Sunday 26 May 2019

Pacific Ring Of Fire is ramping itself up with the biggest quake of the year and volcanic activity from New Zealand Philippines and Indonesia

Photo Mount Agung 2019 eruption photo credit AP.

The Pacific Ring of Fire has ramped itself up this weekend with the biggest quake of the year so far, two major volcano eruptions and a swarm of almost 200 quakes in northern New Zealand.

Mount Sinabung Volcano, North Sumatra exploded during last night, generating an ash plume that rose to possibly up to 15 km altitude (50,000ft).
The height of the plume was estimated by VAAC Tokio using satellite imagery.
It quickly drifted and dissipated in southerly directions.

Yesterday, the fiery grumbling colossus, Mount Agung volcano has once again erupted on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali.
Mount Agung volcano spewed out lava and showers of rocks over a distance of about 3 km (2 miles), with ash falling over dozens of villages, officials said.
According to Reuters, authorities had 50,000 masks available as a precaution though the alert level on the volcano remained unchanged and there had been no evacuations.

This morning a massive earthquake with a magnitude of 8.0 stuck northern Peru according to the United States Geological Survey.
The quake, at an “intermediate depth” of around 110 kilometres, was felt around the country and even hundreds of miles away in the capital city of Lima, local authorities reported.

A swarm of earthquakes has rocked White Island, New Zealand with 196 quakes of various magnitudes recorded since Thursday.
White Island, or Whakaari, lies 50km offshore from Whakatane and is an active marine volcano. GeoNet duty volcanologist Natalia Deligne confirmed that a swarm of quakes started on Thursday and over the last 24 hours the rate and magnitude had increased.

On Friday the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) recorded 14 volcanic earthquakes during a 24-hour observation of Taal Volcano in Batangas.
Likewise, based on Phivolcs' field measurements since May 16, the western sector of Taal Volcano's main crater lake yielded an increase in water temperature from 32.2 degrees Celsius (°C) to 33 °C, a decrease in water level from 0.18 meter to 0.08 meter, and decrease in acidity from pH 2.87 to pH 2.83.


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