Like you, I'm kind of holding my breath at the moment, very unsure of what the immediate future holds. In the meantime, I've gathered together some interesting info about the weird weather going on and the volcanic eruptions occurring, and I'd welcome any feedback.
We live in very interesting times. I can't remember a time when geo-political and geo-logical stuff was so crazy, and all going on together at the same time. Moshiach really must be around the corner...
HAWAII GETS SET TO BLOW
On Thursday, May 3rd, 2018, the residents of the Leilani Estates development on Hawaii’s Big Island looked out of their windows and got the shock of their lives: overnight a huge gash had developed in the earth, barely a few metres away from their homes, and bright orange molten lava was sputtering and spurting out of it, sending a fountain of molten orange 90 metres up into the sky.
The following day, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the region, and that seemed to be the signal for the lava fountains and volcanic vents to start multiplying across the island. As the days ticked on, more and more vents opened up all over the South Eastern corner of Big Island, belching out clouds of highly toxic Sulphur dioxide and sending a slow-moving but steady stream of lava snaking across the manicured lawns of Leilani Estates.
By May 15th, 18 vents had opened up across Hawaii, 2,000 people had been evacuated – and fears started to grow that another volcanic vent might open up too close to the geothermal plant that had been built smack dab in the middle of the Puna region.
A few days before the first vent opened up, the Big Island had been hit by a number of small earthquakes, or earthquake ‘swarms’, and some of the residents had noticed that the earth in some areas was buckling and ridging, creating big cracks in the tarmac’d road. Hawaii is no stranger to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and other seismic activity, but even so, these open vents in the earth were unusual, not least because there were 24 miles away from the Kilauea volcano that was apparently causing them.
Meanwhile, the lava lake that had gathered at the bottom of the Kilauea volcano started to seep away into the ground – and no-one knew where it was going. Day after day, the lava dropped a few more thousand feet, until it all but disappeared.
That could easily lead to any or all of the following scenarios:
The scientists of the USGS and the other governmental organisations who are monitoring the situation either really don't know what they're talking about, or they're trying to play everything down on purpose to avoid panicking the populace. You can kind of understand that, I guess.
When the first cracks started appearing on roads in and around the neighborhood in the days prior to Thursday's eruption, geologists confirmed they were caused by an underlying "intrusion of magma," but said they were nothing to worry about.
Professor of Geology at Honolulu University, Mike Garcia, was even more blunt: “Well to be honest, I think it took everybody by surprise because you already have two safety valves that are allowing the magma to come to the surface. The fact that just recently it’s decided to create a new dike that propagated down the rift zone to a new location was unexpected.”
SCIENTISTS LIKE TO PRETEND EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL
Yet just a few short years earlier, Jim Kauahikaua, the scientist-in-charge at the U.S Geological Survey's Hawaii Volcano Observatory (HVO), sited at Kilauea's summit told the Amazing Planet website that the HVO could now predict the path of lava flows much like floods. Apparently, the agency's “dense monitoring network of cameras, seismic stations and field sampling” could predict future upsets.
"We have a much better understanding of the system as a whole," Kauahikaua said. "We know a lot more about the tectonic mechanics of how Kilauea works, about where earthquakes occur and why, and what types of earthquakes occur, and gas emissions and what they indicate," he said.
This sounds impressive, but I don't think it's true.
When Science News spoke to Victoria Avery, volcanologist and associate program coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program, based in Reston, Va, they asked her the following:
Q. On May 4, two large earthquakes measuring magnitude 5.4 and magnitude 6.9 shook the Big Island in quick succession. How are they related to the eruption?
Avery replied: “It’s not frequent but not unusual for Hawaii to have earthquake[s] like that, because a volcano is a very dynamic place. The [surface swelling] associated with the eruption probably triggered the quake[s]: The magma pushed on the volcano from inside. The whole south flank of Kilauea is an area that has a history of large earthquakes. We didn’t directly anticipate it, but we weren’t that surprised when it happened.”
To put this in plain English, a live volcano erupting wasn’t a huge shock to volcanologists, but they still had no idea it was actually going to occur.
SCIENTISTS FREQUENTLY BEND THE TRUTH
Why does it matter whether the scientists can correctly predict when earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur, or what the seismological information and data and analyzing really are telling them about potentially huge geological changes occurring across the planet?
It matters because so much of what modern science likes to tell us is ‘scientifically proven’ and ‘empirically proven’ actually isn’t – and that has an enormous impact on what we believe about how the world actually works, how old it might be, and whether the extreme geological events that re-shaped the face of the planet really did occur million and billions of years ago, as the scientific community repeatedly assures is.
(As a believing Jew, I know that 8,000 years, tops, is the age of the world including the 974 generations that lived before us on planet earth, so it's obvious to me that all of these 'long dormant' or 'extinct' volcanoes that apparently stopped doing anything 'millions of years ago' are anything but. They could all spring into life again at the drop of the hat...)
CRAZY WEATHER ALL OVER THE WORLD
At the same time that the land was groaning, exploding and fissuring in Hawaii, on the other side of the world, the Indian Subcontinent was being battered by a wave of highly unusual sandstorms and vicious thunderstorms that blew in at 70mph, and knocked over trees, electricity pylons and even homes in both India and neighboring Pakistan.
On Sunday May 13th alone, 14 people were killed by thunderstorms in the Indian province of Bengal, while a further 12 were killed by lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh. A little earlier in May, 90 other Indians had lost their lives to a number of fatal dust storms that whirled through the country, crushing dwellings and choking the residents.
As the extreme weather continued, few people remembered that in the weeks preceding the storms, 13 Indian children had been mauled to death the Uttar Pradesh region by the wild dogs that usually roam peacefully all over the country.
As the 13th victim was recorded on May 14 – a 10 year old girl – locals were quoted as saying: “No-one seems to know why the stray dogs in the area have suddenly turned into "child killers".
Meanwhile, in nearby Bangladesh, the people of the Rohingya refugee camp were also facing bizarre animal attacks – this time from herds of wild elephants. Twelve people had been killed by wild elephants in the six months from October 2017, with the two latest fatalities occurring the beginning of May.
EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED
If you read THIS over on spiritualselfhelp, you'll already know that the freak weather and the strange behavior of the animals is all connected to the events in Hawaii and the earthquakes and seismic activity occurring elsewhere.
But the mainstream scientists working for the United States Geological Survey (USGS) treat all this information as though it's superstitious nonsense with no scientific basis:
“The earliest reference we have to unusual animal behavior prior to a significant earthquake is from Greece in 373 BC,” began a post on their website. “Rats, weasels, snakes, and centipedes reportedly left their homes and headed for safety several days before a destructive earthquake.
"Anecdotal evidence abounds of animals, fish, birds, reptiles, and insects exhibiting strange behavior anywhere from weeks to seconds before an earthquake. However, consistent and reliable behavior prior to seismic events, and a mechanism explaining how it could work, still eludes us. Most, but not all, scientists pursuing this mystery are in China or Japan.
“An earthquake forecast was made in China several decades ago, based on small earthquakes and unusual animal activity. Many people chose to sleep outside of their homes and thus were spared when the main earthquake indeed occurred and caused widespread destruction.
"However, usually no large earthquake follows this type of seismic activity, and, unfortunately, many earthquakes are preceded by no precursory events whatsoever. The next large Chinese event was entirely unheralded and scores of thousands of Chinese died.”
THERE ARE AT LEAST 33 VOLCANOES ERUPTING IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW
Even in more normal times, between 10-20 of the 1500 volcanoes that science considers to be ‘potentially active’ are erupting somewhere in the world. That volcanoes erupt is part and parcel of the complex mystery of how Planet Earth operates.
But even so, by May 13th 2018, the Volcanodiscovery website was listing 33 volcanoes that were actively erupting, while Wikipedia was listing 55 volcanoes – all actively erupting at the same time.
Everywhere you looked in the world between April and May 2018, you could see examples of freak weather and unprecedented natural disasters.
At the end of April, a freak storm of huge hail hit the Saudi city Madinah, in the desert-filled Arabian Peninsula, smashing car windscreens and leading the authorities to cancel all schools and public events as ‘balls of marble’ fell from the skies.
May 5th saw such severe flash floods hit Turkey that cars were washed away down the streets of Ankara in their hundreds, with the Mayor of Ankara calling the floods a “disaster like never before.”
On May 7th, a never-before-seen sub-tropical cyclone formed off the coast of Central Chile, with baffled meteorologists calling it a “one of a kind” event.
By May 10th, it was Australia’s turn to get battered by storms, when almost 5 inches of rain fell on Tasmania in just one day, again causing widespread flooding and destruction. Tasmania’s State Emergency Services Director called the flooding “unprecedented.” He continued: “I’ve been in the job for 17 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
North Germany under a metre of flood water when 4 inches of rain fell in just 20 minutes.
On May 9th, the Patel Dam in Kenya collapsed killing 50 people and leaving another 500 unaccounted for, after unprecedented flooding over the previous weeks that had already killed more than 150 people and displaced a quarter million Kenyan residents.
By May 12th, British Columbia was also seeing severe, record-breaking flooding, which had BC Premier John Horgan saying the Province was facing a “once in a hundred years” flooding event.
By May 16th - today! - so many ‘freak’ occurrences were happening all at once, it was hard to know what to focus on. Should we worry about the huge plume of ash now coming off Mount Kilaueua in Hawaii that signaled some sort of massive eruption was now highly likely? Or, should we be more concerned by the 25,000 ft high plume of ash that had just shot out of the Shinomoedake volcano in Japan?
Maybe, we should focusing on the earthquake swarms that had started up under the South East African Mayotte Islands, home to another huge volcano? Or perhaps the Canary Islands on the North West tip of Africa, which had also recently registered a huge earthquake swarm and who was now showing constant, unbroken activity on the seismographs, proof that the magma under the surface of the earth there was on the move?
Over in the US, severe thunderstorms with damaging winds, tennis-ball sized hail and even tornadoes were giving the residents of major cities including NYC, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Boston, Atlantic City and New Jersey their own set of major problems, as over 30,000 lightning strikes were recorded in just two hours, and a state of emergency was declared as a result of the tremendous flash flooding.
Surely, these things must be connected, somehow?
There is so much going on at the moment. Like you, I am watching, waiting and praying, to see how all this is going to turn out - and I'm only covering the geo-logical in this post, not the geo-political - and whether it's going to lead to the imminent geula, or not.
BH, we should all hear good news soon. And in the meantime, don't go near anywhere that has a volcano and a lot of earthquake swarms happening.
I'm just saying.