Turkmenistan’s new mud volcano may signal awakening of Cheleken Alakel volcano

July 30, 2011TURKMENISTAN – A new mud volcano was discovered on the Cheleken peninsula in Turkmenistan, the Neytralniy Turkmenistan newspaper reported with reference to local scientists Anatoly Bushmakin and Aman Nigarov. Mud volcanoes are not uncommon in Turkmenistan. The presence of a large high-pressure underground natural gas reserves is a prerequisite for the mud eruption. Almost half of all mud volcanoes in the world are located in the area of the South Caspian Basin and about thirty of them – in western Turkmenistan. “Geologists pay a special attention to the Cheleken peninsula. It records a lot of tectonic fractures. A powerful eruption of mud volcanoes was observed here in the past,” the paper reported. The Cheleken Alakel is the largest volcano in western Turkmenistan. The separate blocks of rock ejected from the crater of the volcano from great depths hit 2-3 meters in diameter. The frozen mudflow is observed at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from the volcano. Oil is extracted from the depth of over 2,000 meters in the Alakel volcano area. The scientists point out that a new active mud volcano has recently formed at the foot of the volcano. “It is a small, regularly shaped cone, composed of clay material with a small admixture of rock fragments, sometimes with a film of oil on the surface.” The volcano is active. It reached a height of 7 meters by mid 2011. New portions of gas and dust erupt every few seconds, periodically. The cone stands grayish-green on the yellow-brown background of the Neogene rocks. According to scientists, the appearance of new active mud volcanoes can mean the beginning of “awakening” of the ancient volcano Alakel. A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country on June 1, 2011. –Trend News
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13 Responses to Turkmenistan’s new mud volcano may signal awakening of Cheleken Alakel volcano

  1. luisport says:

    El Hierro is still jumping… but I don’t know what it is. In the profile plots they are starting to accumulate in a cluster centered at about 10.9 km deep. It might actually be a magma chamber.

    First, the depth vs time.

    Now the view North (note, color denotes magnitude)

    View East


    • This incident has been denied as being authenic repeatedly by authorities in the area:

      RSOE: http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=UGE-20110726-31736-USA

      I would love to have an eyewitness report.


      • pam says:

        I think that’s being arranged, Alvin.

        I’m amazed sometimes how the government can deny something that’s so obviously THERE on the images – without coming back and at least saying what it is. It appears a denial was issued without viewing the YouTube vids, which shows the seismic sites showing ‘some’ activity, plus the satellite images.

        Or maybe the government just believes that everyone will believe them if they simply issue a statement – whether it’s accurate or not :(.


      • luisport says:

        Yes fake: The non-eruption at Pisgah Crater: The dangers of real-time data
        Erik Klemetti on July 30, 2011, 4:32 PM

        inShare.4 By now, many of you have heard/read about the supposed eruption at Pisgah Crater in California. It was all over Youtube (you know, a great source for reliable scientific information) and various other conspiracy-related websites. However, the main problem with these stories is there was no eruption at Pisgah – no matter how badly many people wanted there to be. This non-eruption has even gotten the USGS to respond, having to officially say there was no eruption at Pisgah – and this is exactly what the USGS should be doing: correcting false information when it is presented as real.

        Pisgah is part of the small Lavic Lake volcanic field in California, a collection of lava flows and scoria cones that is believed to have erupted in sometime during the Holocene (last ~10,000 years). As with many desert lava flows, it is hard to tell just how old they are because the lava is preserved so well in the desert environment, so even older lava flows can look like they erupted yesterday. However, the Lavic Lake volcanic field hasn’t shown any evidence of activity over the last 25 years – likely much, much longer as well.

        So, why is everyone thinking there was any eruption. The claim is that a small plume was spotted on weather radar that seem to appear then disappear. This, to my knowledge, is the only evidence for the “6 plumes” from Pisgah. Plumes like this can come from many sources – thunderheads, dust plumes and smoke from fires and explosions for example – so a small plume that is ephemeral is by no means automatically volcanic. For something like an eruption in California, we need more evidence like actual video or sulfur dioxide data – none of which as materialized.

        The real question I have for the eruption believers is this: Why would the USGS ever cover up an eruption like this? If Pisgah was erupting – or was even close to erupting – they would be sure to let everyone know because (a) preparations would need to be made for any people or facilties in the area and (b) it would be cool, scientifically! Pisgah is a remote, small volcano, so likely little harm would come to people or property, so to see an eruption like this would be an excellent opportunity to safely watch a scoria cone eruption. There is no reason to cover up an eruption like this, even if it were to keep people away.

        If Pisgah was eruption, we would have much, much more evidence than a few radar loops and some “nearby earthquakes”. Remember, California is a very tectonically active area, especially in the Basin and Range region where Pisgah is located – so earthquakes are common. There is no evidence of any specific earthquake cluster under Pisgah – and the USGS has California monitored so well that even tiny M1 earthquakes are recorded. Pisgah might be remote, but it isn’t too remote for TV crews or scientists to get to Pisgah to see any plume – and no video evidence of plumes or ash have been found. So, we have an “eruption” have no one has seen live, leaves no evidence, and has no earthquakes associated with it. This, my friends, is no eruption.

        I think what the Pisgah debacle has shown is how the steady stream of realtime data on the internet, however exciting, is still very dangerous. Without proper training and vetting, we can all start spreading rumors and making claims that lack the support needed to make them legitimate. Care must be given before proclaiming an eruption is occurring when all you have is remote sensing data – do other factors corroborate the data – maybe sulfur dioxide or IR from satellites? Have locals seen any evidence of activity? Can a center of earthquake activity be found? Sure, it is exciting to “discover” an eruption, especially if it were happening in the United States, but spreading this information without knowing all the facts is something we all need to avoid.



  2. luisport says:

    patriotsfan Post subject: Re: 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Predictions Contest!Posted: Sat Jul 30, 2011 3:57 am

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    Location: New England, USA Looking at radar, Don barely provided Texas any rain. It simply evaporated when it made landfall! Never seen anything quite like it! So much for all the hype, the Texas drought continues…



  3. luisport says:

    Vancouver is a possible massive earthquake target, but only few care about it!
    Last update: July 29, 2011 at 4:44 pm by By Armand Vervaeck 1 Comment

    Xinhua on line news site has written an article which we would like to reprint partly. We encourage our readers (and especially our Canadian readers) to read it in full.
    We originally posted this article in October 2010, but as it is still actual and as we have a tenfold of visitors today, we are happy to republish it.

    Earthquake-Report.com agrees for 200% on the content of this article.

    Image by ecstaticist via Flickr
    With its location in the Cascadia subduction zone, a seismically-active area, the question is not if an earthquake will hit the Canadian city, but when.

    For generations Vancouverites have heard that a major earthquake is due to hit the city “once every 500 years”, but it has never happened. As a result, locals have grown pessimistic and even indifferent to the possibility of it ever happening. The last major quake was thought to have hit the city about 300 years ago, long before western settlers arrived.

    Yet, with its location on the Pacific west coast, along a stretch that includes Anchorage, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles, cities that have all been hit and damaged by earthquakes, new research points out Vancouver’s time could be closer than originally thought.

    According to research released by the University of Oregon earlier this year, there is a one-in-three chance that a major earthquake could strike the Pacific Northwest, an area home to Seattle, Portland, Vancouver and Victoria, within the next 50 years.

    The researchers believe Cascadia is not one large subduction zone stretching from northern California to British Columbia, as previously thought, but at least four separate segments. They suggest that instead of the entire fault rupturing at once, it will break into smaller parts with more frequent earthquakes.

    “We need to be ready for it,” states Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson, who has made environmental issues for the city his top priority since taking office two years ago.”There’s a huge role for citizens to be prepared. I don’t think Vancouverites are anywhere near as ready as they should be in their homes. We see significantly more energy and preparedness and awareness around California, for example. We’re looking at some of their educations efforts to implement here.”



  4. Maybe we’ll get a report from someone on the ground…


  5. luisport says:

    Off topic, but Mount Etna is putting on one hell of a show right now!


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