Pacific Rim Volcanoes Rocking and Rolling 6-6-2019

Here on the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings on June 6th, 1944, we would do well to remember the fact that freedom isn’t free, and that freedom is paid for in the blood of patriots and heroes. Further, the 4,000 plus men who died liberating Europe from Hitler’s Nazis paved the way for 75 years of peace in Europe. Finally, although we here in the USA won World War Two, we have certainly lost the peace. Europe stands now adrift, in chaos, and subject to becoming a Militant Islam dictatorship, using Sharia Law, and barbarism in the name of God that defies any explanation I can give you. The recent populist victories may be the final gasp of European Culture, or they may be the beginning of the resurgence of European Culture. Honestly, I can’t tell you which it is.

On the other hand, what we humans do in terms of politics, economics, culture, and all our other actions can be undone by natural events, like earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunami waves. It seems that even Italy’s volcanoes are getting in on the action. However, the real threat is the Pacific Rim of Fire, and especially the volcanoes in both Indonesia and Russia. Speaking of Russia, it seems an “extinct volcano,” has now decided to come to life. The link is below.

Extinct Russian Volcano Has Woken up and Could Unleash ‘Pompeii-size’ Eruption, Scientists Warn

A volcano previously classified as “extinct” in Russia’s far east has woken up, and experts are now warning it could produce an eruption similar to the one that wiped out Pompeii and Herculaneum almost 2,000 years ago.

The Bolshaya Udina volcano is a stratovolcano located at the center of the Klyuchevskaya volcano group on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula. It stands at around 10,000 feet in height and, until 2017 it was considered extinct, meaning it has not erupted in a long time and is unlikely to ever erupt again.

It is not known when Udina last erupted. However, scientists recently noticed continuing seismic activity beneath the mountain, potentially suggesting the “awakening” of the volcano complex, scientists wrote in the Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research.

As a result, a team of researchers from Russia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt carried out a detailed investigation on the volcano. They installed four seismic stations and monitored the complex for two months, over May and June last year.

Over this time, they recorded 559 events in the area around Udina. Further analysis suggested the activity was forming an “elliptical cluster” and that seismic events were taking place at a depth of at least three miles. “These seismic properties may indicate the presence of magma intrusions with a high content of melts and fluids, which may justify changing the current status of this volcano from ‘extinct’ to ‘active,'” they wrote.

Researchers also observed a cluster of seismic activity connecting the volcano to the Tolud zone—a region thought to store magma. “Based on the results of this study, we conclude that during 2018, the Tolud magma source appeared to have built another pathway to Bolshaya Udina.”

In an interview with the newspaper Science in Siberia, Ivan Kulakov, the lead author of the paper, said an eruption at Udina could be catastrophic. He likened the scale to the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

“When a volcano is silent for a long time, its first explosion can be catastrophic,” he is quoted as saying. “A large amount of ash is thrown into the air, it is carried far away, and not only the surrounding settlements, but also large territories all over the planet can suffer. Recall Pompeii: the awakening of Vesuvius was preceded by a lull for several thousand years. And the eruption in Peru in 1600 led to a cooling in Europe and famine in Russia.”

Kulakov said it is impossible to say when or if Udina will erupt, but that they will need to closely monitor the volcano. Vadim Aleksandrovich Saltykov, who was not involved in the study, said there are now plans to study the environment of the volcano next year, at which point they hope to find out where the magma is.

The link below gives the history of the Pompei eruption in 79 AD.


Mount Vesuvius & Pompeii: Facts & History

Mount Vesuvius, on the west coast of Italy, is the only active volcano on mainland Europe. It is best known because of the eruption in A.D. 79 that destroyed the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, but Vesuvius has erupted more than 50 times.

Vesuvius in 2013 was 4,203 feet (1,281 meters) tall. After each eruption, the size of the cone changes, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. The volcano also has a semicircular ridge called Mount Somma that rises to 3,714 feet (1,132 m). The valley between the cone and Mount Somma is called Valle del Gigante or Giant’s Valley.

Mount Vesuvius is considered to be one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world because of its proximity to the city of Naples and the surrounding towns on the nearby slopes.

The volcano is classed as a complex stratovolcano because its eruptions typically involve explosive eruptions as well as pyroclastic flows. A pyroclastic flow is a high-density mix of hot lava blocks, pumice, ash and volcanic gas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Vesuvius and other Italian volcanoes, such as Campi Flegrei and Stromboli, are part of the Campanian volcanic arc. The Campanian arc sits on a tectonic boundary where the African plate is being subducted beneath the Eurasian plate.

Of course, I will also point out the big boys here in the Pacific Northwest. These include the Cascadia Subduction Zone, Mount Rainer, and all the other volcanoes and potential earthquakes from Indonesia, up to Japan and Russia, all the way from Alaska to Chile in South America. Like I said, we are one big earthquake, volcano, or tsunami from the end of the world as we know it.

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