Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special Guests

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Survival Medicine Hour: Ticks, Volcanoes, Special Guests


Old Faithful is a sign of a mass of superheated water and rock below Yellowstone National Park

Old Faithful is a sign of a mass of superheated water and rock below Yellowstone National Park

Can you prepare for a day at the beach? Can you prepare for an asteroid strike? Well, preparing for volcanic eruptions is in the middle, actually closer to an asteroid strike that anyone would like. Joe Alton MD and Amy Alton ARNP discuss what can and can’t be done to prepare for a volcano, and whether volcano preparedness is an oxymoron!

Also, school’s almost out and families will out hiking and camping. Ticks will also be out, and ready to make a meal out of the blood of your loved ones. The Altons discuss how to avoid being a blood donor to a tick this summer, and avoid diseases they transmit like Lyme disease.

All this and more in this episode of the Survival Medicine Hour with Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy!

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Video: Volcano Preparedness?

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Video: Volcano Preparedness?


Being prepared certainly increases your chances of surviving and staying healthy in a lot of disaster settings, but can you prepare for a volcanic eruption like we’re seeing at Mount Kilauea in Hawaii? A volcano can form a river of lava, molten rock at 750-1250 degrees, plus shoot out rocks the size of boulders onto the landscape. Over time, falling ash can cause roofs to collapse. Sure, most of the country isn’t at risk for a volcanic eruption, or is it? Yellowstone National Park is home to a huge “caldera” where superheated gases cause geysers like Old Faithful. It exploded 640,000 years ago, and we’re due, some geologists say, for another event (in the next 40,000 years or so).

While you can’t protect your home from a wall of lava, there might be some actions that could give you a fighting chance to survive the event. In this video, Joe Alton, MD explores your options and offers some thoughts on what might make a difference and what might not for a volcanic eruption.

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Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

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Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

Can You Prepare For A Volcano?

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There are a number of disasters, natural or man-made, where a great deal of preparation greatly increases your chances of survival. Then there are others, like volcanic eruptions or asteroid strikes, where your option are, to say the least, more limited. You might not consider a volcano as the most likely event to ruin your day, and you’d be right. Still, it makes sense to know about them and what you might be able to do to prevent being a victim of one.

A volcano is a rupture in the crust of the earth which allows lava (molten rock at 750-1250 degrees Fahrenheit), ash, and gases to escape from deep below the surface. The violence of volcanic eruptions is so great that boulders can come raining down from the sky to flatten houses and, perhaps, you.

Most have the impression that a volcano is a conical mountain with smoke and fire spewing from the top, such as you see today in Hawaii. In actuality, however, most volcanos can be active without displaying physical signs for thousands of years.

Volcanoes can also take a number of forms: In Yellowstone National Park, a huge dormant super-volcano looks more like flat land than a cone. Indeed, it takes some observation to know you’re walking on top of it. Geysers like ‘Old Faithful” exist as evidence that there’s still a great deal of pressure and molten rock below the surface.

Old Faithful Geyser


One doomsday scenario includes the eruption of this huge land feature, which is called a “caldera” (meaning “cauldron” or “cooking pot”). This disaster last happened 640,000 years ago, but it’s thought to be an event that is likely to occur again “soon”. In geologic time, “soon” means in the next 40,000 years or so.

If you live in a volcanically active area, there are a few things that you can do to decrease the chance of becoming a victim. Monitor volcanic activity reports via NOAA radios and evacuate the area if authorities believe an eruption is imminent. Have a plan in place to get the family together via texting, email, social media, etc.

Know several routes out of the area; roads may be blocked by fire, thick ash, or lava flows. Visibility and breathing might become difficult, so respirator masks and goggles should be worn by every member of the group.

That's not snow, it's volcanic ash!

That’s not snow, it’s volcanic ash!

Ash can also damage engine parts and stall escape vehicles, so be prepared to go on foot if necessary. Any equipment with moving parts that must remain outside as your evacuate should be covered with tarps.

The most intelligent decision is to hit the road, Jack, and take a good amount of supplies with you. There are circumstances, however, where you might be unable to leave your home. While you can’t expect even the most solid house to be much protection from a wall of lava, you might still be able to achieve protection from volcanic ash:

·       Close all windows and doors

·       Block chimneys

·       Stay under the sturdiest part of the roof (ash can be very heavy)

·       Have food and water stored in quantity

It imperative to have at least several days supplies packed and ready to go at a moment’s notice. I call this a “G.O.O.D.” bag (Get Out Of Dodge!).

It’s also important to have a good kit to deal with medical issues. You’ll need materials that that treat burns and orthopedic injuries as well as masks, goggles, and flashlights for every member of the family. You might not consider these items to be medical in nature, but they’ll help you breathe and see even if the ash is falling thickly, and you’ll be in better physical shape and more likely to survive.



No masks and no shelter? Place a damp cloth over your nose and mouth and cover your skin as much as possible. Of course, protection in the form of work gloves, sturdy high-top boots, and head coverings (a hard hat even seems prudent here) will decrease your chance of injury as you escape the area. Avoid low-lying areas that might be a natural conduit for lava. Stay clear of areas downwind of the volcano; ash and flying debris will be thickest there.

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Don’t forget the pets

Don’t forget your pets: Have a “G.O.O.D.” bag for them as well. Here’s the Red Cross’s recommendations for emergency pet kits and a plan of action that will increase your animals’ safety in times of trouble:

You might not always have a lot of options in a disaster, but you can always improve your chances of surviving even in the worst situations.

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‘Yellowstone Is RUMBLING Again!’ Super Volcano Eruption Fears Grow as Mini Quakes Hit

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Do you know we are neighboring one of the most destructive forces on the planet? It must have been a tremendous moment when the first satellite view of Yellowstone revealed that the area was an actual caldera volcano. That means its a massive underground volcano that has the potential to explode and cover much of …

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – New Madrid Seismic Zone – Yellowstone

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During August 21, 2017, a large swath across the United States will experience a rare total solar eclipse. Here’s the thing: The New-Madrid seismic zone is on the direct path of the eclipse. And if that wasn’t enough to get you thinking: The Yellowstone super volcano is also on path!   I began to wonder whether or not the increased gravitational pull of the sun and moon alignment will have any effects on the planet Earth. Think about how the moon itself has tremendous gravitational pull: The tides! It’s amazing when you think about the enormous power of the moon’s

Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events| episode 153

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Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events| episode 153
Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events| episode 153


Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events| episode 153


This week I talk about the Lessons From Near Human Extinction Events. Science Has found evidence that at least five times in the past humans faced near extinction events. 

Many times we have stood on the brink of extinction only to come back stronger. 



1.2 Million Years Ago: Humanity Before We Were Exclusively Homo Sapiens

Scientists have calculated that for a period lasting one million years and beginning 1.2 million years ago, at a time when our ancestors were spreading through Africa, Europe, and Asia, there were probably between 18,500 to 26,000


150,000 Years Ago: Homo Sapiens and the Big Chill

The era is officially called Marine Isotope Stage 6 (because we know of its existence in part by analyzing oxygen isotopes from deep sea sediment samples), and informally called a “glacial stage,” but it was likely more of an “ice desert” stage. Deserts expanded as well as glaciers, and much of the world was cold and dry.

The human population shrank down to only 600 people.

70,000 Years Ago: The Toba Explosion


Roughly 70,000 years ago, give or take a few thousand years, an enormous eruption occurred in what is now Sumatra, leaving behind Lake Toba The eruption coincides with a population bottleneck that is often cited as the reason for the relatively low genetic diversity across Homo sapiens sapiens. Research suggests as few as 2,000 humans were left alive by the eruption and its aftereffects.

12,900 comet and flood

Roughly 12,900 years ago, massive global cooling kicked in abruptly, along with the end of the line for some 35 different mammal species, including the mammoth, as well as the so-called Clovis culture of prehistoric North Americans. Various theories have been proposed for the die-off, ranging from abrupt climate change to overhunting once humans were let loose on the wilds of North America. But now nanodiamonds found in the sediments from this time period point to an alternative: a massive explosion or explosions by a fragmentary comet, similar to but even larger than the Tunguska event of 1908 in Siberia.

Paired with the fact that this layer occurs directly before the extinction of at least 35 genera of large mammals, including mammoths, it is strong circumstantial evidence for a cosmic event.

670 years ago The plague

October 1347 when 12 Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina after a long journey through the Black Sea. Most of the sailors aboard the ships were dead, and those who were still alive were gravely ill. They were overcome with fever, unable to keep food down and delirious from pain. Strangest of all, they were covered in mysterious black boils that oozed blood and pus and gave their illness its name: 


  • 1.2 Million Years Ago: Humanity Before We Were Exclusively Homo Sapiens
  • 150,000 Years Ago: Homo Sapiens and the Big Chill
  • 70,000 Years Ago: The Toba Explosion
  • 12,900 comet and flood
  • 670 years ago The plague
  • Can’t prep for every disaster.
  • The same things we do still work
  • Learning skills and preserving knowledge
  • Stock up on lifetime items, not junk



Disaster .1.2 Million Years Ago

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Uh Oh: Yellowstone Super Volcano Has Experienced 464 Earthquakes The Past Week

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Uh Oh: Yellowstone Super Volcano Has Experienced 464 Earthquakes The Past Week

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The Yellowstone super volcano has been hit by 464 earthquakes since June 12, according to the United States Geological Service’s (USGS) Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Some of the quakes were relatively high on the Richter scale. One, on June 15, was 4.5.

“The epicenter of the shock was located in Yellowstone National Park, eight miles north-northeast of the town of West Yellowstone, Montana,” a USGS statement said.

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“[The 4.5] earthquake is part of an energetic sequence of earthquakes in the same area that began on June 12,” the statement continued. “This sequence has included approximately thirty earthquakes of magnitude 2 and larger and four earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger.”

Seismic activity, such as earthquakes, can be a sign of an impending eruption.

The Yellowstone super volcano is actually a vast pool of partially molten rock or magma underneath the national park. Estimates are that it is 14,000 cubic miles in size, or 14 times the size of the Grand Canyon.

Scientists say that if it erupted, it would cover most of the continental United States and much of Canada and Mexico with ash; some places would be a meter deep. An eruption would be larger than the most powerful volcanic eruption in recorded history — that of Mount Tambora in Indonesia in 1815. It darkened skies throughout the world and ruined harvests as far as Europe. Many places in the Northeast experienced snow.

One fear of the super volcano is that it would cause a nationwide or worldwide famine by blacking out the sun and covering fields with ash.

The good news: Yellowstone also experienced similar earthquake swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010. Scientists say the likelihood that the volcano will erupt this time is low.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the section below:

Is Mount St. Helens Getting Ready To Erupt Again?

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Is Mount St. Helens Getting Ready To Erupt Again?America’s most famous volcano, Mount St. Helens, could be primed for another deadly eruption.

Geoscientists say that a swarm of earthquakes has intensified to the point that there are now 40 a week.

The earthquakes could be a clue that magma is building up under Mount St. Helens, much as did before the famous eruption on May 18, 1980. That event was the deadliest volcanic explosion in American history, killing 57 people, pumping 540 million tons of ash into the air and triggering the largest landslide in recorded history. The ash cloud spread as far at the central US.

“Since the start of 2016, an earthquake swarm has been detected underneath the currently quiet Washington (state) volcano,” Erik Klemetti, a professor of geosciences at Ohio’s Denison University, wrote in Wired. “USGS volcanologists and seismologists are interpreting this swarm as a response to the slow ‘recharging’ for the volcano, where new magma is rising up underneath St. Helens as it slumbers.”

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The quakes are more “vigorous” than swarms of quakes in 2012 and 2014, he wrote, explaining that they are generated by the shifting of rocks by magma or lava building up underground. Last year, United States Geological Survey (USGS) scientists discovered that there are two giant magma chambers underneath Mt. Helens. When the chambers become completely full of magma, Mount St. Helens or other nearby volcanoes like Mount Adams go off.

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Scientists actually do not know when Mount St. Helens, or its neighbors, will erupt. They can only guess, using an advanced network of USGS sensors in the area to monitor the situation. Most scientists say another eruption, even if it is minor, is still a few years away.

“The magma that will likely take part in the next eruption is working its way up towards the surface, likely stopping along the way to crystallize and interact with the residue of previous eruptions,” Klemetti wrote.

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“… [W]hat we can say is that no volcano is truly ‘dormant’ when it’s not erupting. It’s just that most of the action is happening far beneath our feet.”

It’s Not Just St. Helens

Mt. St. Helens is not the only dangerous volcano in the mainland United States. Volcanologists have identified some other mountains that could blow again. The list includes:

  1. Mount Rainer in Washington State. Volcanologists rate this mountain as the third most dangerous volcano in America. Mount Rainer goes off every 500 to 1,000 years, and it could cover nearby cities like Seattle and Tacoma with mud and other deadly debris.
  2. Mount Hood in Oregon. Volcanologists worry about this mountain because people live right on it. There have been two major eruptions at Mount Hood in the last 1,500 years, National Geographic reported.
  3. Mount Shasta in California. The USGS rates this scenic wonder in Northern California a very high threat. It could erupt with deadly mudflows and an ash cloud similar to that which occurred when St. Helens erupted in 1980.
  4. South Sister in Oregon. This mountain just west of Bend, Oregon, is rated a very high threat by the USGS. Magma has been building up under it for years but no eruption has occurred.
  5. Lassen Peak or Lassen Volcanic Center in Northern California. This is actually a collection of several volcanoes near Redding that last erupted during World War I.
  6. Crater Lake volcano, in Oregon. This national park is actually a volcano that once erupted with 42 times the force of Mount St. Helens.

The volcanic danger in the United States is far greater than most of us imagine. There are 169 active volcanoes in the US, and 54 of them are considered high threats by the USGS.

What do you remember about the last time Mount. St. Helens erupted? Share your thoughts in the section below:

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The Crop-Killing, Snow-In-June American Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

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The Crop-Killing, Snow-In-June Natural Disaster You've Never Heard Of

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The Germans called it “The Year of the Beggar.”

The New Englanders called it “Eighteen Hundred and Froze to Death.”

From his home in Monticello, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Never were such hard times.”

Writer Mary Shelley described a June outing that year to Lake Geneva this way: “An almost perpetual rain confines us principally to the house.” She ended up using some of the descriptions of that dreary summer in her novel Frankenstein.

It was the year 1816, often called “The Year Without a Summer,” and it just might be the most important meteorological event you have never heard of. Spring arrived on time, but then the weather went into reverse, with cold temperatures and continually overcast skies. Dim sunlight and frigid temperatures became so severe and widespread that major crop failures were reported across the United States, the rest of North America and Europe for a period of three years. New York state and Maine experienced snow in June.

While some scientists blamed sunspots for the weather problems of 1816, and some theologians blamed the wrath of God, it has only been within the last few decades that modern technology has enabled us to understand what really happened. And the implications are significant for our world today.

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Scientists now believe that this three-year period of severe climate change was set off by a volcanic eruption. On April 15, 1815, Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa in what is now Indonesia erupted, spewing lava and dust for a week and then continuing to rumble for three months.

With a plume of gases and ash that extended more than 18 miles into the atmosphere, the massive Mount Tambora eruption is the most explosive volcanic event in recorded history. The 1815 eruption threw millions of tons of sulfur-dioxide gas into the stratosphere, and the gas then formed 100 million tons of sulfuric acid, which became dispersed by wind throughout the planet in the form of tiny droplets, clouding the skies and partially blocking the sun.

The Tambora explosion was far greater than the better-known Mount Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883. We know more about that natural disaster because the news was quickly spread by telegraph and then by newspaper. Most Europeans and North Americans did not hear about Mount Tambora for several months or even longer.

The explosion initially killed more than 10,000 people on the island, but it is estimated that another 80,000 people eventually died from starvation and diseases related to the cataclysmic event. In fact, the energy created by Mount Tambora was equivalent to 2.2 million atomic bombs.

The volcanic dust and ash that spread throughout the world blocked sunlight and disrupted natural weather patterns.

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Mount Tambora, today.

Mount Tambora, today.

What are some of the far-reaching results of the ravaged weather of 1816?

  • Many New England farmers, with their crops and their entire livelihood devastated, ventured west with their families. The state of Vermont, for example, experienced a population drop of an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people.
  • The cold, rainy summer led to a sweeping potato famine in Ireland.
  • In Europe, the wheat crop was ruined, causing widespread bread shortages.
  • Food prices rose sharply across Europe, with riots, arson and looting frequently taking place.
  • In Switzerland, an ice dam formed below part of the Giétro Glacier. Despite efforts to drain the lake that formed, the ice dam collapsed in June 1818, killing an estimated 45 people.
  • In Asia, unseasonably cold temperatures killed rice crops, trees and water buffalo. The eruption disrupted China’s monsoon season, resulting in severe flooding in the Yangtze Valley. In India, the summer monsoon season was delayed, resulting in late torrential rains.
  • Outbreaks of cholera spread from a region near the River Ganges to as far away as Moscow.
  • Because of all the volcanic ash in the atmosphere, brown snow fell in Hungary. Red snow fell throughout the year in Italy’s northern and north-central region.

Floods, drought, disease, famine – all caused by a volcanic eruption half a world away. With the world’s population so much greater than it was in 1816, the effects of another eruption on the scale of Mount Tambora would be unthinkable.

Today, the year 1816 stands as a startling reminder of how one world event — even a volcano in Southeast Asia — can have dire consequences on our food supply.

Poet Eileen Marguet (1918-2012) wrote a poem that sums up the year of 1816 for many Americans.

It didn’t matter whether your farm was large or small.

It didn’t matter if you had a farm at all.

Cause everyone was affected when water didn’t run.

The snow and frost continued without the warming sun.

One day in June it got real hot and leaves began to show.

But after that it snowed again and wind and cold did blow.

The cows and horses had no grass, no grain to feed the chicks.

No hay to put aside that time, just dry and shriveled sticks.

The sheep were cold and hungry and many starved to death,

Still waiting for the warming sun to save their labored breath.

The kids were disappointed, no swimming, such a shame.

It was in 1816 that summer never came.

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Violent Shaking Along The Ring Of Fire Continues A Progression Of Disasters That Began In September

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By Michael Snyder – The Economic Collapse Blog

Have you noticed that seismic activity along the Ring of Fire appears to be dramatically increasing?  According to Volcano Discovery, 39 volcanoes around the world have recently erupted, and 32 of them are associated with the Ring of Fire.  This includes Mt. Popocatepetl which sits only about 50 miles away from Mexico City’s 18 million inhabitants.  If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, it is an area roughly shaped like a horseshoe that runs along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur along the Ring of Fire.  Just within the last 24 hours, we have witnessed a 4.4, a 5.4 and a 5.7 earthquake in Alaska, a 6.8 earthquake in Chile and 20 earthquakes in Indonesia of at least magnitude 4.3.  And as you will see below, this violent shaking along the Ring of Fire seems to continue a progression of major disasters that began back during the month of September.

For whatever reason, our planet suddenly seems to be waking up.  Unfortunately, the west coast of the United States is one of the areas where this is being felt the most.  The little city of San Ramon, California is about 45 miles east of San Francisco, and over the past several weeks it has experienced a record-breaking 583 earthquakes

A total of 583 small earthquakes have shaken San Ramon, California, in the last three weeks or so – more than five times the record set 12 years ago, according to the latest US Geological Survey updates.

“It’s the swarm with the largest number of total earthquakes in San Ramon,” said USGS scientist David Schwartz, who is more concerned about the size of quakes than he is the total number of them. Still, the number tops the previous record set in 2003, when 120 earthquakes hit over 31 days, with the largest clocking in at a magnitude of 4.2.

Could this be a prelude to a major seismic event in California?

We shall see what happens.

Meanwhile, records are being shattered in the middle part of the country as well.

For instance, the state of Oklahoma has already set a brand new yearly record for earthquakes

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About the author:

Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.

Today, Michael is best known for his work as the publisher of The Economic Collapse Blog and The American Dream

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The Scariest Volcano In America Is No Longer Yellowstone

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America’s deadliest volcano could be primed for another eruption – and it’s not Yellowstone.

Scientists have discovered a giant, previously unknown lava pool beneath Mount St. Helens in Washington State that could fuel future eruptions at several different volcanoes.

The 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens was the deadliest volcanic disaster in recorded American history, killing 57 people and spewing 540 million tons of ash into the air, USA Today reported. It also caused the largest recorded landslide in history.

A group of scientists have used imaging technology to map the plumbing under Mount St. Helens, and they made a disturbing discover: There is not one but two giant magma chambers under the mountain. The first chamber that caused the 1980 eruption is three to seven miles below the surface, but that cavern is connected to a much larger pool of lava that is seven to 25 miles underground.

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That means the risk of eruption at Mount St. Helens could be far greater than scientists thought. Even worse, the lower chamber of magma could fuel eruptions at several volcanos in the area, including Mount Adams and the Indian Heaven field of dormant volcanoes nearby.

“It isn’t a stretch to say that there’s something down there feeding everything,” Rice University Geophysicist Alan Levander said. Levander was one of the experts involved in the Imaging Magma Under St. Helens team (iMUSH) that studied Mount St. Helens.

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To image the volcanoes, experts planted 920 sensors and set off 23 small explosions. The explosions were needed to generate vibrations that they could use to map out how earthquakes affect the volcano. The 1980 eruption at Mount St. Helens was preceded by a series of earthquakes.

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“You’re actually seeing it in action,” Kate Miller, a geophysicist from Texas A&M University, said of the research. “Now, you can go in and model the plumbing system.”

Yellowstone also has a two-chamber system underneath it, Off The Grid News reported earlier this year.

Those who live on the West Coast now have another reason to pay close attention.

What type of natural disaster scares you the most? Share your thoughts on the Mount St. Helens threat or other natural disasters in the section below:  

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Volcanoes Today, 23 Oct 2015: Shiveluch Volcano, Dukono, Batu Tara, Sakurajima

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View of the small pyroclastic flow at Shiveluch

Shiveluch (Kamchatka): A moderately sized pyroclastic flow as result of small collapse of part of the active lava dome occurred this afternoon (Kamchatka time), sending an ash plume to approx. 15,000 ft (4.5 km) altitude.
Attached is a time-lapse video on an exceptionally clear day showing the eruption in the afternoon:

Sakurajima (Kyushu, Japan): The volcano has been relatively calm during the past weeks. JMA reported small explosions at the Showa crater during 13-16 October.
The Alert Level remained at 3 (on a 5-level scale).

Batu Tara (Sunda Islands, Indonesia):
Ash plumes from the volcano have become an almost daily observation on satellite data monitored by VAAC Darwin. This suggests that activity has picked up at the volcano (we will find out more when we are going there in November).
This morning, a plume at 5,000 ft (1.5 km) altitude drifted 35 km W from the volcano.

Dukono (Halmahera): Ash emissions continue to be intense and near continuous. VAAC Darwin reported again an ash plume extending 50 km NW from the volcano this morning.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 23 Oct 2015: Shiveluch Volcano, Dukono, Batu Tara, Sakurajima

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