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Archive for May 13th, 2016

Fire-Earth Volcano Watch: Global Volcanic Unrest

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016


Tempo Rising: 28 Volcanoes Firing

[Watch how the Internet prophets and plagiarizers misinterpret this! ]

Latest Volcanic Activity

  • Turrialba (Costa Rica)
  • Rincón de la Vieja (Costa Rica)
  • Guanacaste volcano (Costa Rica)
  • Bristol Island  (South Sandwich Islands -UK) NOM
  • Nevados de Chillán (Chile)
  • Ruapehu, (North Island, NZ)
  • White Island, (North Island, NZ)

Map of Volcanoes.
Background Map: University of Michigan. Designed and enhanced by Fire Earth Blog. Click image to enlarge.

Ongoing Activity

  • Aira (Kyushu, Japan)
  • Alaid (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Bagana (Bougainville, PNG)
  • Chirpoi (Kuril Islands, Russia)
  • Cleveland (Chuginadak Island, Alaska)
  • Colima (Mexico)
  • Dukono Halmahera (Indonesia)
  • Fuego (Guatemala)
  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Karymsky (E. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Kerinci (Indonesia)
  • Kilauea (Hawaii)
  • Klyuchevskoy (C. Kamchatka, Russia)
  • Langila (New Britain, PNG)
  • Masaya (Nicaragua)
  • Nevado del Ruiz (Colombia)
  • Sangay (Ecuador)
  • Sheveluch (C. Kamchatka)
  • Sinabung (Indonesia)
  • Suwanosejima Ryukyu Islands (Japan)
  • Tengger Caldera (E. Java)

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Turrialba Volcano Explodes Again

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

Costa Rica’s Turrialba Volcano Erupts

Volcanologists at the University of Costa Rica have reported a large explosion at Turrialba Volcano, which occurred in the early hours of Thursday local time.

The powerful eruption ejected ash to a height of about 3 kilometers above the volcano’s summit, according to the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI).

“It was a single explosion but a really strong one. This means that there was high pressure inside the volcano,” said a volcanologist at OVSICORI.

The ashfall forced the closure of Tobías Bolaños Airport, in western San José, local media reported.

The 3,340-meter-high volcano is located about 65km northeast of the capital, San Jose.

In October 2014, authorities in Costa Rica evacuated nearby residents after Turrialba’s largest eruption in 148 years. Large areas of San Jose, La Union, Cartago, Santo Domingo and Heredia provinces, located as far as 50km from the crater, reported volcanic ash and strong sulfur odors.


Camera located in the crater of the Turrialba volcano, about 600 meters east of the active crater (looking west). The image is refreshed every 10 seconds. Source: Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

Turrialba Volcano, file image. Source: Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

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Drought Disasters Declared for Counties in Oregon, California, Nevada, Hawaii

Posted by feww on May 13, 2016

Drought destroys crops in seven counties across four U.S. states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated a total of six counties in Oregon, California and Nevada as crop disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by a recent drought. Those areas are:

Oregon. Lake, Klamath, Harney and Deschutes counties.

California. Modoc County.

Nevada. Washoe County

In a separate declaration USDA has also designated Kauai County in Hawaii as a crop disaster area due to drought.

i. USDA trigger point for a countywide disaster declaration is 30 percent crop loss on one or more crops.

ii. The counties designated as agricultural disaster areas, as listed above, include both primary and contiguous disaster areas.

iii. Some counties may have been designated as crop disaster areas more than once due to multiple disasters.

iv. The U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents.

Crop Disaster Designations – 2016


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