Tectonics/Volcanoes

600 Million Hiroshima Bombs – 80 Years of Global Energy Usage In Just Minutes

Der Spiegel here gives us a good idea of the scale and magnitude of Japan’s massive Sendai earthquake, which weighed in at 9.0 on the Richter scale. It ought to remind some of us of nature’s fury and that we are powerless to steer it. The earthquake occurred in the western Pacific Ocean, 130 km (81 mi) east […]

Planet Earth Facing Real Major Threats: Apophis And Yellowstone

The chances are real, and both are threatening the planet Earth. Apophis and Yellowstone have been appearing in the media lately. The chances of a catastrophic event occurring in your lifetime are higher than you may think. Apophis Russian astronomers are predicting that the asteroid Apophis could collide with the planet earth on April 13, […]

Red Sea About To Flood Into Africa As Continent Shatters

No. This event is not caused by rising sea levels set off by man at the end of a long climate dynamics chain. But warmists are are welcome to blame that on man too, as desperate as they may be. Hat tip: DirkH Geological events often take their time, where a few millimeters per year […]

Study Shows Half Of Warming Since 1980 Due To Clear Skies

Hat-tip M White.Spaceweather.com has an excellent report today called: ALL-CLEAR IN THE STRATOSPHERE about volcanic aerosols and their impact on the earth’s climate and cooling. Turns out that they have a far greater impact than expected. Today the earth’s stratosphere is as clean as it’s been in more than 50 years. What does that mean? It means […]

Merapi Mega-Eruption Warnings Continue, AP Reports. Experts Are Uneasy

An AP video report here in German reports on the biggest Merapi eruption in 100 years, and what potentially lurks. More than 122 people have been killed thus far as the volcano continues to blast clouds of ash into the atmosphere. Over 200,000 people have been evacuated from the area so far. Experts are uneasy. At […]

Der Spiegel: Geologists Warning Of “Mega-Eruption”

Der Spiegel reports on the growling-ever-louder Indonesian Merapi volcano in an article titled: Geologists Warning of Mega-Eruption of Merapi. Hat-tip to reader Ike. The Merapi eruptions are becoming more violent – and the big bang could be just ahead. The Indonesian volcano has been spewing 800°C ash clouds for days. According to Der Spiegel, 122 people have […]

Katla: The Game Changer?

According to MSNBC, the Katla volcano in Iceland is about to blow her top – hat tip Joe Bastardi Joe Bastardi blog. Katla is the big sis of Eyjafjallajökull;I mean the really big sis. And according to an initial research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction: Analysis of the seismic energy released around […]

Accelerating Global Erosion Consensus Smashed – Artifact Of Observation

The consensus was that global erosion of mountains and the Earth’s surface had been accelerating over the last 5 million years. Well, guess what? This once long accepted hypothesis has just been smashed by researchers at the GeoForschungsZentrum in Potsdam Germany. They present their results in the May 13 issue of Nature.  GFZ Potsdam (click English […]

Eyjafjallajökull – Year Without A Summer?

Can the 1666-meter tall Eyjafjallajökull volcano cause climate change? That depends on 2 factors:  1) How long will it continue to erupt?  2) How much sulphur dioxide (SO2) reaches the stratosphere? Climate – 3 million tonnes of SO2 needed for cooling SO2 bonds with water molecules to form sulphuric acid, which produces a reflective haze […]

Iceland Volcano – Sign of Bigger Things To Come?

The Sydney Morning Herald reports the latest on the Iceland volcano. http://www.smh.com.au/world/science/volcanoes-be-afraid-be-very-afraid–the-supervolcano-is-coming-20100416-sj01.html?autostart= .  Its VEI is estimated at 2-3, not sufficient to cause global climate change. It is similar in magnitude to Mt. Etna in Sicily, 2002. Volcanoes of this magnitude typically occur worldwide about once a year. Compare that to: – Mt. St. Helens, 1980, VEI […]

Iceland volcano brings chaos to Europe

Not only is flying ash over Europe causing air traffic disruptions, about 800 people have been forced to evacuate their homes around the Eyjafjallajokull volcano in southern Iceland because the flooding cut roads. A huge cloud of ash from the 2nd major eruption in less than a month blew eastwards and closed major airports more […]