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Shinmoedake volcano in Japan erupts for first time in six years

Aerial footage shows the increasingly active volcano Mount Shinmoe smoking on Wednesday afternoon.
Aerial footage shows the increasingly active volcano Mount Shinmoe smoking on Wednesday afternoon.
Mount Shinmoe in the Kirishima mountain range bordering Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures erupted early Wednesday, marking its first such activity in about six years.

The Meteorological Agency raised the warning level for a volcanic eruption to Level 3, restricting entry to the mountain. It warned the volcano might grow more active, as swelling of the mountain was observed.

Volcanic tremors had been intensifying in the area since late September, prompting the agency to raise the warning level to Level 2 on Oct. 5 to restrict entry to areas near the mouth of the volcano. Level 5, the highest alert, urges people to evacuate.

The agency said Wednesday's eruption occurred at around 5:34 a.m., with the plume rising about 300 meters above the crater.

The government set up a liaison unit at the prime minister's office to gather information.


Alert level raised due to increased seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano, Indonesia

Recent seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano
Recent seismic activity at Lewotolo volcano
The alert level of the volcano was raised yesterday from from Level I (Normal) to Level II (Alert), the Indonesian volcano monitoring agency PVMBG reported.

Over the past weeks, degassing and seismic activity have increased significantly, suggesting a greater likelihood of a new eruption, most likely in the form of sudden explosions from the summit crater.

During the last week of September, a steam plume of varying intensity has been observed rising up to 500 m from the crater, and volcanic earthquakes detected under the volcano have increased from averages of a few per day to several tens per day.

An exclusion zone of 2 km radius around the crater is recommended.


Multiple explosions at Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano raises concern

Popocatepetl volcano
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Smoke rises from the Popocatepetl as it spews incandescent volcanic material on the outskirts of Puebla, Mexico September 27, 2017.
Mexico City is still recovering from the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that killed over 200 people and devastated the capital, but many fear the increase in seismic activity may trigger the nearby volcano Popocatépetl.

A series of explosions and minor eruptions took place this week, putting citizens of the neighboring city of Puebla on alert as ash rained down over the city, with the seismic activity causing river waters to rise for a period.

CENAPRED, the official disaster monitoring agency in Mexico, reports that between October 5 and 6, a total of four major explosions were registered at the volcano.

The agency also recorded a minor earthquake of 3.0 magnitude on October 5.


Shinmoedake volcano eruption warning at Level 2 as tremors increase in Japan

Shinmoedake peak in the Kirishima mountain range on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures is seen in a 2012 file photo.
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Shinmoedake peak in the Kirishima mountain range on the border of Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures is seen in a 2012 file photo.
The Meteorological Agency has raised the warning level by one notch against a volcanic eruption for Shinmoedake peak, located in the Kirishima mountain range bordering between Kagoshima and Miyazaki prefectures.

The agency took the step late Thursday night, saying it issued a Level 2 warning for Shinmoedake in light of a recent series of small volcanic tremors observed in the area.

A Level 2 warning restricts entry to areas near the mouth of the volcano, while a Level 1 warning only tells the public of its existence. Level 5, the highest alert, urges people to evacuate.

According to the agency, 12 tremors were observed on Shinmoedake on Sept. 23, and 39 on Oct. 4. The number continues to rise.

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Guatemala's Fuego volcano sends ash five kilometres into the sky after 12 eruptions in one hour

Fuego volcano erupts
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It has been described as on of “the largest recorded eruptions” in the volcano's history

RESIDENTS of a nearby volcano in Guatemala have been left terrified after it exploded ash 5,000 metres into the air during 12 small eruptions in the space of an hour.

The Fuego Volcano in south Guatemala burst into life on Wednesday plumes of ash blew into the sky in what has been described as on of "the largest recorded eruptions" in the volcano's history.

The volcano, known locally as Volcan de Fuego, which translates as 'Volcano of Fire', is an extremely active volcano, and this is the seventh time this year that it has erupted.

Guatemala's National Institute of Seismology, Volcanology, Meteorology and Hydrology (Insivumeh) stated that ash has been spread 20 kilometres in east and northeast directions.

Authorities have also warned that ash could spread all the way to Guatemala City, the capital of Guatemala, some 50 kilometres northwards of the volcano.

Comment: The Pacific Ring of Fire is exploding right now: 32 volcanoes erupting, 33 showing minor activity, and several strong earthquakes.

Ring of fire activity October 2017
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Current erupting volcanoes (red), current volcanoes showing warning or minor activity (orange). and current volcanoes showing unrest (yellow).


Unusual swarm of 600 earthquakes hit Llaima volcano, Chile

Llaima volcano, Chile
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The snowy cone of Llaima volcano, Chile.
An unusual swarm of more than 600 earthquakes - never seen in years - has struck below Llaima volcano in Chile reports rio bueno noticias.

According to Sernageomin (Chilean National Geology and Mining Service) reported through Ovdas (Volcanological Observatory of the South Andes), a series of LP-type low frequency tremors, commonly associated with the dynamics of fluids inside the volcanic system, have been recorded at the volcano since Sunday 1 October.

Ovdas reported that despite the increase in seismic activity at the volcano, the accumulated energy is still considered low and the alert level remains at green. Llaima Volcano is one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Chile.

Volcanic and seismic activity appears to be increasing in the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Comment: See also: Pay attention to the Pacific Ring of Fire as major geo events trigger concern


Vanuatu volcano pollutes drinking water, forces Dunkirk-style evacuation

Vanuatu evacuation
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A woman is helped onto a boat as she is evacuated from the Pacific island of Ambae, Vanuatu.
Vanuatu has launched a Dunkirk-style evacuation on the northern island of Ambae as a flotilla of boats rescues islanders from an erupting volcano that has polluted many of the island's sources of drinking water.

Crowds of islanders from at least three evacuation points on the island have begun boarding ferries, canoes and commercial vessels for the safety of surrounding islands Maewo, Pentecost and Santo.

Reuters reporter Ben Bohane, on location in Ambae, said he saw people camping on a hillside at the town of Lolowai waiting calmly for ships to ferry them to safety.

"There were big sacks of rice and boxes of tinned fish," he said.

The eruption has polluted many of the island's water sources leaving thousands of people in need of safe drinking water, Red Cross delegate Joe Cropp told Reuters by phone on Sunday.

"Water is crucial," he said. "It's important to get on top of it right away."

The Manaro Voui volcano, the nation's largest, was seen hurling steam and rocks into the air by New Zealand vulcanologist Brad Scott who flew over the volcano on Saturday.

Comment: Meanwhile Bali volcano evacuees from outside the 'danger zone' have been told to return home. Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika​ said it had only been necessary for about 70,000 people from 28 villages to have evacuated - about half the total number of 141,399 evacuees.

Mount Agung, a volcano in eastern Bali, has been on the highest possible alert since September 22, after intensifying seismic activity pushed molten rock known as magma towards the surface.

See also: Pay attention to the Pacific Ring of Fire as major geo events trigger concern


Eruption of mud volcano on Trinidad

mud volcano
The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) says it received a report last Wedneday of water and mud bubbling from a hole in the ground in the vicinity of LP 22 Macaya Trace, Munroe Road, Cunupia. 

An initial assessment conducted by the EMA on the same evening revealed that in addition to water and mud bubbling from the ground, heat/ steam and unknown pungent gas were being emitted. Further, there was no pipeline or associated infrastructure in the vicinity of the site.

 The EMA in keeping with its coordinating role notified several agencies to assist with the further assessment of this phenomenon namely, ODPM, MEEA, UWI Seismic Research Unit, NGC, Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Young Professionals Trinidad and Tobago Chapter. 

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Mount Sinabung unexpectedly erupted, sparking fears over an imminent Mount Agung eruption in Bali

Mount Sinabung unexpectedly erupted, sparking fears over an imminent Mount Agung eruption in Bali

Vanuatu evacuates an island due to volcanic eruption, Bali evacuates villages due to volcanic eruption, Sinabung erupts, but what they dont tell you is that every Grand Solar Minimum there are massive eruptions that destroy global crop production. Now with record Arctic sea ice growth in 2017, the most ever recorded in September, the global warming crowd is just hoping for an eruption so they can blame Earths cooling temperatures on the volcano, not the Sun, which is the true driver of our climate.


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Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts same day as deadly quake

Mexico's Popocatépetl volcano erupts
As if the deadly earthquake in Mexico weren't enough, a volcano erupted amid the violent tremors.

Popocatepetl - about 45 miles southeast of quake-ravaged Mexico City and some 30 miles from the temblor's epicenter - belched ash and gas as the 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the country's central region.

The county's volcano-monitoring system registered one explosion and 256 "low-intensity exhalations" between Tuesday and Wednesday mornings but said none of the activity can be attributed to the earthquake, according to Mexico's National Center for Prevention of Disasters.

A church in Atzitzihuacan at the foot of the mountain collapsed during the quake and eruption, killing 15 worshippers as they celebrated Mass inside.

Pope Francis said he was praying for victims in the majority-Catholic country.

"In this moment of pain, I want to express my closeness and prayers to all the beloved Mexican people," he said.

The 17,700-foot Popocatepetl has been particularly active this summer and also blew its top amid the Aug. 21 solar eclipse.

Comment: Meanwhile Bali's Mount Agung threatens to erupt for the first time in 50 years. Mount Agung is one of many similar volcanoes in Indonesia and the Ring of Fire surrounding the Pacific and eastern Indian oceans.

ring of fire activity