Sumatra’s highly active Sinabung Volcano has exploded again today, Aug 10, firing volcanic ash into the atmosphere.
The Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC) Darwin is warning of a thick ash plume rising to at least 30,000 feet (9.1 km) — particulates ejected to around these levels –and so into the stratosphere– can have a direct cooling effect on our planet.
Videos are emerging across social media showing the thick ash completely blocking the Sun’s light — the below footage was apparently shot at midday:
“It was very dark, it felt like the night was due to dust, until now the house lights are still on,” said Teran Sembiring, a resident of Naman Village.
“Because of the eruption, our village was dark and residents did not dare to leave the house,” he continued.
SV News reports that these plumes of ash are “insanely massive”.
Adding that just before the volcano erupted locals said that it “rained dust”:
Monday’s eruption follows the moderate phreatic explosion which occurred at 01:58 local time on Aug 8, in which alerts were issued warning ballistic impacts of volcanic bombs and pyroclastic flows could impact an area up to 5km from the volcano.
Sinabung woke in 2010 after centuries of quiescence, according to volcano.si.edu, with it’s eruptive phase that year registering as a 2 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI). However, 2010’s phase turned out to be just a precursor to the long, powerful episode which began on Sept 5, 2013 and didn’t end until Jul 15, 2018 — qualifying as a VEI 4.
Mount Sinabung re-exploded back into life in early May, 2019, with this latest eruption ranking as the largest in years, and coming just 2 weeks after the previous 50,000+ feet ejection, on May 25.
Sinabung is certainly one to watch as we continue our descent into this next Grand Solar Minimum — it appears more than capable of producing a powerful VEI 6+, which would result in a dramatic cooling of the planet, almost overnight.
Stratovolcano: 2460 m / 8,071 ft
Sumatra, Indonesia: 3.17°N / 98.39°E
Current status: ERUPTION WARNING
Eruption list: 0810 ± 70 years, 2010, 2013-2018, 2019-ongoing
For more see VolcanoDiscovery.com
Seismic and Volcanic activity has been correlated to changes in the Sun.
The recent global uptick in earthquakes and volcanic eruptions is likely attributed to the drop-off in solar activity, coronal holes, a waning magnetosphere, and the increase in Galactic Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
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