Smacking the globe with natural disasters – all at once.

A man pointing to Portugal on a map of the Earth.

The Earth is covered with all kinds of natural disasters, and all at the same time.

The Earth is packing a punch. Mother Nature is smacking the globe with all kinds of natural disasters – all at once.

The planet is covered with cyclones, floods, thunderstorms, and volcanoes … and we can throw in an earthquake or two, or three.

This is what’s happening today…


  1. Usagi – Philippines
  2. Humberto – Mid-Atlantic
  3. Ingrid – Mexico
  4. Manuel – Mexico (Pacific)
  5. Man-yi – Japan

Severe Storms

  1. Greece
  2. Malaysia
  3. Southeast Coast, Queensland, Australia
  4. Eastern Uruguay
  5. Hawaii (highwind)


  1. Colorado
  2. Eastern Uruguay
  3. West Africa
  4. Guatemala
  5. Nigeria


  1. Sinabung -Mayalsia
  2. Lokon-Empung – Philippines
  3. Arenal – Costa Rica
  4. Ubinas -Peru
  5. Suwanosejima – Japan
  6. Santa Maria – Guatemala
  7. Sakurajima – Japan
  8. Kliuchevskoi – Russia
  9. Etna – Italy


(…just a couple of big ones; there have been more …)

  1. 6.1 Atka, Alaska
  2. 5.3 Elatia, Greece

Manmade Radiological Event

  1. Fukushima Daiichi, Japan




Quakes In Yellowstone On Friday the 13th

A picture of a Grand Canyon in Yellowstone National Park.

A grand canyon in Yellowstone National Park sits beneath a volcanic caldera.

Friday the 13th was an unlucky day for Yellowstone National Park, north of the famous geyser, Old Faithful.

Three earthquakes occurred within minutes of one another, and these were volcanic quakes, signaling the movement of magma beneath the Yellowstone caldera.

The Quakes

The earthquakes were small, but it’s where they were located that is of interest.

A 2.9 (I consider this a 3.0) quake was immediately followed by a 3.5 magnitude quake, and then by another 2.9 (3.0) quake on Friday morning.

You could almost “feel” the rumble from its churning, sour belly of hot magma.

The Caldera

Old Faithful erupting, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Old Faithful erupting in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.

Given Yellowstone’s volcanic history and the continued presence of magma beneath the Yellowstone caldera, we cannot discount the possibility of an eruption occurring in the future.

The question everyone asks is “when?” No one knows the answer to this, but scientists do know that the last major eruption at Yellowstone was 400,000 years ago – just a blink in geologic time.

The History

Yellowstone’s 2-million-year history of volcanism mixed with the tremendous amount of heat that flows under Yellowstone today, reminds us that magma beneath Yellowstone can reach a point of volcanic activity anytime – especially when we continue to see more recent earthquakes.


The first signs of an eruption at the caldera will more than likely begin as steam blasts or hydrothermal increases in activity. These produce shallow reservoirs of steam or hot water rather than flows of molten rock. These are the sources of Yellowstone’s famous hot springs and geysers, like Old Faithful.

Then, we will begin to see small explosive eruptions that throw ash, pumice, and molten lava into the surrounding environment.  The worst case scenario will be if another catastrophic caldera-forming eruption were to occur like it did 400,000 years ago.

For now, just watch for the earthquakes rumbling beneath this magnificent wildlife area, and when the steam begins to ramp up the geysers, start looking a bit more closely.





Large Alaska Quakes Are At It Again

A map of Alaska

Atka, Alaska is on the Alaskan Aleutian Island Chain located on the Pacific Ring of Fire.

If you want some excitement in your life, go to the hamlet of Atka, Alaska. So far this month, Atka has had several powerful earthquakes, and the small community has a volcano just outside its city limits.

Who needs cable television?

Last week, Alaska and Canada both had a round of powerful earthquakes, and the volcanoes along the Aleutian Islands in Alaska are building up pressure.

Atka Earthquakes

Today, Saturday September 14, 2013, Atka is at it again – there have been 5 earthquakes (so far) over 5.0 magnitude that occurred within an hour.

Merely 10 days before, on Wednesday September 4, 2013, a 6.5 magnitude quake struck in the same location southwest of Atka.

The following quakes occurred on Saturday southwest of Atka, all within an hour:

  1. 5.0
  2. 5.4
  3. 5.8
  4. 5.3
  5. 5.2

Atka Volcanoes

Atka volcano is the largest volcanic center in the central Aleutians, and is surrounded by 8 satellitic volcanoes.

Korovin volcano is the highest point on Atka Island along the Aleutian Islands chain. Korovin is a side vent to the main Atka shield volcano, and is the highest point on the island.

Korovin last erupted in 2006, but with earthquake activity increasiing around Atka today, I’d expect some volcanic activity to follow.

Alaska Volcanoes

A picture of the White Island volcano

Volcanic eruptions are increasing along the Alaskan Peninsula.

Two of Alaska’s most active volcanoes—Pavlof and Cleveland—are currently erupting.

Located close to the western end of the Alaska Peninsula, Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, having erupted more than 40 times since the late 1700’s. Pavlof has been erupting since May 13, 2013.

Keep a watchful eye on our 49th State. Alaska is rockin’ and rollin’ and heatin’ up these days.