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Krystal Gale Potter
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Post Number: 2143
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, May 29, 2006 - 12:40 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Yo. I'm starting this for general postings of quakes and volcanoes and other weird things associated with them.

Today from http://www.volcanolive.com/volcanolive.html

"Ambae Volcano : Lake Vui at the summit of Ambae volcano in Vanatau has turned from blue to a spectacular red color. The cause of the color change is unknown. "
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Chr15t05
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Post Number: 822
Registered: 8-2004
Posted on Monday, May 29, 2006 - 5:17 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Fantastic idea, Krystal. If frustrates me that so many good articles drop off the board.

I just found the following article about Lake Vui, but I'm amazed that so far nobody seems to have included any pictures!

Chris



Lake Atop Vanuatu Volcano Turns Red

By The Age - AP
May 29, 2006, 06:01


Volcanologists were wondering why a lake atop a rumbling volcano on the South Pacific island of Ambae has changed colour from blue to bright red.

Mount Manaro, one of four volcanos currently active in the island nation of Vanuatu, has been showing signs of erupting for only the second time in 122 years.

Vanuatu, formerly called the New Hebrides Islands, is a chain of 13 main islands 2,300 km east of north-east Australia.

"We are still ... trying to understand this change of colour in the lake from blue to red," Geology and Mines Department director Esline Garae said by telephone from the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila.

She said two scientists on Ambae Island were monitoring Lake Vui and seismic activity on the 1,500 metre Mount Manaro.

"If the change of colour ... comes from new activity in the ground or just chemical change in the lake - these are two things I want to know from those guys before I can say anything" about the danger posed by the volcano, she said.

Manaro last erupted in November 2005, forcing half the island's 10,000 inhabitants to evacuate their villages but causing no injuries. The eruption before that, in 1884, killed scores of villagers.

Three other volcanos in Vanuatu - Lopevi, Yasur and a two-crater volcano on Ambryn Island called Marum and Benbow - have spewed rocks, ash, smoke and steam over the South Pacific island nation in recent weeks.

However, activity has slowed in recent days, Garae said.

New Zealand volcanologist Brad Scott said Lake Vui's colour was "quite a spectacular red," but what had caused it "is the 64-thousand dollar question."

He said water samples from the lake would help determine what was happening in the crater and below it.

The colour change "could be a chemical process ... or magmatic gas (from molten volcanic rock) or something else coming into the lake," he said.

The peak on uninhabited Lopevi Island was the most recent to spurt sulfurous ash into the sky, causing havoc on 10 surrounding islands.

Garae said hundreds of inhabitants of nearby Paama Island fled from the falling ash, dense smoke and lava flows from Lopevi, she said.

"It was in a high state of eruption because ash was falling on Ambryn and Paama islands, but then ... ash flows ceased some days ago," she said.

The Yasur volcano on Tanna Island in the south of the archipelago was "of more concern for tourists and tourism agencies," who visit it frequently, she noted.

"A reminder that it is at Level 2 ... forbidding people to go close to the mouth of the volcano" had been posted after it tossed out rocks and some lava.

She said further observations of Yasur would likely be made next week to confirm whether the activity was continuing to decline.
"There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true."
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Krystal Gale Potter
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Post Number: 2151
Registered: 10-2003
Posted on Monday, May 29, 2006 - 10:12 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Hey Chris nice article ! It puzzles me too that there would be no photos considering the "brilliant" nature of the red. I'm itching to find out the cause. I'm wondering if it isn't an organism/algae that might thrive in higher temps ?

This thread is actually susi's idea. I got to remembering the old quake thread and missed it.
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donnawa
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Post Number: 2688
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Tuesday, May 30, 2006 - 6:29 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

You know what was weird- this morning I looked at the USGS site and saw a red square signifying that it happened "an hour ago" in the corner of Wyoming. That, I think, was a 3.1.

I just returned to look they just had tiny squares in yellow- meaning several minute quakes happened earlier this week (Not even within 24 hours.)

What's happening?

http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/

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anna
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Username: anna

Post Number: 1542
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 12:42 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

A lot......... :-(
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Krystal Gale Potter
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Post Number: 2153
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Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 1:26 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Yes...I've noticed them downsizing the squares. You have to hit each square. Microquakes suddenly become larger quakes if you click on them 2 or 3 times. Misleading to say the least. Some quakes disappear entirely.

What is happening is they are trying to explain away all the weird events using "global warming from man's emissions" to ease everyone's attention. I predicted ..back when Emp did the other site...that the pressure in the mantle is building and thinning the crust. I said volcanoes would be spewing simultaneously. They are..but it can and will get worse. It will change the atmosphere and the oceans. Storms on land will become more and more intense as well as quakes. When we enter the next sun cycle it will add to what is happening exponentially.

I know it sucks...
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donnawa
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Post Number: 2692
Registered: 4-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2006 - 9:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

The comet site is open again.
There was an earthquake in the azores (not on the usgs site)


Glide Code EQ-20060531-10362-AZR
Magnitudó 3.1 (Kicsi)
Dátum-idő 2006 Május 31 13:51:09 UTC

Hely S 29° 25.020, E 40° 58.020
Mélység 10 km (6.21 miles)
Régió Atlanti óceán - észak
Ország Azori - Szigetek (Portug.)
Távolság 202 km (125.52 miles) ÉNY irányban Lagoa,

Érintett lakosság Nincs adat
Forrás EMSC

Tsunami riasztás Nincs vagy nincs adat!
Károkozás Nincs vagy nincs adat!



http://forum.savelivesinmay.com/Topic357-4-1.aspx

http://visz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/woalert.php
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ldyhawk369
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Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 5:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

What's up with Puerto Rico, 8 earthquakes today?
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anna
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Username: anna

Post Number: 1545
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, June 01, 2006 - 9:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Philippine Bulusan Volcano Acting Up Anew-

MANILA, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Bulusan volcano in central Philippines spewed an unusually high volume of ash and smoke, with plumes rising some 1.5-kilometer into the sky, the Philippine Institute for Volcano logy and Seismology (Phivolcs) reported on Wednesday.

Phivolcs officials said Bulusan volcano in Sorsogon province again released ash at 4:17 p.m. (0817 GMT) Wednesday, and the ash clouds blew in a west northwestern direction.

No casualties were reported as of posting time. Initial reports said no lava flows were seen along the volcano.

Phivolcs officials said they have not advised disaster management and local officials to evacuate nearby residents, adding that despite Bulusan's activity, alert level 1 would remain in effect.

Phivolcs first reported Bulusan's unusual activity on March 22 when it recorded four explosion-type earthquakes around the volcano. Authorities had previously declared a four-kilometer danger zone around Bulusan.

Last Saturday, Phivolcs said it recorded 41 high-frequency and 18 low-frequency volcanic earthquakes near the volcano during the last few hours.

Bulusan is an active volcano in the southernmost province of the main Luzon Island. Its summit crater has an estimated diameter of 1,000 feet, but the volcano has three other craters on its southeast side. Enditem

Editor: Lin Li
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anna
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Post Number: 1550
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Posted on Friday, June 02, 2006 - 9:23 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Today's quakes:
02-JUN-2006 16:05:51 36.61 70.76 4.5 218.8 HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
02-JUN-2006 11:12:53 -19.89 -173.99 4.7 38.1 TONGA ISLANDS
02-JUN-2006 07:31:34 -20.73 -178.70 6.1 560.9 FIJI ISLANDS REGION
02-JUN-2006 06:59:41 -20.09 -173.83 4.9 29.6 TONGA ISLANDS
02-JUN-2006 03:26:41 -21.22 -174.31 5.1 37.0 TONGA ISLANDS
02-JUN-2006 02:31:05 34.84 139.16 4.7 142.0 NEAR S. COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
02-JUN-2006 01:28:29 -20.03 -173.80 5.1 35.0 TONGA ISLANDS
02-JUN-2006 00:33:55 20.58 120.02 4.9 30.0 PHILIPPINE ISLANDS REGION
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anna
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Post Number: 1558
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Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 8:44 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

More today-
03-JUN-2006 15:27:53 -20.59 -174.28 5.0 38.0 TONGA ISLANDS
03-JUN-2006 14:40:29 39.22 40.26 4.4 25.0 TURKEY
03-JUN-2006 13:26:53 -21.52 -173.89 4.9 35.0 TONGA ISLANDS
03-JUN-2006 13:01:14 13.02 92.53 4.7 39.0 ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA
03-JUN-2006 08:25:59 -17.59 -177.30 4.8 353.8 FIJI ISLANDS REGION
03-JUN-2006 07:37:29 26.92 55.94 4.5 7.5 SOUTHERN IRAN
03-JUN-2006 07:15:39 26.84 55.92 5.4 32.2 SOUTHERN IRAN
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anna
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Post Number: 1560
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Posted on Saturday, June 03, 2006 - 11:01 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Indonesian Volcano Stirs After Earthquake
Worried villagers perform rituals to warding off an eruption

Saturday, June 3, 2006; Posted: 9:20 p.m. EDT (01:20 GMT)

Smoke rises from Mount Merapi, which has grown more active since Indonesia's quake.

BANTUL, Indonesia (AP) -- Fresh spurts of lava from a nearby volcano, a strong aftershock and worries about the spread of bird flu are adding to the strain for hundreds of thousands of survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake.

Mount Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanos, spewed lava and hot clouds of gas and ash scores of times on Saturday, exactly a week after the magnitude 6.3 quake shook Java island, said Subandriyo, a government scientist. Like many Indonesians, he uses one name.

Merapi's lava dome has swelled in the past week to 330 feet, raising fears that it could collapse, he said. That could release a highly dangerous pyroclastic flow -- a fast-moving burst of high-temperature gases and rock fragments -- burning anything in its path, the government volcanology center said.

Worried villagers in recent days have performed rituals aimed at warding off an eruption. On Thursday, the mountain's royally appointed spiritual guardian, "Mbah" Maridjan, led a silent procession of 100 people three times around a village near the volcano.

Scientists say the quake may have contributed to a weakening of the lava dome.

More than a thousand aftershocks have hit the region since the earthquake struck before dawn just over a week ago, killing at least 6,234 people and injuring 30,000 more. Officials estimate that 135,000 homes were destroyed.

Most aftershocks have been weak, but a recent one jolted survivors awake. "I picked up my nephew and ran out of the house. It was very strong," said Yudi. There were no reports of damage from the aftershock, measured at magnitude 3.4.

Most of the estimated 647,000 people left homeless are living in makeshift shelters, often just plastic tarps to ward off tropical downpours and the hot sun, with no toilets or running water.

More than 50 people were staying Saturday in two large empty chicken coops in Pentong in Bantul district. Flies buzzed everywhere, and children played barefoot on bamboo slats encrusted with chicken droppings.

The British medical aid agency Merlin said it was concerned that the villagers could catch bird flu or salmonella, and appealed for more tents.

The United Nations issued an urgent appeal on Friday for $103 million to pay for recovery efforts over the next six months -- with about half of that for rebuilding homes.

An international relief effort has picked up pace in recent days, although aid has yet to reach some remote areas.

The Associated Press-
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/06/03/indonesia.lava.ap/index.html

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anna
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Post Number: 1563
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Posted on Sunday, June 04, 2006 - 2:35 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

04-JUN-2006 04:03:16 46.59 147.02 4.1 302.8 NORTHWEST OF KURIL ISLANDS
04-JUN-2006 03:51:35 33.57 136.81 4.4 385.3 NEAR S. COAST OF WESTERN HONSHU
04-JUN-2006 02:36:33 -3.23 139.60 4.4 69.6 IRIAN JAYA, INDONESIA
04-JUN-2006 02:31:15 53.92 159.43 4.6 90.4 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
04-JUN-2006 02:24:18 30.84 99.05 4.8 37.4 SICHUAN, CHINA
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anna
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04-JUN-2006 15:10:03 44.22 78.59 4.7 4.0 EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
04-JUN-2006 14:03:11 8.83 126.38 4.8 79.6 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
04-JUN-2006 09:05:58 22.74 121.42 4.7 10.3 TAIWAN REGION
04-JUN-2006 08:56:36 50.92 -130.01 4.6 27.2 VANCOUVER ISLAND REGION
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anna
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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 1:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

LAT LON MAG DEPTH km REGION
06-JUN-2006 04:34:28 15.27 -91.48 5.1 199.4 MEXICO-GUATEMALA BORDER REGION
05-JUN-2006 18:56:15 1.69 124.92 5.2 16.8 MINAHASSA PENINSULA, SULAWESI
05-JUN-2006 13:53:44 55.87 162.51 4.8 36.3 NEAR EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA
05-JUN-2006 12:46:28 21.50 143.15 4.1 238.9 MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
05-JUN-2006 10:34:00 1.97 -90.58 4.6 50.1 GALAPAGOS ISLANDS REGION
05-JUN-2006 08:32:39 51.81 178.84 4.9 42.1 RAT ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS
05-JUN-2006 06:34:31 1.02 -28.17 5.4 10.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
05-JUN-2006 06:27:08 1.15 -28.01 5.3 10.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
05-JUN-2006 06:18:44 1.05 -28.12 4.9 10.0 CENTRAL MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
05-JUN-2006 04:23:33 37.78 28.73 4.6 35.0 TURKEY
05-JUN-2006 00:39:06 21.76 121.74 5.1 23.9 TAIWAN REGION
04-JUN-2006 15:10:03 44.22 78.59 4.7 4.0 EASTERN KAZAKHSTAN
04-JUN-2006 14:03:11 8.83 126.38 4.8 79.6 MINDANAO, PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
04-JUN-2006 09:05:59 22.75 121.43 4.7 13.6 TAIWAN REGION
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anna
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8 Volcanoes To Erupt?:
THE Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology is closely monitoring at least eight active volcanoes in the country which are showing signs of impending major eruptions.


Speaking before the weekly forum Kapihan sa Sulo, Philvocs Director Renato Solidum Jr. identified the eight restless volcanoes as Mt. Bulusan, Taal volcano, Mayon, Mt. Pinatubo; Mt. Canlaon; Mt. Hibok-Hibok, Mt. Matutum and Mt Parker. The last two are in Mindanao.

“These eight volcanoes are among those 22 active volcanoes in the country, but these (have been) frequently erupting since (the) 1960s, that is why we are keeping our eye on these,” Solidum said.

According to Solidum, Philvocs is monitoring all
active volcanoes in the country as these may cause a strong earthquake in the future.

He said a strong earthquake like the killer temblor that hit Indonesia last week may strike the country since the Philippines is within the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Earthquakes are normal occurrences in the Philippines with Philvocs recording more than 20 weak temblors every day.

The country experiences at least one to two strong earthquakes every five years. Because of this, Solidum once more called on the public to be always prepared for disasters.

Copies of a preparedness manual is already available at Philvocs for the general public especially people living in fault line areas.

Jester Manalastas
Peoples Journal
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anna
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Post Number: 1577
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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 1:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Peru Volcano Activity Has Authorities Preparing Evacuation-
Lima.– Authorities in southern Peru said Monday they are evacuating about 480 families due to an increase in seismic activity at the Ubinas volcano.

"We are currently at work readying shelters for the temporary evacuation of the inhabitants of five communities," Cristala Constantinides, president of the Moquegua region where the Ubinas volcano is located, told the press.

The regional authority said that they are collecting tents, blankets and whatever else is needed to move the families, while at the same time they have asked the National Police of Peru and the army to put their vehicles at the service of the evacuation effort.

Volcano experts put the Ubinas area on orange alert (medium intensity level of seismic activity) on Saturday, after registering several explosions since May 31, including one that spewed glowing hot lava 200 meters (656 feet) into the air.

In April, the last time the Ubinas volcano registered an alarming increase in seismic activity, its crater doubled in size to 80 meters (262 feet) in less than a week and more than 200 people fled from their homes by their own means. Toxic emissions from the volcano on that occasion caused the death of about 50 llamas and alpacas.

As many as 40 people, most of them farmers and ranchers in the valley near Ubinas, experienced conjunctivitis and/or respiratory problems as a result of the volcanic discharge.

The Ubinas volcano, which is about 1,200 kilometers (some 745 miles) south of Lima, begin emitting gases and ash in late March.
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anna
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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 1:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Volcano Erupts In South Japan:
Sakurajima, one of Japan's most active volcanoes, has erupted near the southern Japanese city of Kagoshima. Smoke and ash rose high above the island's northern peak 1 117m high as residents of the nearby capital of Kagoshima prefecture looked on. Over 600,000 people live in the shadow of the volcano which is only a few kilometres off the port serving Kagoshima city.

Thousands of small explosions occur each year on Sakurajima, throwing ash thousands of kilometres into the sky. The last major eruption occurred in 1914, though most of the residents fled before the volcano engulfed several islands nearby and swallowed part of the bay of Kagoshima.

The UN has designated Sakurajima as a mountain worthy of particular study due to the presence of a highly densely populated city nearby. The city conducts regular evacuation drills, and a number of shelters have been built where people can take refuge from falling volcanic debris. - Reuters
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anna
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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 1:34 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Indonesia's Mount Merapi Spews Lava After Quake-
Updated Mon. Jun. 5 2006 11:29 PM ET

Associated Press
SERUT, Indonesia -- Mount Merapi spewed streams of lava and clouds of gases, raising fears of another major eruption, while hundreds of Indonesian children attended classes under tents Monday in nearby areas devastated by the recent earthquake.

The volcano has been erupting for months, but activity has increased since the 6.3-magnitude quake struck central Java island on May 27, killing at least 5,857 people.

The government revised its death toll downward from more than 6,200 after determining that some victims had been counted twice and others initially believed dead were found alive.

While lava poured down the mountain's southwestern slope Monday, the Indonesian government stepped up relief efforts for quake victims, sending some 200 truckloads of rice to hard-hit areas to help the more than half million people left homeless.

The quake damaged or destroyed more than 130,000 homes and at least 835 schools, the U.N. children's agency and government officials said.

But on Monday, at least 10 damaged schools held end-of-year exams for eighth-grade students in tents, the agency said.

"The pupils are not as cheerful as they used to be," said Nuroh Hidayutun, the head teacher at one of the schools in Serut, as 15 pupils puzzled over math problems in a tent. "But keeping up the routine is important."

Across the road, volunteers sang songs with about 35 kindergarten students and gave them drawing lessons.

"There is nothing left of our house, so this entertainment is invaluable," said Aminiah, who came to pick up her two children. Like many Indonesians, she uses only one name.

About a third of the estimated 647,000 people displaced by the disaster are living in makeshift shelters -- often just plastic tarps -- with no toilets or running water, surviving on donated food.

Aid agencies stepped up supplies of clean water and latrines but warned that unsanitary conditions could lead to a wave of diarrhea and skin diseases, as well as infections.

Some 200 trucks, each filled with more than four tons of rice destined for the disaster zone, left the city square in the ancient royal capital of Yogyakarta.

"The government will ensure everybody gets food," Vice President Yusuf Kalla said, seeing off the trucks.

He promised the government would provide each survivor with 22 pounds of rice monthly until houses are rebuilt.

The international relief effort has picked up pace in recent days, although aid has yet to reach some remote areas. The United Nations has appealed for $103 million for recovery efforts over the next six months.

The epicenter of the powerful quake was about 50 miles south of the rumbling Merapi, one of the world's most active volcanos, and its activity has increased in recent days.

Merapi's lava dome has swelled since the quake to 330 feet, raising fears it could collapse, officials said. That could send clouds of gas and searing-hot debris pouring down toward thousands of people living on its fertile slopes, the government warned.

The authorities ordered residents in a danger zone to evacuate, but many refused to abandon their livestock and crops.

Indonesia is prone to seismic upheaval because of its location on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.
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anna
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Posted on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 10:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Mt. Ngauruhoe Volcano Alert Level Increases:

NEW ZEALAND - There are warnings for trampers not to enter the crater of Mt Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park- There are warnings for trampers not to enter the crater of Mt Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park, due to an increase in its volcanic alert level.

The last significant eruption at Ngauruhoe was in 1975, but it has had minor seismic activity since then. GeoNet says over the last few weeks there has been significant change in the number and magnitude of earthquakes being recorded by seismographs on the mountain.

The scientific alert level has been raised from zero to one, which indicates some signs of unrest. As a result the Department of Conservation is advising visitors to Ngauruhoe not to enter the crater area in case concentrations of volcanic gas have increased there.
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anna
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Posted on Thursday, June 08, 2006 - 12:31 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post

Panic returns to Java as Mount Merapi flares

Survivors of Java’s earthquake fled in panic today when huge clouds of scalding gas were expelled from Mount Merapi, Indonesia’s most active volcano.
Families packed onto mopeds to abandon their homes and pour down the mountain side, after a series of deafening explosions heralded the gas clouds at about 9am local time.

Many believed that it was the start of Merapi’s long feared full eruption. Many of those who fled were still traumatised after the earthquake on May 27 which killed 6,000 in the area south of the volcano.

Today's deadly gas clouds known as pyroclastic flows, which reach temperatures of 800C incinerating everything in their path, were the biggest since the volcano became active last month.

One of 20 clouds travelled three miles scorching an area of forest and stopping just short of a settlement. Thirty-three lava flows were counted.

Volcanologists fear that the earthquake, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, destabilised the lava dome in the volcano's cone. If it gives way, rivers of molten magna may flow into villages at the cone's base.

Pyroclastic flows are also a great danger on Merapi. Sixty villagers were burned alive in 1994 by one in the volcano’s last major eruption.

Around 23,000 villagers have left their homes in the last few days, many evacuating for the second time after a scare on May 15 when eruption was believed to be imminent.

A few have stayed in their homes to protect them from looters. "Of course we’re worried," one villager called Supriatun said. "But as long the hot clouds do not reach us we won’t leave our village."

Just a handful of tough farmers, village security men, and curious sightseers were left last night at Kinahrejo, the last settlement before the volcano.

One man, Sunadi, 24 said: "Luckily the earthquake didn’t kill anyone here but we really fear Merapi. But when people saw the clouds they really panicked and there was a big rush downhill."

Three miles away, great rivers of molten lava were flowing down the steep cone. The few remaining men were using walkie-talkies to warn each other about pyroclastic flows.

A few miles downhill hundreds of villagers had gathered at a government evacuation station.

Ati Sehono, a grandmother in her 70s had escaped Kinahrejo in the morning in a truck with her family. "We were very scared," she said. "But in my life I have had to escape Merapi five or six times already."

Aid groups which have been busy helping more than half a million people made homeless by the earthquake are now preparing for a second disaster. Oxfam is among those drawing up plans to assist hospitals and emergency services already severely stretched by the earthquake.

Oxfam has 10,000 tarpaulins ready to distribute, as well as special kits to help villagers cope with an eruption, containing binoculars, loud hailers and flashlights.
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Chr15t05
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I get the feeling that when Merapi eventually blows, it's going to be huge. I hope it doesn't turn into a St Helens type of situation where the mountain goes quiet before it finally goes boom. I doubt the government would be able to stop tens of thousands of people moving back to the area.

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anna
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I think the govt. was in denial about how BAD it could really get and because they have had minor eruptions before, they minimized it... I think it's gonna go here shortly....BOOM

New quakes:
08-JUN-2006 16:29:12 4.55 -51.93 5.2 10.0 FRENCH GUIANA
08-JUN-2006 14:59:35 -20.28 -178.06 4.8 555.2 FIJI ISLANDS REGION
08-JUN-2006 11:34:59 40.52 77.42 5.0 10.0 KYRGYZSTAN-XINJIANG BORDER REG.
08-JUN-2006 06:17:25 -21.30 33.19 4.7 9.1 MOZAMBIQUE
08-JUN-2006 04:23:22 2.47 96.78 4.8 39.5 NORTHERN SUMATERA, INDONESIA
08-JUN-2006 02:41:18 -6.85 152.37 4.7 69.6 NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
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I wonder if this year is going to be the "year of the quakes" as predicted by Edgar Cayce so long ago? It sure looks like it so far. I think that it was supposed to be one of the signs of the coming Earth changes Cayce was predicting. It seems to be about 10 years behind Cayce's predicted schedule if my memory serves me correctly.
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Also, if enough volcanoes go off and spew enough ash and other stuff high enough into the atmosphere, then we will have a global cooling that may last several years. I wonder though what a really large influx of ash into the stratosphere would do to our climate?
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anna
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Not to mention our lungs?
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dirkwright
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Oh, it's so high up and so widely dispersed that I don't think that's a problem unless you are within a certain radius of the volcano.
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anna
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Until the ash comes down. I lived in Portland when St. Helens blew, we had 2-3" of ash all over the city on everything. What a mess!
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Earthquake rocks Scotland
(Filed: 08/06/2006)

Parts of Scotland have been it by an earthquake in the Highlands, the biggest in the country for two years. People reported floors and windows vibrating just after 1.20pm today.

The British Geological Survey in Edinburgh said it had registered 3.1 on the Richter scale at Shieldaig in Wester Ross. Julian Bukits, an assistant seismologist with the survey, said it was the biggest in Scotland since 2004 when a 3.3 quake was recorded on the Isle of Raasay, just off the west coast.

He said: "People reported that the whole floor vibrated and that the whole house shook. Somebody even said they thought their chimney had crashed down."

Harold Cameron, 50, who runs a fish farm near Loch Torridon, said: "It was at lunchtime, I thought it was thunder at first and then there was a rumble and the house began shaking and there was a bang.

"I thought something had hit the side of the house. We weren't frightened or anything but we went outside. There was no damage so we went to see the neighbours who felt it as well and we came to the conclusion that it must have been an earthquake."

Mr Cameron, who has lived in the area all his life, said he had "never experienced anything like it" before. Britain's strongest earthquake was in 1931 and measured 6.1 on the Richter Scale, and happened in the North Sea.

On the mainland, the biggest was 5.4 in 1984 and located at the Lleyn Peninsula in north Wales.
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"Philippine Volcano Raises Fears Of Eruption"
Manila, Philippines

10 June 2006
One of the Philippines' most active volcanoes continued spewing ash overnight, raising fears of a possible eruption and leaving one man dead of an asthma attack, officials said on Saturday.

The Philippine Institute of Vulcanology and Seismology said an explosion from the 1 565m summit of Bulusan sent ash and steam 1km into the air and showered ash on surrounding villages.

A 57-year-old local man died of asthma triggered by ash that has been spewing from the volcano since Wednesday, the civil defence office said.
The government earlier declared the town of Casiguran, on the slope of the mountain, a "calamity" area after ash from the volcano rained down on roofs.

The exact number of houses damaged in the disaster zone, on the southern tip of the main island of Luzon, was not disclosed.
There were no immediate plans to evacuate residents living around the volcano, but the institute warned that there was an "increasing frequency in ash emissions," adding that more explosions were expected.

The institute reiterated that residents must stay at least 4km away from the crater, warning that volcanic deposits on the slopes of the mountain could turn into "life-threatening volcanic flows."

Bulusan has had 15 recorded eruptions, the latest in November 1994. Twenty-two volcanoes are considered active in the Philippines, part of the so-called "Pacific
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Peru Villagers Flee From Ubinas Volcano
06.11.2006, 03:06 AM

Increased activity by the Ubinas volcano in southern Peru prompted the evacuation of 408 villagers, officials said.

Seismic activity has been mounting since February at the volcano, about 470 miles southeast of the Peruvian capital of Lima. Ubinas erupted April 14, sending a column of ash some 2,600 feet into the air.

Tents, blankets and food were distributed to the 144 families who evacuated to a camp six miles from their village, Jose Acosta, a Civil Defense Institute official, said Saturday.

Another 150 families will be evacuated by Sunday, said Acosta, adding that the villagers will be allowed to return to their homes if the threat decreases.

Winds have carried smoke and volcanic ash into the neighboring highland region of Puno, where residents have complained of headaches and stomachaches, the Peruvian newspaper El Comercio reported.
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Magnitude 6.3 Quake Strikes Japan; Injuries Reported
By Bloomberg
Jun 11, 2006, 19:33

Japan -- An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 jolted much of western Japan at 5:01 a.m. local time, the U.S. Geological Survey said on its Web site. Eight people were injured in the quake, Kyodo News said.

The quake struck 40 kilometers (24 miles) west of Oita on the island of Kyushu, the USGS said. The earthquake, characterized as ``strong'' by USGS, struck at a depth of 155 kilometers.

A 82-year-old woman broke her leg while walking her dog in Hiroshima prefecture on the main island of Honshu, Kyodo News reported. Seven others were injured and some train services on the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu were suspended, the report said.

Japan, one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries, is located in a zone where the Eurasian, Pacific, Philippine and North American tectonic plates meet and occasionally shift, causing quakes. Quakes of magnitude 5 and more can cause considerable damage depending on their depth.

Showa Denko K.K.'s naptha processing plant in Oita was unaffected by the quake, spokesman Yoshiyuki Kusanagi said. Kyushu Oil Co. said its plants and shipments weren't affected.

The quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale, which ranges from 1 to 7, in areas in Hiroshima, Ehime and Oita prefectures. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake had a magnitude of 6.1, the agency said.

Nuclear power plants in Ehime and Shimane prefectures were operating normally and some high-speed rail services were delayed for safety checks, Kyodo said. No tsunami warnings were issued from the quake.
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MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's Mount Merapi could be downgraded from its top alert status soon as the volcano has spewed less hot gas and molten lava in recent days, an expert said on Monday.

Merapi -- in central Java near the ancient royal city of Yogyakarta, 440 km (270 miles) east of Jakarta -- is considered one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the Pacific "Ring of Fire". It has been threatening a major eruption for weeks, forcing the evacuation of about 18,000 people from its slopes.

Some residents who had refused to move were spurred into action after an earthquake shook the Yogyakarta area on May 27, killing more than 5,700 people and intensifying Merapi's activity.

But after massive clouds and fresh lava flows late last week, Merapi was calm on Saturday and Sunday, said Triyani, from the state-run Center for Vulcanological Research and Technology in Yogyakarta.

"Its status is in top alert still. Let's see in one to two days ahead whether it will be downgraded or not. I hope so," she told Reuters.

Experts feared that a lava dome, which has been building up since April as a result of activity, could collapse, generating clouds of gas and lava flows that could cause casualties.

But a partial degrading of the dome last week may have relieved enough pressure to reduce that danger.

"I don't know whether the critical circumstance has passed or not. Just wait to see whether the lava dome has settled in its position," Triyani said.

More than 60 people were killed when Merapi last erupted in 1994, while 1,300 people died in a 1930 eruption.

The smoke cloud decreased overnight on Sunday and there were fewer lava eruptions. Most villages located 7 km (4 miles) from the peak of Merapi have been considered within the danger zone under the top alert status.

While refugees continued to stay overnight in camps, some are still going to Merapi's slopes to feed their livestock every day, returning to the shelters in the afternoon in army trucks.

The rich volcanic soil around Merapi produces abundant grass which villagers feed to their dairy cattle.

Many residents in the area have held prayers and made special offerings to placate the angry mountain. Most Javanese, who make up the bulk of Indonesia's 220 million people, are Muslim, but many cling to a spiritual past and believe a supernatural kingdom exists on top of Merapi.

Despite the danger, some people have remained in their villages to look after their homes, cows and farms where they grow maize, red chilies and tomatoes.

Some said they would only leave if they saw what they regard as natural signs an eruption was imminent, such as lightning around the mountain's peak or animals moving down its slopes.
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Region (as of 7:13 PM) 6-13-06

Bulusan Spews Ash Clouds

Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon province spewed ash clouds and steam Tuesday night, which raised concerns that a volcanic eruption is imminent, DZMM reported.

The cloud column rose kilometers into the sky shortly before 7 p.m., correspondent Edwin Sevidal said from their vantage point at Barangay San Juan in Casiguran town. The area is about five kilometers from the volcano.

The ash explosion Tuesday night came afer the volcano spewed steam earlier in the day.

Volcanologists said the steam column rose meters above the volcano’s summit and drifted northeast towards Barangays San Isidro, Sta. Barbara, Buang and Purog in Bulusan municipality.

Volcanologist Ernesto Corpus said an eruption is "very likely" but dismissed fears that it would be as catastrophic as the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.

He said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology has sent equipment to the site to better monitor the sudden changes on the mountain’s activities.

The earliest recorded eruption of Mount Bulusan was in 1852.
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Krystal Gale Potter
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Rat Islands..6.3, 6.1, 4.7 I wonder if there's a volcano around there ?
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http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Maps/AK2/50.52.-184.-180.php
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Krystal Gale Potter
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oop's..I gues..yah there is

35 km (20 miles) SW of Kiska Volcano, Alaska
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Dhyan1111
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According to my calculations, the Rat/Aleutian Islands earthquake swarm that began late June 13, 2006 has by now (June 14 9:00 a.m central time) had 73 earthquakes in the same area.

http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/Seis/recenteqs/index.html

Yes, there are various volcanoes there:
http://www.avo.alaska.edu/volcanoes/aleutians.php

Anyone have any news links to what geologists think is going on there? I find it ODD that no major news media has of yet bothered to mention a 6.8 in Alaska.

The media are really downplaying the Major Earth Changes; don't want panic?
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TOKYO: Japanese experts have warned of more eruptions at a volcano on the southern island of Kyushu, as volcanic activity has been intensifying at one of its craters.


The Meteorological Agency has issued a bulletin warning of a high possibility of eruptions at the Showa vent, one of the craters on Sakurajima on the southern tip of Japan's southern island of Kyushu, about 1000 km southwest of Tokyo.

The agency upgraded the 1000 metre high volcano at Sakurajima to level three, or "active", from two, or "relatively moderate", on its volcanic activity scale of six.

The Showa crater had a minor eruption on Wednesday, spewing smoke hundreds of metres into the air.

There was a separate eruption at the Minamidake peak on Sakurajima on Monday, spouting a column of smoke about 2000 metres into the air.

Minamidake has frequently erupted, showering nearby fields with ash.

The agency last issued a similar bulletin for the active volcano in October 2000.

AdvertisementAdvertisementSakurajima was a 77 square-kilometre island until a violent eruption in 1914 filled in the strait separating it from Kyushu.

Japan's biggest volcanic disaster on record was in 1792 when 15,000 people died from a mud slide and tidal wave that engulfed villages around Mount Unzen, also in Kyushu.

Two other eruptions in the late 18th century each killed more than 1000 people. The biggest loss of life this century was in 1926 when Mount Tokachi erupted on northern Hokkaido island, killing 144 people.

In June 1991, a major eruption on Mount Unzen killed about 40 people.
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6-14
MOUNT MERAPI, Indonesia -- Indonesia's most volatile volcano nearly enveloped a village with a searing gas cloud during an eruption Wednesday and forced thousands of residents to evacuate just one day after officials lowered the alert level and people returned home.

Indonesia's Mount Merapi volcano erupts with giant clouds of hot gas and ash Wednesday, June 14, 2006 outside of Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A large eruption of searing hot gas and debris sent more than 1,000 villagers fleeing from the slopes of Mount Merapi on Wednesday, a day after government scientists lowered the alert level at the notoriously unpredictable volcano.

"The situation is ... life-threatening," said Yousana Siagian, head of the government's Vulcanology and Disaster Mitigation Center, after the alert level for Mount Merapi was raised to its highest status again and it dumped thick ash on scores of houses.

The state news agency Antara reported five villagers were unaccounted for after the eruption, but gave no other details. Other reports said that several apparently uninhabited buildings near the peak had been incinerated.

Scientists had thought that the 9,700-foot volcano was calming down after weeks of activity when a gas cloud cracked its fragile lava dome on June 8, easing the buildup of pressure.

The alert level was dropped a notch on Tuesday, sparking widespread relief for people who have spent weeks in evacuation camps and were trucked home. But that quickly turned to concern Wednesday as Merapi demonstrated its famed unpredictability.

"We were very happy to go back in the morning, but as soon as we got there, we saw a massive cloud steaming toward us," villager Edi Egan said after being trucked back to the camp. "We all decided it was time to leave."

Up to 20,000 people live in the danger zone, taking advantage of the rich volcanic soil. By nightfall, at least 1,100 were back in camps and some 12,000 others were given orders to leave.

A superheated gas cloud nearly enveloped the village of Kaliadem, the closest residential area to the peak, only four miles away, said Siagian, the government vulcanologist.

A similar cloud killed 60 people in 1994, and about 1,300 people died when Merapi erupted in 1930.

Siagian said Merapi spewed hot clouds as far as four miles from the volcano's crater _ the farthest since the alert status was first raised to the highest level on May 13.

Ash covered one village 4 1/2 miles west of the crater with a gray blanket an inch thick, and soot rained down after dusk across many districts, officials said.

As villagers started returning home Tuesday, they were told to stay alert, and evacuation trucks remained on standby. They quickly sprung into action.

"The villagers are confused. They said it was safe, but hot clouds re-emerged. One thing is for sure _ we have readied ourselves to evacuate anytime," said Budiono, the chief of Ngargosoko, a village six miles from the peak that was ordered evacuated.

Some 12,000 residents of seven villages on the mountain's west side have been ordered to leave, said district official Edy Susanto. Some were still waiting for trucks to take them to shelters as dusk fell.

"A heavy rain of ash and sand poured down on villagers," said Sugiono, an official from a monitoring post. He said it was very dark in the village, which was covered with smoke and ash. "People instinctively came to the shelters."

Despite the danger, many people have stayed put over the last month, citing the need to guard their homes and look after crops and animals.

The main dangers at Merapi are fast-moving bursts of blistering gases and rock fragments called pyroclastic flow. Experts say a massive vertical eruption threatening people many miles away will not occur.
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Dhyan1111
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Is it just me or does anyone else think that the grouping on the right side (top) of these recent earthquakes in the Rat Islands is just a little TOO lined up to be natural?

See it here:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/recenteqsus/Maps/AK2/51.53.-184.-180.php
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Krystal Gale Potter
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LMAO ! I just came in here to post the same thing. Just woke up not 10 minutes ago. I'm going to put this pic in my photobucket so it does'nt change. I've noticed patterns like this before, a couple of times that panned the entire North american continent and out into the atlantic. I can see man being this anal about straight lines, but nature ?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v14/Paradox1022/ratislands61314.gif
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I don't know if anyone else noticed a whole string of 4+ earthquakes in southern Iran about the time that things were really starting to get tense there (this is a couple of months back) - then, just when there was an announcement that a break in negotiations had happened they stopped. They didn't taper off, there weren't aftershocks, nothing...

Not a normal pattern, not a bit...
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anna
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And there's the big HAARP in Alaska... :-(


4 Volcanoes' Active State 'Coincidental', says Phivolcs
By MADEL R. SABATER

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) Director Dr. Renato Solidum yesterday said that the successive activation of four Philippine volcanoes at this time of the year is just "coincidental" since its activities are "dependent" on its heat or magmatic sources.

In a mobile phone interview with the Manila Bulletin, Solidum said, "The activities of the volcanoes are dependent on its heat or magma sources. It just so happened that the (four) volcanoes are active all at the same time."

According to Solidum, the period of unrest shown by the four volcanoes currently on heightened alert — Mayon in Albay, Bulusan in Sorsogon, Kanlaon in Negros Oriental, and Taal in Batangas — is just coincidental.

"Physically, each volcano have their own magma chamber. These (magma chambers) are not connected physically," he explained.

Solidum, however, said that aside from the four volcanoes on heightened alert status, other active volcanoes in the country which are continuously being monitored by the institute include Hibok-Hibok in Camiguin and Pinatubo located on the boundaries of Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales.

Meanwhile, the Phivolcs director said Bulusan Volcano’s alert level might be upgraded, depending on its "level of intensity."
"We do not know if we will (raise the alert level of Bulusan volcano). It will be dependent on the signs the volcano will show (and on the) level of intensity of the volcano," said Solidum.

Based on the institute’s Bulusan Volcano Update at 8 a.m. yesterday, small volcanic earthquakes had occurred in Bulusan Volcano after the steam and ash explosion at 7:04 p.m. last June 13.

"Release of sulfur dioxide contained in the volcanic plume was 423 tonnes (or metric tons) per day (t/d), a slight increase from previous day’s 295 t/d," said Phivolcs.

Meanwhile, another minor steam-ash explosion was recorded early morning yesterday in Negros Oriental’s Kanlaon volcano, its seventh in a series of steam and ash explosions for this month.

Based on Phivolcs’ 8 a.m. update yesterday, the minor steam-ash explosion occurred from 5:09 to 5:30 a.m.

"The grayish steam clouds rose to about 900 meters above the active crater and drifted to the northeast and northwest," said Phivolcs.
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16-JUN-2006 12:34:32 -26.95 -176.68 4.9 28.2 SOUTH OF FIJI ISLANDS
16-JUN-2006 10:42:52 40.45 143.57 4.9 30.0 OFF EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
16-JUN-2006 05:35:55 1.20 121.82 5.3 33.9 MINAHASSA PENINSULA, SULAWESI
16-JUN-2006 04:02:40 -7.88 156.22 5.2 48.2 SOLOMON ISLANDS
16-JUN-2006 02:56:18 1.31 121.81 5.6 30.8 MINAHASSA PENINSULA, SULAWESI
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Sounds like someone's concerned....

Earthquake Activity Increases In Alaska, California

Posted on Thursday, June 15 2006 13:37:27 PDT by Intellpuke

Alaska and California normally experience many minor earthquakes, but activity for the past few days has been running higher than normal. Geologists are not certain what the higher numbers of small quakes mean, but they continue to closely monitor the situation.
The Alaska Earthquake Information Center (AEIC) reports that, on Wednesday, June 14, 2006, at 4:18 am UTC (June 13, 8:18 pm ADT) a strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred in the Rat Islands region of the Aleutian Islands. The AEIC's report on the earthquake states: "The mainshock (M6.4) was situated 87 kilometers (54 miles) southeast of Buldir Island. The epicenter was located at 51.86N and 176.92E at shallow depth. This earthquake is the largest to occur in this region since the magnitude 6.8 event on June 14, 2005. ... The AEIC located over a hundred aftershocks of the M6.4 event within the first two days of the sequence. The largest aftershock of magnitude 5.9 occurred 30 minutes after the main shock. ...

"The June 14, 2006 earthquake occurred near the margin of the rupture zone of the M7.7 earthquake of November 17, 2003. The M7.7 event ruptured the boundary between the subducting Pacific and overriding North American plates (approximate extent of the rupture zone is shown by the black line). This region, where the two plates are being forced directly into one another, is one of the world's most active seismic zones. Over one hundred earthquakes of magnitude seven or larger have occurred along this boundary in the past hundred years.

The current sequence of events is of a different origin than the above mentioned underthrusting events. The faulting parameters estimated from the waveform inversion indicate strike-slip type of motion for both the mainshock and the largest aftershock. It's location, shallow, and above the down-dip end of the locked interface, is more consistent with this event occurring within the crust of overriding North American plate. In the western Aleutians, the crust is partitioned into rotating blocks, such as Buldir Block to the east and Near block to the west of the June 14, 2006 event location. If this event is the manifestation of the block rotation processes, then the NE-striking focal plane is the fault plane for this sequence. It's mechanism is consistent with the clockwise rotation of the crustal blocks." (Editor: You can read more of this report at the AEIC's website here. )

With the exception of Wednesday's 6.4 earthquake in the Rat Islands, the rest of the temblor activity in Alaska does not appear to be increasing stresses along major fault lines, but geologists' understanding of the relationship between outbreaks like this and larger tectonic events is limited. Large earthquakes are sometimes, though not always, preceded by increases in smaller tremors.

Intellpuke: "You can view a map of the recent earthquake activity in Alaska here, at the Alaska Earthquake Information Center's website. Below the map is list of the earthquakes that have occured in Alaska thus far this week. The list is long, though the earthquakes are, for the most part, minor. The AEIC is affiliated with the University of Alaska - Fairbanks. You can Also find a map showing the recent spate of California earthquakes - with links to more information - at the U.S. Geological Survey's Earthquake Hazards Program's website here.
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Good view of Alaska's quakes...
http://www.aeic.alaska.edu/Seis/recenteqs_sub/index.html
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anna
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After 8 years, Yellowstone Geyser Erupts
15 June, 2006

Wed Jun 14, 9:12 AM ET

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. - A large geyser that hadn‘t erupted since 1998 surprised two hikers near the edge of Norris Geyser Basin with a roar and burst of steam.

The geyser erupted at full bore around 5 p.m. Saturday, sending a plume of steam about 100 feet high.

Watry, who works for the Yellowstone Association, said they were shocked at the show that unfolded about a quarter-mile away.

The eruption coincided with other unusual activity at Norris over the weekend, including the eruption of other sporadic geysers and changes in surface water. Henry Heasler, Yellowstone‘s lead geologist, said Norris appeared to be undergoing a "thermal disturbance" — an infrequent and often sudden shift in activity.

Such disturbances result from subsurface activity that brings water closer to the surface.

Among other changes, the usually quiet Vixen geyser has been erupting, Pearl geyser‘s water has changed from clear to opalescent, and water elsewhere in the basin has turned murky.

Scott Bryan, author of "The Geysers of Yellowstone," said Ledge was active in the early 1970s until a thermal disturbance in 1974. After that, eruptions were less frequent until 1979, when it quieted down completely.
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Philippine Volcano Bulusan Ejects Ash, Threatens Villagers
Sunday, June 18, 2006

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines' restive Mount Bulusan spewed ash and small rocks in a new explosion Sunday, prompting army troops and authorities to evacuate nearly 100 residents from one ash-hit village because of health concerns, officials said.

With the new ash explosion, Bulusan's eighth since March, Filipino scientists said they would evaluate anew the possibility of a major eruption.

Renato Solidum, director of the Philippine Institute of Seismology and Volcanology, said the explosion belched ash up to 1.2 miles into the sky. Scientists said they needed to gather more details and possibly conduct a second aerial survey of Bulusan's summit in a week before they can evaluate the prospects of a major eruption.

A number of mild tremors accompanied the blast of ash, officials said.

Bulusan's recent ash and gas ejections indicate molten rocks called magma may be moving up within the volcano but it remains to be seen whether it would lead to a major eruption, Solidum said.

"It's possible, that's why we're monitoring," he told The Associated Press by telephone.

Wind was blowing ash from the mid-afternoon explosion to the northwest toward the farming towns of Casiguran and Juban, which have been grappling with volcanic ash and fears of a major eruption since the 5,149-foot volcano came back to life in March.
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Earthquake Experts Say N.C. Temblor Nothing To Worry About
By Scott Dodd

The earthquake that rattled Western North Carolina last week was the seventh felt in the N.C. mountains since March 2005. That's a lot for the area, but nothing to be concerned about, according to the U.S. government's Earthquake Hazards Program in Colorado.

The small earthquake Thursday night shook houses and rattled nerves from Franklin to Sylva to Bryson City.

"I felt like my house was blowing up," said Mercedith Bacon, who owns West Oak Bed and Breakfast in Bryson City. "I worried all night about it."

The 3.1 magnitude quake was heard and felt for at least 30 miles around. It hit near the Tennessee border at 8:57 p.m., according to the National Earthquake Information Center.

"They're far enough apart that they're probably not related," said geophysicist John Bellini with the National Earthquake Information Center.

Still, mountain residents should be aware that their kitchen tables might rattle from time to time, Bellini said. The Appalachian Mountains are full of ancient fault lines - many of which have never been identified by geologists.

Most of the recent earthquakes in North Carolina and East Tennessee have been at least a dozen miles apart, meaning they're along different fault lines and, hence, are unrelated, Bellini said.