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Volcano Watch 2014

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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 08:40 AM

PNG volcano Tavurvur eruption may disrupt Australian flights

A MAJOR volcanic eruption in Papua New Guinea this morning could disrupt flights to and from Australia.
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre in Darwin is monitoring the ash cloud from Tavurcur on PNG’s East Britain Island, which is slowly drifting southwest.
Senior meteorologist Ian Shepherd said they were watching the cloud closely and providing advice to airlines.

“The volcanic eruption reached the top of the atmosphere at 50,000 feet which is the same height as which planes travel,” said Mr Shepherd.

The news site PNGloop reported that ash from the volcano is blowing toward the north coast of the island. The site also posted a notice from the Department of Mineral Policy and Geohazards Management that stated the eruption commenced between 3.30am-4am. The eruption involved “incandescent projections and ongoing loud roaring and rumbling noises,” the notice stated.

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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 11:03 AM
HI Muzzy, yes you found it.
(I was in bed or I would have said so sooner.)

"It was a small eruption and a small sample of the magma that is moving underground reached the surface," says Páll, describing the events of the night as an abberation in the larger course of events of the last two weeks.

Páll agrees with fellow professor of geophysics, Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson, who earlier today described the eruption as an "accident". "The magma intrusion strayed unnecessarily close to the surface and some magma came out," Páll says.

I don't think this is over either.


posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 01:04 PM
a reply to: Thebel

A fissure eruption started around midnight in the Holuhraun lavafield, ca. 9 kilometers north of Dyngjujokull glacier. Lava streams out of a 100 meter long fissure, in the northern part of the lava field, about 15 kilometers south of the Askja caldera.

Based on that this is where it is at (approx.) 64.896534, -16.810223. Coloured Icons are earthquakes for the 29th, last event archived 14:00 UTC

cameras are on!

Bunga 2 seems to be showing better at this time (17:33 UTC), some steam?

compare with earlier (4:09 UTC)

Bunga 1 not showing much (17:39 UTC)

compared with earlier, (4:55UTC)

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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 01:18 PM
From Bardarbunga Updates

"- At 00:02 UTC signs of a lava eruption were detected on web camera images from Mila. The web-camera is located at Vaðalda, north-east of the eruption site.
- Around midnight, weak signs of increased tremor were apparent on IMO's seismic stations near to the eruption site. At 00:20 UTC scientists in the field from the Icelandic Met Office, Institute of Earth Sciences and Cambridge University confirmed the location of the eruption.
- The eruption occurred on an old volcanic fissure on the Holuhraun lava field, about 5 km north of the Dyngjujökull ice margin. The active fissure was about 600 m in length.
A small amount of lava drained from the fissure and by around 04:00 UTC, lava flow is thought to have stopped.
- According to seismic data and web-camera imagery, the eruption peaked between 00:40 and 01:00 UTC.
- At the beginning of the eruption, seismic activity decreased, although seismicity has since returned to levels observed in recent days.
- Aerial observations by the Icelandic Coastguard show that only steam is rising from the site of the lava eruption.
- There are no indications that the intensity of the activity declining.

Possible scenarios

1 The migration of magma could stop, resulting in a gradual reduction in seismic activity and no further eruptions.
2 The dike could reach the Earth's surface north of Dyngjujökull causing another eruption, possibly on a new fissure. Such an eruption could include lava flow and (or) explosive activity.
3 The intrusion reaches the surface and an eruption occurs again where either the fissure is partly or entirely beneath Dyngjujökull. This would most likely produce a flood in Jökulsá á Fjöllum and perhaps explosive, ash-producing activity.

Other scenarios cannot be excluded. For example, an eruption inside the Bárdarbunga caldera."

posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 01:30 PM
a reply to: whatnext21
Dr. Tom Pfeiffer does a damn good job on Volcano Discovery, but the images are lousy
Its pretty disappointing the coverage IMO are giving this, where are the high quality Coast Guard images?
Geez its been 18 hours since the eruption, wheres the pics?

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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 01:46 PM
Not sure when this came out, its pretty awesome, a lot of work must have gone into this

An interactive 3D model of the earthquakes in Bárðarbunga – preliminary version


The depth of the earthquakes is indicated by two planes, at 5 km and 10 km. The topography is exaggerated by factor 5. The depth of the earthquakes is not exaggerated, they are positioned with sea level as a referral plane.

Coloured patches on the surface represent the 20 most recent earthquakes. As the coloured patches move on they leave a gray color, which consequently shows where the activity has been. Doing is learning and our users are encouraged to test out the interactive possibilities:

zoom in and out (central mouse scroll), pan (right click), turn over (left click)
choose speed 1x, 2x, 10x (available in some browsers (e.g. Chrome but not Firefox)
coloured patches on/off (ring icon)
choose landscape map (mountain icon) or satellite image (bell icon) for the surface

Tryggvi Hjörvar, specialist at the Icelandic Met Office, created this mode

3D direct link

coloured patches on the surface only work on the satellite version on Chrome
good effort though
I like the 10X on Chrome
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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 07:31 PM
a reply to: lurksoften
Thank you for the info on Tavurvur.

Check out the massive amount of Sulfur Dioxide it released. I wouldn't want to be breathing that.


a reply to: muzzy

There are some cool photos floating around. Here is one from @fencingtobba on twitter.

That map is awesome, and stays updated to within a few hours. Agreed, 10X speed is the way to go. When I used it for the 1st time yesterday, it took almost 10 minutes to watch the animation at normal speed.
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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 07:34 PM
a reply to: Olivine

Is that 20.538kt or 20,538kt? Sorry looking on my phone and can't tell
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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 07:43 PM
a reply to: BGTM90
I had to zoom the page to be able to read it. Only 20.538 kilotonnes, Area 146,698 km sq.

posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 08:13 PM
a reply to: Olivine

Just to put that into perspective China realeses more than twice that amount every day.

posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 08:47 PM
a reply to: BGTM90

Really? Maybe it doesn't seem like much because this is just a snapshot for a few hours. It sure looks like a huge emission.

Here is the daily shot of China today
It has a listing for Mass: 0.270kt.

posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 09:48 PM
a reply to: Olivine

I used the figure of 25,000,000 tons per year divided it by 365 to get a daily emission. That figures from 2008 though they could have reduced their emmissios but I'm pretty sure it's been going up. Maybe it is a seasonal thing.
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posted on Aug, 29 2014 @ 10:04 PM
a reply to: Olivine

good find on Twitter, better quality.
I see Tom Pfeiffer upgraded the image he had before, and asked permission to use this one.

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 04:55 AM
Magnitude 5.4 quake in Bárðarbunga caldera, and before that there was 4.5 and 4.2. The caldera still seems to be collapsing.

Saturday 30.08.2014 07:03:02 64.611 -17.457 2.9 km 5.4 99.0 4.7 km SE of Bárðarbunga
Saturday 30.08.2014 06:18:43 64.678 -17.465 9.1 km 4.2 99.0 5.1 km NE of Bárðarbunga
Saturday 30.08.2014 02:35:34 64.676 -17.463 8.3 km 4.5 99.0 5.0 km NE of Bárðarbunga

There is very bad weather coming for the area, which could make webcam useless. Also would cause wrong readings to tremor graphs. Its hard to see if the fissure is still erupting, there seems to be dust storms(?). The webcam plays very smooth now, showing low clouds passing by fast.
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posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 04:58 AM
I think I've got the exact location of the fissure eruption, from watching the steam eruptions on TV News tonight I noticed a big gash in the landscape which I recognized from looking at the Google satellite maps for nearly a week plotting earthquake locations.

had a bit of a fiddle around with the co-ordinates on the Coast Guard image, converting the hrs:min.sec
lat 64:51.19N, Long 16:52.59W to decimal equals 64.855527, -16.88305
pop that on Google Earth and voiila!! there's the gash, just to the SW at 640metres away , just like on the TV video
they were saying it was about half a kilometer or longer steam eruption.
quite dramatic footage from the air.

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 05:31 AM
Anybody kbnow what happened to the youtube live bardabunga channel? I can't find it. I've got the live from iceland up

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 01:05 PM
I think the Youtube live Bardarbunga channel died due to gross stupidity.
Well, that and the fact that the Live from Icelands feeds are so unstable due to overloading.
You can still get the Bardarbunga live feeds if you hit refresh (F5) until it connects.

I prefer Bardarbunga 2 due to the large moving panorama, very soothing.

This is the IRC Channel they used during the live stream


posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 01:22 PM
a reply to: Thebel

I've always had a theory that tropical storms and hurricanes could cause seismic activity. Water vapor is lighter than air so you are taking a lot of pressure off of the area. Like rebound after glacier retreat. It's just a theory though

posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 03:02 PM
Activity in Bárðarbunga has dropped significantly. Dike is no longer going towards Askja, maybe hit the hard granite layers around the volcano. There is still activity within the dike, but Bárðarbunga caldera is calm. Askja has calmed down too. But I expect this to be long-time event. Its the fact that Iceland is long due for significant volcanic activity, it has never been so calm as its now.

Eruptions of VEI-5 or more:
Askja 1875
Bárðarbunga 1477
Eldgjá 934 (part of Katla)
Hekla 1104
Katla 1755, 1918
Laki 1783 (part of Grimsvötn)
Öraefajökull 1362
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posted on Aug, 30 2014 @ 04:17 PM
Heads up, just saw a brief volcanic geyser on Bardabunga cam 2:
The cam moved before I could screen shot it.
Cam operator is looking for it now though.


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