Earth’s volcanoes are coming to life. Scientists recently warned that in new study from California says that the cluster of tremors around the planet’s so-called Ring of Fire- a horseshoe-shaped geological disaster zone – could indicate the “big one” is due to hit.
Most recently on the news are scenes of lava spewing in fountains up to 300 feet high from an erupting Hawaiian volcano that has destroyed 35 homes and other buildings, officials said on Monday, warning residents allowed brief visits to their properties to be prepared to flee at a moment’s notice.
Many of the 1,700 people under orders to evacuate from the Leilani Estates neighborhood on the eastern side of the Big Island were permitted to return home during daylight hours on Sunday and Monday, during a lull in seismic activity from Kilauea, Reuters reports.
“Be prepared to evacuate at a moment’s notice,” the Hawaii County Civil Defense Agency said in an alert on its website. Residents of a second area, Lanipuna Gardens, were barred from returning home on Monday due to deadly volcanic gases.
Leilani Estates, some 12 miles from the volcano, was evacuated due to the risk of sulfur dioxide gas, which can be life threatening at high levels.
In other parts of the world, Mexico’s Cerro Prieto volcano is showing an increase in activity with a magnitude 2.4 earthquake measured.
The volcano is located in the Mexican state of Baja California ad the quake measured might be volcanic in original at a depth of 12km.
A swarm of earthquakes has been detected under the Clear Lake volcano in California – 16 have been measured during the past 21 hours at depths ranging between 4.4 and 0.2km.
In Greece, a magnitude 2.7 earthquake was felt beneath the Nisyros volcano.
The Sakurajima volcano in Japan has recently been showing high levels of activity as well.
With these eruptions making the news, scientists and worry-warts return back to America’s very own super-volcano, Yellowstone, which has been making news frequently over the last several years with long-lasting series of mini-quakes.
Researchers at the Arizona State University have analyzed minerals around the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park and have come to a startling conclusion.
It could blow much faster than previously expected, potentially wiping out life as we know it.
According to National Geographic, the researchers, Hannah Shamloo and Christy Till, analyzed minerals in fossilized ash from the most recent eruption. What they discovered surprised them – the changes in temperature and composition only took a few decades, much faster than the centuries previously thought.
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May 8th, 2018