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Hundreds Evacuated as Floods Hit Lourdes, France

Posted by feww on October 21, 2012

DISASTER CALENDAR SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,238 Days Left 

[October 21, 2012] Mass die-offs resulting from human impact and the planetary response to the anthropogenic assault could occur by early 2016. 

  • SYMBOLIC COUNTDOWN: 1,238 Days Left to the ‘Worst Day’ in Human History

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Global Disasters/ Significant Events

Flooding forces hundreds of pilgrims to evacuate Lourdes shrine in France 

Hundreds of pilgrims have been evacuated from Lourdes Roman Catholic shrine in France after heavy flooding swamped the area.

About 500 pilgrims, including the sick and disabled, were evacuated from the shrine, nearby campgrounds and parts of the southern city of Lourdes after the Gave de Pau river burst its banks following days of torrential rain, local officials said.

  • Lourdes became famous after a local girl claimed she had a vision of the Virgin Mary more than 150 years ago.
  • Millions of pilgrims visit the shrine each year, especially the sick and disabled.
  • The shrine’s success rate in curing the sick must be a closely guarded secret!

ITALY

The Italian Supreme Court has ruled ‘mobile phone use can cause brain tumors,’ reports said.

FRANCE

Twitter’s censorship policy has been extended to block ‘offensive’ accounts in the U.S., U.K. and Germany, as well as removing anti-Jewish messages and photos in France, said a report.

United Kingdom

At least 130,000 people marched though central London to protest the government’s austerity measures, reports said.

  • Similar protests were held in Belfast and Glasgow.
  • “There were few reports of trouble although disabled protesters blocked Park Lane and supporters of UK Uncut threatened to take over Starbucks coffee shops,” said a report.
  • Youth unemployment in the UK now exceeds one million.

ICELAND

Significant seismic activity has been reported north of Iceland. Some 350 earthquakes, which appeared to be volcanic tremors, have occurred north of Iceland since Friday October 19 [started 19:00 local time] according to Iceland Met Office (IMO).

  • Two of the largest quakes struck at a depth of about 10km, measuring 4.9 and 5.2 respectively,  GEOFON Extended Virtual Network (GEVN) reported.
  • The quakes occurred about 40km east of the  Tjornes Fracture Zone and 30km SW of Grímsey.
  • At least 46 of the quakes measured M3.0 or larger, IMO reported.


Source: Iceland Met Office. © Veðurstofa Íslands

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Nabro Volcano Eruption – Satellite Images

Posted by feww on June 16, 2011

FIRE-EARTH Volcano Forecast: Major volcanic eruption may occur in Iceland this summer with a probability of 0.7 [P= 72%]

Nabro’s SO2 Rich Plume Rising to a Height of 11 km

Thick, fluffy white volcanic plume spewing from Nabro volcano is mainly composed of sulfur dioxide gas (and steam), according to Toulouse VAAC, Meteo France.

Their analysis is confirmed by the modeled ash concentration charts released by the agency (see below forFL200 – FL350 chart).


Ongoing eruption at Nabro Volcano located along the Eritrea and Ethiopia border. This photo-like image was captured by MODIS aboard the Aqua satellite on June 15, 2011. Source: NASA-EO. Click image to enlarge.  Download largest image (1 MB, JPEG)

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Volcanic cloud spewed by Nabro is said to contain mainly SO2. Source: Meteo France. Click image to enlarge.


Nabro volcanic ash cloud concentration chart for FL200 – FL350 (~ 6 to 11km alt.) Source: Toulouse VAAC/Meteo France 

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Grímsvötn Eruption – May 25

Posted by feww on May 25, 2011

The worst is yet to come!

FIRE-EARTH Forecasts More Volcanic Activity in Iceland

Probability of volcanic eruptions in Iceland in the next 18 months [Calculated by FIRE-EARTH]

  • A major volcanic eruption: 86%
  • Grímsvötn [volcanic system] erupting: 79%
  • Two volcanoes erupting: 76%
  • Three separate volcanic activities: 65%
  • Four volcanic eruptions: 47%

Grímsvötn volcano status

Grímsvötn Volcano Eruption


Grímsvötn volcano satellite images show volcanic ash plume partially obscured by cloud cover: Top image taken by MODIS on Terra satellite at 11:10 UTC on May 24, 2011. Bottom image was acquired at 13:05 UTC, by the MODIS instrument on Aqua satellite.  Source: NASA-EO

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Iceland’s Bárdarbunga May Be Erupting

Posted by feww on April 20, 2010

Fire Earth Moderators Believe Iceland’s Bárdarbunga May Be Erupting or is about to Erupt.

If our long-distance assessment is correct, the next eruption at Bárdarbunga/ Grímsvötn or any of the other 6 volcanoes listed below could spell a major disaster for Iceland.

Iceland seismic record for the past 48 hours shows 7  separate cluster of quakes in the vicinity of the following volcanoes (See image below)

  1. Kolbeinsey ridge (Last erupted: 1999)
  2. Krafla (1984)/ Theistareykjarbunga (< 1000 BC)/ Tjörnes fracture zone (1868)
  3. Askja (1961)
  4. Bárðarbunga (1903) and neighboring Grímsvötn (2004)
  5. Grímsnes (> 3500 BC)
  6. Reykjanes (1879)
  7. Eyjafjallajökull (Currently ongoing)

Bárdarbunga, one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, is a massive volcano with a  700-m-deep caldera which lies beneath the NW Vatnajökull icecap.  A fissure eruption at Thjorsarhraun produced about 21 km³ of lava, the largest known Holocene lava flow on the planet.

Powerful eruptions may occur among the volcanoes lying along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The plate tectonics could also translate into increased seismicity along the divergent plate boundary and boundaries of neighboring plates.



Source: Iceland Met Office. © Veðurstofa Íslands


Original Caption:  Map showing the Mid-Atlantic Ridge splitting Iceland and separating the North American and Eurasian Plates. The map also shows Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, the Thingvellir area, and the locations of some of Iceland’s active volcanoes (red triangles), including Krafla.

The consequences of plate movement are easy to see around Krafla Volcano, in the northeastern part of Iceland. Here, existing ground cracks have widened and new ones appear every few months. From 1975 to 1984, numerous episodes of rifting (surface cracking) took place along the Krafla fissure zone. Some of these rifting events were accompanied by volcanic activity; the ground would gradually rise 1-2 m before abruptly dropping, signaling an impending eruption. Between 1975 and 1984, the displacements caused by rifting totaled about 7 m.  Source: USGS.


Original Caption: Aerial view of the area around Thingvellir, Iceland, showing a fissure zone (in shadow) that is an on-land exposure of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Right of the fissure, the North American Plate is pulling westward away from the Eurasian Plate (left of fissure). This photograph encompasses the historical tourist area of Thingvellir, the site of Iceland’s first parliament, called the Althing, founded around the year A.D. 930. Large building (upper center) is a hotel for visitors. (Photograph by Oddur Sigurdsson, National Energy Authority, Iceland. Source: USGS.

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Eyjafjöll Eruption Update – April 3

Posted by feww on April 3, 2010

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Fimmvörduháls Eruption May be Intensifying – A Second Fissure Has Appeared

A new volcanic fissure has appeared near Eyjafjallajökull in southern Iceland to the northwest of the original fissure on March 31. It may be a sign that the eruption at Fimmvörduháls is intensifying.

A pilot on a sight-seeing flight observed the vent at about 7:00PM  on Wednesday (local time). He saw a sudden flash of light followed  by a new rift, which opened up immediately after, a report said.


The natural-color satellite image (ALI on NASA’s EO-1) above shows a new fissure at Fimmvörduháls near Eyjafjallajökull ejecting steam. The vent, which appeared on March 31, is located  northwest of the original vent. Source: NASA


Map of the Lava flow. Click image to enlarge.
Full map including flow data and legend available at Map of the lava flow from 21 – 31 March 2010 (by Eyjólfur Magnússon, pdf file)

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Eyjafjöll Still Erupting

Posted by feww on March 31, 2010

Eyjafjöll Volcano on Fimmvörduháls Continues Erupting

As volcanic activity at the Fimmvörduháls in south Iceland waxes and wanes, an expert said up to 20 million cubic meters of pyroclasts may have been ejected from the fissure.

Local geophysicist Magnús Tumi Gudmundsson said the volcano may have spewed an estimated, 15-20 million cubic meters of tephra since the eruption began on March 21.  The lava now covers an area of about one square kilometer, he told a local newspaper.


Tephra fountain seen at Fimmvörduháls. Source . Image may be subject to copyright. Click image to enlarge.


Lava Fall created by eruption at Iceland’s Fimmvörduháls  Source. Image may be subject to copyright.
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Increased Volcanic Activity in Iceland
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