Scientists locate potential magma source in Italian supervolcano

Scientists locate potential magma source in Italian supervolcanoScientists have found the first direct evidence of a so-called ‘hot zone’ feeding a supervolcano in southern Italy that experts say is nearing eruption conditions.

Campi Flegrei is a volcanic caldera to the west of Naples that last erupted centuries ago. The area has been relatively quiet since the 1980s when the injection of either magma or fluids in the shallower structure of the volcano caused a series of small earthquakes.

Using seismological techniques, scientists have now pinpointed the location of the hot zone where hot materials rose to feed the caldera during this period.

The study was led by Dr Luca De Siena at the University of Aberdeen in conjunction with the INGV Osservatorio Vesuviano, the RISSC lab of the University of Naples, and the University of Texas at Austin. The research provides a benchmark that may help predict how and where future eruptions could strike…. read more


Mount Vesuvius eruption risk: Emergency plans to evacuate 700,000 finalised

48.getty.jpgItalian authorities are finalising an emergency plan to evacuate 700,000 people after warnings of Mount Vesuvius’s eruption risk were expanded earlier this year.

The plan is in its final stages and will be published by the end of the month, according to officials from Italy’s southern Campania region and Department of Civil Protection.

The 25 at-risk towns are due to share their evacuation strategies in the next two weeks, and plans for seven newly identified “red zone” areas are being drawn up.

“We have to equip ourselves to be prepared,” regional president Vincenzo De Luca told Italian press, “Mount Vesuvius is a problem of gigantic proportions.”… read more

“Don’t Mess With Yellowstone Supervolcano” Geologists Warn NASA

Two weeks ago, we reported that Brian Wilcox, a former member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense, had shared a report on what the Space Agency considered one of the greatest natural threats to human civilization: the Yellowstone “supervolcano.”

Following an article published by BBC about super volcanoes last month, a group of NASA researchers got in touch with the media to share a report previously unseen outside the space agency about the threat Yellowstone poses, and what they hypothesize could possibly be done about it.

“I was a member of the NASA Advisory Council on Planetary Defense which studied ways for NASA to defend the planet from asteroids and comets,” explains Brian Wilcox of Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) at the California Institute of Technology.

“I came to the conclusion during that study that the supervolcano threat is substantially greater than the asteroid or comet threat.”…. read more

Volcanos Are Heating Up – August 11, 2017 Update

 This activity is typically linked to changes in magma and gases deep beneath the surface – but for now, the experts say there’s no cause for worry. The Grand Prismatic hot spring (pictured, stock image) is among the park's many hydrothermal features created by the supervolcanoSee how the ground has deformed around the Yellowstone supervolcano

  • Since the swarm began on June 12, there have been over 1,562 earthquakes
  • They’ve continued to monitor its activity, and largest so far was magnitude 4.4
  • The quakes release uplift-causing pressure, allowing ground to sink back down
  • Still, experts say the risk of an eruption remains low, with alert level at normal

As small earthquakes continue to rumble around the Yellowstone supervolcano in Wyoming, scientists have revealed new evidence of the changes going on beneath the ground.

A new map from the US Geological Survey shows how the ground around the Yellowstone caldera has deformed over the span of two years, as the quakes release uplift-causing pressure, allowing the ground to sink back down.

This activity is typically linked to changes in magma and gases deep below the surface – but for now, the experts say there’s no cause for worry…. read more

Mount Shasta looming over the town of Weed in the evening. Photo: USGSWith 8 threatening volcanoes, USGS says California deserves close monitoring

With the world’s top volcanologists heading to Portland, Ore., on Aug. 14 for the first international volcanology assembly held in the U.S. since 1989, the many famous, prominent and dangerous volcanoes of the West Coast will be the subject of field trips and much discussion.

Throughout the Cascade Range to southern California, the West Coast is home to most of the country’s highest-threat volcanoes, as ranked by the United State Geological Survey. And California has its share.

While Mount Shasta unsurprisingly tops USGS’s list of very-high threat volcanoes in California, there are seven other volcanic areas in the state that are also young, nervy, jacked up on magma and “likely to erupt.”… read more

Active volcanoes in the world: July 26 – August 1, 2017

Active volcanoes in the world: July 26 - August 1, 2017New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between July 26 and August 1, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 14 volcanoes.

New activity/unrest: Katla, Iceland | Moyorodake [Medvezhia], Iturup (Etorofu) Island (Japan/Russia) | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island (France) | Sangay, Ecuador | Sangeang Api, Indonesia.

Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea) | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Bogoslof, Fox Islands (USA) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colima, Mexico | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Kilauea, Hawaiian Islands (USA) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Poas, Costa Rica | Sabancaya, Peru | Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Sinabung, Indonesia | Turrialba, Costa Rica… read more

Weather & Updated News – July 27, 2017

China extreme thunderstorm, Oregon has a wall of clouds, 8 inches of rain in 48 hours causes massive flooding in New Zealand, 8 tropical storms at once, China braces for typhoon, Vietnam prepares for typhoon coming there way, Earthquake in China, Flooding and sinkholes in Arizona, Wildfires in France, Mexico volcano erupts, Flooding in Asia (sank there Buddhist Pagoda) Leviticus 26:30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your images, and cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you.,Fukushima still destroying, U.S. making a decision whether to have a budget for transgender surgeries and hormone replacement, Temple Mount tensions are rising, Japan has massive flooding and evacuated 100,000 people, North Korea in the worst drought, U.S. embracing microchips (Get this to buy snacks! When they quit that job that allows them access, what is next??) and more…

Weather Updates & News – July 20, 2017

Sinkhole in Mexico, Volcano erupted in Tanzania, Toxic waste now being dumped again into ocean by Japan – Fukushima, Earthquake in the U.S., Heavy thunderstorms in Metsova, Earthquake in China, Heavy storms in China, Flash Flooding in Arizona, Heavy rain and flooding in Turkey, Utah has wildfires people evacuating there homes, Europe has all time high record heat, Major earthquakes occur within 4 hours of each other, Wildfires still blazing in British Columbia, Chile is being bombarded with snow and more…

Mexico Residents Fear a New Volcano Is Being Formed Beneath Them After Eruption of Smoke, Gas

The site of a July 9 eruption of gas and smoke in a Michoacán, Mexico, field. (Michoacán Government Officials)
Residents in a Mexican town are on edge as fears grow that a new volcano is brewing beneath their feet.

Despite assurances from experts that a new volcano is not likely to form, a July 9 eruption of gas and smoke from a field, coupled with cracks on the ground in Pueblo Viejo, in the southern state of Michoacán, has left residents fearing the worst, according to Reuters.

Temperatures of nearly 500 degrees Fahrenheit reportedly have been registered in the subsoil.

To protect curious residents, local officials have cordoned off the area.<!–more–>