Is It All Connected?


We haven’t seen anything like this since Hawaii first became a state back in 1959. Kilauea began erupting on May 3rd, and it hasn’t stopped rumbling yet. In fact, authorities are telling us that Hawaii has been struck by “over 12,000 earthquakes” during the last 30 days.

That is an extraordinary amount of shaking, and many are now becoming concerned that fundamental physical changes are happening to the islands. As one USGS official has noted, we have never seen earthquakes happen on the Big Island with this sort of frequency ever before…


Farm worker Alfonso Castillo, 33, said his village of San Miguel Los Lotes was completely obliterated by what he described as a ‘sea’ of muck that came crashing into homes, inundating people, pets and wildlife.

‘In a matter of three or four minutes the village disappeared,’ he said.

The family holed up in a house that heated up ‘like a boiler’ inside, he said, then made their way onto the roof and then to the upper story of another, concrete home. After a cellphone call to Mr Castillo’s brother, rescuers arrived and took the family to safety.

‘Nobody wants to go back there. My children say they would rather be in the streets,’ he said.

‘There are many people who are helping us, but we have absolutely nothing. We could not get anything out. For us, there is no tomorrow.’ –Daily Mail


Yellowstone caldera eruption fears have spiked as the supervolcano’s largest geyser erupted for the eight time.  So far, scientists aren’t certain why the Steamboat geyser continues to erupt, adding to the fears.

After years of silence, Yellowstone’s Steamboat geyser, a better show than Old Faithful, has spewed boiling water hundreds of feet in the air eight times since March.  Steamboat, the tallest geyser in the vast Yellowstone National Park, isn’t reliable at all, unlike the more famous Old Faithful that belches steam with regularity. But the fact is, Steamboat has been more faithful, at least lately, spewing eight times since March 14, after being silent for nearly four years. But that regularity is terrifying and puzzling scientists….

Why now, and is it a sign the giant volcano is waking up?

Scientists don’t know why the Steamboat geyser has become more active, but they still insist that no major eruption is on the horizon. “It is a spectacular geyser,” Michael Poland, the U.S. Geological Survey’s scientist in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, wrote to CNN in an email. “When it erupts, it generally has very big eruptions.”


Thousands of travellers to and from Bali, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur have had their flights cancelled, delayed or diverted due to the eruption of Mount Merapi in central Java.

The 9,610ft volcano, the most active in Indonesia, erupted at 7.32am on the morning of Friday 11 May.


Mount Agung: 100,000 told to evacuate as Bali volcano spews huge ash cloud


A volcano in southern Japan has erupted for the first time in 250 years, blasting clouds of smoke and rocks into the sky.

Authorities have established a no-go zone around Mount Io, a 1,298m (4,258ft) high volcano on the island of Kyushu which last erupted in 1768.


Just 65 miles away from Perugia in the Italian capital of Rome, a dormant volcano named Colli Albani is threatening to blow after 36,000 years of inactivity.

Located just 19 miles from Rome, researchers say the volcano is potentially more explosive than Mount Vesuvius, which decimated Pompeii in 79AD.

Scientists thought the monster volcano was “extinct” having never erupted in human history.

But research shows massive quakes CAN bring sleeping volcanoes back to life, sparking fears Rome’s secret volcano could come back – with apocalyptic consequences.

Yesterday (hat tip to VirtualBarman) I was reading Martin Armstrong:

Over the past few decades, there have been several research papers in the scientific press that submit there is a correlation between cosmic-solar radiations and destructive geological events such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. On top of this, there are correlations with climate change that kick in where volcanoes throw up ash into the atmosphere which blocks the sun and that sets in motion the global cooling sending the earth back toward an Ice Age.

Also from Armstrong, Kadovar Island:

Another dormant volcano has suddenly awakened erupting in a rather spectacular fashion, spewing lava for the first time in known history. It sent an ash cloud 2.1 kilometers into the sky. This ancient volcano on Kadovar Island, which is northeast of Papua New Guinea, has been dormant throughout human history until January 5th, 2018.  It began to erupt at around noon, local time. The volcanic island is about 24 kilometers from the northern coast of mainland Papua New Guinea.

And in another piece by Armstrong:

Back in the 1980s, I flew to Toronto to do an institutional session. There was an earthquake that hit. I then flew to Vancouver to do another institutional session and another earthquake hit. I then flew to Tokyo and was hit by another earthquake during the session. I then flew to Australia and joked saying this thing was following me. That night, one struck off the coast of Darwin where we were. I then flew to Aukland and was hit again. That is when I met with the Earthquake Research center. I explain what was happening and at that time they said oh no, that is just a coincidence. Several years later they call me and said they were starting to agree it was connected.

The vibrations that move through the earth with each earthquake called seismic waves are far more significant than originally thought. Today, the impact of seismic waves are being studied beyond the local region of the quake.


New excavations of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii have revealed the skeleton of a man who may have been decapitated by a large stone block as he fled from the catastrophic 79 C.E. eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Possibly hampered by a bone infection, archaeologists think he fled through an alleyway after surviving the first ejections of ash and debris that rained down on the city. He eventually met his demise, they think, when struck by a tumbling block.

Pouring water on it all:

Clive Oppenheimer, professor of volcanology at the University of Cambridge, says there has not been an increase in volcanic activity.

“There have been quite a few eruptions in the news lately, so people question whether there’s an increase in rates of volcanism that we’re seeing just now, and this isn’t really the case,” he said.

“Eruptions are happening all the time – some make the news headlines and others don’t.

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14 Responses to Is It All Connected?

  1. virtualbarman says:

    Fame at last!!!!

  2. Fredrik Eich says:

    I have asked a question about smoking and lung cancer on a stats site and it seems to be received well (so far)

  3. smokingscot says:

    It does appear to be far more connected than I’d imagined.

    Short, illuminating piece on why the polar ice sheets are melting and the sun’s cooling.

    May help Frank with his theories.

  4. virtualbarman says:

    How much CO2 is being released by all this volcanic acticity…?

    • Rose says:

      They’ve already thought of that.

      Climate change could trigger volcanic eruptions across the world, warn scientists
      11 April 2018

      “Besides having a disastrous impact on sea levels and weather, a warming climate could also trigger catastrophic volcanic eruptions across the planet.
      Volcanic eruptions alter the climate by spewing smoke and ash into the atmosphere, but scientists now also think the opposite might be true – changes in climate could actually cause volcanic eruptions.

      According to Gioachino Roberti, a PhD student at the University of Clermont Auvergne, glaciers can suppress volcanic eruptions by providing mountains with structural stability.”

      So it’s still your car and the effects of the Industrial Revolution.

      Rich Nations Must Pay Their Ecological Debt
      April 3, 2014

      “Industrialized countries have developed their economies and their populations, by emitting far more than their fair share of greenhouse gases. Now, having created this problem in large part, they also have the greatest resources available to tackle it.

      Rich countries have accumulated a “climate debt” and have a historical responsibility to repay it. This means transferring adequate public finance and technology to developing countries so they can tackle climate change, and also building low-carbon economies while addressing the urgent need for development. This “climate finance” is a matter of justice and it will help to ensure a safer climate, more secure livelihoods, and clean affordable energy for everyone.”

      “Unfortunately, developed countries have refused to commit to any clear path to fulfill their 2009 commitment to giving $100 billion a year in additional climate finance by 2020. Developed nations have pledged very little new funding in recent years, leaving developing nations — where millions still have no access to energy — with insufficient resources.

      Developing countries cannot and shouldn’t be forced to address the climate crisis without money from the countries that historically contributed the most to the climate change-causing carbon pollution in the atmosphere.”

      “Dipti Bhatnagar is climate justice and energy coordinator for Friends of the Earth International and Justiça Ambiental, based in Mozambique.”

      New York Times

      • Frank Davis says:

        “climate debt”? “climate justice”? ““climate finance””?

        I wonder how much oxygen I have inhaled in my lifetime? And how much water I have drunk? And how much carbon dioxide I have exhaled? If rich countries have accumulated a climate debt by emitting carbon dioxide, then I must accrued a personal debt also. And so must everyone else in the world. And so must every plant and animal, for all the things that they have emitted or ingested.

        But the amount of carbon and hydrogen and oxygen in the world is a constant It’s being exchanged all the time between plants and animals. There are no debts. Everything always balances out exactly. The natural world exacts perfect justice all the time.

        So nobody owes any climate debts to anyone.

        • Rose says:

          You know that and I know that, and these people are nothing if not transparent in their real intentions, but only if you take the time to look.

  5. RdM says:

    From a long comment at

    “To further cement this hypothesis of Greenland ice sheet not melting from of top, there have been studies that the melting is happening from underneath because of a volcanic ridge extending from Iceland right to the Arctic.”

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  7. beobrigitte says:

    Clive Oppenheimer, professor of volcanology at the University of Cambridge, says there has not been an increase in volcanic activity.

    “There have been quite a few eruptions in the news lately, so people question whether there’s an increase in rates of volcanism that we’re seeing just now, and this isn’t really the case,” he said.

    “Eruptions are happening all the time – some make the news headlines and others don’t.
    I searched for a simple graph that show the number of volcanic eruptions (irrespective of location) in the last 50 years before then starting to look into it further.
    Unfortunately I was unlucky, there is all sorts to find except what I was looking for except this number(Help/links from anyone are welcome!).
    I missed much about the Mt Kilauea eruption in the last 2 weeks and only briefly heard something about Mt. Merapi erupting again and something about yet another volcano around Naples that had given signs of magma rise.
    Mt. Kilauea – despite the impressive footage it provides – does not make great news in this part of the world or US – it gets a slot of a few seconds and the news move on to more important things like advertisements for pharmaceutical products or what the Kardashian’s (whoever they may be) latest problems.
    I really wish Prof. Oppenheimer would prove is point, thus add credibility to one branch of science rather than insultingly assuming the world is full of idiots. The latter is tobacco control’s job.

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