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Across the globe, here is what is happening:

 

More lava flows from Philippine volcano

By BULLIT MARQUEZ, Associated Press Writer Sun Jul 16, 10:29 AM ET

LEGAZPI, Philippines - The flow of lava and rock fragments from Mayon volcano southeast of the Philippine capital has picked up, scientists said Sunday, increasing the possibility of a violent eruption soon.

The 8,118-foot-high mountain, famous for its near-perfect cone, started spilling lava and debris on Friday in what some volcanologists said was the beginning of a silent eruption.

But volcanologist Eduardo Laguerta said Mayon's lava extrusion rate increased Saturday, and that more tremors associated with the falling rock fragments have been recorded, suggesting old magma from the depth of the volcano is being pushed to the surface.

"With this development, we are now closely watching Mayon volcano," Laguerta said Sunday. "These developments in the behavior right now would mean that the possibility is that the eruption would be coming nearer."

He said volcanologists were waiting for other signs, like lava shooting in the air and more tremors. The increase in seismic activity itself did not warrant raising the alert level from two notches below the highest.

Officials have estimated a hazardous eruption could happen within weeks.

Authorities extended a 3.7-mile danger zone around the peak of the volcano to four miles on the southeastern slope, where most of the lava and other debris has been rolling down.

On the streets of Legazpi city, the capital of Albay province near the volcano, about 210 miles southeast of Manila, residents watched boulders and other debris cascading from the crater, raising brownish-gray clouds of dust.

Mayon's most violent eruption, in 1814, killed more than 1,200 people and buried a town in mud. A 1993 eruption killed 79.

An eruption warning system is already in place for the quick evacuation of nearby communities, and radio stations have been told to broadcast emergency calls, said Jukes Nunez, an operations officer with the provincial disaster officer.

The Philippines is in the Pacific "Ring of Fire," where volcanic activity and earthquakes are common.

In 1991, Mount Pinatubo exploded in the northern Philippines in one of the world's biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people.

 

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Thousands flee as Ecuador volcano erupts

Sun Jul 16, 5:27 AM ET

QUITO, Ecuador - Thousands of Ecuadorean villagers have fled their homes on the slopes of the Tungurahua volcano since it began erupting lava and toxic gases, authorities said Saturday.

No injuries have been reported, but some 3,700 people have abandoned their homes in half a dozen hamlets since Friday, the Civil Defense said.

"There have been no victims, but all the vegetation has died and we have lost cattle," said Juan Salazar, mayor of Penipe County, which includes two villages where 300 families have been forced to evacuate.

In May, the volcano, located 85 miles south of the capital of Quito, began emitting its loudest and most frequent explosions since it rumbled back to life nearly seven years ago after being inactive for eight decades.

On Friday, the Geophysics Institute reported that the 16,550-foot-high volcano had changed its behavior drastically by expelling at least four lava flows — the first since activity resumed.

Hugo Yepes, director of the institute, said the wind was carrying ash from the explosions up to 75 miles west of the volcano.

On Saturday, the institute said the explosions had lessened in frequency to every half an hour, from every five minutes on Friday.

Banos, a city of 20,000 people at the foot of the volcano, appeared to be out of danger because it is on the eastern side.

 

And I keep hearing that Mt. St Helens is ready to blow again! So, is this it? Is the famous 'Ring of Fire' about to show it's true colors!


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And I keep hearing that Mt. St Helens is ready to blow again! So, is this it? Is the famous 'Ring of Fire' about to show it's true colors!

 

Can you please make sure it isn't before Aug 7?  I'll be in Vancouver from 7/31-8/7 and I REALLY don't care to be quite that close to an eruption. 

 

Thanks for taking care of that for me, Walt


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LOL NJ, I'll make some phone calls!


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And I keep hearing that Mt. St Helens is ready to blow again! So, is this it? Is the famous 'Ring of Fire' about to show it's true colors!

 

Can you please make sure it isn't before Aug 7?  I'll be in Vancouver from 7/31-8/7 and I REALLY don't care to be quite that close to an eruption. 

 

Thanks for taking care of that for me, Walt

Actually, Mt. St. Helens has been relatively stable for a while. There are occasional steam bursts and such, and there is still dome building going on, but apparently it is calm enough that they are considering, or already have, opened the hiking trails up to the crater rim.

 

I am not so sure hiking to the rim is such a good idea on the side of an active volcano, but in my younger days I might have done it, given the opportunity. 

 

So, no guarantees, but your trip will probably have no problems due to volcanic activity, NJ. Besides, Mt. St. Helens is not the volcano you would be concerned with if you are going to Vancouver B.C.

 

Mt. St. Helens is far enough south that I do not worry about it here in the Seattle area and Vancouver B.C. is even further north than I am. Mt. Baker is the nearest volcano, that I know of, to Vancouver B.C. and it has not shown any sings of life in ages. I do not have information on volcanoes in Canada, so Baker might not be the only volcano in that area, just the only one I know of that is relatively close to Vancouver.

 

If MT Baker wakes up, then you should get concerned. 

 

For me, the nearest two volcanoes are Mt. Rainier and Glacier Peak. Neither of them has shown any signs of life in ages either.

 

I have a theory that volcanic activity may increase dramatically at some point in the future though. I have no idea when, but it may be the last big volcano age before the Earth's core begins to cool.

 

There are already signs that the Earth's magnetic field may be dieing. This would be due to the Earth's core spin rate slowing down. When the core stops spinning, the earth will actually expand some as the heat that was circulating begins to rise up. This will not be a fun time for life on Earth and it may be starting now.

 

An Earth without a magnetic field is pure chaos for many reasons, not just earthquakes and volcanoes caused by expansions and contractions from heat rising… we would also lose our protection from the solar wind and cosmic radiation. Talk about a bad sunburn!

 

Oh well, it was fun while it lasted.

 

 

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LOL, well EVERYBODY knows the magnetic field is failing because of greenhouse gases! hehehehee


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Gee.... thanks, MAC.  I feel MUCH better  (yeah right...)

 

Walt can you please still make the calls?

 

Thanks!!


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Gee.... thanks, MAC.  I feel MUCH better  (yeah right...)

 

Walt can you please still make the calls?

 

Thanks!!

Oops, sorry NJ. 

 

Sometimes a person can learn too much to be able to spread happy and cheerful thoughts all the time. 

 

As for Mt St. Helens, she has been rumbling some today. She must have heard us talking about her. So far, they still plan to open the trails to the rim this Friday. If the mountain rumbles and spits some more, that may change though.

 

Still, I would not worry about Mt. St. Helens ruining your vacation plans. I am sure the plane would just fly well away from any ash plums... and the mountain really is a long way from Vancouver, B.C.... but Mt St. Helens is relatively close to Vancouver, WA... the area my sisters live.

 

Actually, my sisters live closer to the mountain than Vancouver, WA.

 

 

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LOL, well EVERYBODY knows the magnetic field is failing because of greenhouse gases! hehehehee

Well, no, but... a weaker magnetic field could contribute to ozone depletion. Having no magnetic field would not only eliminate the ozone layer it would also allow the solar winds to start blowing our atmosphere into space. This may be what happened to Mars billions of years ago. Mars has a very thin atmosphere today, but at one time, billions of years ago, before it cooled down and lost its magnetic field, if it ever had one, it probably had a much denser atmosphere.

 

If the magnetic field failed in our lifetime I would not worry about running out of air anytime soon though. It might take a long time to lose a significant, for breathing, amount of our atmosphere to space. At first, the biggest concern would be radiation. We would all have to start living underground or in shelters fortified against higher radiation levels reaching the earth from space.

 

Oh, and by the way, no magnetic field, no compass either. Navigation will become a real pain for planes, hikers, and everyone else who relies on a compass today.

 

Which way is north? Nowhere. There would no longer be a magnetic north or south.

 

Think about all the migrating birds, and other animals and fishes that have a built in compass, which will get lost.

 

 

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Do you think this would get me out of jury duty?


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Getting out of jury duty is easy. Always SAY, 'WELL IF HE WASN'T GUILTY, WHY WOULD HE BE HERE?' and look all inocent while saying it! You'll get out soo fast!!!!!


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