Volcanic & Seismic Activity 

Papua New Guinea Volcano Erupts Sending Ash 50,000ft, Villagers Flee As Sun Blocked Out

Manam volcano on the north coast of Papua New Guinea erupted early Saturday, forcing more than 2,000 villagers to flee from lava flows, the National Disaster Centre said.

Manam Island, just 10 km (6 miles) wide, is one of the Pacific nation’s most active volcanoes and is home to roughly 9,000 people.

The Rabaul Volcano Observatory reported the eruption began at 6 a.m. local time and sent an ash column 15 km (50,000 feet) above sea level.

“The most affected areas are Baliau and Kuluguma and due to the very poor visibility caused by the ash fall, people are using torch light to move around,” said an RVO statement.

The RVO’s Steve Saunders said it was an unusually large eruption.

Saunders added the initial phase of the eruption was over but a new vent had opened, indicating more activity may be likely.

 

Particulates and Global Cooling

Volcanic ash or dust released into the atmosphere during an eruption shade sunlight and cause temporary cooling.

The smallest particles of dust get into the stratosphere and are able to travel vast distances, often worldwide.

These tiny particles can stay in the stratosphere for many months, blocking sunlight and causing cooling over large areas of the Earth.

 

GSM = more Cosmic Rays = Volcanic uptick = additional Global Cooling

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