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Old October 31 2010, 12:47 AM   #16
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Re: Indonesia Struck by Earthquake, Tsunami, & Volcanic Eruption

^ That is good news, amidst all this bad.
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Old October 31 2010, 01:19 AM   #17
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Seems like God doesn't like Indonesia. But in the end it's just the US doing their top secret experiments again.
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Old October 31 2010, 10:48 AM   #18
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Wow. That video is quite amazing. A world of ash. A little taste of what Pompeii and Herculaneum suffered. I'm glad they showed scenes of people being safely evacuated. At least most people got away.

And I'm also happy to hear that some of the missing have been found safe after the tsunami. Hopefully we'll get some more good news on that front.
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Old November 1 2010, 03:10 PM   #19
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But to have an earthquake (which triggered the fatal tsunami) and an unrelated fatal volcanic eruption hit within the span a single day is unbelievably bad luck.
Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if the eruption was related to the earthquake - I can see the earthquake causing a shift that opened up a path for the volcano to start spewing, and the island isn't that big.
They were different islands: Java for the volcano and the Mentawai Islands off of Sumatra for the earthquake and tsunami, which are about 1300 kilometers apart.

Seismologists said that there's no evidence that the two events are related. Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia (which has 129 other active volcanoes), having erupted and caused fatalities in 2006, 1994, and 1930 with other more minor eruptions in between. This eruption was described as the volcano undergoing a large but relatively common release of pent up pressure, possibly in anticipation of a larger eruption in the near future, depending on whether it forms a lava dome or not.
TT, I take that back, as now it seems some geologists and volcanologists are contradicting those earlier reports and are indeed saying that the two incidents are related, and are part of an increased level of volcanic/seismic activity where the Eurasian and Pacific plates meet that may indicate a number of new eruptions of several volcanoes in the area happening soon:

The fault line that caused last week's 7.7-magnitude earthquake and killer wave that followed — and also the 2004 tsunami that killed 230,000 people in a dozen countries — is the meeting point of the Eurasian and Pacific tectonic plates that have been pushing against and under each other for millions of years, causing huge stresses to build up. It runs the length of the west coast of Sumatra island.

Both earthquakes and volcanos can be related to movements in the overlapping plates that form the earth's crust. As plates slide against or under each other, molten rock from the layer of mantle can break the surface via a volcano, or create energy released in an earthquake.

The government has raised alert levels of 21 other volcanoes to the second- and third- highest levels in the last two months because they have shown an increase in activity, said Syamsul Rizal, a state volcanologist, said monday. Many of those are already rumbling and belching out heavy black ash.

Indonesia has several volcanos smoldering at any given time, but another government volcanologist Gede Swantika said there are normally only five to 10 on the third-highest alert level, indicating an increase in seismic activity and visible changes in the crater, and none at the second-highest, signifying an eruption is possible within two weeks. He said monitors noticed more volcanos were exhibiting seismic activity starting Sept. 2.

"We can say this is quite extraordinary, about 20 at the same time," Swantika said. "We have to keep an eye on those mountains. ... But I cannot say or predict which will erupt. What we can do is monitor patterns."

Geologist Brent McInnes said as he hadn't seen the raw data but would find such a rash of volcanic activity significant.

"If it's true that there are over 20 volcanos demonstrating increased levels of seismic activity, then that is something we should pay attention to," said McInnes, a professor at Australia's Curtin University who has done extensive volcanic research in Indonesia.

He said such an increase could indicate "maybe there is a major plate restructuring going on, and that would be significant."

Two of the closely watched volcanos — Karangetang and Ibu — are at the second-highest alert level. Karanetang erupted in August, killing four people, and both mountains are now shooting out ash daily, local monitors said. The two mountains lie within a few hundred miles (kilometers) of each other more than 1,400 miles (2,300 kilometers) northeast of Jakarta.

Anak Krakatua, a volcano known as the "Child of Krakatoa" also started shooting lava last week. Although the firebursts look spectacular, there were no immediate signs of major eruption, said Anton Tripambudi, a government seismologist.

The mountain, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) west of Jakarta, was formed after the Krakatoa eruption of 1883, the largest volcanic eruption in recorded history that, along with a tsunami, killed at least 36,417 people.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101101/...esia_disasters
Here's hoping they're just venting to release some pressure and it doesn't turn into a series of major volcanic eruptions, because - besides being bad for the people of Indonesia obviously - that can seriously mess with the global climate for a while.

The first part of the article is about how Merapi erupted again yesterday, and it was its most powerful eruption yet. The people there just can't catch a break.

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Old November 1 2010, 11:37 PM   #20
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Re: Indonesia Struck by Earthquake, Tsunami, & Volcanic Eruption

Holy crap, that sounds ominous. I hope it doesn't turn out as bad as it sounds.
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Old November 2 2010, 08:46 AM   #21
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Some video showing scenes of the aftermath of the Merapi eruption:



...Merapi Volcano in Indonesia erupted quite catastrophically sending huge pyroclastic flows down its slopes, killing at least 33 people in the process. The highly populated region on and around the volcano was evacuated, but not everyone could get out in time. Since the initial explosions, the eruptive nature of Merapi has changed. The volcano is now moving from explosive to effusive lava flow activity. This may mean that the danger is lessening, but the threat of more pyroclastic flows remains uncertain.
Source: http://trekmovie.com/2010/10/30/scie...llphones-more/
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Old November 11 2010, 06:39 PM   #22
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No new emergency, but eruptions continue at Mt. Merapi in Indonesia. NASA Earth Observatory posted this as their Image of the Day, captured by the MODIS instrument on NASA's Terra satellite:



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Though still erupting and dangerous on November 10, the eruption was quieter than it had been the previous week. The ash plume caused flight cancellations in both Jakarta and Yogyakarta, reported CNN. As of November 10, the eruption had killed at least 156 and displaced about 200,000.
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Note: For those of you who say you don't understand what Twitter is good for, this is one of the things it's good for. NASA EO posts links to satellite imagery like this all the time. There had been other recent shots of this area (see "View all images of this event" link at lower right of the NASA page) but heavy cloud cover over Indonesia made it so that Merapi's ash plume didn't stand out nearly so well as it does in this pic.
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Old November 11 2010, 11:06 PM   #23
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That's incredible. Makes it easy to see how one volcano can affect the planetary climate.
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