Volcanoes in Japan, Colombia and Chile spew ash – Colombian airport closed

Nevado del Ruiz
July 2015 JAPAN Ōwaku Valley, a part of Mount Hakone with high volcanic activity, has been showing more signs of an impending eruption recently. The smoke which regularly issues from its vents was mingled with ash, turning noticeably gray, for about ten seconds around noon on July 21. On June 30 and July 1, it had also erupted on a very small scale, ejecting material to a distance of over 100 meters (328 feet), which technically meets the qualifications for an “eruption.” (The distance material from the recent eruption was ejected has not yet been measured.) However, tremors associated with volcanic eruptions have not been recorded. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, “it has the characteristics of an eruption, but that would have an effect on disaster prevention by inciting residents’ anxieties, so the term ‘eruption’ is not appropriate.” –Rocket News 24
Colombian Airport closed: Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz volcano erupted in an ash cloud on Sunday, prompting authorities to temporarily close two airports in the area. The civil aeronautics agency said it closed airports at Manizales and Pereira as a precaution after the 8:30 am (1330 GMT) eruption. This resulted in the cancellation of at least 16 flights on Sunday. A major eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz in 1985 melted the volcano’s snowcap, unleashing mudslides that wiped out the town of Armero, killing an estimated 23,000 people. The volcano, which has been active for an estimated 150,000 years, is 220 kilometers (137 miles) west of Bogota. –Yahoo News
Chile: The Cabulco volcano in southern Chile has erupted twice in the last 24 hours after being dormant for decades. And there may be more action on the way. CBSN’s Anne-Marie Green and David Begnaud discuss what geologists are monitoring. –Yahoo News
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Rarely seen beaked whale washes ashore in Massachusetts

 Beak Whale
July 2015PLYMOUTH, MASS Scientists are trying to figure out how a beaked whale usually confined to deep water washed up on the shore Friday in Plymouth, Mass. Swimmers and sunbathers on Jones Beach in Plymouth, Mass. were joined Friday by an unexpected guest: a rarely-seen beaked whale. The 17-foot-long female whale weighing almost a ton had died by the time it washed up on the beach. The New England Aquarium said it believes the animal was a Sowerby’s beaked whale, a species of deep-water whale that inhabits northern waters and virtually never approaches the shore.
The aquarium said in a statement Saturday that beaked whales are “so rarely seen that New England Aquarium biologists have been conferring to determine the exact species,” according to the Boston Globe. The aquarium has not seen a beaked whale in close to a decade, the statement said. Usually, sightings of Sowerby’s beaked whales are limited to fishermen who find the whales caught in their nets. “It’s a glimpse into a habitat that’s not so far away, but it’s still a world away,” aquarium spokesman Tony LaCasse told the Boston Herald of the sighting. “They live in a world of their own.”
As of Saturday, the aquarium and the International Fund for Animal Welfare were jointly conducting a necropsy on the whale, which upon initial examination showed no signs of having collided with a boat or become tangled in fishing gear, the Globe reported. The carcass’s “fresh,” “good” condition combined with its unusual location have biologists questioning the “how” and the “why” behind the whale’s appearance. “They’re very, very rare,” Mr. LaCasse told the Herald. “It’s definitely one of those things you’re not quite sure what to make of,” he said.
Plymouth harbormaster Chad Hunter told the Globe officials were alerted Friday at around 10 a.m. that a whale had washed up onto the beach. But during low tide, the whale was stuck on rocks and could not be moved. When high tide came around 5 p.m. that day, the whale was towed to the pier and crane-lifted onto a trailer to be taken away by the aquarium. Sowerby’s beaked whales are not believed to be rare – just rarely spotted. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, sightings are uncommon and biologists know little about the whale despite the fact that it is one of the most frequently stranded species. Massachusetts marks the southern border of the whale’s habitat; in the west, it extends up to Labrador, Canada, and in the east, it ranges from Iceland to Norway. LaCasse told the Globe the sighting offers “a glancing insight into a marine species that not much is known of.” –CSM
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Volcano-like underground fire is put out after a month

Coal Seam
July 2015WOODBURY, N.J.Crews have put out a fire that burned underground in southern New Jersey for a month, melting the ground around it and reaching 1,000 degrees. Woodbury Mayor Bill Volk tells the Courier-Post that the fire was extinguished Thursday, a month after it started during a severe storm. He says it “looked like a volcano.”
It began when a power line snapped, sending electricity into the ground and igniting a mixture of coal and cinder used as the foundation for train tracks in a wooded area. The mayor says neighbors called authorities when they saw smoke coming from the ground. Firefighters went to the scene seven times over a month before county and state officials helped put it out. –Wish TV
Nine others are still burning in Pennsylvania: CARBONDALE – On cold, clear winter days, the underground fire burning near Russell Park is easy to see. Smoke and steam shoot through fissures in the rocks, smelling of sulfur. Moss thrives in the cracks, warmed by the gases. Smoldering since 1995, this fire is one of eight active coal fires in Lackawanna and Luzerne counties on record with the state Department of Environmental Protection.   –Time Tribune
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Hayward Fault: major earthquake in San Francisco could happen at anytime

Hayward Fault
July 2015SAN FRANCISCO Panic has erupted throughout social media, as earlier reports stated that San Francisco will experience a major earthquake “any day now.” The story came out after a 4.0 magnitude earthquake on the Hayward Fault rocked the Bay Area on Tuesday. A U.S. Geological Survey scientist said that the fault is expected to result in a major earthquake “any day now” and advised Bay Area residents to be prepared, according to CBS San Francisco. The story quickly picked up on Facebook and became viral, spreading panic on social media and fear among the Bay Area residents. The story was apparently sourced from the local news wire Bay City News, which reported that “while a 2008 report put the probability of a 6.7-magnitude or larger earthquake on the Hayward-Rodgers Creek Fault system over the next 30 years at 31 percent, Brocher said the reality is a major quake is expected on the fault ‘any day now,’” SF Gate reported.
Tom Brocher, research geophysicist at the USGS Earthquake Science Center, set the record straight and clarified that a major earthquake can hit the Bay Area at any time, not any day now, as there is still no way to accurately predict when earthquakes will occur. “The Hayward fault is capable of producing a major earthquake at any time, but there is currently no scientific basis for making a prediction for when that earthquake will occur,” Brocher said. Brocher said the Uniform California Earthquake Rupture Forecast model has predicted that a magnitude 6.7 earthquake or greater may occur in 30 years along the Hayward-Rodgers Creek fault system. The model’s prediction is at 31 percent probability.
Bay City News corrected its report, at Brocher’s request, to read “Although the fault that produced a 4.0-magnitude earthquake in Fremont this morning is not expected to change the likelihood of another major quake on the same fault, a U.S. Geological Survey scientist said a major earthquake could happen at any time and residents should be prepared,” according to SF Gate. The last earthquake on the Hayward Fault occurred on Oct. 21, 1868 with a 6.8 magnitude. It was one of the most destructive quakes in the history of California, even though the Bay Area at the time was not as densely populated as it is today. Scientists said in a 2008 USGS Fact Sheet that the fault is “a tectonic time bomb, due anytime for another magnitude 6.8 to 7.0 earthquake.” –HNGN
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Peru’s Ubinas volcano registers large ash emission

Ubinas Volcano
July 2015PERU The volcano of Moquegua released a large emission of ashes today and will continue throughout the day according to specialists, reports El Comercio. Starting this morning, Ubinas volcano began to emit a large amount of ash and generated an eruption column of 1,200 meters, says the Volcanological Observatory of Geophysics, Mining and Metallurgical Institute (Ingemmet). At 9:25 a.m. the volcano released the first emission after a low amplitude movement had been recording for a few hours.
The ash column has so far dispersed in a radius of 10 kilometers around the volcano. The ash is affecting villages of Querapi, Ubinas, Tonohaya, San Miguel, Huatagua, Escacha, Chojata and Sacohaya, in Moquegua. In the period between 2013 to 2015, Ubinas volcano has so far registered more than 200 explosions, reports El Comercio. In April, the Ubinas recorded intense volcanic activity and consequently caused a mudslide. By chance a team of specialists that were studying the crater witnessed the event and captured it on video. –Peru this Week
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2nd underwater volcano rumbles to life in a week: Kick ‘Em Jenny volcano shaken by seismic swarm off Grenada

Grenada Volcano
July 2015GRENADA An active underwater volcano off Grenada’s northern coast called Kick ’em Jenny was rumbling Thursday and regional disaster authorities were put on alert, though they said it posed no threat of triggering a destructive tsunami. Since its discovery in the 1930s, Kick ’em Jenny has erupted beneath the surface of the Caribbean Sea at least 12 times, most recently in 2001. The volcano, which rises 1,300 meters (4,265 feet) above the seafloor on a steep slope of the Lesser Antilles ridge, hasn’t caused any known deaths or injuries. The Seismic Research Center at the University of the West Indies said seismic activity had increased in the volcano, which sits 8 kilometers (5 miles) north of Grenada. Recreational divers have reported seeing some “degassing” on the seafloor off Grenada’s west coast as gas-rich magma bubbles.
Center researchers put the alert level at “orange,” which means an eruption could take place within 24 hours. An eruption would stir up high waves and heat surrounding waters to boiling temperatures. Scientists say the volcano can also shoot hot rocks up through the water column. Under the alert, all boats must stay at least 5 kilometers (3 miles) from the volcano. Kick ’em Jenny poses the greatest threat to mariners since the gases it releases can lower the density of water so significantly vessels can lose buoyancy and sink. Acting Prime Minister Elvin Nimrod said Kick ’em Jenny poses “no significant threat” to Grenada or other coastal communities on nearby islands for now.
“There is no need to move people away from coastlines,” he told reporters. People were advised to go about their lives normally. But some were jittery as seismic activity ramped up, knocking out Internet service. A new swarm of quakes have begun at the volcano. “People are just wondering what’s next,” said Kendel Mark, a resident of the outlying island of Carriacou. In a 1939 eruption, Kick ’em Jenny shot a cloud of ash 270 meters (900 feet) above the sea surface. Its eruptions since then have been weaker. –ABC News
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63: Underwater volcano erupts off the coast of Taiwan

Taiwan Volcano
July 2015TAIWAN Stunning footage has revealed a rare underwater ‘volcano’ erupting off the coast of Taiwan. As the drone flies over the around Kueishantao Island, off the coast of Taiwan’s Gueishan Island, beautiful bubble plumes can be seen surfacing as volcanic vents erupt underwater. The video was captured by marine scientist Mario Lebrato, 29, from Spain. Mario, who works at the University of Kiel in Germany, said: ‘We were diving to obtain volcanic sulphur, [but] shot an aerial video to explore the area.
‘Will there be a new eruption soon? Only time will tell.’ Kueishantao Island, reaches 1315ft (401m) above sea level at its peak, and is the southernmost of five small volcanic islands off the north-east coast of Taiwan. The island is also known as ‘Turtle Mountain Island’ thanks to its profile as seen from some points on mainland Taiwan. Historical accounts during the time of King Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1775-1795 AD) documented the Guieshan mountain splitting open with a blood-red lava flow. Today, Kueishantao displays vigorous active submarine fumaroles and solfataras that discolor seawater over wide areas. A fumarole is an opening in a planet’s crust, usually close to a volcano, which emits steam and gases such as carbon dioxide, sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen sulphide. A solfataras is a volcanic vent emitting sulphurous gases and water vapour or sometimes hot mud.
Mario captured the footage with Spanish film-maker Daniel Meana, 31, as they were working offshore on a research project with Taiwan Ocean University. Mario said: ‘In the video you can see more than 30 vents, which expel sulphur and carbon dioxide. The seawater comes out of the vents at around 100°C (212°F), but then gets cooled down by the surrounding water. There are also crabs and corals living there we don’t know yet how they are able to survive but these shallow vents with extreme conditions are believed to be where life started on Earth.’ –Daily Mail
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Rare Southern California summer storm breaks rainfall record

California Rain Storm
July 2015CALIFORNIA A second day of showers and thunderstorms in southern and central California was expected to bring heavy rain and set more rainfall records in what is usually a dry month. Rain began to fall Sunday afternoon in parts of Los Angeles County’s mountains, the valley north and inland urban areas to the east. Later in the day, the city got a repeat of scattered showers and occasional downpours from Saturday as remnants of Tropical Storm Dolores off Baja California bring warm, muggy conditions northward. “We have a chance of some more heavy rain in L.A. County this evening, thunderstorms, lightning, possibly some localized street flooding,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Sirard. Rainfall Saturday broke records in at least 11 locations, including five places that had the most rain ever recorded on any day in July, Sirard said.
July is typically the driest month of the year in Southern California. Because of that, the 0.36 inches of rain in downtown Los Angeles Saturday exceeded the 0.24 inch recorded July 14, 1886, which had been the wettest July day in nearly 130 years, Sirard said. “It looks like we’re probably going to get more rain downtown this evening,” Sirard said. “It looks like there’s a good chance the monthly record is going to go up. Really, this is super historic.” The record is especially significant, he said, because downtown Los Angeles has the longest recording climate station, dating to July 1, 1877. The storm brought flash floods and power outages and turned Los Angeles County’s typically packed coast into empty stretches of sand when the threat of lightning forced authorities to close 70 miles of beaches. The popular Santa Monica Pier and its nearby beaches were shuttered.
Last summer, a lightning strike killed a man at Venice Beach and injured about a dozen people. Los Angeles County’s beaches remained open Sunday, despite reports of thunderstorms in the mountains and western San Diego coast during the afternoon. AJ Lester of the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Lifeguard Division said he has been in touch with weather officials and was tracking rain reports. Signs warned beachgoers to avoid storm drain flows into the ocean because of Saturday’s sometimes heavy rain. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health recommends people avoid swimming within 100 yards of a storm drain for 72 hours after heavy rain. “All storm drains flowed out yesterday, but it hasn’t rained much this year, so that doesn’t bode well for the water quality,” Lester said Sunday.
Warnings were also in place for high surf and strong rip currents on all south-facing beaches, including Venice, Santa Monica, Malibu, Zuma, Newport and Huntington, Lester said. Meanwhile, the summer storm has helped firefighters advance on two wildfires that broke out Friday. Muggy, moist conditions were expected to persist through Monday. –Trib Live
BridgeFreeway 10 bridge collapses: But while a heavy rain season could spell long-term relief for California’s landscape, it would test Southern California’s infrastructure. On Sunday afternoon, a creek in Desert Center between The road buckled and collapsed, cutting off one of the state’s vital truck shipping corridors for weeks or, more likely, months. On Monday, Caltrans began inspecting other bridges in the rain-soaked area and found a second one susceptible to collapse. Meanwhile in Moreno Valley, about a dozen homeowners were working to clean up their properties after rock and mudslides sent tons of earth downhill. July rain is so unusual in Southern California that the storm broke a number of records for the month. The 0.36 inch that fell in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday set a record for the most rainfall in July, surpassing the quarter-inch that fell in July 1886, said National Weather Service meteorologist David Sweet. “July is typically the driest month of the year,” weather service meteorologist Scott Sukup said Sunday. “To have that much rain yesterday and another significant storm today is pretty unusual. … For July it’s historical.”Coachella and the Arizona border was overwhelmed and washed out a bridge on the 10 Freeway. –LA Times
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