Volcanoes can “recharge” with new magma just days after an eruption

August 1, 2013 GEOLOGY - A new paper out today in Nature offers some good news and bad news about volcanic eruptions. First, the bad news. The researchers found that certain kinds of volcanoes can unleash a bunch of lava, then “recharge” with new magma from deep in the Earth within a matter of days or weeks. Previously, scientists believed it would take much longer for this recharging to happen. So one of these volcanoes could actually be simultaneously erupting and recharging its magma chamber with superheated rock from the Earth’s mantle. Columbia University Earth scientists Philipp Ruprech and Terry Plank described the situation as “the highway from hell.” Because really, let’s just call it what it is. The good news is that this information could help us predict volcanic eruptions months in advance. By monitoring small earthquakes deep in the Earth’s crust, where these rapid recharges are happening, seismologists might know when an eruption is coming. Usually, volcanic activity is monitored from the Earth’s surface, where small and large quakes will signal that an eruption might be near — especially if the Earth is bulging over the top of the volcano. Now we know that some volcanoes might prepare for their eruptions deep underground, too. –I09
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8 Responses to Volcanoes can “recharge” with new magma just days after an eruption

  1. Bobi Becker says:

    Dear Alvin, I know this is off the subject of this article, however I would like you’re opinion of the impending Solar Flares, due in September of this year. Have heard of the “Remote Viewers” predictions and the event referred to as the “Killshot”. Being I trust you’re expertise and knowledge would appreciate some input on this event. Thank you, Bobi

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      I talked about the scenario of a Carrington type flare is going to eventually hit the earth in my book, The Extinction Protocol. There is no question, sooner or later this event is going to happen and when it does- Woe is us! The world will be catapulted back to the Stone Age in the blink of an eye and civilizations across the planet will begin to disintegrate. The Bible predicts the Sun would go into a type of convulsion at the end of time. “And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire.” Revelation 16:8 So this would suggest not only a massive geomagnetic event, but a proton storm so powerful, it alters the atmospheric properties of the planet- reigning in both heat and ionization.

      There is increasing trepidation in scientific circles about what’s lurking around the corner with our star, as the Sun hits a solar maximum in 2013. Many NASA scientists worry that the Sun’s odd behavior is only just beginning.” -The Extinction Protocol, page 94, 2009

      See latest post

  2. nanoduck says:

    Volcanoes are like pimples on earth. Just like whenever a person is stressed out, that person breaks out with zits. The earth is so stressed its breaking out in volcanoes ready to pop.

  3. Irene C says:

    I’m surprised (or maybe not so surprised) that scientists are only now figuring this out – that it takes only days or weeks to recharge. So many are so convinced about thousands or millions of years that they can’t conceive of things happening quickly.

  4. niebo says:

    “the highway from hell.” Geologist humor. Cute.

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