Monday 15 February 2021

Keep an eye on the Pacific Ring Of Fire this week: Explosive activity in Guatemala at the Fuego volcano and the Pacaya Volcano as 42 volcanoes worldwide showing activity with 37 along The Pacific Ring Of Fire after two powerful mag 7+ quakes in the Pacific last week

Guatemalan rescue services reported that the Fuego volcano, located 50km away from the capital city of Guatemala, has started to erupt, Prensa Libre newspaper report says. Lava flows reach up to 1.5 km long, and a column of ash rises above the volcano, spreading up to 5 km away, the report says. There were no reports of evacuation yet. Last time, Fuego erupted on June 3, 2018, which led to deaths of over 200 people. Just down the road from the Fuego volcano, authorities at the Pacaya Volcano have issued an Ash Advisory as explosive activity continues. Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Washington warned about a volcanic ash plume that rose up to estimated 12000 ft (3700 m) altitude or flight level 120.

Incredibly at the moment, there are 42 volcanoes worldwide showing activity or erupting around the world with 37 of them active around the Pacific Ring of Fire which has been in the news last week when 6 major quakes, mag 6 or higher, two of them in in the range mag 7+, also rocked the Pacific Ring Of Fire. 

One of them a mag 7.1, east of Fukushima caused an amount of water to spill out from the pools in Fukushima, where nuclear waste is stored, Tokyo Electric Power stated on Sunday. According to the company, the powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake that hit the country on Saturday affected the pools. The water, however, didn't cause any major changes in the radiation levels in the area, the statement read. In the meantime, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has stated that the quake did not damage any nuclear facilities. The Japanese nuclear power plant was severely damaged in March 2011, after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake in the Pacific Ocean caused a massive tsunami.

A magnitude 7.7 which rocked Southeast of the Loyalty Islands last Thursday in the South Pacific and was accompanied by an incredible 94 aftershocks most of them in the mag 5+ range, however, the rumbling has since tapered off.

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