The recent uptick in explosive activity seen at Semeru volcano, Indonesia appears to have just climaxed in a monster ‘VEI 5’ eruption at 23:51 UTC on June 9 (although info remains scarce).
Following Semeru’s powerful pop to 46,000 ft (14 km) on May 17, the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin has seemingly now confirmed a second thick volcanic ash plume, this one rising to a staggering 64,000 ft (19.2 km) during the early hours of June 10.
The eruption also appears to have been confirmed by both the HIMAWARI-8 as well as volcanodiscovery.com, and if the sources are correct, it would have produced a huge stratospheric injection of potentially Plinian proportions — one of the largest eruptions of the last decade, likely a VEI 5.
Particulates ejected to altitudes above 32,800 feet (10km) –and into the stratosphere– have a direct cooling effect on the planet.
Volcanic eruptions are one of the key forcings driving Earth into its next bout of global cooling, with their worldwide uptick tied to low solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the influx of Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
In addition to Indonesia popping off, Icelandic volcanoes are also awakening, and it is this highly-volcanic region of the the world that is thought will be home to the next “big one” — the one that will return us almost instantly into a big freeze.
Katla is the latest volcano here to show signs of stirring, and has experienced sizable out-gassing over the past few days. Furthermore, seismic activity under the large ice-covered volcano has also increased, and this activity is likely caused by injections of new magma entering the chamber.
Icelandic authorities are aware of the dangers the next eruption of Katla represents, and a delegation of the volcanologists routinely meet with the Icelandic Parliament to discuss how to respond in the case of an eruption, an eventuality that is merely a matter of when, not if.
For more on the science behind the recent uptick, see the links below:
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