Doomsday Volcanoes: next large volcanic eruption on the planet could kill 1 million people

Volcanic Apocalypse
January 2016GEOLOGYThink you’ve got enough to worry about with collapsing economy, terrorism, wars and rumors of wars? Think again. Have you been paying attention to what appears to be an increase in volcanic activity across the planet? There’s a 5 percent to 10 percent chance in the next 80 years, scientists say, one of these eruptions will kill millions of people and poison the atmosphere beyond the imagination of anything man’s activity could do in 1,000 years. And no one is yet making any plans to deal with the calamitous possibilities. One more thing – the earth is actually in “volcano season,” as a recent study of volcano activity over the last 300 years has revealed.
In a scientific report published in 2015, experts at the European Science Foundation concluded that large volcanic eruptions posed the greatest risk to human survival – greater, in fact, that an asteroid collision with earth, human activity leading to climate change and nuclear war. Such an eruption would be of a similar size to the explosion of Tambora on Sumbawa, Indonesia, in 1815, which killed around 100,000 people at the time, or another one that hit Iceland in 1783 that immediately killed 9,350 but spewed huge amounts of sulfuric aerosols, ash and other gases into atmosphere causing “one of the most important climatic and socially repercussive events of the last millennium,” said the report.
In Iceland an estimated 20 to 25 percent of the population died in the famine and from fluorine poisoning after the fissure eruptions ceased. Around 80 percent of sheep, 50 percent of cattle, and 50 percent of horses died because of dental and skeletal fluorosis from the 8 million tons of hydrogen fluoride that were released. The resulting famine that afflicted Egypt in 1784 caused nearly one sixth of the country’s population to die. In Great Britain the summer of 1783 was known as the “sand summer” because of the ash fallout and an estimated 25,000 people died due to breathing problems. Extreme weather hit much of Europe, North America and the Gulf of Mexico for several years in the aftermath of the eruption, says the report.

Tambora

The Tambora eruption was the largest volcanic eruption thought to have occurred on the planet in the last 10,000 years. It released the energy of 33 billion tons of TNT, or the equivalent of 2 million Hiroshima atomic bombs. The eruption was 1,200 times more powerful than the 2004 9.3 magnitude Indian Ocean earthquake.
The year following the Tambora eruption is known as “the year without summer.” But with higher populations, dependence on global travel, interdependence on food chains and technology, a similar eruption in a certain location could have far more dire results, the scientists warn. Writing in their report “Extreme Geo-hazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience,” the experts warned last year in a study that did not elicit much media coverage that preparations for such a calamitous event are so far woefully inadequate or entirely non-existent. “Although in the last few decades earthquakes have been the main cause of fatalities and damage, the main global risk is large volcanic eruptions that are less frequent but far more impactful than the largest earthquakes,” the report said. “Due to their far-reaching effects on climate, food security, transportation, and supply chains, these events have the potential to trigger global disaster and catastrophe. The cost of response and the ability to respond to these events is beyond the financial and political capabilities of any individual country.”

Laki

The 1783 explosion of the Laki volcano poisoned much of the surrounding land in Iceland- killing 20% of the population, but its impact stretched far further, creating ash that caused the death of 25,000 people in the U.K. and a famine in Egypt.
The report, presented at the general assembly of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna last April, looked at the main geo-hazards facing the world including earthquakes, drought, asteroid strikes, floods, tsunamis, hurricanes, avalanches and wildfires. It concluded that large to extreme earthquakes and tsunamis had been more common in the past 2,000 years and had occupied most of the world’s disaster response resources. “Volcanic eruptions can have more severe impacts through atmospheric and climate effects and can lead to drastic problems in food and water security, as emphasized by the widespread famine and diseases that were rampant after the Laki 1783 and Tambora 1815 eruptions,” the report said. “Hence extreme volcanic eruptions pose a higher associated risk than all other natural hazards with similar recurrence periods, including asteroid impacts.”
Another recent discovery by Cambridge scientists is that volcanoes are “seasonal,” with significant increases in eruptions and major eruptions in winter months – beginning in November and ending in April. A study of volcanic activity published in 2004 in the Journal of Geophysical Research found volcanic eruptions seem more likely to occur when it is winter in the northern hemisphere. The discovery came when one researcher, Ben Mason, who was doing his doctoral thesis on the patterns of erupting volcanoes found he was regularly typing January and February far more often than June, July and August. That led him to study volcanic activity over a 300-year period. –WND

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Massive Texas blizzard kills 30,000 head of livestock

Blizzard Texas
January 2016TEXAS The Texas blizzard “Goliath” may have claimed more than 30,000 animals this week in Texas. A statement obtained by Breitbart Texas from the Texas Association of Dairymen (TAD) says that the winter storm named Goliath “hit hard at the heart of the Texas dairy industry.” The reduction in the state’s milk supply, and dairy and other financial losses, as well as the emotional impact on farmers of losing their animals, is enormous, says TAD Executive Director Darren Turley. Turley said it wasn’t until Tuesday that many dairy producers in the area largely impacted by the storms – from Lubbock west to Muleshoe, Texas, and north to Friona – could gauge the impact by surveying their property.
Turley says that the region includes half of the state’s top ten milk producing counties which amounts to about 36 percent of the Lone Star state’s dairy cows – an estimated 142,800 cows. Turley estimates that about five percent of the mature dairy cows, and a yet-undetermined heifers and calves were killed. He expects losses to climb as farmers are able to survey the damage. The TDA official said the next challenge will be how to handle this sudden and massive loss of animals. He said, “The ordinary methods for disposal cannot handle the volume of deaths we are seeing from this storm. The Texas Association of Dairymen is working with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and other agencies to determine how the animals can be disposed of both quickly and safely.”
The TAD is working with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Department of Agriculture, and other state and federal agencies to determine whether financial assistance is available for impacted dairy farmers. The TAD executive director said, “Like all agriculture, dairy producers always operate at the mercy of Mother Nature. With Goliath, she dealt a particularly harsh and costly blow to the area’s dairy producers, from the death of thousands of livestock they spend so much time caring for to a loss of milk production both over the weekend and in the future.”Blizzard kills thousands of cows and threatens Texas dairy business. –Breitbart
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Mystery: where are Hawaii’s humpback whales?

Hawaii Humpback Whales
January 2016HAWAII But it might not be bad news for the whales. Humpback whales are one of Hawaii’s many tourist draws, but this year experts say fewer of them than usual have returned to the state’s warm waters for the winter. According to the Associated Press, officials at the state’s Humpback Whale Marine Sanctuary say the giant mammals, who travel annually from Alaska to Hawaii to spend much of November through May around its warmer environs, have yet to populate the archipelago. An estimated 10,000 whales make the underwater trek each year to Hawaii, but this year the animals seem to be missing their usual numbers. “What I’m seeing out there right now I would’ve expected a month ago,” said Ed Lyman, a response coordinator for the sanctuary, in an interview with the AP.
Why have the whales steered clear of their traditional stomping ground? Their apparent absence may be due to El Nino, which leads to warmer temperatures in the Pacific Ocean and could be a factor in delaying the whales’ migration. An estimated 10,000 whales make the underwater trek each year to Hawaii. Another theory is that the whales’ disappearance actually means their population has gotten larger and it is therefore taking the animals longer to compete for enough food to make the long journey to Hawaii. “One theory was that something like this happened as whales increased. It’s a product of their success,” said Lyman. –Time
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Cyclone Ula threatens southeastern Fiji

Cyclone Ula
January 2016FIJI The small islands of Fulaga, Ogea, Vatoa and Ono-i-Lau are warned to expect destructive storm force winds of up to 140 kilometers an hour. The system, which at its centers has average winds of 150 kilometers an hour and gusts of more than 200 kilometers and hour, is forecast to move southwest between the islands of Kabara and Ono-i-Lau. The cyclone has slowed and by about 10 o’clock tonight it is forecast to get within about 70 kilometers of Ono-i-Lau.
Fiji’s education ministry has advised all school evacuation centers to be on standby for immediate activation. Hurricane force winds and phenomenal seas are forecast for the area within 25 kilometers of Ula’s centre. Tonga’s state of emergency issued for Vava’u and Ha’apai remains in force. The Deputy Prime Minister, Siaosi Sovaleni, who is the Chairman of the National Emergency Management Committee, says Ula caused no casualties. He says almost 400 people had been moved to evacuation centers to protect them against the storm. The director of Tonga Met, ‘Ofa Fa’anunu, says forecasters were surprised that Ula sustained its strength. He says had there been more moisture, the cyclone could have developed into a category five system. –Radio New Zealand
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Strong 5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Northern China

China Quake 5
January 2016 CHINA A 6.4-magnitude earthquake on Saturday struck northeastern China. The earthquake was later downgraded to a 5.7 magnitude event by the USGS. The quake struck Linkou in Heilongjiang Province at 12:22 am (local time) at a depth of 580 km, the China Earthquake Networks Centre said. No casualties were reported so far, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. Three trains were ordered to stop in safe areas after the quake, the Harbin Railway Bureau said. –Tribune India
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Rare earthquake hits state of New Jersey – quake strikes off N. California coast

Earthquake NJ
January 2016NEW JERSEY An unusual and mild earthquake struck in New Jersey on Saturday, officials said. The 2.1-magnitude shake up hit Ringwood, New Jersey, at 12:58 a.m., according to the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake could be felt in Sloatsburg and Suffern, according to the Suffern Police Department. There was no reported damage to people or property, Ringwood police said. –NBC NY
Quake strikes off coast of Northern California: Another moderate earthquake in the Pacific about 30 miles (48 kilometers) offshore of far Northern California was felt lightly by some along the coast but brought no reports of damage or injuries. A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude- 4.5 quake struck at 9:11 p.m. Friday at a depth of about five miles (eight kilometers). It was located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) southwest of Eureka and about 250 miles (400 kilometers) northwest of San Francisco.
The National Tsunami Warning Center says there is no danger of tidal problems and officials in Humboldt County say there are no reports of damages or injuries. Dozens of people reported to the USGS they had felt some light shaking. It was in the same offshore area as a magnitude-4.9 quake on Monday and several smaller ones that followed this week. –USA Today
PACKWOOD, Washington (AP) — The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is reporting a small earthquake near Packwood, Washington. The shallow quake measured a magnitude 3.1 around 8:50 p.m. Friday. It wasn’t enough to cause damage or injuries, but it did shake up the community near Mount Rainier. The epicenter of the quake was about 38 miles west of Yakima, 46 miles east of Morton and 49 miles southwest of Ellensburg. –Seattle Times
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2016: String of earthquakes around the world rings in the New Year

Earthquakes
January 2016 GEOLOGYA magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck in the South Pacific Ocean about 650 miles (1,045 kilometers) south of the Australian island state of Tasmania, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor, which struck at about 1 p.m. Sydney time at a depth of 8 kilometers, was detected by more than 50 stations on the Australian mainland, Geoscience Australia said. No tsunami warning was issued. –Bloomberg
Canada: Authorities say a magnitude- 4.8 earthquake in Canada was widely felt across northwest Washington State, but no major damage or injuries have been reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake struck around 11:40 p.m. Tuesday 11 miles northeast of Victoria, Canada. Randy Baldwin, a geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey, says it was felt for a radius of 150 miles. He says he hasn’t heard of any major damage or recorded any aftershocks.
Tom Eades, a 911 dispatcher with the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office in Washington, says the agency received lots of calls but no reports of damage or injuries. The agency is in the San Juan Islands, between Vancouver Island in British Columbia and mainland Washington. The USGS website has recorded more than 10,000 reports of the quake being felt. –KXLY
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A 4.2 magnitude earthquake centered north of Oklahoma City hit Friday morning, the latest in a series of quakes that’s prompted state regulators to call for more restrictions on oil and gas operators. According the U.S. Geological Survey’s website, the quake happened at 5:39 a.m. in an area 3 miles northeast of Edmond and 16 miles north-northeast of Oklahoma City. There were no immediate reports of injury or damage.
Oklahoma has become one of the most earthquake-prone areas in the world, with the number of quakes magnitude 3.0 or greater skyrocketing from a few dozen in 2012 to more than 800 in 2015. Many of the earthquakes are occurring in swarms in areas where injection wells pump salty wastewater — a by-product of oil and gas production — into the earth. –Times Union
New Zealand: An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale jolted 122 km south of Raoul Island, New Zealand at 21:29 GMT on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter, with a depth of 17.96 km, was initially determined to be at 30.3739 degrees south latitude and 177.9706 degrees west longitude. –Manila Times
PESHAWAR: A mild intensity earthquake jolted the provincial capital and adjacent areas on Friday, Samaa reported. According to Seismic Monitoring Center, intensity of the quake was recorded 4.6 on the Richter scale at a depth of 178 kilometer, with its epicenter lying in Hindu Kush region.
Our correspondents say tremors were also felt in Swat valley. A strong earthquake hit most parts of Pakistan in October last year, killing over 200 people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and injuring many others. –Samaa
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