Iceland’s Eyjafjoell volcano erupted in 2010 emitting between 150,000 and 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) per day, a figure placing it in the same emissions league as a small-to-medium European economy experts said.
A brief look around the Internet whilst writing today reveals some of the following current volcanic activity.
Kirishima volcano near Kagoshima town on Kyushu Island exploded violently earlier today (13 March), sending an ash plume to 4 km elevation. This is the first significant activity since March 1. It cannot be ruled out, but probably remains speculation that the violent 8.9 magnitude earthquake on 11 March played a role in the reawakening of Kirishima.
A new eruption started at Karangetang volcano yesterday 11 March (the day the massive Japan earthquake markes history). Karangetang is located on the remote Island of Api Siau north of Northern Sulawesi in Indonesia. Most likely, the new activity consists of strombolian activity, and perhaps intermittent phases of lava fountaining.
The main hazard from Karangetang’s frequent eruptions are pyroclastic flows triggered by collapse of material from lava flows and the lava dome on the summit crater on top of the very steep stratovolcano. The last eruption in August 2010 killed 4 people by such flows.
Waking up? Ruapehu volcano who last erupted in 1995-96 might be heading towards a new eruptive cycle. The temperature of the crater lake has increased to 40C and other indicators such as seismicity and deformation all point towards a gradual reawakening.
I lost count of the current active volcanoes on planet Earth, but there are somewhere in the region of 12 active volcanoes listed for the week 2 March – 8 March 2011 and I suspect that many of these will be spewing catastrophic amounts of ash, dust, and C02 into our atmosphere.
When you convince nature herself to stop spewing forth carbon dioxide, then I might listen to the Earth Hour people explaining why my television set, refrigerator and ceiling light should be turned off.
March 26th 2011 is simply another big advertising campaign….. to make you feel bad if you don’t co-operate. Our Children are being indoctrinated. Get them young, fully indoctrinate them and change the world…… It seems to me that a certain power in Germany tried the same thing. By 1939 it was virtually compulsory to be a member!
Think on that for a few minutes before you let them lead you up a blind alley!
Maybe you would like to revisit the blog – ‘something in the air’….. a refresher of what is spewing into the atmosphere.