Is the Earth telling us it’s time for a change?

I’ve been browsing the web lately and have come across countless earthquake and volcanic activity. Here is a few sources of some events that are happening all over the world and this list isn’t all them. Is the Earth telling us it’s time for a change? Or could it be caused by man-made technology?

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Thursday, Nov 29, 2012

The Tolbachik fissure eruption at night, two areas of activity can clearly be seen. KVERT

The Tolbachik fissure eruption at night, two areas of activity can clearly be seen. KVERT

Photo showing the southern area of activity. Lava flows from the northern part of the activity can been seen on the upper right. KVERT

Photo showing the southern area of activity. Lava flows from the northern part of the activity can been seen on the upper right. KVERT

On 29 November, the Tokyo VAAC reported that ash plumes from Tolbachik reached heights of 3.5 km. The MODVOLC also detected thermal anomalies and a strong S02 output is seen. On 29 November, the KVERT reported that the fissure had opened up in two places (in the southern cone area); the first is located 4.5 km from Tolbachik and contains 4 or 5 eruptive vents, the second is located 6.5 km downstream from the volcano and has 2 or 3 eruptive vents. Ground observers reported that the eruption started as a series of small eruptions that progressed into two fissures. Explosions were heard in Kosyrevsk (40 km west), Maiskoye (56 km northwest) and even Klyuchi (70 km north). …more [read all]

Strong strombolian explosion from the active crater of Batu Tara on 25 Nov 2012

Strong strombolian explosion from the active crater of Batu Tara on 25 Nov 2012

A group of VolcanoDiscovery visited Batu Tara volcano from 24-29 November. During the whole 4 days stay, exceptionally good weather conditions permitted to observe strombolian and effusive activity from the active crater located at about 500 m altitude high in the large eastern collapse scar of the stratovolcano. …more [read all]

Blue flames. Breathing was only possible with a good gas mask and staying near the burning sulfur was only possible for a very short time.

Blue flames. Breathing was only possible with a good gas mask and staying near the burning sulfur was only possible for a very short time.

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Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012
The Tokyo VAAC reported that an eruption of Tolbachik, Kamchatka began at around 10:45 (GMT). An initial ash plume rose to a height of 10 KM; ash was seen in satellite images. …more [read all]

Basalt Columns in Sahra as-Sauda, libyan desert, Egypt

Basalt Columns in Sahra as-Sauda, libyan desert, Egypt

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Tuesday, Nov 27, 2012
In a special notice by the KVERT(Kamchatka Volcanic Eruption Response Team)on 27 November, the Alert Level was raised from GREEN to YELLOW. The volcano’s last eruption was in 1975 with a large basaltic fissure eruption from its SSW flank dubbed ‘the great Tolbachik fissure eruption’ …more [read all]

Salina's volcanoes Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci in the background against the approaching storm front.

Salina’s volcanoes Monte dei Porri and Monte Fossa delle Felci in the background against the approaching storm front.

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Monday, Nov 26, 2012
The GeoNet stated on Facebook that 1% of ejected material from the November 21 eruption of Tongariro was fresh magma. …more [read all]
The GeoNet reported on Facebook that ejecta from the November 21 eruption has been analysed and that 1% of the ejected material was fresh magma. …more [read all]

The erupting crater of Yasur volcano under a moon- and starlit sky. The torch of a distant observer on the opposite rim looks like a second moon.

The erupting crater of Yasur volcano under a moon- and starlit sky. The torch of a distant observer on the opposite rim looks like a second moon.

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Sunday, Nov 25, 2012

For the first time in 2012, Kīlauea lava flows have entered the Pacific Ocean, adding slivers of new land to Hawai‘i Island! First contact, around 2pm today, occurred 0.3mi/500m east of the National Park boundary and about 2mi/3.5km west of Kalapana. [read all]

Thursday, Nov 22, 2012
Strombolian activity has resumed at the New SE crater of Etna volcano in Italy. Tremor began rising on 20 November. On the night of 21 November, incandescence was seen in Etna’s New Southeast crater. Incandescence was last observed from the crater in April 2012.On 22 Nov, a swarm of earthquakes has started in the NW sector of the volcano at depths mostly around 20 km. …more [read all]
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012

Webcam image of the eruption today (GeoNet)

Webcam image of the eruption today (GeoNet)

A brief eruption occurred at Te Maari Craters, Tongariro at approximately 13:25 pm local time today (Wednesday, 21 November 2012). …more [read all]

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012
Ash explosions occur almost each day at Paluweh volcano (Rokatenda) off Flores, Indonesia. The activity seems to be increasing. The largest explosions have produced plumes rising up to 3 km altitude. …more [read all]

Current seismic signal from CONE station (IG)

Current seismic signal from CONE station (IG)

Reventador volcano’s activity continues at elevated levels with the possibility of larger explosive eruptions and pyroclastic flows, according to the latest report of the Instituto Geofísico. …more [read all]

Monday, Nov 19, 2012

The summit crater of Merapi volcano at sunrise

The summit crater of Merapi volcano at sunrise

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Saturday, Nov 17, 2012
A hot spot is visible on recent MODIS satellite images at Chirpoi volcano in the Kuriles. A dense steam plume drifting SE can be seen on a Aqua satellite image from 16 Nov 2012. Although KVERT lists the volcano as green, it is likely that some activity is occurring at the volcano. …more [read all]

Friday, Nov 16, 2012

Some photos from our Vanuatu volcano expedition last August. [read all]

Due to increased seismic activity, GNZ has increased the alert level of Ruapehu volcano in New Zealand. …more [read all]

A small eruption might have occurred at Nevado del Ruiz prior to 14:47 GMT yesterday 15 Nov. As a precaution for aviation, Washington VAAC issued an alert of possible ash in the atmosphere. The report itself was based on the detection of a small hot spot on satellite imagery and seismic data. No ash could be identified on satellite images due to cloud cover and darkness, and the local volcano observatory has not (yet) confirmed any new eruption. [read all]

New Zealand scientists monitoring Ruapehu volcano detected signs of increased volcanic unrest and raised the alert level of the volcano. The likelihood of new eruptions over the next weeks to months has increased, GNS Science said in their latest press release. …more [read all]
Thursday, Nov 15, 2012

Lava flows on Kīlauea volcano’s coastal plain are feeling increased pressure and have reached within 400m/0.25mi of the shoreline, and are expected to enter the ocean in the next few days! [read all]

The MODIS TERRA and AQUA satellites detected 4 thermal anomalies at Michael on 14 November suggesting that some significant activity has started there. [read all]

Ash emissions from Paluweh volcano (Rokatenda) volcano off Flores, Indonesia, continue to show up on satellite images. VAAC Darwin reported a plume at 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude extending about 100 km to the west from the volcano today. …more [read all]

SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 14 Nov 2012 (NOAA)

SO2 plume from Popocatépetl on 14 Nov 2012 (NOAA)

Current seismogram from Popocatépetl  (CENAPRED)

Current seismogram from Popocatépetl (CENAPRED)

Activity remains elevated (compared to previous weeks) with frequent (141 during 13-14 Nov)emissions, mainly of steam , but some with small ash plumes and ejection of incandescent material onto the upper crater area. …more [read all]

The latest Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report is one of the more interesting ones in a while, summarized as follows: …more [read all]

Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012

Join us on an exciting volcano trip around the world to Hawai’i, Vanuatu, New Zealand, Indonesia [read all]

Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012

Amsterdam Island, location of Boomeerang Seamount and today's earthquake

Amsterdam Island, location of Boomeerang Seamount and today’s earthquake

A shallow magnitude 4.8 earthquake occurred today under or near Boomerang Island, about 35 km NE from Amsterdam island (French territory) in the southern Indian Ocean. …more [read all]

New ash emissions occurred from Paluweh volcano (Rokatenda) today, reaching an altitude of 8,000 ft (2.4 km). …more [read all]

Glow from the crater during a small explosion this morning

Glow from the crater during a small explosion this morning

The volcano continues to produce (mostly steam) emissions at increasing frequency (120 during 11-12 Nov, 190 during 12-13 Nov), sometimes with small amounts of ash. The crater continues to glow at night. [read all]

Monday, Nov 12, 2012
Sheveluch volcano in Kamchatka produced a moderate explosion with ash rising about 2 km above the volcano to an altitude of 14,000 ft (4.2 km) and drifting south. VAAC Tokyo could not identify the ash on satellite data, but issued an alert. …more [read all]

Agua volcano near Antigua, Guatemala, with erupting Pacaya in the right background

Agua volcano near Antigua, Guatemala, with erupting Pacaya in the right background

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Sunday, Nov 11, 2012

We are proud to present our first printed volcano calendar. …more [read all]

Earthquakes often precede eruptions, sometimes by only hours, and sometimes by several months. While most seismic activity at volcanoes is not necessarily followed by an eruption, almost all eruptions are preceded and sometimes accompanied by earthquake activity at shallow depths near the volcano. Therefore, recording earthquakes near active and dormant volcanoes is an important tool in monitoring and eruption prediction. [read all]

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Signs of unrest have been detected at Mayon volcano that could be first signs of new activity in the not too distant future (months ?). …more [read all]

Saturday, Nov 10, 2012

An explosion occurred from Karymski volcano in Kamchatka at 22h15 on 9 Nov GMT), producing an ash plume rising to 18,000 ft (5 km) altitude and quickly drifting south (Tokyo VAAC). 4 hours later, the ash had dissipated. …more [read all]

Seismic signal this morning CONE station (IG)

Seismic signal this morning CONE station (IG)

The Geophysical Insitutde of Ecuador reported an ash emission earlier today at 04:00 h GMT. The height of the ash plume was unknown due to intense cloud cover, and no ash could be identified on satellite data. …more [read all]

Friday, Nov 09, 2012

Bulletin of World Volcanism Oct 2012

Bulletin of World Volcanism Oct 2012

The Bulletin of World Volcanism October 2012 issue is out. …more [read all]

A larger explosion with an ash plume rising 6-7 km from Raung volcano in East Java was reported on 8 Nov, but it seems that the report, based on a pilot observation was actually false. …more [read all]

Thursday, Nov 08, 2012
The new Smithsonian / USGS Weekly Volcanic Activity Report was published today and is summarized as follows: …more [read all]

A world of incredible contrasts, colors, surprises and deep natural impressions. …more [read all]

This morning's seismogram from Nevado del Ruiz (OLL station, INGEOMINAS)

This morning’s seismogram from Nevado del Ruiz (OLL station, INGEOMINAS)

Yesterday's seismic signal from Nevado del Ruiz (OLL station, INGEOMINAS)

Yesterday’s seismic signal from Nevado del Ruiz (OLL station, INGEOMINAS)

A seismic swarm began around 5 Nov when a 2.2 local magnitude earthquake occurred at 01:38 local time and is continuing with over 2000 small quakes recorded so far. …more [read all]

An explosive eruption from the volcano with an ash plume rising to 30,000 ft (9 km) altitude was reported by a pilot early this morning (2am GMT) to Darwin VAAC who issued an alert. …more [read all]

Wednesday, Nov 07, 2012

Strombolian activity has been observed at Raung volcano in East Java during a visit by two of our local expedition organizers in Indonesia. …more [read all]

Strombolian activity from Raung volcano (photo: Galih)

Strombolian activity from Raung volcano (photo: Galih)

The inner crater complex of Raung volcano (photo: Andi)

The inner crater complex of Raung volcano (photo: Andi)

Our expedition organizers Andi and Galih climbed Mt Raung volcano on 5 Nov and confirmed that mild strombolian activity is going on from a vent inside the inner crater. This activity was accompanied by loud rumbling sounds that can be heard in up to 15 km distance. …more [read all]

Monday, Nov 05, 2012
“Auf Reisen – Faszination Vulkane” (Travel talk: fascination volcanoes) is the title of one of today’s evening broadcast of the Hessischer Rundfunk, at 20:35 local time (GMT+1). …more [read all]

The seismic swarm in the Tjörnes Fracture Zone north off Iceland continues with little changes. About 50-100 earthquakes mostly of magnitudes of around 1-2 are being recorded daily. The largest recent one was a felt magnitude 3.8 quake at 5.6 km depth on Saturday 3 Nov. …more [read all]

Stromboli july 2012 view from 300m point.At this time eruptions occured in average every 45 min from this vent

Stromboli july 2012 view from 300m point.At this time eruptions occured in average every 45 min from this vent

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Saturday, Nov 03, 2012
Friday, Nov 02, 2012

An increased number of earthquakes can be noted beneath Askja volcano in Iceland during the recent days, and the tremor signal is elevated as well, although far from alarming levels. The volcano is certainly one to watch out for. …more [read all]

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