Volcanoes Rumble Across the Planet as 2014 Draws to a Close

Volcanoes

Re-blogged excerpts from The Extinction Protocol

The KJV of the Bible offers many examples of the phrase “fire and brimstone.” Brimstone is sulfur (British spelling, sulphur).

  • In Genesis 19, God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah for their immoral homosexuality via a rain of fire and brimstone.
  • In Deuteronomy 29, the Israelites were threatened with the same punishment if they abandoned their covenant with God.
  • Divine judgments involving fire and sulphur are prophesied against Assyria (Isaiah 30), Edom (Isaiah 34), Gog (Ezekiel 38), and all the wicked (Psalm 11).
  • The ultimate book of wrath, Revelation, shows God using the punishment with fire and brimstone throughout.
  • “And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Rev 20:10, KJV)

Although God has promised judgment to finally rid evil in this world, His promise of peace is coming as well; a new time of peace on earth.

  • “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.”  Isa 54:10 
  • “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”  Romans 6:23  

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Mexico – People living near the Popocatepetl volcano in Mexico had an explosive New Year’s celebration. The volcano had almost 30 eruptions in less than 24 hours, according to the latest update. People within 10 km have been asked by Mexican officials to evacuate their homes. The Centre for Disaster Prevention released a press release on Wednesday where they said that the volcano had erupted 28 times and released smoke more than 450 times. At least five strong tremors were also felt in the area.

Mexico – The Colima volcano in western Mexico is continuing to produce emissions that have put civil protection authorities in the states of Jalisco and Colima on alert, and they are not ruling out undertaking a possible evacuation of local residents if the situation worsens, officials said Monday.

Kamchatka – Russia’s Land of Fire and Ice – The volcano, the highest mountain in the Kamchatka peninsula is active again after one year’s relative calm. ‘The crater is filling up with fresh lava and volcano’s activity is steadily growing. There is a constant volcanic trembling, thermal anomaly and glow above the crater’, said the Kamchatka branch of the Geophysical Service of the Russian Academy of Sciences. There is a warning to aircraft flying at 6,000 meters altitude. Klyuchevskaya Sopka, also known as Klyuchevskoi – which rises some 4,750 meters above the sea level – is one of the planet’s most active volcanoes.

Cape Verde – Many local Cape Verdeans have traveled to Chã das Caldeiras, a picturesque village in the crater of a volcano on one the archipelago’s islands. It is renowned for its homemade goat cheese and full-bodied wines.  Now they are rallying to help the 3,000 residents who had to be rescued from the area around the village, which lies in ruins after lava and smoke began pouring from the volcano on the island of Fogo two weeks ago.   Full blog here.

Time-bomb?  Iceland Volcanic Eruption Mystery – Ground Sinking Below Lava Build-up By a Foot a Day

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SKAFTAFELL, Iceland — Just north of here, on the far side of the impenetrable Vatnajokull ice sheet, lava is spewing from a crack in the earth on the flanks of Bardarbunga, one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes.

By volcanologists’ standards, it is a peaceful eruption, the lava merely spreading across the landscape as gases bubble out of it. For now, those gases — especially sulfur dioxide, which can cause respiratory and other problems — are the main concern, prompting health advisories in the capital, Reykjavik, 150 miles to the west, and elsewhere around the country.

But sometime soon, the top of Bardarbunga, which lies under as much as half a mile of ice, may erupt explosively. That could send plumes of gritty ash into the sky that could shut down air travel across Europe because of the damage the ash can do to jet engines. And it could unleash a torrent of glacial meltwater that could wipe out the only road connecting southern Iceland to the capital. All of that could happen.

Then again, it may not. Such are the mysteries of volcanoes that more than four months after Bardarbunga began erupting, scientists here are still debating what will happen next.

Of greater concern is what is happening at Bardarbunga’s caldera, the wide, deep valley at the top of the mountain that is filled with hardened magma from past eruptive activity.

Earthquake data and GPS measurements show that this hardened magma, which acts like a plug, is sinking, probably as the hot magma below it escapes through the fissure to the north.

The subsidence is astonishingly rapid, about a foot a day, and the question is how much more of this the plug can take before it breaks up. “As of now, the system seems to be relatively stable,” Einarsson said. “But it’s almost certain that this can’t last very long, and that’s what people are worried about.

Because this plug is bound to disintegrate as it moves so much.” If the plug cracks apart, the hot magma below would have a new, easier path to the surface — straight up — where it would combine with ice to cause a steam-magma explosion.

Such an eruption could create a large plume of ash that could disrupt air travel, as the eruption at another Icelandic volcano did in 2010. Its effects on the surrounding region could be catastrophic as well, with glacial meltwater collecting in the caldera until it overflows, causing a vast flood.  Full blog here.

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