27: New eruptive phase reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano

January 31, 2014ECUADORA new eruptive phase has begun at the volcano. Since the early morning today, the seismic network detected an increase in earthquakes including signals of small explosions and long-period events and tremor typical for internal fluid movements (gasses and magma). The Tungurahua volcano Observatory while unable to make direct visual observations received reports from observers that fine black ash fell in Pungal and Penipe, and minor amounts in Palictahua. The black color of the ash suggests that it originates from fresh (so called juvenile) magma. The last eruptive phase of Tungurahua was between 6 Oct and 13 Nov past year and consisted in strombolian-vulcanian explosions generating ash columns rising up to 4 km, accompanied by strong shock waves and producing occasional pyroclastic flows. Bursts of moderate to strong intensity tremor characterized seismic activity during that period. Since 13 Nov, activity had decreased markedly and the volcano only showed weak degassing and no signs that could have been interpreted as precursors to the current new activity, IGPEN mentions in its latest bulletin. This implies that the magma that started the current new phase of activity has risen very quickly from a deeper reservoir into the shallow plumbing system of the volcano. In other words, eruptions at Tungurahua can start with little or even no warning. –Volcano Discovery
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9 Responses to 27: New eruptive phase reported at Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano

  1. Alvin, now that you have a few years of data under your belt with reference to volcanoes (and totally in the face of the low-balling Smithsonian), have you considered looking at the trend line for volcanism being on the rise? Then the fascinating question would be to try to discover the cause! Congratulations on your new book and site!!!


    • IM

      Thanks, Ken. The cause would be a rise in geothermal gradient. The problem with the scientific community lending credence to this idea is extremely problematic. The planet’s rate of radioactive decay cannot be fluctuating, since it was thought to be a constant. The other implication is the planet could not possibly be 4.5 billion years old, as it would have existed though the half-life of the majority of radioactive heat sources -thorium, potassium, and uranium. That means Earth would have burned through half of its primordial heat supply in 4.5 billion years and the planet should be starting to cool. Yet, recent findings suggest the planet’s core is hotter than scientists expected. Now in their calculations of mass, density, and radioactive composition of the interior, you would have to figure out how hot the planet was originally when it was formed and then how much thorium, potassium and uranium (235 and238) it was comprised of to figure out how much heat it burned through to determine its age. However, again, recent findings by French geophysicists in 2013 suggest the planet’s core is 1,000 degrees hotter than previously thought.


      So not only isn’t the planet in a primary stage of cooling after burning off half of its supposed original heat supply, it’s now 1000 degrees hotter than it should be- and to add insult to injury; even more volcanoes are erupting.

      Now in this context, at least not publically, most geologists will not acknowledge the planet is trying to dissipate more thermal energy by the mechanics of volcanism.

      It’s so good to hear from you as always…


      • hotstuff says:

        Alvin, could there be forces outside the planet causing Earth to heat up (the Sun, even our entire solar system entering a more electrically-charged part of the galaxy?). I’ve read that other planets in our solar system are heating up as well. Thanks!


      • Yes, background radiation and HEP (high energy particles) from outside our solar system


  2. At the substantial risk of sounding ironic … VERY COOL!!!
    Keep them on their toes. God knows the MSM won’t.


  3. Tricia says:

    So are you saying the Earth must not be as old as once assumed since we are seeing heat upticks? Also, what would cause such a dramatic increase in eruptions just in such a short period of time? The heating up of the core? Or could it have anything to do with the weakening of the magnetosphere? Thank you for indulging my quest for truth!


    • C

      Thank you, Tricia. In a word, that’s the gist of what I’m proposing. If rates of radioactive decay or thought to be constant and could not be changed- then something is changing it, or Earth is not as old as previously thought. Rates of radioactive decay, similar to the speed of light, was long heralded to be one of the universal constants in physics. It could be neutrinos from the sun, dark matter, or HEP (High energy particles) cosmic rays emanating from beyond the Sun from a decayed super nova remnant or unknown black hole. In 2010, physicists noticed rates of radioactive decay were slowing on the sun by as much as 11% for reasons conjectured, but not fully ascertained.


      So there appears to be a mysterious energy flux occurring in our quadrant of space that is altering the properties of all physical matter, and the culprit hasn’t been diagnosed or disclosed yet. This could explain why we’re also seeing subtle shifts and changes in the other planets in the solar system- particularly in atmospheric cyclonic systems on the gaseous giants like Jupiter, Neptune, and Saturn, which typically radiate more heat than they receive from the Sun. The shift in geo-thermal gradient on Earth, or more precisely a rise in temperatures, would increase the planet’s convention properties which would signal more thermal transference away from the core to the surface- which in turn would cause Earth to become more geologically animated (more volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, rifting of continents, and greater movements along tectonic plates, and perhaps magnetic field propagation dispersal and reversal).


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