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23 February 2013, 3:30pm - White Island exhibiting minor ash venting; Volcanic Alert raised to Level 2, Aviation Colour Code changed to Orange.
Minor ash venting occurred at White Island at approximately 11:30 am and 1:30 pm today. GNS Science volcanologists are monitoring the activity and further information will be released as soon as it is available.
According to news articles, INGEMMET recorded 536 earthquakes from Sabancaya, or about 20 per hour, during 22-23 February. About 80 homes were damaged by the earthquakes, causing some evacuations. A plume rose 100 m; plumes had been intermittently visible since 15 January.
Mount Lokon in Tomohon City, North Sulawesi, erupted again at around 7:57 a.m., local time, on Wednesday, sending a plume of ash 2,000 meters into the sky from its Tompaluan crater.
“There was an increase in volcanic tremors which culminated in an eruption,” said Farid Ruskanda Bina, head of Mount Lokon and Mount Mahawu observation post at the Bandung Geology Agency’s volcanology and geological disaster mitigation center (PVMBG), in Kakaskasen, Tomohon, on Wednesday, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Warno, an official at the observation post, added that the increases in Mount Lokon’s volcanic tremors was actually not too significant.
Currently, the agency’s PVMBG is still maintaining Mount Lokon’s volcanic activity status at “alert” (level 3) although the frequency of the volcano’s eruptions has continued to decline. Previously, Mount Lokon erupted two to three times a week.
The eruption on Wednesday morning shocked local residents living around Mount Lokon as it was accompanied by loud bangs. People left their homes and crowded the Tomohon-Manado main road as well as roads in Kinilow sub-district in Kinilow Satu, Kakaskasen, to witness the eruption.
Mount Lokon has been active since July 2011. Its volcanic activity status was once raised to “awas” or level 4, until it was lowered to its current level, said Farid.
He said Mount Lokon's most recent eruption before it erupted again this morning was on March 10.
Originally posted by shrevegal
reply to post by Nidwin
Well, I just moved from Wyoming back to Louisiana. Fracking was/is taking place near Yellowstone area. Not only that, there are numerous areas in Wyoming and the Dakotas where uranium mines have been left. The mining was done and no clean up of the areas has taken place. The mines are left as is, and the uranium particles are left "blowin in the wind", so to speak. The winds in Wyoming are very powerful and I hate to think of the consequences involved. One of the reasons we left there was we hardly ever met a person there that was not suffering from Cancer. Those uranium mines should have been delt with but were not. Much as the problems here in Louisiana. Camp Minden here in NW Louisiana still has over 3 million pounds of explosives not being delt with properly yet. Erin Brockovich visited Bayou Corne in Southern Louisiana, as well, and mentioned the danger of explosion to that area also and how the locals are in dire need of assistance...not much being done there as yet either.
I will try and find where I heard about the plans for fracking in and around Yellowstone. TPTB are just stupid enough to drill into it. I should have said "near" Yellowstone but I'm sure I read they will be actualy drilling close/into the stupid thing. Yes, if that sucker blows for whatever reason, manmade or otherwise, we can all kiss our "hienies" good-bye, for sure! There was/is a lot of siesmic activity there as it is because that is normal to occur around volcanoes and fiddling around even just close by will be looking for trouble I think. We lived in a small town called Waipiti, near the Park entrance. I can say first hand, it is a mess up there. That place is bad news because of all that transpires there by greedy mining companies/fracking and more. When we moved to Wyoming, I was picturing pretty, woodsey landscapes...instead, it is a burned out mess in a lot of the area. The Dakotas have been ruined. The Black Hills, uranium mines left a mess. Sad but true. Lots more going on in that area then people are aware of. I wouldn't be surprised if fracking companies were to drill right into the sucker, (Yellowstone). They have been drilling in/around the GOM where ancient volcanoes exist. They do it without a care...until something goes wrong...hence, BP looking into why siesmic activity and why it is a concern relavant to the GOM. We will see. Louisiana is just a likely to "blow" as well. If the New Madrid goes off, we can kiss our "tutus" good-bye as well.
The National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police (NCIP) and the Police commissioner at Hvolsvöllur declare an uncertainty phase (lowest level of warning), because of seismic activity in mount Hekla
The Icelandic Met Office has informed the Civil Protection and Emergency Management of NCIP about unusual seismic activity in mount Hekla.
Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell.”
The volcano has produced one of the largest volumes of lava of any in the world in the last millennium, around 8 km3.
In an Instituto Geofísico de Perú (IGP) report, a photo showed a fumarolic plume rising above Sabancaya on 8 March. During the third week of March, a bluish colored plume rose 500 m above the crater, possibly indicating sulfur dioxide emissions. On 25 March the seismic network detected a continuing high rate of volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes and an increasing number of long-period (LP) events. On 27 March and 1 April VT earthquakes continued to be dominant and located below the NE sector of the crater. The number and amplitude of LP events did not change. Previously, residents of Sallalli, 11 km S of Sabancaya, reported that fumarolic activity had increased on 5 December 2012. Four earthquakes within 15 km of the crater during 22-23 February caused damage in Maca, 20 km NE. In response, the Instituto Geofísico de Perú (IGP) installed seismic stations and recorded hundreds of earthquakes per day. INGEMMET also installed monitoring equipment, and in partnership with IGP increased monitoring efforts. On 27 February scientists observed that the emissions were mostly water vapor, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. During 28 February-5 March there were 400-500 earthquakes per day recorded, mostly volcano-tectonic events.
Sources: Instituto Geofísico de Perú (IGP), Instituto Geológical Minero y Metalúrgico (INGEMMET)