5.2 Vanuatu And 5.3 Solomon Island Quakes Cause Flood Advisory For Hawaiian Islands

An USGS map of the Vanuatu island chain in the South Pacific Ocean.

The Vanuatu island chain in the South Pacific Ocean – USGS

The Pacific Rim woke up again on Wednesday morning. After another 6.5 magnitude quake hit the New Ireland Region of Papua, New Guinea in the midnight hours, Vanuatu started the day with a 5.2 magnitude quake, followed by a 5.3 on the Solomon Islands. These large earthquakes exacerbated flooding on the Hawaiian islands and along the island chains north of Australia and New Guinea.

Remember to keep an eye on earthquakes along the Vanuatu island chain – when big ones start in this island region, they create a chain reaction around the world.

Hawaii Under Water

Because of Hawaii’s location in the Pacific Ocean, large earthquakes occurring along the Pacific Rim (Ring of Fire) can create the threat of tsunami waves that travel toward this vulnerable island chain. Earthquakes from Alaska to the west coast of South America, as well as quakes on the western side of the Ring of Fire create underwater vibrations that “paddle” large waves into Hawaii’s path.

Less than a decade ago, you could count on one hand the number of large earthquakes occurring along the Ring of Fire . Today, the increase in significant earthquakes is occurring weekly, and now – daily. 

Will Hawaii get a break from the stirring ocean waters? Probably not as more earthquakes increase worldwide, and along the Ring of Fire.

Surf’s Up!

 

 

Underwater Volcano Alert

One of the many underwater volcanoes erupting today.

One of the many thousand underwater volcanoes around the world.

Have you ever been to Hawaii? The island of Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, but it is also one of the most dangerous because the entire island is actually the top of an underwater volcano, including Kilauea and Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii — two of the world’s most active volcanoes. That’s no big deal as long as the volcano isn’t active, but what happens when it “wakes up?” What happens when all the underwater volcanoes start waking up? Like what’s happening today…..

Volcano Alert

The volcanoes on the ocean floor are much more active than volcanoes on the ground. In fact, the magma that pours from them is constantly creating new sea floor, and new crust creates surface pressure that causes global earthquakes. There are about 1,500 volcanoes on land that are known to have been active over the past 10,000 years, and 75 percent of them are located along the Pacific Ring of Fire. There are an even larger number of submarine volcanoes, but exactly how many is unknown. There are hundreds of thousands of volcanoes that have been active during the Earth’s lifespan that we do not know about. On average, 50-70 volcanoes erupt every year, but there have never been as many volcano alerts as we are seeing today.

Living Next To A Volcano

Volcanoes are not randomly distributed over the Earth’s surface. Most form on the edges of continents, along island chains, or beneath the the sea forming long mountain ranges. Between 1980 and 1990, volcanic activity killed at least 26,000 people and forced nearly 450,000 to flee from their homes. Over the past 100 years, our population has grossly increased, and we have built mega-cities too close to these very same “natural disaster zones” – skyscrapers, nuclear power plants, and a network of concrete and steel bridges encircle the Earth’s deadliest volcanoes.

Active Island Volcanoes

The most active volcano on Earth is Kilauea on Hawaii. The second most active volcano in the world is Mount Etna on Sicily’s east coast. There are more than 300 volcanic vents across Mount Etna, ranging in size from small holes to massive craters hundreds of miles across.The third most active volcano is Piton de la Fournaise in the Indian Ocean. It erupted in 2006, 2007, and in 2008. On April 20, 2010, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano suddenly erupted 75 miles southeast of Reykjavik, Iceland.  Lava burst from the crater melting the Eyjafjallajokull glacier sitting atop the volcano, and its chunks were as big as a jeep.

Now, after over 100 years of inactivity, the Earth’s underwater volcanoes are waking up. If the major cities and urban structures that we have positioned too close to these volcanoes are destroyed, let’s rebuild them somewhere else, you think?