El Heirro Update – Activity is Increasing! Stay Alert!

Activity over the last 48 hours has increased significantly both in frequency and intensity of earthquakes.  The FARO data is also suggesting increased deformation.  Please pay close attention East Coasters. Here is a recap diary of the most recent activity.

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2013-03-29 16:16 UTC
– A very powerful earthquake has been reported from El Hierro so far.
– People at the island told Julio that this felt as being the strongest so far
– Rockfall has been reported in different places.

2013-03-29 13:11 UTC
Pevolca has met and says in essence what we have been telling all day.
– As seismicity is still at a safe distance from the coast (what is safe ?) no other protective measures should be taken (see earlier Pevolca report for the initial measures below).
– Pevolca also confirms that the seismic activity is moving the the South-West. ER would call it South
– The strong earthquakes are continuing at a high frequency at the time of writing

2013-03-29 11:17 UTC

Impressive seismic activity
– The released energy since the start of this crisis has surpassed the total energy released during the initial eruptive crisis in 2011
– So far today (11 hours) we have counted 51 M3+ earthquakes
– 8 M4+ earthquake – 4 of which have been felt by the people (in fact everything has been felt, but people do not report it anymore). The strongest ones have also been felt at the neighboring islands like La Palma
– Remember the words of local seismologists/volcanologists shortly after the start of this crisis “this crisis will not last long as the feeding source does not have enough energy”. This remark is not meant to be offensive to those scientists, only that we have to be humble when we talk about the unknown aspects of nature.

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2013-03-29 11:00 UTC
– Relatively calm period at this moment
– The seabed depth of the current seismic activity is +2000 meter (+6000 ft) = safe + weakening the shaking impact

2013-03-29 09:42 UTC
– The strong M4.6 earthquake had his epicenter at approx. 6 km out of the coast (thats closer than previous strong earthquakes).
– Hypocenters show a tendency to become shallower again (17 km), with a few shallower ones.
– The seismic active area is still below a relatively flat seabed but the distance to the submarine volcanic hills is gradually decreasing.

2013-03-29 09:07 UTC
– Strong events are following each other up at a high rate today.

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2013-03-29 08:58 UTC
– The volcano does not give up so far. He continues to shake the greater epicenter area and some of these quakes can even be felt at other islands.
– 64 earthquakes listed by IGN so far (they only list the stronger ones now – the real number today must run already into the hundreds)
– Strongest earthquake so far today : M4.3 (initially quoted as M4.6)
– The hypocenters are again in the 20 km layer (like the crisis in mid-2012)
– Deformation is further increasing. The images below are from the Lighthouse GPS station (also western part of the island)
– Epicenters are a little more to the south today, which may explain the deeper hypocenters. Still far enough out of the coast to weaken the earthquake impact on the island. Red bullets are very shallow earthquakes. The red bullet in the Las Calmas sea is erroneous BUT we take special interest in the 2 shallow earthquakes below the South-Western coast of the island. They have been calculated at M2.0 and M2.2, strange … As these quakes are far away from the seismic area it looks to us that these are earthquakes which have been triggered by the deformation of the island. IGN (with a lot more data) will certainly know what is exactly was.
– The strong action is still continuing.

We will update as warranted.

 

Pay Attention, USGS is not!, El Heirro Update

As we continue the monitor the situation in La Palma, What really struck us this morning is that USGS is not even showing ANY activity in the Canary Islands. We witnessed this the last time El Heirro was grumbling, NOTHING from USGS.  Here is the latest screenshot from the USGS EQ site, and as you will notice, even though they are supposed to be reporting and showing every quake over 2.5M, there are NO quakes showing in the Canary Islands.

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UPDATE- El Heirro – March 25, 2013 – 10:00PST

The activity continues and is growing in both magnitude and frequency of harmonic quakes. You can monitor the situation closely at El Heirro Monitoring.  The likelihood of a new submarine eruption in the near future is increasing. Earthquakes and pulsating strong tremor continued with little changes, indicators of magma intruding into new dikes in the western rift zone. There is also a trend towards stronger quakes (about 20 magnitude 3+ events including a M4 this morning) and shallower earthquakes (many at around 11-12 km depth today). This suggests that magma is slowly breaking pathways upwards, i.e. towards the seafloor. The area has remained about 5 km off shore NW from the western tip of the island, ie. under the submarine prolongation of the volcano’s western rift zone. This is where now a new eruption should be expected, if the magma does not decide to migrate laterally once again.

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So keep close watch if you are on the East Coast.  We have received questions about “how bad would it be if the worst case scenario would unfold. Our best guess, and it is a guess, is that a tsunami of 150’ could impact the east coast, with Florida and Georgia feeling the greatest impacts.  So to answer the question of where do you go and when, getting to elevations above 500’ ASL should minimize the danger. If the western face of El Heirro would suddenly calve as a part of an eruption, East Coasters may have 8 hours to act. The real concern we have is how fast MSM would report such an event, which could lose precious evacuation time, and at what time the event would occur. For example, if the eruption occurred at 12 AM or very early morning, people may simply not be aware the event occurred.

The situation remains Yellow, keep close watch.  You can also monitor real time EQ activity here, since USGS chooses not to even consider the danger.

EMSC-CSEM Earthquake Monitoring

More as we get it.

Eruption of the El Hierro Volcano in the Canary Islands? Heads Up East Coast

As we continue monitoring seismic events globally, we on occasion feel there is enough “unusual” activity to issue watches for potentially impacted areas.  Traditionally one of our greatest concerns is the La Palma volcano in the Canary Islands because of a very large risk that such an eruption would generate a potentially dangerous tsunami that would effect the entire east coast and doe so with less than 8 hours notice.

Such events are now occurring. In fact, there is now a Red Alert and evacuations going on in La Restinga .  Check out the map above of recent seismic activity in the area. There have been 155 earthquakes above magnitude 2 today (Saturday) alone. The seismic swarm continues with even increasing intensity, as to both the average magnitude and frequency of earthquakes, as well as amplitude of harmonic volcanic tremor which is oscillating between higher and lower phases. This might correspond to some sort of “stop and go” behavior of magma moving its way through new cracks in the lower crust beneath the island. The location of the epicenters of quakes, the presumed location of the current magma intrusions, is now about 5 km NW of the western tip of the island, and at depths between 10-17 km. No strong upwards trend is yet visible, but this could change quickly.
Today’s earthquake count so far:
– 155 earthquakes > mag 2
– including 15 between M3-3.5

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Earthquakes continue with increasing magnitudes

Update Sat 23 Mar 16:41

The scenario of an eruption in the near future is becoming increasingly likely:
– Volcanic tremor continues, suggesting magma is still moving although mostly laterally for the time being to an area just north off the western tip of the island.
– Earthquakes continue at high frequency and increasing magnitudes (more than 90 quakes above magnitude 2, including 8 of magnitudes 3-3.5 so far today). Their epicenters have remained at 14-16 km depth mostly, with some shallower events as well.
– Deformation of the western part of the island continues to increase, with vertical uplift reaching about 5 cm on some stations in the westernmost part of the island. 

Again folks on the East Coast should pay attention over the next few days.  Check those bug out bags and remember the sooner you get to go the more likely you will get to safety.  If any changes occur we will post them as soon as possible.  this would reflect to a condition Yellow.

What Are We Not Being Told..Or Worse What Don’t We Know

The meteor that streaked across the Russian Skies was reported as the largest in 100 hundred years.  Its size was approximately 70 feet across, and was traveling at between 14,000 and 30,000 MPH.  When it exploded mid-air, the blast was equivalent to 30X a Hiroshima size explosion.  Up to 1200 people were injured (and I am sure many more animals) and damages will be in the billions of Rubles.

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Within a 24 hour period around this event, fireballs were also reported in Cuba, British Columbia, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Japan, with associated sonic booms and witnessed fragmentation.  The experts keep insisting that these events were unrelated. How they know that is not clear. The issue is becoming more complex as today, February 17, 2013, two MORE fireballs have been seen in Florida and over the San Francisco Bay Area.

As a matter of fact, these types of events are a lot more frequent than most people think. On average the American Meteor Society routinely handles 300-500 reports monthly.  However, within the last 30 days they have 895 reports and a significant increase in the reports of sonic booms and fragmentation being seen with witnessed fireballs.

While we can accept that these fireballs may not be orphans of 2012 DA14, we cannot accept that these events are not related.  This many fireballs in this short period of time is related if we are entering some sort of space debris field.

Folks, we are getting a bit concerned here for several reasons.  This increase in activity has been predicted by at least three separate sources or groups as a matter of record.  The FarSight Institute folks made these predictions for this time period nearly two years ago.  Cliff High from Half Past Human made similar predictions starting first in 2003 and then again earlier last fall. Also, we have the predictions that were made and continue to be discussed by Nancy Lieber at ZetaTalk.

These current real events represent a convergence of elements that stretch the argument that these events are purely co-incidental beyond credibility, in our opinion.  It simply is too many events concentrated in a very short time window. It has raised our interest, in particular, because of a lack of reporting all of these items collectively in MSM.

This is further disturbing because near future events showing up on the WebBot project suggest we may be experiencing similar events in late March and these events could precipitate a major trans-global coastal event sometime between late March and early April.

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Given all of these factors, we are now suggesting that we may all need to be prepared (although we are not sure how we should prepare) for possibly more of the events within the next 4-8 weeks.  A major interesting result of 2012 DA 14 was there appeared to be a large EMF/gravity wave associated with the event. That meant that cars, appliances, and electrical sources were briefly affected by the passing of these fireballs.  This does suggest that if we are entering into a “field” of these meteors/asteroids that there could be major disruptions of communications and power grids.  In addition, there have been some concerns being voiced in certain technical disciplines about damage and disruption to communication satellites in orbit.  Finally, given the predictions of major global coastal events, a large body slamming into a major ocean at the speeds being measured in the objects that have already “buzzed” us could definitely trigger major tsunami events.

The other concern we have is that there was no pre-warning to any of these events, with the exception of 2012 DA14.  The question becomes did the USAF Space Weather Program, NASA, JPL, Russian, and ESA tracking facilities not “see” these objects or did they see them and simply have not reported them? Either answer to that question is extremely disturbing to say the least. The age old question raises its ugly head, if we WERE headed into a real storm that will have major consequences, would we be told in advance or would we be “on our own”? Lot’s floating on the conspiracy sites, but we are not paying any attention to these speculations.  The FACTS that are unfolding though do suggest something is happening and it just might be time to recheck all those emergency supplies and “bug-out” kits.  We will certainly post more as we get it.

Tsunami Status Update – Atlantic Region – Remains Yellow

Our last alert was issued on August 30th. Since that time, our concerns over the Virgin Island earthquake swarms have NOT abated.  The Virgin Islands continue to have swarms of earthquakes daily in the 2.5 to 4.5 magnitude range.  However, recent significant quakes along the mid-Atlantic ridge have made these concerns a little more serious for the folks on the east coast, especially from North Carolina to Florida.

There are several factors coming together that concern us enough we are issuing this status update.  Our concern still focuses on the Cumbre Vieja Volcano with a potential collapse and tsunami at La Palma, Canary Islands.

Factor #1 – The swarms of quakes in the Virgin Islands have continued unabated, indicating either significant plate movements or eruptions in deep underwater vents, indicating plate pressure and movements.

Factor#2 – The recent quakes along the mid-Atlantic ridge and the potential for increased seismic and volcanic activity.  What we don’t have is a clear geological understanding of the East-West fault lines connecting the mid-Atlantic ridge to the seismically active regions both in the Virgin Islands and La Palma.

Factor#3 – There has been a significant increase in global seismic activity in the last 30 days.  Patrick Geryl has made more than a causal relationship to this increase in seismic activity and solar flaring , which may be somehow related to quakes.  He has been uncanningly accurate with his associated predictions for a significant period of time now, accurately predicting significant seismic events.   His hypothesis suggests that when the planets align, we can expect increased solar flaring, and the solar flaring causes increased geomagnetic pressure on the tectonic plates.  As such we are about to enter a phase of several significant alignments.  Indeed a significant solar flare has erupted from the sun, is earth directed, and due to arrive tomorrow, October 8, 2012.  In addition, there are more significant alignments due in the next two months.

October 31, 2012: Conjunction Neptune – Mercury and the Sun strong X flare possible   No real earthquake date…

3 Possible 7.5 plus earthquakes:  October 25, 29 or November 1

October 23 – 27, 2012: Opposition Earth – Saturn across the Sun October 24, 2012: Line Up Neptune – Moon – Earth.

October 25 – 30, 2012: Long Triple Line Up: Mars – Earth – Jupiter

October 26, 2012: Line Up Venus – Moon – Earth and Uranus – Moon – Earth

October 29, 2012: Line Up Sun – Moon – Earth and Saturn – Moon – Earth

October 31, 2012: Line Up Mercury – Moon – Earth

October 31 – November 3, 2012: Long Triple Line Up: Uranus – Earth – Venus

November 1, 2012: Line Up Jupiter – Moon – Earth and Mars – Moon – Earth

Why our concern continues to focus on La Palma has to do specifically with recent studies suggesting that geological evidence for a future collapse of the Cumbre Vieja is absolute.  A recent University of California study is, to say the least, sobering.

The issue is that the Cumbre Vieja Volcano on the Island of La Palma may experience a catastrophic failure of its west flank, dropping 150 to 500 km3 of rock into the sea. This would send not one, but a series of tsunamis west bound striking the areas of the US, as we outlined above.  These tsunami pulses could range from 30-40 M to 5-10M in rapid succession within nine hours of the flank collapse. See below.

Therefore, we continue to advise our friends to keep watch and to make sure they have their “bug-out” bags at the ready.  We wish to make clear we are NOT sounding any alarms, but only these elements seem to be combining in such a fashion it bears to be watched closely.

Yellow Alert Status – Tsunami Watch Virgin Island Area/Eastern Caribbean Region

This is a yellow alert bulletin from our watch team.  If you have friends travelling to the region or friends who live there, it is time to at least give them a heads up.  The magnitude and frequency of the earthquake swarms has increased in the last 24 hours prompting this alert.  The region also has a recent history of creating tsunamis and the area of quake activity is on a plate fault line that has had significant movements with previous great quakes.  This is complicated by deep water graduating to very shallow water quickly which can amplify tsunami wave heights very quickly and without much time to react.

Virgin Islands region has had:

  • 14 earthquakes today
  • 118 earthquakes in the past 7 days
  • 141 earthquakes in the past month

 

The 1867 Virgin Island Tsunami

On the afternoon of November 18, 1867, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred in the Anegada trough, located between the US Virgin Islands of St. Croix, and St. Thomas. The earthquake actually consisted of two shocks, separated by ten minutes. These shocks generated two tsunami waves that were recorded at several Island locations across the eastern Caribbean region, most notably on the Islands of St. Thomas and St. Croix.

The first tsunami wave struck the town of Charlotte Amalie, on the island of St. Thomas, approximately 10 minutes after the first shock, and the second wave approximately 10 minutes after the second shock. Both waves struck the harbor at Charlotte Amalie first as a large recession of water, followed by a bore, which eyewitness accounts describe as a 4.5 to 6.1 meter wall of water. At the southern point of Water Island, located approximately four kilometers from Charlotte Amalie, the bore was reportedly 12.1 meters high! The waves destroyed many small boats anchored in the harbor, leveled the town’s iron wharf, and either flooded out or destroyed all buildings located along the waterfront area. The waves also damaged a United States Navy ship De Soto, that happened to be anchored in the harbor at the time of the event. The tsunami produced an estimated 2.4 meters of runup at Charlotte Amalie, and a maximum 75 meter inland inundation.

Fredriksted St. Croix was struck by two large tsunami waves, each approximately 7.6 meters high, according to eyewitness accounts. These waves caused severe damage along the waterfront, washing several wooden houses and other structures a considerable distance inland. The waves destroyed many of the smaller boats anchored in the harbor, and beached a large United States Navy ship, the Monongahela (see photo below). A total of five people died as a result of the tsunami. Eyewitness accounts from Frederiksted indicate that the water withdrew from the harbor almost immediately after the earthquake, which suggests that the first wave to strike here might have been a local tsunami produced by a submarine landslide. Reports from Christiansted, St. Croix, indicate that the tsunami inundated an area up to 91 meters inland. The greatest damage here occurred at Gallows Bay, where the waves destroyed 20 houses and beached many boats.

The 1967 Virgin Island Tsunami

The 1967 Virgin Island tsunami was recorded at several other islands in the eastern Caribbean region. The tsunami produced 1.2 to 1.5 meters of runup, and washed away most of the smaller buildings on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. At St. John’s on the Island of Antigua, the tsunami produced a 2.4 to 2 meter runup. At St. Rose on the island of Guadeloupe, the tsunami reportedly struck as a 18.3 meter wave, flooding houses and damaging boats. This extreme value however, is most likely an exaggeration, as it exceed the maximum wave heights reported at the locations closest to the earthquake’s epicenter, and the tsunami waves reported at nearby Basse-Terre where only 2 meters high. At Bequia Island the tsunami washed in as a 1.8 meter wave. At St. George, on the island of Grenada, 1.5 meter tsunami waves damaged boats and buildings. The tsunami was also observed at several locations on the eastern shore of Puerto Rico. At all location the tsunami was marked by an initial recession of water from the shore.

Coastal Area Yellow Alert- Now May Be The Time To Review Evacuation Plans

As our regular readers know, we are constantly monitoring solar, astrophysical, and geological events as the earth does seem to be going through many dramatic changes.  This summer’s heat and drought, seismic events, Greenland’s ice melt, wandering poles, and increased volcanic activity are just a few of the FACTS to demonstrate these changes.

What we do NOT do is subscribe to all of the crap and disinformation floating the internet these days. We do try our best to stick to facts and empirical data to draw our conclusions.  As that is the background to this alert, please understand that we don’t predict events, but rather look at patterns to see if trends are moving in a certain direction.  You have seen that in our previous warnings and alerts.  This alert is no different.  We are NOT saying there is an impending event, but rather there are indications and events occurring NOW that do bear watching closely.

What we are saying now is that it may be a good idea, if you live near a coast plain to review your emergency evacuation plans and go over them with your families and friends to make sure you are prepared to move away from the coast at a moment’s notice.  If and when a warning would come, the faster you can mobilize, the less likely you are going to be trapped on evacuation routes.  One only has to remember Houston or New Oleans during Katrina to understand what we are saying.

Now here is what we are seeing and why we are publishing this alert at this time.

1). Over the past two months, and more specifically over the last two weeks we have seen a marked uptick in volcanic activity, especially in the southern hemisphere.  Volcanos that have been dormant for 100 years or more have started to show activity, especially in New Zealand. There are currently 17 volcanos erupting globally, and that is about 2x average.

2). We have seen a dramatic increase in 6.0+ earthquakes in the last week, and other significant earthquakes in areas that normally are not seismically active.  Further earlier today we had a 7.7 earthquake off the North Japanese Island.  What was worrisome about this quake was not its potential to produce a tsunami, but its depth at over 500+ Kilometers in depth.  This signifies a deep whole plate movement and could indicate plate adjustments in both adjoining plates and opposite plates could occur as a response to this movement.

3). In the US, there have been many reports of unusually military movements in the US.  There have also been naval movements including moving a ship out of drydock and towed to sea at Norfolk.  This just doesn’t happen.

4). Remote viewers from FarSight.Org have been seeing a major coastal event that was seen occurring between August and January of 2013 in MANY coastal cities globally for months now. We know a number of our readers aren’t sure they buy into RV as a science, but these guys are the best in the world and have been amazingly accurate in the past.

After much thought and given these facts, we felt it prudent to issue this alert.  Again, let us emphasize, we are not making any predictions here of an impeding event, as we simply do not have such an ability.  What we are saying to you this may be a good time to review plans and make sure you all know what to do and all of your loved ones do too.  If nothing else, it is always a good idea to exercise such plans.

El Heirro Status Remains Yellow – Deformation Continues.

On the night of 24 June, a M 3.1 earthquake occurred offshore N of El Hierro island at a depth of 20 km. After that event, both the seismic activity and the deformation greatly increased. The seismicity, initially located N of the island in the El Golfo area, migrated S, then later to the W, along the E-W rift zone. On 27 June, the Plan de Protección Civil por Riesgo Volcánico (PEVOLCA) raised the Alert Level to Yellow (on a three-color, traffic-light scale) for areas near El Julan (along the SW coast) and La Dehesa; The Alert Level remained at Green for the rest of the island.

On 28 June, seismicity migrated to the SW in Las Calmas Sea and remained SW of the island, mainly offshore, until 3 July. The depth of the events was concentrated around 20 km. Since 24 June, more than 1,500 events have been located, and more than 250 of those events were M 2.7 and higher and often felt by residents. The biggest event was a M 4.4 that occurred on 2 July at 2242, located offshore SW the island, at 19 km depth. High deformation rates were measured by every GPS station on the island, reaching 8 cm in the horizontal component and about 10 cm of vertical displacement.

WHY THE CONCERN:

El Heirro represents the biggest threat of an East Coast tsunami, which could occur with less than 8 hours notice.  The last documented eruption was 550 BC and the resultant tsunami was devastating to the east coast.  There was also a questionable eruption in 1793, but documentation of that eruption is somewhat sketchy.  The NW facing 1500 m escarpment is the major concern and El Hierro is definitely due for a major eruption and for the second time in less than a year, is showing an inclination to erupt.

Geologic Summary. The triangular island of Hierro is the SW-most and least studied of the Canary Islands. The massive Hierro shield volcano is truncated by a large NW-facing escarpment formed as a result of gravitational collapse of El Golfo volcano about 130,000 years ago. The steep-sided 1500-m-high scarp towers above a low lava platform bordering 12-km-wide El Golfo Bay, and three other large submarine landslide deposits occur to the SW and SE. Three prominent rifts oriented NW, NE, and south at 120 degree angles form prominent topographic ridges. The subaerial portion of the volcano consists of flat-lying Quaternary basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and tuffs capped by numerous young cinder cones and lava flows. Holocene cones and flows are found both on the outer flanks and in the El Golfo depression. Hierro contains the greatest concentration of young vents in the Canary Islands.

The triangular island of Hierro is the SW-most and least studied of the Canary Islands. The massive Hierro shield volcano is truncated by a large NW-facing escarpment formed as a result of gravitational collapse of El Golfo volcano about 130,000 years ago. The steep-sided 1500-m-high scarp towers above a low lava platform bordering 12-km-wide El Golfo Bay, and three other large submarine landslide deposits occur to the SW and SE. Three prominent rifts oriented NW, NE, and south at 120 degree angles form prominent topographic ridges. The subaerial portion of the volcano consists of flat-lying Quaternary basaltic and trachybasaltic lava flows and tuffs capped by numerous young cinder cones and lava flows. Holocene cones and flows are found both on the outer flanks and in the El Golfo depression. Hierro contains the greatest concentration of young vents in the Canary Islands. Uncertainty surrounds the report of an historical eruption in 1793.

East Coast residence are all focused on the tremendous heat and power loss at the moment and I understand hearing about a potential tsunami is the last thing you want to hear, but this is a potential reality and you should pay close attention at least for the next few weeks.

El Heirro Situation Update and Yellow Alert for the East Coast.

In our continuing effort to monitor geo-physical conditions that could affect us we must once again elevate the alert for a potential East Coast tsunami related to a potential of a major eruption of El Heirro. This is not to say an eruption is eminent, however both the presence of multiple HARMONIC quakes and rapid island bulging indicates that El Heirro is not as stable as previously thought.

It has been a few months now since the eruption at El Hierro in the Canary Islands was declared “over”. There may be some passive degassing on the seafloor from the new vent that formed at depth to the south of the island, but things had settled down. Even the people of Restinga were putting the eruption in the past, with both webcams taken offline and the guarantee of €600,000 (~$750,000) from the government to aid fishermen whose livelihoods had been altered by the closed fisheries. However, with any active volcano, it can be difficult to predict when exactly an eruptive cycle is truly done.

However starting late last week, seismicity under the island has resumed and its manifestation is very similar to what we saw last summer during the lead up to the eruption of El Hierro in October 2011. Over 50 earthquakes have been recorded at El Hierro, some as large as ~M3.5 and AVCAN thinks that the new seismicity suggests that magma is moving in the same conduits as the fall 2011 activity. The earthquakes are, as of June 23, were still deep – upwards of 15-25 km below the surface. This likely supports the idea that there is new magma entering the El Hierro system at depth. Now, last summer it took months of constant seismicity before we saw any surface manifestation (the submarine vent at ~88 meters depth), so we may not know if this new intrusion of magma will lead to new eruptions until the fall.

Then by last Monday, June 25th, the unusually strong earthquake swarm under El Hierro Island continued, harmonic volcanic tremor had reappeared short time ago at about 16h10 UTC. The tremor, a low-frequency ground vibration, is thought to be caused by moving magma. It had been strong last Sunday and Monday and correlated well with a southward propagation of earthquake locations, suggesting that magma at about 20 km depth flew from underneath the El Golfo area towards the EL Julan (south) coast, in a similar way as before the Oct 2011 eruption, but became blocked there, and did not reach the southern rift zone near La Restinga. After the cease of tremor in the afternoon, earthquakes still continued at high rate, marking a record figure with over 180 quakes larger than M2 Sunday alone, and more than 150 quakes larger than M1.5 on Monday. In other words, pressure continued to cause wide-spread rock fracturing underground and cause small intrusions of fluids. Now, the re-appearance of tremor could mean that magma is moving again somewhere underneath the island. Where to and whether or not it might reach the surface and initiate a new eruption is difficult to know at the moment. It is essential to continue to monitor location and magnitude of earthquakes.

AS of Friday, following days of almost continual earthquakes, residents of the small Canary island of El Hierro are once again living in fear of a volcanic eruption as their island begins to lift. According to the National Geographic Institute of Spain, increases in seismic activity on the island has seen literally hundreds of earthquakes, known as a swarm, shaking the island and gradually increasing in strength since June 25. Around 750 earthquakes have been recorded although few have been strong enough to be felt by the residents until the last two days The island has been placed on yellow alert by the security committee in charge of operations as the earthquakes increase. The largest so far was registered at 4.0 on the Richter scale on Wednesday June 27. More frightening for the approximately 10,000 residents is the fact that a bulge has developed in the island, lifting it five centimetres in four days. Whereas the volcanic activity of 2011 was based out at sea, this time the magma appears to be forming right underneath the island and the pressure is building. Scientists on the island are using the position of the earthquake epicentres to try and work out where the magma from the volcano will come to the surface.The longer it takes to find a vent, the more the pressure from the magma will grow and the larger any possible eruption is likely to be.

Earthquake Report says that PEVOLCA (Civil Protection from Volcanic Risk) has said that there is an acceleration in the flow of magma, with a “clear process of inflation”. As reported by Digital Journal on June 25, the island suffered serious seismic activity last year, resulting in an undersea volcanic cone as can be seen in the video. However, over time, the activity died down and it was thought by experts that was the end of the event. The research vessel ‘Hesperides’ which had been investigating went home and the live cameras were turned off. Now the ‘Hesperides’ is hurrying back to the island but the cameras have not as yet been turned back on. The website Decoded Science, in an article by Jennifer Young, explains how magma chambers work and how scientists are processing information from volcanoes to learn more about predicting possible eruptions. It is this activity that the scientists on the ‘Hesperides’, in conjunction with those on the island itself, will be studying in an effort to try and predict if and when the volcano under El Hierro will erupt. Official reports have been few and far between and the Spanish media has concentrated rather more on the football and the economy than the volcano growing under one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations, just as the season gets into full swing.

Welcome to 2012 –The Year of You

We have begun the year that probably has more words written about it on the internet than any other subject, literally billions of words.  The year the Mayans predict the end of the world as we know, or at least that’s the popular belief of the Mayan calendar.

We are certainly in an interesting time.  Last year at this time we were talking about the EU crisis and said 2011 may be the end of the EU as we know it.  At the beginning of 2012, the collapse of the EU is now almost certain.

In February of 2011, we said it was going to be an Arab spring, a European summer, and an American fall, and all of that seemed also to play out as we had envisioned.  We also envisioned 2011 to be the year of OMG TV.

So what were the OMG TV events?  Well certainly the death of Osama Bin Laden was such a moment.  The fall of Libya and the death of Quaddafi qualifies for that award, and then there was the head of the IMF literally caught chasing chambermaids through the halls of a New York hotel.  The release of Amanda Knox in Italy was hoped for, but we were still surprised when it happened.

However, nothing compared to the stream of clowns running for the Republican nomination for the office of the president of the United States.  Who can forget Sarah Palin recalling the ride of Paul Revere to warn THE BRITISH! Michele Bachman, candidate and serving member on the Senate Intelligence Committee pledging to work diligently to prevent China from getting nuclear weapons! Tough task considering China has had nuclear weapons since the 50’s.

Yes, we certainly had our OMG moments as well.  Witnessing the “police” responding to the various protestors globally has its own set of memorable images.

Global disasters exceeded anyone’s expectations or predictions, and the “sinking” of Indonesia, Malaysia, and some portions of Thailand is going relatively unreported.  Earthquakes, especially those of magnitude 6.0 or greater were statistically more significant during the year as well.

2011 lived up to the hype and more.  So the real question, are we in the end times?  The answer is yes and no.  Yes, I do believe 2012 will be a year of such dramatic change that it will change civilization as we know.  No, it is not the end of the world.  Pole shifts or crustal displacement, or huge solar flares are always possible as they have been any previous year.

Will there be more natural disasters, yes, but again I don’t think at this point that these will be the defining issues of 2012.  The defining issues will focus on the economy and the stacked deck we now call our governments and how we are governed.

This will be the year of secrets revealed, and desperate elite and politicians seeking to escape the backlash of public reaction.  This is be the year of YOU.

I have a sense we have reached a critical point of global awareness and awakening.  We will begin to dismantle the CORPGOV system that have regulated us and begin to reform our governments to reflect the need of the people, the economy, and the global issues that affect us all.

There seems to be a huge release of tension in March of this year that signifies the beginning of the effort globally and ironically there is no further building of tensions through 2014.  Our future generally is trumpeting to us now to take responsibility. It is up to us now.  There is nothing we need, nothing we can learn any further from the past. We must act and act we will.

So you are sitting there at your computer, still not feeling empowered or for that matter, motivated.  What is this nut rambling about now.  Get off your butts and take back control of all aspects of your life. The universe has conspired to make this the time to really achieve our long wished vision for peace and prosperity for all. All we have to do is act now.

Here are some suggestions of what we each can do as individuals.

1. Buy Local Food: One of the most powerful cartels that has their tentacles into government is the food cartel. Their agenda has been to control the basic resources of food (corn, wheat, soy, rice).  The best way to conquer this cartel is by eating local; produce your own food, join and contribute to local cooperatives, and engage your neighbors and community for more local food solutions.  Local co-ops are also a great place to trade locally crafted goods and even services. Obviously, do your best to avoid GMO food and eat organically when you can.  Finally, be vocal and active in your opposition to GMO foods and the cartel control of the FDA.

2. Become More Self-Sufficient:  Our modern society has made us dependent on something or someone other than ourselves for most necessities such as electricity, food, water, medicine, security, and education. This dependence puts us at the direction or disposal of the cartel state. Therefore, the only entity that has the power to grant us liberty is ourselves; and we can take back our independence through self-sufficiency. Being self-sufficient means learning skills that will help you and your family survive economic downturns or other emergencies.  These skills may also help you to be less dependent on your job as they’ll make you a useful independent producer. Lead your neighborhood and community toward production and away from dependence.

3. Get Healthier: The increasing pace of life seems to offer a wealth of distractions from the importance of living a truly healthy and free life.  Our modern world offers easy choices like fast-food in place of fresh produce; TV in place of reading, exercise, or meditation; Internet social networks in place of meaningful personal relationships, etc.  Identify the areas lacking in your own life and resolve to make the necessary changes that will increase your physical fitness, mental acuity, and your spiritual evolution.  These three areas are what truly sustain us in both good times and bad — not smart phones, computer games, and the virtual world.

4. Buy Silver and Gold: America desperately needs a monetary revolution before the dollar experiment completely collapses. Like all revolutions this must start from a groundswell of rebellious action.  A good place to start is to convert your devaluing dollars to physical gold and silver.  This will punish the banks, especially JP Morgan and the Federal Reserve, as well as protect your assets. Furthermore, if the dollar continues to collapse, silver and gold may well become a viable currency in society once again, as it already is in some parts of Michigan. Buying junk silver is something anyone can afford to do and is highly recommended.

5. Expose the Agenda: The “agenda” is one of consolidation of wealth, power, and control in every facet imaginable. The international elite are approaching near one-world control, which they call full spectrum dominance of economies and societies.  In other words; national, local, and individual sovereignty is all but gone.  It is extremely important to engage your local community, especially community leaders and police, to reiterate their obligation to serve the local community under the Constitution, and not to follow illegal Federal demands. Above all, do not give in to the temptation of apathy as you begin to learn more about the systems of control.  These systems first count on your ignorance, then they count on laziness.  Finally, say what you stand for such as peace, liberty, and genuine justice with even more force than shouting about what you oppose.

6. Boycott: In the U.S. it has become obvious that a system has taken hold which is economically designed for one thing: consumption.  This is the value that each person has been given from birth.  So, one key way to assert your power and value in such a system is to vote with your wallet.  Every purchase you make either contributes to, or boycotts this corporatist structure.  Become aware of who the real owners are and what inhumane practices are behind the products you purchase, so that you can make intelligent choices that support your health and promote justice.  Additionally, it is important to learn the true contents of the products you buy, so that you don’t fall prey to slick advertising and corporate misdirection. Join or create campaigns to educate shoppers and force better labeling of products so it is easier for others to consciously boycott them.  Lastly, beyond the brick-and-mortar world, 2012 could very well see the end of the Internet as we know it.  It is time to boycott companies that are actively taking part in the eradication of our Internet freedom.

7. Local Politics: Federal politics has long ago sold out to the higher authorities that fund their multi-million dollar campaigns. However, it is your involvement in small town politics and community initiatives that can make the most tangible difference for you and your neighbors. The future will be built from the ground up, starting right in your own neighborhood. Everything from removing chemicals from public water, to throwing the TSA out of your local airport, or refusing military recruitment or fusion centers in protest of the war on terror, can be accomplished at the local level.  Each minor victory will send shockwaves to other small communities and the country as a whole, so be sure to document the steps you have taken to achieve victory, then share your story for others to emulate.

8. Military refusal: Do not contribute to fraudulent wars, and do not succumb to the pressure of feeling “unpatriotic.”  There are countless groups of veterans who have seen through the government lies that have led to unnecessary deaths, as well as the financial destruction of the country.  There is, in fact, no more patriotic action that can be taken than to demand that our military be used properly to strengthen the country, rather than to weaken it. For some, there is absolutely no excuse for war, ever, and merely the act of showing up contributes to this affliction.  It is a profound resolution of courage to live by your convictions.  So, if opposing the fraudulent wars is your main issue, file as a conscientious objector and contribute to peace instead of war.

9. Don’t Use Banks: The banks have proven to be some of the most immoral, dare we say “evil,” institutions on the planet. Besides their Ponzi-style Wall Street casino and mortgage/foreclosure fraud, they also profit heavily from wars, Mexican drug gangs, and fleecing the public in myriad ways. Some are finding their actions so horrific that they’d prefer to default on their debts rather than give them another dime. That may be extreme given the consequences; however, we can at least vow not to take on any new bank financing of any kind — mortgages, credit cards, or car loans, etc. Where possible, bank with local credit unions instead of the big banks that make up the cartel.  Another powerful action is to start or support a regional competing currency.

10. Read or Watch the Foreign Press

The US media view of the world is corporate-centric.  In other words, US Mainstream Media (the MSM) does not present all sides of all news.  That’s because they know which side their bread is buttered on.  It is buttered by those same folks who write the checks to DC law firms to help “explain” an industry position also who enjoy interlocking directorships; that’s the “good old boy” network that maintains and defends the status quo.

For “Acts of God” news, such as floods, fires, and so forth, they generally do a good job.  But on issues like “Why did we go into Iraq in the first place?” and “Other than opium money and pipeline rights, what justifies the war in Afghanistan?” they don’t fare very well.

Where there’s a war, there is a line of Fortunate 500 companies.  And not all, but many of them, will directly profit from solving international problems with a stick instead of a carrot.

Foreign web sites, Free to Air TV including the book on Amazon “Build your own Free-To-Air Satellite TV System”put free TV within everyone’s reach.

11.  Promise to be in Better Shape Next Year

Not everyone needs to lose weight.  But, almost everyone can eat better, exercise more and get a check-up.  Even if you can’t afford it, most fire stations will put on a blood pressure cuff and tell you how you’re doing on that score, even if you’re homeless.

We hold to the idea that in order to help others, we need to first help ourselves.  So with these first three resolutions for the New Year we figure there will be some physical, intellectual and political health beyond where things are this year.

This one – being in better shape – isn’t a matter of money in most cases, just a matter of commitment.

12.  Grow Something – Anything

Oxygen levels worldwide are declining.  Almost six years ago Peter Douglas Ward came out with his book “Out of Thin Air: Dinosaurs, Birds, and Earth’s Ancient Atmosphere”.  In Chapter 2, he notes, in part, that “…not so far back in Earth’s history, perhaps only 5 million years ago, oxygen levels were significantly higher than now, while less than 100 million years ago, oxygen levels were significantly lower than today…”

We’re looking down the barrel of a centuries-long gun on environmental issues, whether we like it, or not.  Peak Oil will occur at some point and it’s likely to set off global war over remaining resources.  And what’s continuing around the world today is the wholesale conversion of a sustainable future into today’s marketable products.

Whether it’s growing food or planting trees, or perhaps even going to meetings on open spaces or public agriculture such as “pea patch” plots, please grow something this year.  It’s cheap, too.

Remember:  Forests and almost all the varieties of food we eat managed to perpetuate themselves without corporate assistance for millions of years.

13.  Turn Your Time Into Money

You may not think about this one very often, but the fact is, most people have three states of being:  Making money, spending money, or sleep.  We resolve to sleep more fitfully and to turn down the spending money time to increase the making money time.  Check out Kill Your TV for some ideas.

14.  Take Action Against Patenting Life

That all existing forms of Life are in the public domain should be obvious.  So are any and all possible combinations.  Consider if you will the Minotaur imagery of ancient Greece.  From those fanciful moments forward, any combination of once “live” elements is in the public domain.

The rest, sadly, is greed-driven exploitation of the financial system for corporate gain.  We would not mix poisons and jellyfish into our plants unless there was an economic incentive to do so.  Nature spent millions of years optimizing the planet and to think the lab coat clowns can improve things may be true in the very short term.

Your action doesn’t have to be expensive:  Support of organic farmers, saying “No!” to Gestapo-like raids on fresh food dealers, or if you’re on a jury in the coming year, listening with your heart instead of being guided solely by laws which were bought and paid for by Franken-food lobbyists.  Tell your Home Owners Association it’s OK to keep a couple of chickens in the back yard, too.

15.  Resist the Police State

The War on Terror is a massive employment scheme.  We get that.  We know that a few radicals somewhere else in the world could be a problem here in America.  But does it make sense to strip-search people in their 80’s and 90’s who are no more terrorists than the Man in the Moon?

Americans were sold a bill of goods with a side order of political correctness.  All 19 hijackers on 9/11 were from Saudi Arabia.  None from Afghanistan and not one from Iraq.

This coming year, as ever more intrusive and unreasonable searches are propagated by a power-thirsty TSA which is now reaching into bus and railroad stations, cooperate only to the degree required by law – no more – and then vote in November according to your experiences.

16.  Demand Just Courts

The most recent appointees to the US Supreme Court have been characterized as believing in a “Living Constitution” – code words for runaway Justices who can’t seem to comprehend the simple language of the Founders.  They don’t belong there.

17.  Believe in Something Greater than Yourself

If we could just get this one right, the rest of our issues would take care of themselves.  Decide to distance from groups that define members by how “others” are different and migrate to those which are organized around “how we’re all the same…” Near as we can tell, all souls weigh the same regardless of race, creed, gender, persuasion, or national origin.

While history will be the final judge of how effective civil resistance was during 2011, what Tahrir Square, Tunesia, Libya, Bahrain, and the Occupy Movements in the US taught us as a fact. Peaceful resistance can effect change.

This change is not about violence, revolution or war as some would have you believe.  It is about effecting change peacefully. It is not about tearing down governments, but restructuring government from the community level and then upwardly creating the environment for change. It is all about us.  It is all up to you.

As Gandhi said, “There is no path to peace; peace is the path.”