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Shinmoedake volcano in Japan rumbles anew with explosive eruption

Shinmoedake Volcano is seen erupting in Miyazaki Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Japan, March 6, 2018

Shinmoedake Volcano is seen erupting in Miyazaki Prefecture on Kyushu Island, Japan, March 6, 2018
A volcano which was featured in the 1967 James Bond movie "You Only Live Twice" shot smoke and ash thousands of meters into the sky Tuesday, prompting the cancellation of flights to and from a nearby airport. The eruption is likely to continue for some time.

It was the first time in about seven years such explosive activity occurred at the 1,421-meter-high volcano straddling Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures, according to the Meteorological Agency. No injuries were reported, local authorities said.

Shinmoedake, located in a largely rural area some 985 km from Tokyo in Kyushu, had been erupting on a smaller scale since March 1. At the time, only access to the peak was restricted.

Due to the recent activity, officials restricted access to the entire mountain, and the danger zone may be expanded Thursday to a 3 kilometer radius from the crater.


Comment: See as well the following chart showing the large uptick in the number of reports in recent years carried by Sott concerning volcanic activity, starting in 2010 up until present time:




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Cleveland volcano in Alaska erupts, sending ash cloud miles into the sky

Cleveland Volcano on July 25, 2016.
© Cindy Werner
Cleveland Volcano on July 25, 2016.
An active volcano in the Aleutian Islands erupted early Friday morning and sent a small ash cloud about 3 miles into the atmosphere, according to the Alaska Volcano Observatory.

Sensors on Mount Cleveland volcano, on Chuginadak Island, recorded a small explosion, and an ash cloud was observed heading east-northeast at about 15,000 feet, according to an alert from the observatory.

There were no aviation or other warnings associated with the eruption, but the observatory raised the alert level from yellow to orange.

Explosions from Cleveland typically produce relatively small volcanic ash clouds that dissipate within hours, the observatory said. But bigger ash emissions are possible.

The volcano last erupted in December.

Comment: See also the map below depicting the ever increasing volcanic activity around the planet reported on Sott for the past year:




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Mount Shinmoe in southwestern Japan erupts (VIDEO)

File photo

File photo
Mt. Shinmoe on the southwestern Japanese main island of Kyushu erupted again Thursday less than five months after its last eruption, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

The agency confirmed a small eruption at the 1,421-meter high volcano straddling Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures at around 11 a.m. and ash that was spewed was observed in the town of Takaharu, located east of the mountain.

Town officials confirmed the presence of fallen ash, while residents also reported seeing ash. The agency will dispatch officials to the area to probe the situation, it said.

There were no reports of injuries or property damage, according to police.


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Bosavi volcano in Papua New Guinea dormant for centuries shows recent signs of activity

Mt Bosavi

Mt Bosavi
For centuries, Mt Bosavi in Nipa-Kutubu electorate in Southern Highlands Province has never shown signs of volcano existence.

However, the recent earthquake which destroyed many of the villages including food gardens and an environment in both the Hela and SHP has strike Mt Bosavi to show shines of its volcano existence.

Former PNG basketball representative player Colin Pine speaking from Kutubu said Mt Bosavi is showing signs of the volcano and the entire villages along the mountain are in fear it can blow anytime.

"Mt Bosavi is showing signs of a volcano and as we speak we are seeing smoke building up at the top of the mountain. We had never seen Mt Bosavi as a volcanic mountain but now it's showing signs," Pine said.

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Russia's Hephaestus mud volcano erupts chucking muck hundreds of meters (VIDEO)

hephaetus mud volcano
On February 22, 2018, the volcano, located in Taman, in Krasnodar Territory of Russia, erupted, covering several acres of land with mud and cracking down the Earth across its 500-meter large crater.

There are about 40 mud volcanoes - some active and other sleeping - in this remote area of Russia. Taman is indeed mainly visited for its miracle mud. The most popular volcano in Taman is "Hephaestus" - also known as Rotten Mountain and situated near Temryuk.

Comment: As noted above, apparently it's fairly fancy muck and people visit to bathe in it, when it's not erupting:

hephaestus
From 2015, one of the volcanoes was documented erupting on film:

The world is rocking and rolling these days: And could this be related to: Scientists predict upsurge in major earthquakes for 2018 due to slowdown in Earth's rotation


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USGS reports Kilauea volcano wall collapse in Hawaii

Kilauea volcano
© USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory
Kilauea volcano
Volcanic activity on Kilauea volcano's East Rift Zone continues, and scientists with the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory are documenting it.

On February 10 at 8:21 in the morning, a large portion of the northeastern rim of the west pit in Pu'u O'o collapsed. Prior to and during the rim collapse, the adjacent ground also subsided.

There have been several active breakouts and lava channels on the Pulama pali over the past few days.


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Ebeko Volcano on Kurils, Russia sends two-kilometer ash plume into air

Explosive event at Ebeko volcano on 23 May, 2017
© Dr Janine Krippner
Explosive event at Ebeko volcano on 23 May, 2017
Volcano Ebeko is a natural sight featuring quite often in news reports, as it frequently stages spectacular "ash" shows for those living on Russia's Sakhalin island as well as guests to the picturesque Far Eastern region.

On Saturday, the volcano, which lies on Paramushir island on the Northern Kurils sent up into the air an ash plume of about 2 kilometers above the sea level. "The ash cloud has moved east of the volcano," a report by a local volcano eruption response unit [KVERT] of Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, the Russian Academy of Sciences, reads.

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75 years ago humanity witnessed the birth of Paricutín Volcano in Oaxaca, Mexico

The volcano of Parícutin soon after its birth in 1943. Photo by K. Segerstrom

The volcano of Parícutin soon after its birth in 1943. Photo by K. Segerstrom
On February 20, 1943, the farmer Dionisio Pulido observed the birth of a volcano. For weeks the ground near the village of Uruapan, about 200 miles west of Mexico City, had been trembling and deep underground rumblings were heard. That day the earth rose up more than six feet and from a fissure ash and vapors were emitted with a loud hissing sound. In the night a cone of ash formed. Another farmer, Celedonio Gutierrez, described the scene as follows: "In the evening, when night began to fall, we heard noises like the surge of the sea, and red flames of fire rose into the darkened sky, some rising 2,600 feet or more into the air, that burst like golden marigolds, and a rain like artificial fire fell to the ground."


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Infrasound microphones could predict volcano eruptions before they hit

Villarrica volcano.

Villarrica volcano, Chile
Sound recording equipment is getting better all the time. Researchers from Boise State University, Stanford University, and Chile's University of Concepcion have just found a new, very specific application for low-frequency microphones, however, potentially helping to predict the eruption of certain volcanoes around the world.

Their technology involves monitoring inaudible low frequencies, called infrasound, which are produced by a type of active volcano such as the in southern Chile.

"Many volcanoes produce energetic infrasound — not ultrasound — which is low-frequency sound that travels long distances through the atmosphere and can be recorded with specialized microphophones," Jeffrey Johnson, an associate professor of geophysics at Boise State, told Digital Trends. "Although humans can't perceive infrasound, it can be incredibly energetic."


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A single volcano can change Earth's atmosphere - expert

Lava cascades down the slopes of the erupting Mayon volcano in January 2018. Seen from Busay Village in Albay province, 210 miles southeast of Manila, Philippines.
© Dan Amaranto
Lava cascades down the slopes of the erupting Mayon volcano in January 2018. Seen from Busay Village in Albay province, 210 miles southeast of Manila, Philippines.
A single volcano can change the world's atmosphere, even permanently, depending on the intensity of the volcanic eruption, a pollution expert said.

According to Mylene Cayetano, PhD, the head of the Environmental Pollution Studies Laboratory of the Institute of Environmental Science and Meteorology at University of the Philippines Diliman, on top of being a fiery spectacle of nature, volcanoes are a force to be reckoned with.

"A single volcano has the ability to completely change the world's entire atmosphere, maybe even permanently," Cayetano said in statement. Cayetano issued the statement in light of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) statement that Mayon's restiveness is still far from the peak of explosion, which may come in the coming weks.

According to Cayetano, Southeast Asia is one of the most geologically active regions, of the world, if not the most, and had been home to the most destructive and powerful volcanic eruptions in history. Mayon, one of the world's renowned volcanoes because of its almost-perfect conical shape, is the most active volcano in the Philippines.

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Motorists halted by heavy ash fall from Mayon Volcano, Philippines