(News & Editorial/ 2 May 2012 Volcanic activity update: Popocatépetl & The Cascadia Subduction Zone)
A. EarthQuake & Volcano Update for April 22nd, And It Isn’t Good
22 April 2012, OEN OpEdNews.com, By William Cormier
“The continuous activity in the Cascadia Subduction Zone becomes more ominous by the day (IMO), and the people of Mexico are praying the Popocatepetl volcano will not experience a major eruption, as millions of people live within a 60 mile radius of the volcano.
EarthQuake & Volcano Update for April 22nd, And It Isn’t Good
I believe this could be an extremely important update:
Gheorghe Marmureanu–from Romania’s National Institute of Earth Physics–says 39 quakes had hit the globe within two days.The series started with two massive quakes in Indonesia measuring 8.6 and 8.2 on the Richter scale rapidly followed within hours by three more in Mexico only slightly smaller. “There is no doubt that something is seriously wrong. There have been too many strong earthquakes,” said Marmureanu.
He added: “The quakes are a surprise that cannot be easily explained by current scientific knowledge. With the Indonesian quake for example, statistically, there should be one big earthquake in this part of Asia every 500 years. However, since 2004, there have already been three quakes with a magnitude of over 8, which is not normal.”
A fierce earthquake from the Nicobar Islands  could strike over Songkran, sending a tsunami crashing into the Andaman Coast, an expert warned yesterday after finding that the 8.6-magnitude Sumatran tremor three days ago was exceptionally deep. “Whenever there is a quake rooted in the [Earth’s] mantle, a following quake will be likely in the next few days,” said Professor Thanawat Jaruphongsakul, a senior seismologist at Chulalongkorn University.
This will be Short. First , the Mexican government has issued a Red Alert for the Popocatepetl volcano, where millions of people live with a 60 mile radius of Popocatepetl.
21 April 2012 Last updated at 21:52 ET
People living on the slopes of the Popocatepetl volcano near Mexico City are watching with concern as the volcano spews ash and burning rocks. Columns of ash have been shooting from more than 60 openings in the crust of the 5,450m (17,900-foot) volcano. The authorities have raised the alert level and have planned evacuation routes and shelters in case of a large explosion. The above volcano has been erupting for days and appears to be building-up for a major eruption. Let’s hope not.
In news that could directly affect the United States, there has been another 4.4 magnitude earthquake in the area of the Cascadia Subduction Zone at a depth of 7.2 miles. This new quake is in the northernmost region of the Zone. I would like to see the USGS tell me now that the Cascadia Subduction Zone has not become active again (Sic).
Again, be safe, and above all, be prepared. I believe that this activity reinforces the previous article that I posted titled “The Latest Nuclear Issue In Japan & Article The MSM Is Refusing To Report When Millions Of Lives At Stake,” as the Cascadia Subduction Zone, if it does experience a Mega-Quake in the near future, could provide the Tsunami that would devastate the rest of the Daiichi nuclear plant in Fukushima, Japan. It also stands as evidence that earthquakes and volcanic activity are moving northward and our belief in Earthquake patterns.
NOTE: The great photo of the Popocatepetl volcano was submitted by Maria De Wind who posts on the Blog 12160, of which I am also a member. If you click her name you can view other photos and videos she has posted from Mexico. Last I heard from her, she was “heading south and would be back in approx. a week. If this volcano does experience a major eruption, it could become one of the global communities greatest tragedies and has the potential of taking more lives than the 2004 Tsunami that struck Indonesia in 2004.”
B. Volcano 40 miles east of Mexico City rumbles back to life
23 April 2012, ARS TECHNICA, By Curt Hopkins
“Popocatépetl, the nearly 18,000 foot volcano straddling the border of Puebla and Morelos states in central Mexico, has started a series of small eruptions, which could presage something more violent. And that could be a serious problem, since it’s the second highest peak in Mexico, looming above the plain about 40 miles east of Mexico City within sight of about 30 million people. For the last 11 days, it has been venting gasses and tossing rocks as far as a mile from its cone.
Mexico’s National Center for Disaster Prevention (CENAPRED) registered “62 expulsions of medium intensity, with the emission of water vapor, gas, ashes, and glowing rocks,” between last Thursday night and Friday alone, according to Discovery News.
NASA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental satellite, the GOES-13, captured a short video of gas and ash flowing from the volcano.
Mexican authorities have set up shelters to gather residents for evacuation, should that become necessary. Local residents have begun wearing paper filtering masks.
Popocatépetl, whose name comes from the Nahautl for “smoking mountain,” sits six miles above a 35 million cubic foot magma chamber and is connected by a saddle to another volcano, Iztaccíhuatl. Since the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, it has erupted over a dozen times, including an expulsion of hot rock in 2000 that forced the evacuation of tens of thousands.
At a press conference, CENAPRED Director Roberto Quaas told reporters, including the Washington Post, that “scientists have no way of predicting whether the molten rock in the chamber will be slowly released, or erupt in a powerful explosion.”
In addition to the threat to people in the path of any potential explosion, the havoc it would cause in Mexico City (one of the world’s largest cities) could be tremendous.
The 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens in Washington State brought Spokane, a city of 200,000 located 350 miles away from the volcano, to a stand-still for months. It clogged the streets with ash that would cloud whole blocks with the passing of a single car. The eruption caused respiratory problems, limited air traffic, and damaged vehicle engines beyond use.
By comparison, Mexico City, the country’s capital, has a population of nine million and is 40 miles away from Popocatépetl. A major explosion would shut down, or at least severely curtail the efficiency of, every governmental function, from law-making to law enforcement to communications and trade.
For now, however, few measures are being taken. State officials told the Latin American Herald Tribune that the parade to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, including an estimated 12,000 student marchers, is planned to go on as scheduled on May 5th in that city.”
C. Mexican scientists finger volcanoes as a cause of Mayas’ collapse
18 December 2011, examiner.com, by Richard Thorton
“A just completed six year long study of the Maya city of Palenque found evidence that the city may have been destroyed by superheated volcanic gases and covered with ash. Acid rain caused by volcanoes and volcanic ash continue to severely damage the ruins. MEXICO CITY, DF – Mexico’s government issued a report on December 17, 2011 that continued a volcanic eruption alert for Mexico City. The massive volcano, Popocatépetl, has awakened. While people around the world debate the meaning of the Maya calendar’s end in December of 2012, Mexican government leaders and scientists must face a far more definite threat – massive casualties and property damage from a volcanic eruption near one of its major cities. Mexico City is ringed by active, dormant and hopefully, extinct volcanoes. Its metropolitan area of 21.2 million inhabitants, sits in the shadow of Popocatépetl, which is one of the most violent volcanoes in Mexico. It is 18,491 ft (5,636 m) high.
Government officials are concerned that a sudden, explosive eruption of Popocatépetl or one of the other volcanoes within the metropolitan area could cause several million casualties. It would be impossible to evacuate a substantial percentage of the mega-city’s population on short notice. There is also the ever present danger that a new volcano will suddenly push through the soil in a densely populated area. It has happened before in Mexico. There is almost nothing an architect can do to prevent catastrophe when a building is subjected to direct contact with molten lava. The structure either burns or melts.
Around 150 AD the Xitle volcano in the suburbs of present day Mexico City erupted, causing the abandonment of two cities, Cuicuilco and Copilco. They were later covered by lava. Around 930 AD the Xocoteptl volcano in the northwest suburbs of Mexico City exploded with a force equal to or greater than Krakatoa (Indonesia) in 1883. Had that explosion occurred today, perhaps five million people would have been killed.
The Centro Nacional de Prevención de Desastres (National Center for the Prevention of Disasters) has decided to continue a 12 km (7.5 mile) security corridor around Popocatépetl, with vehicular traffic being limited on all roads crossing the immediate danger zone. The volcano’s current activity shows no sign of abating, which may mean it will get worse. Citizens living at the volcano’s base have been relocated.
Mexico and neighboring Central American nations are located in one of the most active geological zones in the world. These countries are located in the infamous “Pacific Ring of Fire.” In addition to the ever present danger of earthquakes, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras Costa Rica, El Salvador and Panama contain several dozen active and dormant volcanoes, many of which are some of the largest and most dangerous in the world….”
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