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This Week in Volcano News – Hunga Tonga is Erupting, Hualalai Earthquake

In the last week, it was discovered that the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano is still erupting. New information shows that the volcano produced a VEI 6 eruption, deepening its caldera by more than 700 meters or 2000 feet. Meanwhile in Hawaii, a moderate magnitude earthquake occurred on the flanks of the Hualalai volcano, leading some to suspect that it … Continue reading

This Week in Volcano News – Yellowstone Earthquake, Unrest at Andes Supervolcano

In the last week, there was significant seismic activity at a supervolcano. One of these supervolcanoes has an ongoing intrusion of magma at 3 miles or 5 kilometers depth in Chile and could produce an eruption in the next several months. Also, in Yellowstone National Park, a magnitude 4.2 quake occurred which led some people to speculate that it was … Continue reading

536 AD, the Year the Sky Went Dark

“Weather patterns were severely affected by the blocked sunlight, leading to summer snowfall in China and the lowest temperature levels in more than 2,300 years..” by Mark Puleo via AccuWeather Headline Image: The moon passing in front of the sun during an annular solar eclipse on Jan. 4, 2011. (NASA/Hinode/XRT) You wake up to a dark, dreary, glum-feeling, Monday-type of … Continue reading

We Will Go Extinct But That’s Okay: Earth’s History Suggests New Life Forms Will Substitute Humanity

“According to Halliday, unless we pursue massive global cooperation, the world will probably enter another era of mass extinction, losing all flora and fauna (including humans), similar to the one that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago.” by Daria Bedenko via Sputniknews Photo by Andrey Metelev – Unsplash The possible extinction of humanity has long troubled the minds of … Continue reading

Plumes From Earth’s Mantle Could Cause Supervolcano Eruptions, Continental Breakdown

“This instability can have a lot of implications for the surface tectonics, and also earthquakes and supervolcanic eruptions…” by Andrei Dergalin via Sputniknews Image: CC BY-SA 2.0 / Argonne National Laboratory / Composition of Earth’s mantle The new research suggests that the two large low-shear-velocity provinces, located beneath Africa and the Pacific respectively, differ in how close to the surface … Continue reading

Could the Earth Itself be an Intelligent Entity ?

“According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Astrobiology, there may be more to the so-called “Gaia hypothesis” than it might first appear.“ via Unexplained-Mysteries A new study has looked into the possibility that our planet is not simply a ball of water, metal and rock. The Earth is the only home we’ve ever known – but … Continue reading

New maps from the Department of Natural Resources show the potential flooding impact from a tsunami caused by a 9.0 earthquake along the Cascadia subduction zone.
Geologists Map 9.0 Magnitude Quake’s Impact on the Cascadia Subduction Zone

“Community members are encouraged to have at least 30 days of supplies as it may take days or weeks before help can access you and your home after a large earthquake.” by Matthew Nash via Sequim Gazette Image Caption: New maps from the Department of Natural Resources show the potential flooding impact from a tsunami caused by a 9.0 earthquake … Continue reading

Stock image shows artist's 3D render of a cross section of the Earth. The inner core of the planet reaches temperatures as hot as the surface of the sun and drives key phenomena like the magnetic field and earthquakes.
Earth’s Core is in a Weird Superionic State: ‘Quite Abnormal’

“The latest findings could have implications for our understanding of processes that relate to Earth’s core. These include volcanism, earthquakes and Earth’s magnetic field, the authors said.” BY ORLANDO JENKINSON via Newsweek Image Caption/Credit: Stock image shows artist’s 3D render of a cross section of the Earth. The inner core of the planet reaches temperatures as hot as the surface … Continue reading

Geologists ‘Closely Monitoring’ Rising Magma Under Oregon Volcanic Region

“We believe that the magma is rising about four miles below the surface. And, and so associated with that, a lot of times you’ll have very small earthquakes,” Burns said. “In December and in January, we had a series of very small earthquakes, showing that there is some movement of magma. The question is, what type of magma is it … Continue reading

Earth is Spinning Faster Now than it Was 50 Years Ago

“But in the past decade or so, Earth’s rotational slowdown has … well, slowed down. There hasn’t been a leap second added since 2016, and our planet is currently spinning faster than it has in half a century. Scientists aren’t sure why.” by Kate Golembiewski via Image Credit: © janez volmajer/Shutterstock Ever feel like there’s just not enough time … Continue reading

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