Wave Of Eruptions Along Pacific 'Ring Of Fire' Leave 10,000s Displaced

The Pacific “Ring of Fire” is living up to its name.

The 450 or so volcanoes that make up the ring outline have been unusually active this year, sparking evacuations on the Indonesian island of Bali and on the tiny island nation of Vanuatu. Parts of southwestern Japan, meanwhile, have been shaken by a series of earthquakes, unsettling the local population, in an area where the massive Pacific Plate grinds against other plates that form the Earth’s crust, creating a 25,000-mile zone where earthquakes and volcanic eruptions are unusually common.

Three volcanos have either erupted, or are showing signs of an imminent eruption, across the region, according to a roundup published by the Associated Press.


The Shinmoedake volcano in southwestern Japan started erupting Wednesday for the first time in about six years. An ash plume rose 1,700 meters (5,580 feet) from the crater Thursday and ash fell on cities and towns in Miyazaki prefecture. Japanese broadcaster TBS showed students wearing helmets and masks on their way to school at the foot of Shinmoedake. The Japan Meteorological Agency is warning that hot ash and gas clouds known as pyroclastic flows could reach 2 kilometers (1 mile) from the crater, and ash and volcanic rocks are a risk over a wider area depending on wind and elevation. It raised the volcanic alert level from 2 to 3 on a scale of 5. Level 3 warns people to not approach the volcano.


More than 140,000 people fled Mount Agung on the Indonesian resort island of Bali after its alert status was raised to the highest level on Sept. 22. Hundreds of tremors daily from the mountain indicate magma is rising inside it, prompting authorities to warn a powerful eruption is possible. The volcano spewed lava and deadly fast-moving clouds of boiling hot ash, gas and rocks when it last erupted in 1963, killing more than 1,100 people. A new eruption is likely to kill fewer people because officials have imposed a large no-go zone around the crater but it could paralyze tourism, which many Balinese rely on for their livelihoods. Indonesia has more than one tenth of the world’s active volcanoes and another two are currently erupting. Sinabung in northern Sumatra is shooting plumes of ash high into the atmosphere nearly daily, and Dukono in the Maluku island chain is also periodically erupting.


The entire population of a Pacific island was evacuated in the space of a few days in late September and early October to escape the belching Manaro volcano. The 11,000 residents of Ambae island were moved by every boat available to other islands in Vanuatu, a Pacific archipelago nation, where they’re living in schools, churches and tents. Officials have since downgraded the volcano’s danger level but say the population must wait at least two more weeks to return. The island’s water supply and crops have been affected by volcanic ash and acid rain but most villages were spared major damage. Previous eruptions of the volcano have lasted a month to six weeks.

As if the Ring of Fire wasn’t doing enough to inspire febrile visions of an apocalyptic calamity, scientists are warning that supervolcanos in Italy and the US could be headed for eruptions that would register as by far the most destructive in modern human history.

Earlier this week, scientists from Arizona State University presented research showing that when the Yellowstone caldera super volcano last erupted more than 600,000 years ago, it took barely a decade for magma flowing into the volcano’s chamber to reach a critical mass.

Volcanos, hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes – natural disasters are seemingly happening everywhere at once.  

Perhaps the ultimate irony is that while the Trump administration is focusing its energy on foreign enemies like Iran and North Korea, the greatest threat to the American population lies within a cherished domestic landmark and symbol of national pride.


Oldwood IH8OBAMA Sat, 10/14/2017 - 06:34 Permalink

Self centered and uncaring is what allows us to never see it coming.Anyone who would simply read the bible and then casually look around would see the evidence of the end at hand, but unless it looks like something portrayed on TV how would we know? There is no tragedy, no matter how terrible, that can compare to what we have seen on screen, and while it all comes to us on these screens almost instantaneously, it is also always remote, somewhere, someone else.The poor people in NorCal on fire......what's on TV next....don't want to miss the new season of "Walking Dead". What in reality can compare to THAT! ....while in reality the planet is currently swarming with zombified walking putrefied brained people.

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Hulk ebworthen Sat, 10/14/2017 - 00:01 Permalink

I'm still trying to get a ban on those eclipsy thingys. Almost got govyment browny on board.But hes tryin real hard to convince the populace that the massively destructive fires are a globul warming effect, instead of his mismanagement of the forests and refusal to bury the power lines. It will be interesting to see if the far left, liberal populace buys his bullshit, now that everything they have is gone...

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AurorusBorealus Fri, 10/13/2017 - 22:59 Permalink

This is all obviously a product of Zionist, Ashkenazi Jews who have convinced white America to burn too many fossil fuels, which has lead to a .1 degree increase in global temperatures.  Much of this .1 degree increase has entered the ocean waters, which is, in turn, heating up lava beneath earth's crust.  Even a .1 degree change in lava temperatures can cause activity such as this, as well as mass extinctions in the Pacific Ocean, hurricanes, and earthquakes.The Ashkenazi Jews explained their plan to convince white America to destroy the planet in Judah Leib Pinsker's famous tract "Auto-Environmenalism." 

1 Alabama BingoBoggins Sat, 10/14/2017 - 07:11 Permalink

It does sound fruit cakey, but hes not far off. Once you remove gas and oil from depths of 5 miles(which we are doing on a large scale now), that not only shrinks the earth, but puts pressures in place where they were not before, so an equalization effect occurs, plus removing material like coal and turning it into a gas, lightens the surface load, and at the same time expands the atm. So in essance the sky is not falling chicken little, it is growing.

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DemandSider AurorusBorealus Fri, 10/13/2017 - 23:51 Permalink

"This is all obviously a product of Zionist, Ashkenazi Jews who have convinced white America to burn too many fossil fuels, which has lead to a .1 degree increase in global temperatures."I see. Explain this: China Says It's Going to Use More Coal, With Capacity Set to Grow 19% (in just 5 years)https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-07/china-coal-power-gen… 

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