Magma Plume: Mauna Kea shaken by large swarm of earthquakes

October 20, 2011HAWAIIAfter yesterday’s post on the “swarm” at Rainier (which apparently rubbed a lot of people the wrong way), I was hesitant to post on the news coming from Mauna Kea right away, but if you’re looking for a real swarm of earthquakes at a volcano, look no further (see above). Since early yesterday (Hawaii time), the volcano has experienced at least 38 earthquakes, some as large at M 4.5, all centered NW of the main summit of Mauna Kea, all at depths between 14-19 km, all below the crust under the Big Island. This is what a suspicious swarm looks like, where we have a strong focus of seismicity at depth under an active volcano – the question now is how persistent will this swarm be. More likely than not, these earthquakes will lead to nothing – and HVO says these earthquakes are “most likely caused by structural adjustments within the Earth’s crust due to the heavy load of Mauna Kea”. Remember, Mauna Kea is a huge point weight on the crust and upper mantle below Hawai’i, towering over 4,200 m / 13,800 feet above the surrounding seafloor, so a lot of stress can accumulate from the mass of the volcano. This means earthquakes are likely common as that stress builds. Remember, Kilauea and Mauna Loa are not the only active volcanoes on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Haulalai last erupted as recently as 1801, while Mauna Kea, the 2nd oldest shield volcano on the island last erupted only 4,470 years ago. –Wired
Mauna Kea volcano: Standing 4,205 m (13,796 ft) above sea level, its peak is the highest point in the state of Hawaii. However, much of the mountain is under water; when measured from its oceanic base, Mauna Kea is over 10,000 m (33,000 ft) tall—significantly taller than Mount Everest. Mauna Kea is one of five hotspot volcanoes that form the island of Hawaii, the largest and youngest island of the Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain. Of these five volcanoes, Mauna Kea is the fourth oldest and fourth most active. Like all Hawaiian volcanoes, Mauna Kea has been created by the Hawaiian hotspot, as the Pacific tectonic plate has moved over a hotspot in the Earth’s underlying mantle. –Wikipedia
Magma plume thermal kineticism is a sign the Earth is now moving towards the spectrum of catastrophic geological upheavel- a epochal shift that will have profound implications for all life forms on the planet. –The Extinction Protocol
contribution Luisport
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21 Responses to Magma Plume: Mauna Kea shaken by large swarm of earthquakes

  1. Is it just me or is it laughable the whole “weight” thing?? I mean how “heavy” is Yellowstone, or Rainer?? Sometimes human “logic” is so obviously lacking any sense its ridiculous! Colorado is a mile high full of mountains, pretty heavy, no swarms there. Oregon…same thing only the whole state isn’t high in altitude. And Alaska?? Hello?? How God made the earth is quite capable of having weight…how He moves the earth? Mayhap there is something to that…hmmmm…nahhh…we human have the dibs on knowledge right?


  2. I’m Afraid to say that “Magma plume thermal kineticism is a sign the Earth is now moving towards the spectrum of catastrophic geological upheavel- a epochal shift that will have profound implications for all life forms on the planet” is 100% Acurate and true, i suggest anyone on any coastlines start to move inland, i’m seeing more and more Quakes coming up Daily Especially the one in Adelaide this morning… Being on a cost line is not the best chance at Surviving the coming Cataclysm,,,


  3. Sue says:

    Alvin – I just have to say…No one likes to hear the reality of the changes earth is headed toward…it is unfathomable to think of and not comforting what so ever when one can’t control it. But honestly -I see it every day..petty perspectives people have…people not influenced by a larger global perspective in which they live and base their decisions. Most live like “the child in the family that only learns the hard way”. Something catastrophic has to happen to one personally in order to make big changes. It just is that way. People say they are scared…but do they make any big changes in their life? How scared do we have to be to do this? Ultimately..we are talking about living and dying… regardless of a small event that kills us..(and I think of the Argentina woman who got killed back in September who was struck by a “fire ball from the sky”)or if we live in an area when a catastrophic event kills us or our loved ones. This thought leaves only two questions…how am I today, in the present moment with myself and my relationships?.. and.. How am I making changes in my everyday global-community life based on what I know…what I read…what I am aware of? Questions I am still on a journey with…
    Alvin- I extremely appreciate this sight and your awareness…it makes me a better person everyday…no fear.


  4. luisport says:

    Lurking says:
    October 20, 2011 at 18:17
    Well, there is one of my earlier rotating plots of Hawaiian seismic activity from 2000 to 2010.

    If you keep an eye on the area North and West of Kilauea, you will note a rather diffuse cluster at about 10 km. This seems to be about standard for the rest of the active areas around the plume head.

    As noted elsewhere, these quake really aren’t out of the ordinary for this area.

    Until there is more activity pointing at rising magma, this is more like a settling event. As the crust moves to the NW across the hotspot, the area begins to cool and contract. This induces stress and causes fractures. Eventually the islands subside, riding this cooling and contracting crust. At times, parts of them fall off in mass wasting events. (Tuscaloosa seamount up next to Oahu, part of the Nuuanu slide). From the depth and orientation of these quakes, this doesn’t seem to be that either. Maybe in a few million years, but not anytime soon.


  5. Donna says:

    If they don’t like what you post, they don’t have to read. Simple.


  6. I’m not sure why you would rub people the wrong way by posting these articles. Personally, I enjoy reading them so I know what is happening geologically. I also like knowing if these happenings are something we need to be concerned about or if it’s just information to file away for future use.

    Don’t let the nay-sayers get to you, which I know you won’t. I’ve been watching the activity on Hawaii. Just keep these articles coming.

    By the way, what do you know about the activity that is going on around Pueto Rico?



    • That was not me…that was the author of the Wire article saying that people was rubbed the wrong way, Irene. Anything that has potential ramifications of bursting the comfy bubble people have encapsulated themselves in in regard to their own reality- they start whining. Me, I’m oblivious to what people think about what I do…

      peace and blessings,


  7. Wiseguy says:

    Alvin, when you write something like this:
    Magma plume thermal kineticism is a sign the Earth is now moving towards the spectrum of catastrophic geological upheaval- an epochal shift that will have profound implications for all life forms on the planet.

    What’s the timeline, is it a matter of years, months, weeks.


    • It could be months, or it could be only a year or two but it is happening faster than anyone anticipated. I feel we are on the periphery of a full-blown crisis and we’re seeing an extraordinary amount of seismic activity and volcanism happening at nearly all of the planet’s magma plumes almost simultaneously. To my knowledge, this degree of activity is unprecedented in recorded history. Add to that, seismic swarms in California, on the German-Czech border, in Southern Greece and the potential reactivation of (according to geologists) one million year-old super-volcanic fields in South America, and it doesn’t take much more rationalization to come to the conclusion that something profound is happening to the planet. Maybe the essence of the Mayan calendar wasn’t pointing to an event happening in space but a reality of a change to Earth marked by alignments in the heavens. I think the world has long believed, naysayers included, if anything of such a magnitude happened to the planet- it would take a protracted period of time to unfold but catastrophism, by its very character, lends credence to the concept that it is both an unpredictable and non-quantitative force of nature. Suffice it to say, I think this is going to take the vast majority of people on the planet by complete surprise.

      Take care,


      • J Guffey says:

        Yes it will Alvin and not the kind of surprise any of us like. It seems most people believe if they don’t acknowledge what is happening, they won’t have to deal with any of it. Keeping up with all this is very time-consuming and people are so busy with life they choose to avoid the subject.

        We are seen a fear mongers or depressed. As I have told some, I’m not depressed, but I do choose to be informed. To me, this site is a lifeline of knowledge about changes on Earth (as well as in our solar system) that can’t be found anywhere else that I know of. I tell many people about it.

        Thanks again to you Alvin and all the others that offer a vast amount of knowledge. May the Lord continue to grant wisdom and the means to share information from around the World.


  8. Dr. Will says:

    Howdy Folks:
    The only people who get rubbed the wrong way about news of earthquake swarms neath a volcano are those folks stupid enough to still live near one. Usually they do a lot of wishful thinking, making affirmations like the “Little Engine That Could”, and wishing the thing to never blow. Guess the folks at Pompeii and Herculaneum did the same thing.


  9. Brandon says:

    Alvin, i’m glad you’re oblivious to what people think of your work. I could care less too. Jesus warned people would get this way. You already have one on your site. Don’t falter my friend. Keep doing what you do best. God bless you Alvin.


  10. Korrigan says:

    Sur la carte que vous publiez à quoi correspond le “shallow plume” matérialisé par Eifel en France et quelle est selon vous sa localisation ?


    • Bonjour Korrigan. Le hotspot est un point chaud Eifel volcanique qui est responsable de l’activité volcanique qui forme les volcans en Allemagne occidentale du nord-ouest de l’Europe. Il est pensé pour avoir formé le terrain volcanique de l’Eifel.

      J’espère que cela aide.


  11. luisport says:

    In the year 2005:

    SEBASTIAN MUNN, THOMAS r. WALTER & ANDREAS KLUGEL of the Institute of marine sciences of Leibniz, IFM-GEOMAR, Kiel, Germany and the University of Bremen, Germany

    They published an article on the GRAVITATIONAL instability on the island of El Hierro and four experimental models of development.

    I quote only the conclusions:

    The structural evolution of El Hierro has been strongly
    controlled by the formation of volcanic Rift zones. the
    distribution of pyroclastic cones, the orientation of
    dams on the island, and the morphology of the flank at sea
    they reflect a system’s break with a triangular geometry in its
    central part and divergence in the area of the Rift, a continuation in the
    the West and Northeast submarine flanks. This study
    He suggested that the configuration of the Rift is controlled by the dissemination of gravity
    the overlap of volcanic edifices consecutively.
    Similar experiments with sand
    We have reproduced both the formation of subaerial area and the area
    underwater in their geometry. In addition, the
    experiments showed that during the diffusion process
    they have the flanks without stress of El Hierro
    stabilized by the radial spread, while the flanks
    surrounded by areas of rift maintains its potential for
    collapse in the form of giant landslides.


  12. luisport says:

    Latest from Earth Quake Report. Note the very optimistic view of the mayor of El Pinar:

    “Update 21/10 – 10:03 UTC: The acid rich green seawater has reached the western part of the island (Frontera side). This is really bad news for the people living there as the experience of La Restinga learned us that a lot of fish did not survive these waters. Hopefully the acidity will have been diluted a bit since the last 24 to 48 hours.”

    “Update 21/10 – 09:42 UTC – overview of the last 10 hours:
    – harmonic tremors activity similar than yesterday.
    – after the updates of the IGN data we noticed 22 volcanic earthquakes yesterday. The focal depth was in between 11 to 26 km.
    – since midnight UTC today, 6 volcanic earthquakes have been recorded by IGN. Focal depth in between 11.8 and 22.3 km.
    – we are mentioning these earthquake parameters because they are of high importance to predict eventual activity. If earthquakes are getting more powerful the risk on landslides increases (like people of Frontera experienced) and if they are getting shallower (in between 0 and 5 km) magma may have found a way up the seabed / island (higher degree of alert can be expected soon).”

    “Update 20/10 – 23:46 UTC – afternoon and evening overview:
    – The La Restinga people will finally be allowed to return to their village indefinitely from tomorrow on as the volcanic activity has been decreased a lot
    – The Red alert level 1 will be maintained for La Restinga for the time being
    – Biologists are fearing the the marine system may need more than 1 year to recover
    – The submarine GPS controlled robot has start his work today. The robot will sample and analyze water quality and has an autonomy of 4 to 6 months.
    – The mayor of El Pinar said that the volcano is almost dead!
    – At we do not share the “almost dormant again” stories told by the mayor and the president of El Hierro. We agree that the activity has subsided but the harmonic tremors have not yet ended and we notice even more volcanic earthquakes than the last 10 days (19 earthquakes during the last 24 hours)”


  13. Korrigan says:

    Merci pour votre réponse et pour l’info, vous souhaitant bonne continuation.


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