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Japan's Mount Shinmoedake spews hot ash and smoke 15,000 feet high

Japan's Mount Shinmoedake
Japan volcano: The volatile volcano erupted for the third time this year
JAPAN's volatile volcano Mount Shinmoedake roared back into life last night, choking out the skies with a monsters column of ash and smoke as high as 4,500m into the sky in the terrifying Ring of Fire region.

The southern Kyushu volcano erupted approximately at 2.44pm local time on Monday, belching grey smoke into the sky.

Mount Shinmoedake erupted for the second time since it reared its ugly head on April 6.

Local authorities advised all tourists and residents in the area to stay away amid fears of eruption hazards.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) in Fukuoka issued a Volcanic Alert Level 3 around the fiery mountain on Tuesday.

The JMA said: "Refrain from approaching the crater in following local municipalities: Miyazaki - Kobayashi-shi, Takaharu-cho and Kagoshima - Kirishima-shi."

A volcanic warning was also issued in the Miyazaki prefecture municipalities of Miyakonojo-shi and Ebino-shi.

A giant plume of smoke and ash blasted from the volcano's summit on Monday, reaching almost 15,000 feet or 4,500m hight.

Residents have been warned of falling rocks within a 1.8 miles radius of the volcano's summit.

Shinmoedake's eruption on Monday marks the third time the volcano blew since the start of the year.

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Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: North Atlantic record iceberg season and ice arches around Greenland

This years Iceberg season is three weeks to a month behind as a record 565 bergs are in the waters as of May 14, 2018 this eclipses last years record of 481. Ice Arches backed up sea ice through the Nares Straight and Hudson Bay remains near 100% ice covered which is usually at 70% covered. The Arctic still has 4+ meter / 12 foot thick ice pack and Cape Town now wants to tow icebergs to alleviate its water shortage.



Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Strange ice thickness Hudson Bay and 18th fissure opens in Hawaii

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Hudson Bay ice is at near 100% coverage this far into the beginning of the melt season. Comparing with 2017 spring melt the bay should be around 25% or more melted so far. Also the Canadian Ice Service is not updating its charts due to continuous 100% ice coverage. Maps and weekly data sets are frozen, literally. Great Lakes ice coverage was far above normal for the months of January and February 2018. Strange how the -18C temperatures still cover the Hudson Bay area.



Worldwide volcanic activity raises concerns of US West Coast's chain of 13 active volcanoes

Mount Rainier
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In this May 7, 2018 photo, Mount Rainier is seen at dusk and framed by the Murray Morgan Bridge in downtown Tacoma, Wash. The eruption of the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has geologic experts along the West Coast warily eyeing the volcanic peaks in Washington, Oregon and California, including Rainier, that are part of the Pacific Ocean’s ring of fire.
The eruption of a Hawaii volcano in the Pacific "Ring of Fire" has experts warily eyeing volcanic peaks on America's West Coast that are also part of the geologically active region.

The West Coast is home to an 800-mile (1,300-kilometer) chain of 13 volcanoes , from Washington state's Mount Baker to California's Lassen Peak. They include Mount St. Helens, whose spectacular 1980 eruption in the Pacific Northwest killed dozens of people and sent volcanic ash across the country, and massive Mount Rainier, which towers above the Seattle metro area.

"There's lots of anxiety out there," said Liz Westby, geologist at the U.S. Geological Survey Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, Washington, in the shadow of Mount St. Helens. "They see destruction, and people get nervous."

Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, is threatening to blow its top in coming days or weeks after sputtering lava for a week, forcing about 2,000 people to evacuate, destroying two dozen homes and threatening a geothermal plant. Experts fear the volcano could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air.

Comment: There is good reason to be concerned: For more, check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


Kilaeua's newest fissure roars to life propelling lava four storeys high in dramatic uptick in activity

lava fissure erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island
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A lava fissure erupts on Hawaii’s Big Island. The US Geological Survey said more eruptions are likely.
A new fissure roaring like jet engines and spewing magma opened on Hawaii's Kilauea volcano on Saturday, piling lava as high as a four-storey building, as the area torn by the US volcano's eruption spread.

The crack in pasture land on Kilauea's east flank was the 16th recorded since the volcano, one of the world's most active, erupted eight days ago. Thousands of people have fled their homes on Hawaii's Big Island because of lava and toxic gases, and dozens of homes have been destroyed.

The new fissure opened up about a 1.6km east of the existing vent system that has devastated the island's Leilani Estates neighborhood, with a few homes on the edge of the field where the vent opened. The US Geological Survey has warned that more outbreaks remain likely.

Comment: For detailed reports with footage of what's happening on Hawaii's big island, see: Kilauea's recent uptick in activity is just one of many other ominous events occurring on our planet, for more, check out SOTTs monthly documentary: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - April 2018: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs


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

Kilauea volcano fissures
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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.


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:


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

© 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
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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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