9/26/2014 — Earthquake Swarm at California Supervolcano — Mono Lake / Mammoth Mountain

Watch the video update here:

September 25th into 26th, 2014

A noteworthy earthquake swarm began a few hours ago ( late afternoon September 25 2014 ) at the base of Mammoth Mountain, located on the flank of the Mono Lake California supervolcano caldera.

So far, as of 5am PDT, there have been over 500 separate small earthquakes at this location.

Screenshot below shows the 2.5M+ events up to 2am PDT:





The whole volcanic complex is known as the “Long Valley Caldera”.  Originally formed 760,000 years ago, supposedly erupting every 200,000 years.

New activity being monitored starting in 2014.

Quote the USGS..

“In July 2014, USGS Scientists Peter Kelly (Cascades Volcano Observatory) and Stuart Wilkinson (California Volcano Observatory) installed an automated volcanic-gas monitoring station on Mammoth Mountain, located on the SW rim of Long Valley Caldera (CA). The station tracks the temperature and concentrations of carbon dioxide and other gases at a steaming vent high on the north flank of the mountain known as Mammoth Mountain Fumarole.”

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Above: Movement at Mammoth Mountain in May of 2014 went unnoticed by most people

In 1980, the volcano experienced uplift and major movement, ironically very close to the same time as the eruption of Mt. Saint Helens.

Today, in 2014, this past week, we saw movement at Mt. Saint Helens, Yellowstone, and several other dormant volcanoes in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

This is ON TOP of the movement at Mount Shasta California , resulting in a glacier fracture mudslide earlier this week, and in addition to last months major earthquake in Napa, CA.

Watch the glacier update here:

I covered the recent volcanic activity in my most recent earthquake post.  Watch the update here:


Also, worthy to note the multiple 6.0M+ movement occurring internationally.  Alaska on the NW edge of the craton, showing major pressure building.

Use the links here to monitor earthquakes nationally and internationally:


List of USGS midwest seismographs :


USGS main earthquake site:


USGS live internet seismic server:


USGS Global Seismograph Network :


USGS ANSS seismograph backbone:


USGS weekly volcanism report:


USGS netquakes site live :


Montana Bureau of mines / Earthquakes :


Yellowstone supervolcano seismographs:


NCSN Drum Recorder Display(SAFOD pilot hole at Parkfield):


USGS Hawaii data clearinghouse:


USGS Hawaii earthquakes :


USGS Earthquake Hazards Program Seismogram Displays :


Midwest USA :

Midwest USA : http://folkworm.ceri.memphis.edu/recenteqs/

New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ information): http://www.showme.net/~fkeller/quake/maps.htm

Arkansas seismic network: http://www.geology.ar.gov/geohazards/ark_seismic_network.htm

map of New Madrid Seismic Zone seismograph locations (interactive): http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/seismic/stations/nmsz.html










West Coast USA:

Pacific Northwest:



California seismographs:



Alaska Volcano observatory: http://www.avo.alaska.edu/

Mount Baker (pacific northwest): http://mbvrc.wwu.edu/index.shtml
•Nevada Seismological Laboratory Helicorder : http://www.seismo.unr.edu/Earthquake
•Northern California Earthquake Data Center, Berkeley

9/24/2014 — Shoveling red hot burning lava in Iceland — Awesome! — .GIF’s here

If you are a volcanology student in Iceland, bring your shovel, you’re going to need it for the ‘red hot burning LAVA’ (not magma lol) at Bardarbunga volcano.Capturelava iceland

Awesome 1080p HD video of lava flows in Iceland’s Bardarbunga volcano, and a short clip of lava collection by a lucky scientist who gets to do the actual shovel work.

thanks again to earthspace101!! Here is their new channel:




Several animated .gif images of the flow and collection of the lava:










More HD video here:

20,000 earthquakes in ONE MONTH below Bardarbunga volcano:

9/22/2014 — 20,000 earthquakes in 1 month! Icelands Bardarbunga volcano — EPIC Eruption

The eruption in Iceland, at the Bardarbunga volcano is beyond phenomenal.

This volcanic eruption has been epic to say the least.

Thanks to earthspace103 for getting this video out!! Be forewarned, the musical scoring in this video is beyond ‘epic’  🙂 lol .. love it!


A confirmed number of 20,000 earthquakes, in just one months time, surrounding the volcano.

Here is the straight animation from RUV:

Article from the RUV in Iceland:


“Tuesday marks one month since a record wave of seismic activity started at and around the volcano of Bardarbunga. At least 20,000 earthquakes struck the area in that period, according to estimates from the Icelandic Met Office.

186 earthquakes of magnitude 3.0-3.9 were detected. 43 quakes were of magnitude 4.0-4.9, most of them at Bardarbunga’s caldera. A total of 23 earthquakes were detected of magnitude 5.0 or greater, all at Bardarbunga. The largest earthquake, a magnitude 5.7, struck on 26 August. That’s the largest earthquake in Iceland since a M6.3 struck east of Reykjavík in 2008.

No significant changes have been observed in the ongoing lava eruption at the lava field of Holuhraun, north of Bardarbunga volcano. Sulfur dioxide pollution from the eruption continues to plague people in the northern and eastern parts of Iceland, though it causes no immediate harm to people.

A M5.2 earthquake struck Bardarbunga Tuesday afternoon. The subglacial volcano’s caldera continues to subside at a rate of 50 cm (20 inches) a day, according to scientists.

Three scenarios of future development are still considered most likely. Firstly, that the subsidence of Bardarbunga’s caldera will stop and the Holuhraun eruption slowly fades out.

Secondly, the subsidence could continue, along with the eruption in Holuhraun. Another eruption could start, possibly under glacier. In this scenario, the eruption(s) could last for a longer time, with lava volume possibly measured in cubic kilometres. Should a subglacial eruption occur, explosive action and glacial floods should be expected.

The third scenario is an eruption within the Bardarbunga caldera. Scientists say such an eruption could melt large volumes of ice, causing a powerful glacial flood. Another possibility is that the water would not immediately escape the caldera, because of the volcano’s previous subsidence. That meltwater would later produce a large flood. When the eruption would reach through the glacial ice above, explosive eruption with ashfall would be expected.

Animated .gif’s of the lava flows:






More video here:

Still images :


Woman watching the lava flow at the Holuhraun Fissure eruption near Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland

Glowing lava from the eruption at the Holuhraun Fissure, near the Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland

Volcano eruption at the Holuhraun Fissure near Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland

APTOPIX Iceland Volcano

Lava and plumes from the Holuhraun Fissure by the Bardarbunga Volcano, Iceland. Sept. 1, 2014

APTOPIX Iceland Volcano