The highest-ever levels of volcanic sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emissions and tall, steam-rich plumes were recorded venting from the Taal volcano’s main crater over the weekend (Luzon, the Philippines).
On Saturday, July 3, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (DOST-PHIVOLCS) said sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions averaged 14,699 tonnes over the course of the day — an all-time high; while upwelling in the Main Crater Lake generated steam plumes that rose 2,500 meters above the Volcanic Island.
In an update on Sunday, July 4, PHIVOLCS said that Taal’s SO2 venting had increased to 22,628 tonnes over a 24hr period — another new all-time high.
The agency added that a number of “strong and very shallow” low frequency volcanic earthquakes associated with magmatic degassing have been recorded beneath the eastern part of the Volcano Island.
On Sunday, the Taal Volcano Network recorded 17 volcanic earthquakes, including 1 volcanic tremor event having a duration of 45 minutes, 16 low frequency volcanic earthquakes, and low-level background tremor that has persisted since 8 April 2021.
SO2 venting has continued into Monday, July 5:
Sulfur dioxide can cause irritation to the respiratory system.
As a result, thousands are being evacuated from the Taal Volcano Island, as well as from the high-risk regions of Bilibinwang, Banyaga, Agoncillo, Buso-buso, Gulod, eastern Bugaan, Laurel, and Batangas Province.
The public is also reminded that the entire Taal Volcano Island is a Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ), and entry into the island, along with the high-risk areas, is prohibited.
The Taal volcano has an explosive and catastrophic history peppered with VEI 2, 3, and 4 eruptions, and scrolling down the eruptive history over at volcano.si.edu, there’s even a VEI 6 in there.
The most recent VEI 4 occurred in January, 2020.
This eruption displaced hundreds of thousands of people and lead to the closure of Manila Airport.
Volcanologists are expecting another eruption of this magnitude, imminently.
Authorities have raised the alert level accordingly, suggesting that magma is at or near the volcano’s surface.
A VEI 6 isn’t off the table either.
Such an eruption would bring about the instant cooling of planet Earth due to the sunlight-blocking particulates ejected high into the stratosphere–this would exacerbate the stark cooling we’ve already witnessed since 2016:
Life before the eruption was peaceful, say Luzon island locals, and their harvests abundant — but that feels like a long time ago now. Taal volcano –and the miseries brought-about by COVID restrictions– have suppressed the islands’ once carefree spirit.
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 Cosmic Rays penetrating silica-rich magma.
Taal is no different.
Checking back with the volcano’s eruptive history over at volcano.si.edu, we can see that recent high-level eruptions (VEI 3+) have ALL coincided with solar minimums; that is, 2020, 1965, 1911, 1754, 1716, with VEI 3s being an almost constant occurrence during the Maunder Minimum (1645-1715), particularly at the onset.
Taal could be the ‘big one’, the one that send global temperatures off a cliff, which in turn will bring about the mass failure of our mono-cropping ways, globally.
Stay tuned for updates.
The COLD TIMES are returning, the mid-latitudes are REFREEZING, in line with the great conjunction, historically low solar activity, cloud-nucleating Cosmic Rays, and a meridional jet stream flow (among other forcings).
Both NOAA and NASA appear to agree, if you read between the lines, with NOAA saying we’re entering a ‘full-blown’ Grand Solar Minimum in the late-2020s, and NASA seeing this upcoming solar cycle (25) as “the weakest of the past 200 years”, with the agency correlating previous solar shutdowns to prolonged periods of global cooling here.
Furthermore, we can’t ignore the slew of new scientific papers stating the immense impact The Beaufort Gyre could have on the Gulf Stream, and therefore the climate overall.
Prepare accordingly— learn the facts, relocate if need be, and grow your own.
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