and lava gushed through several new rifts on the volcano's eastern slope. Threatened by clouds of toxic sulfur dioxide-laden gas that also burst from the rifts, about 1,700 residents of a housing subdivision called Leilani Estates were forced to flee their homes, which sat directly in the path of the encroaching lava.

The event marks the 62nd eruption episode along Kilauea's eastern flank, which is really part of an ongoing volcanic eruption that started in 1983. The volcano is one of six that formed Hawaii's Big Island over the past million years. Mauna Loa is the largest and most central; Kilauea, Mauna Kea, Hualalai and Kohala occupy the island's edges. Mahukona is currently submerged. All six are shield volcanoes, with broad flanks composed of hardened lava flows.

Comment: The continued eruptions, lava flows and accompanying 'vog' are likely to have long term effects on Hawaii and perhaps even be a precursor to major changes around the entire ring of fire. We'll be keeping a close eye on these developments, so continue to check back for updates. See also:


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NASA pictures reveal massive gas plumes and growing fissures as Hawaii lava flow continues

Kilauea
© U.S. Geological Survey/Associated Press
A column of thick, reddish-brown ash rises in the air on Friday from Hawaii volcano triggers more evacuations as two new vents appear in the Puʻu ʻŌʻō area after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake shook Hawaii’s big island.
NASA has released satellite images showing massive sulfur dioxide plumes released by Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, which has triggered a fresh evacuation order after erupting for five days straight.

Around 1,700 people have been evacuated and dozens of buildings, including 26 homes, have been destroyed since the volcano started erupting on Thursday.

On Tuesday, authorities issued a cellphone alert ordering the remaining residents of Lanipuna Gardens to immediately evacuate. The neighborhood is located to the east of Leilani Estates, where many homes have been already devoured by lava.

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Hawaii volcano triggers more evacuations as two new vents appear

Lava flow from Hawaii volcano
© Paradise helicopters
Homes destroyed, toxic gas concerns amid Hawaii volcano emergency
Two new vents from the erupting Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island prompted officials on Tuesday afternoon to order the immediate evacuation of residents remaining in Lanipuna Gardens.

All 1,700 residents of Leilani Estates, as well as the smaller Lanipuna, had previously been ordered to evacuate. But that doesn't mean they all have.

"Some people are not complying," said Debra Weeks, director of disaster services at the American Red Cross in Hawaii County, regarding evacuation orders.

"They're putting themselves at risk. They're putting first responders at risk. ... If you know anyone still out there, encourage them to come in -- not only for their own safety, but for safety of the community.

"Hawaii County's civil defense said the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory indicated the two new vents -- the outlet for lava and other material to escape -- "are actively erupting.

"Meanwhile, some Leilani Estates residents were able to return home Monday to retrieve pets, medicine and vital documents. The home visits are expected to continue depending on conditions, according to the Hawaii County Civil Defense. But no visits were permitted for residents of Lanipuna Gardens because of volcanic gases.


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Lava fountains, tremors, fissures, toxic fumes: Hawaii braces itself as Kilauea boils over in unusual outburst

Kilauea volcano road
© U.S. Geological Survey via AP
In this image released by the U.S. Geological Survey, steam rises from cracks in the road shortly before a fissure opened up on Kaupili Street in the Leilani Estates subdivision, Friday, May 4, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii. The Kilauea volcano sent more lava into Hawaii communities Friday, a day after forcing more than 1,500 people to flee from their mountainside homes, and authorities detected high levels of sulfur gas that could threaten the elderly and people with breathing problems.
Hundreds of anxious residents on the Big Island of Hawaii hunkered down Saturday for what could be weeks or months of upheaval as the dangers from an erupting Kilauea volcano continued to grow.

Lava spurted from volcanic vents, toxic gas filled the air and strong earthquakes - including a magnitude 6.9 temblor on Friday - rocked an already jittery population. The trifecta of natural threats forced the evacuation of more than 1,700 people from communities near the lava and prompted the closure of parks, college campuses and a section of the main road through the area on the Big Island's southern tip.

Five structures have burned and thousands of customers briefly lost power from one of the larger quakes.

Tesha "Mirah" Montoya, 45, said toxic fumes escaping from the lava vents weren't enough to make her family evacuate, but the tipping point were the earthquakes.

"I felt like the whole side of our hill was going to explode," she said. "The earthquake was what made us start running and start throwing guinea pigs and bunnies in the car."

Comment: For the low down on the unusual activity at Kilauea check out: Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are Hawaii eruptions and earthquakes related to cosmic ray increases?

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Are Hawaii eruptions and earthquakes related to cosmic ray increases?

Hawaii lava explosion
© YouTube/Adapt 2030 (screen capture)
With the strongest quake and volcanic eruption in on Hawaii Island, you need to ask yourself it is correlated to solar activity or has something to do with the intensifying grand solar minimum. A 6.9 earthquake and explosive eruption at the Pu O'o vent is rare, but looking at the intensity ramp up of the magnetic wave cancelling on our Sun, well the we get into some interesting similarities. I provide a timeline for the grand solar minimum intensification and incredible images of the lava events on the island.


Comment: Cosmic rays found to be a trigger for explosive volcanic eruptions. Another factor to consider is the slowdown in Earth's rotation:


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How the moon affects volcanoes

earth moon doctor
© Brett Ryder
Throughout history, people have suspected the moon of messing around with life on Earth's surface. From inducing madness to affecting the growth of plants, most of these connections are as tenacious as they are ill-substantiated. But one area where the moon's influence cannot be disputed is on the seashore. Long before Isaac Newton's theory of gravity provided a physical explanation, the link between the tides and the phases of the moon was obvious to anyone with an eye for patterns.

And if the moon has such a strong effect on liquid water, well then, why shouldn't the ground be equally affected? Philosophers as far back as Pliny the Elder have speculated that the moon's movements across the sky might also be responsible for earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Statisticians fought over the significance of the connection in the 19th century, and geophysicists of the 1970s and 80s kept the claim alive until lack of evidence finally pushed it out of the mainstream.

The current state of the field can best be summed up by an eye-catching paper published in January by Susan Hough. A seismologist with the United States Geological Survey, she had set out to answer an age-old question: does the timing of powerful earthquakes coincide with the phases of the moon? The abstract ran to one word: No.

Comment: Science is discovering there are multiple factors that contribute to the delicate balance of stability on Earth, a major aspect is the interaction between the bodies within our solar system, which recently been showing ominous signs of change: Also check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Earth changes in an electric universe: Is climate change really man-made?


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Powerful 6.9 magnitude earthquake, strongest since 1975, hits Hawaii's Big Island near erupting volcano

Hawaii Big Island
© USGS / Reuters
A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.9 has struck just off the Big Island of Hawaii as numerous smaller jolts, including a 5.4 tremor, shook the island in the past hours, amid ongoing volcanic eruption.

The US Geological Survey has upgraded the severity of the earthquake off the Big Island in Hawaii to a 6.9 on the Richter scale, roughly an hour after it was registered. According to the new USGS data, the extremely powerful tremor was registered 16km southwest of Leilani Estates, Hawaii, at a depth of 5.0 km.

The quake struck on the south flank of Kilauea Volcano at 12:33 local time and was followed by several aftershocks, according to the National Weather Service, as eruptions at the volcano continue. No Tsunami warning has been issued.

The tremor was the most powerful of a series of earthquakes that have been rocking the islands over the past days. No Tsunami warnings have been issued after the quake.


Comment: The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.9 was the largest Hawaii quake since the 1975 magnitude-7.1 earthquake, which killed two people. The two quakes were centred in almost exactly the same location. See also:


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Lava outbreak triggers evacuations in Hawaii amid fears of imminent eruption

Kilauea volcano
© volcanoes.usgs.gov
People in the vicinity of the Big Island's Kilauea crater are being evacuated as lava threatens residential areas, after the most active volcano in Hawaii was disturbed by hundreds of small quakes and started shooting out ash.

The lava outbreak has reached the Leilani Estates on the Hawaii island, forcing the County Civil Defense to issue evacuation orders to some 10,000 residents of Puna community into emergency shelter set up by the American Red Cross.

Residents from Luana Street to the end of Leilani Estates are being asked to vacate their homes, Civil Defense confirmed, according to Khon Channel 2. In addition, areas bordering the East Rift Zone, from Puu Oo crater down to Kapoho, also face a high risk, and are urged to prepare an emergency plan.

Steam and lava emissions are being reported from a crack in Leilani Subdivision in the area of Mohala Street, according to the Department of Public Works. "Residents in Leilani Estates Subdivision on Luana, Makamae, Ho'okupu, Kaupili, Mohala, and lower Leilani Streets down to Highway 132 are required to evacuate the area," authorities advised.

"So there is fountains of lava, tons of lava coming out. Sounds like a jet engine," Pohoa resident Ikaika Marzo said during a Facebook live broadcast, urging everyone in the area to help their community evacuate safely.


Comment: Earlier this week the volcano experienced 250 earthquakes in 24 hours, with similar activity recorded prior to previous eruptions in the area.

Also, this isn't 'lava flow' from existing craters out towards the sea; this is a new crack that has opened up and is spewing lava high into the air!