Volcanic Uptick Around the World: Multiple Eruptions to 45,000+ ft With Direct Cooling Effect


These past few days have seen a violent worldwide volcanic uptick…

Sending us all further signs that the next Grand Solar Minimum is dawning.

Volcanic uptick with direct cooling effect around the world
Volcanic uptick with direct cooling effect around the world. Earth

The Japanese weather satellite HIMAWARI-8 recorded two high-level eruptions on May 16, both occurring in Indonesia, as reported by Electroverse.

The first took place at Ibu – a relatively new volcano with only 3 notable eruptions; in 1911, 1998, and 2008 – and was confirmed by the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin which warned of an ash plume rising to an estimated 45,000 ft (13.7 km).

The second high-level eruption took place just a few hours later at Semeru – a very active volcano with an eruptive history peppered with VEI 2s and 3s; the first coming in 1818, the most recent in 2014.

As with Ibu’s, Semeru’s eruption was picked up by both HIMAWARI-8 and the VAAC Darwin, with the latter confirming the generation of “a dark ash plume which reached an altitude of 46,000 ft (14 km).”

In addition, and as recently reported by VolcanoDiscovery.com, active lava flows remain active on the Semeru’s southeast flank, currently about 4,921 ft (1.5 km) long (as of the morning of May 18).

A direct cooling effect

These high-level eruptions are noteworthy because particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 ft (10 km) – and into the stratosphere – often linger, where they have a direct cooling effect on the planet.

Volcanic eruptions are one of the key forcings driving Earth into its next bout of global cooling, with their worldwide uptick tied to low solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.

In addition to Indonesia popping off, Icelandic volcanoes are also awakening, and it is this highly-volcanic region of the the world that is thought will be home to the next “big one” — the one that will return us almost instantly into a big freeze.

Katla is the latest volcano here to show signs of stirring, and has experienced sizable out-gassing over the past few days. Furthermore, seismic activity under the large ice-covered volcano has also increased, and this activity is likely caused by injections of new magma entering the chamber.

Icelandic authorities are aware of the dangers the next eruption of Katla represents, and a delegation of the volcanologists routinely meet with the Icelandic Parliament to discuss how to respond in the case of an eruption, an eventuality that is merely a matter of when, not if.

For more on the science behind the recent uptick, see the links below:



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