Dee Finney's blog - october 2, 2011 - page 51 - Canary Islands Tsunami

 

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                                  CANARY ISLANDS                                             THERA AFTER IT BLEW UP 

 

 

 

Dee Finney's blog

start date July 20, 2011


Today's date:  October 2, 2011

updated 3-23-13

 

page 51

 

LATEST NEWS FIRST:

 

March 22, 2013 volcano activity

http://earthquake-report.com/2013/03/22/volcano-activity-of-march-22-2013/

Well, there are volcanoes who attract attention by unusual behavior,…and then there are volcanoes which demand attention by their unusual behavior! Telica volcano (Nicaragua) (station TELN) and El Hierro (Canary Islands) (station CHIE) are both demanding our attention at this time!

At Telica volcano, hundreds of earthquakes, with magnitudes as high as M2.1, have shook the volcano for the past week. Thus far, Nicaraguan authorities have not described other indicators of magmatic activity (deformation, increased fumarolic activity) beneath the volcano.

At El Hierro, similar activity but with event magnitudes as high as M3.8 (yesterday) cluster around 15 km depth beneath the island. Deformation (uplift) as measured by GPS instrumentation ranges from 10 to 35 mm since renewed unrest began some three days ago. The activity currently is centered just off the western shoreline of El Hierro. Follow our in-depth reporting here.

 

 

TOPIC:  CANARY ISLAND VOLCANO   VS THERA

 

I just woke up from a very strange dream.   I had been meditating earlier this morning (It is now 8 a.m.)  I was asking my spirit guides to give me some information about the Canary Islands and the volcano there.  I wasn't getting any information at all.
 

All of a sudden the telephone rang and a man's  voice yelled into his phone, "The match is set!"  I said,"  What?  Who is this?"  He said, "Is this Sylvia?"  I said, "No! " and we both said, "Sorry!" and hung up.

I immediately fell asleep and went into a dream where I was looking at a large screen monitor, IMing with a couple of people about the Canary Islands volcano.  The woman on line was named Betty, who seemed very knowledgeable about the coming event which is expected soon, considering there have been over 8,000 quakes there in recent weeks.
 

For some reason I decided to call Betty on the phone and when I did, I identified myself as Dee Finney. 
 

She said, "Bill Finney?" and I responded, "No!  Dee Finney.

She said, "I know Bill Finney who gets seizures and he hasn't had any recently"

While she was talking, I was looking out my front window at the beach.  I was thinking it was Lake Michigan, but while she talked, I saw a Navy airplane fly past the window towards the Ocean (I called it) and I was so shocked, I kept calling it the ocean.


The plane was dark green with a star on the side and as I watched, a group of military men, I was assuming were pilots or men who worked on airplanes.

They gathered on the beach, one of two were kneeling on one knee, the others standing there, nonchalantly watching the plane taxi on the water like there was no worries in the world for a plane to be on the water rather than on land.
 

I then woke up, surprised to find I wasn't actually where I had just been.

NOTE FROM DEE:

 

Very early this morning, when I went to the bathroom, it came to me that I've had a number of dreams about canaries and it dawned on me that the dreams about canaries might be related to the canary islands and the volcano.

 

Here is the most recent one:

 

8-10-11 - DREAM -  I lived and worked in buildings across the street from each other.  I wasn't particularly fond of going to work because all I did was paperwork.   When I was at work, I made sure I had my keys with me at all times, which I double checked when I went out the door.

At home, across the street, there were a lot of issues going on.

I was getting dressed or rather undressed and my husband kept acting like he had something in his eyes and couldn't see that my blouse was barely buttoned in front and he had some guy messing with his eyes, so I went into the closet and put a blue pullover shirt over my white open shirt to make sure I was covered for the public's eyes.

In one of the rooms of our apartment, I looked at the bird cage and saw that the canaries didn't have enough seed to eat, and told my husband to feed the birds, but he was too busy, so I went over to the cage and saw that a huge black bird was in the canary cage eating the canary seed.

I told my husband to feed the vulture large seed, but I saw that the vulture had a lot of big seed laying on the bottom of the cage, but it preferred the canary seed.

I personally liked pumpkin seed that was bright orange inside, but my husband didn't like that kind so wouldn't give it to the vulture either.

The cage door was open and I we surprised that none of the birds tried to leave the cage, but they didn't, there was plenty of seed in the cage to keep them all happy.

 

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When I searched my own website earlier today, I found 10 web pages of dreams about canaries, as well as other noisy birds like parakeets and finches along with canaries.  I never did figure out the meaning of those dreams.  But I also found a page where I wrote about the Canary Islands themselves.

This next seism in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean will probably be contagious, and will affect the whole of the dorsal, in particular the zone of the Azores. But this seismic activity could also shake the zone of the Canaries, that which researchers of Benfield Hazard Research Center studied carefully. It could cause a very large wave, due to the collapse of a whole side of the Mt. La Palma . The height of the wave created depends on many parameters. It could, in the worst case scenario, reach 600 meters when arriving on the shores.


One clearly sees by the figures above that the giant tsunami would reach the coasts of the American continent in six hours. But in the case of an underwater volcanic eruption, this time is reduced to approximately three to four hours. In my next article I will focus on what it is advisable to do to protect oneself according to the zones and countries.

Do not miss it on the site www.savelivesinmay.com , your life, and that of your family or friends, is concerned.

In 1995, Comet 73P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 3 did something unexpected: it fell apart.

For no apparent reason, the comet's nucleus split into at least three "mini-comets" flying single file through space. Astronomers watched with interest, but the view was blurry even through large telescopes. The comet was a hundred and fifty million miles away.

We're about to get a much closer look. In May 2006 the fragments are going to fly past Earth closer than any comet has come in almost eighty years

Here are many more details about a possible tsunami in the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Island volcano:

http://www.greatdreams.com/comets/comet-73p.htm

The page started out to be about the comet 73P, but quickly changed to the danger to Americans - both north and south America because of a possible landslide that could cause a huge tsunami.

Last week, a psychic by the name of June DeYoung said she saw the state of Maine completely covered by water.

If that is true, then all low lying lands would also be covered by a great deal of water as you will see on the maps on that comet page.

Naturally, I had to look up Bill Finney and see if his story rings true to the dream.

 

11-13-07

Hi : This was one of those quickies that jolts you right off the sofa.

 

I closed my eyes for a few moments and suddenly saw Spain/Portugal - and a male voice said,

 

"The Old Man has spoken!!!"

 

I've had that same vision before. I found it in my journal in 1989 when I meditated on the coming earth changes. In 1989 I was told that the area would be annihilated.

 

There are several ways to analyze the term "Old Man". It could mean "God" himself, but I did a web search, looking for the term connected to Spain itself.
I found a huge standing stone named "Old Man" right on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, but it was on Ascension Island in Orkney. (No connection to Spain)
I also found Mount Yasur - in Tanna, which is in Vanautu. The name Yasur means "Old Man" Mount Yasur has been rumbling a lot - it has exploded in the past, and that whole area is exploding. The Son of Krakatoa just exploded a couple days ago.

I wondered if Spain was on the opposite of the world, so I went looking for that, and discovered a page dedicated to "The Madrid" quake which I've also dreamed of. New Madrid could be seen to be connected to Spain which also has a Madrid.

 

So, here are a couple pages to take a look at. Maybe you have some suggestions on this:

 

http://www.greatdreams.com/spaindrms.htm
http://www.greatdreams.com/madrid.htm
http://www.stevequayle.com/News.alert/Prophetic/020413.great.quake.Snodgra.htm
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Also, the Canary Islands have been talked about as the possibility of sliding into the ocean and causing a huge tsunami that could hit the whole east coast of the U.S. The Canary islands are owned by Spain.

 

Looking for assistance to this puzzle.
Dee

 

11-2-11 - Last week I had a dream about Thera so its only logical to take a look at that in connection with th ecanary islands.

Evaluating and preventing the tsunami risk for France's metropolitan and overseas coasts



SENAT

Report n° 117 (2007-2008) by M. Roland COURTEAU, Senator (for the parliament office for the evaluation of scientific and technological choices) - Appendix to the minutes of the 7 December 2007 session

 

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b) No ocean basin is safe from tsunamis

In the Mediterranean, the collision between the African and Eurasian Plates makes this region particularly prone to earthquakes and tsunamis. The large tsunamis to have struck this area in the past are relatively well known (see table below). Historically, it appears that the most destructive source of origin is that of the subduction zone located beneath the Hellenic Arc (Crete in 365 and Rhodes in 1303). The eastern Mediterranean is still considered the most dangerous zone.

The most important Mediterranean tsunamis

Date

Place of origin

Remarks

ca. - 1650

Santorini

Tsunami generated by the eruption of the Thera volcano, with a wave estimated at 40 m.

365

Crete

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 8,5, with a wave estimated at 10 m.

373

Helike

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 7, with a wave estimated at 10 m.

1303

Rhodes

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 8.

1365

Algiers

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 7.

1755

Lisbon

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 8, with a wave estimated at 4 m.

1908

Messina

Tsunami generated by an earthquake with a magnitude of around 7, with a wave of 8 m.

The northeast Atlantic seems less prone to tsunamis. However, the tsunami of 1 November 1755 off the coast of Lisbon was one of the most destructive ever recorded anywhere in the world, with 5-metre-high waves striking the harbour and killing 20,000 persons.

The West Indies, characterized by significant volcanic and seismic activity, also run the risk of tsunamis. The West Indies are affected by tsunamis generated in either the Caribbean or the Atlantic (subduction earthquakes or teletsunamis).

According to a 2001 study by Narcisse Zahibo and Efim Pelinovsky, around 24 tsunamis have been reported in the Lesser Antilles over the past 400 years.5(*)

 

Finally, the Indian Ocean is not safe from tsunamis, either. While it is true that the area accounts for only 4% of recorded tsunamis, following the Sumatra catastrophe, the tsunami risk can no longer be ignored in this region. What's more, 3 large tsunamis have since been provoked by strong earthquakes on 28 March 2005, 17 July 2006 and 12 September 2007.


* 5 The Lesser Antilles are a string of small islands of volcanic or calcareous origin, which form an arc stretching from the Virgin Islands east of Puerto Rico to Grenada to the south.

 

In the case of the Canary Islands, they are talking about a huge twunami possibily hitting the east coast of America.

 

It's only fair to paste in my 373 Thera dream here.

 

 

WHY DO I DREAM THE WAY I DO?

10-30-11 - DREAM -  I was sleeping in a chair in the livingroom and across the room, a handsome man named David was sleeping in another chair.  (The name David means LOVE). (This particular David is a character on the TV show One Life to Live)

We had a visitor who sold water treatment machines.  I think he might have been gay, but in any case he was always looking in the mirror to see how his hair looked because he wanted it to be perfect.  Unfortunately, I had to help him pat down the tuft of hair he had at the back of his head because it stuck up in the air like Dagwood from the comics Dagwood and Blondie. 

Because of this guy, I was trying to sell water treatment machines by mail to people around the country and they had to sign contracts for the mahcines so they too could sell the machines.

 

I had folders on my desk with paperwork to keep track of who I soldl mahcines to.  One of the folders had a lot of paperwork in and there were two unsigned contracts to two guys who lived at 373 Thera St. in Chicago ,IL.  I knew I was going to have to contact them again to see why they didn't sign the contract.

 

Then I looked in another folder and found that a woman who just happened to live at 373 Thera St. in Chicago had signed a contract and purchased a water treatment machine. 

 

I thought to myself, "Aha!  These guys had their roommate sign the contract instead of themselves.  Problem solved."

I felt really good about that, but I still had David to deal with. So, I invited him to lay on the bed and see how he liked it.

However,, when he did, I could see a problem. 

 

I stood on the end of the bed on the mattress, and on the sheet (there were no blankets)  I saw needles with thread, pins, carpenter tacks, nails, and large carpenter type staples, all sticking up to prick and poke at anyone who laid on the bed.

I quickly started picking up all those sticking tools and apologized to David, and he kindly said, "That is why I never wanted to lay in your bed because that's the way you are - always working in bed."

 

So, thats the way I dream - about all kinds of prickly things and events.

 

I ijust noted that this dream was about water as well and its' treatment.

 

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I found an article on the web the last time I looked for 373 Thera that I found interesting.

 


1450 BC: the Minoan civilization is destroyed by the Mycenaens
1184 BC: Troy falls to Mycenae
1100 BC: Mycenae is detroyed by Dorian invaders who have iron weapons
1100 BC: Delphi is the capital of a league of Greek cities (including Sparta and Athens)
1000 BC: Greeks colonize the eastern coasts of the Aegean Sea
950 BC: Greeks found Miletus in Ionia (west coast of Turkey)
800 BC: city-states or "polis" (Athens, Thebes, Megara, Corinth, Sparta)
560 BC: the temple of Artemis at Ephesus is built
549 BC: Cyrus, king of Persia, conquers Medes, Lydia and Greek city-states in Asia Minor
546 BC: tyrant Peisistratus conquers Athens
510 BC: The temple of Ceres at Paestum (in Italy) is built
505 BC: a temple to Apollo is built at Delphi
493 BC: Themistocles seizes power in Athens and invests in naval power and international trade
490 BC: the first Persian War (battle of Marathon)
490 BC: Darius, king of Persia, invades Greece
481 BC: both Athens and Sparta join the Hellenic League against Persia
480 BC: Xerses, king of Persia, invades Greece but si defeated at the naval battle of Salamis
480 BC: Syracuse repels an attack by Carthage
480 BC: the Persians led by Xerxes sack Athens
480 BC: the Greeks defeat the Persians at Salamis
478 BC: the Hellenic League conquers Cyprus and Byzantium from the Persians
461 BC: first Peloponnesian War between Athenians and Spartans
454 BC: Athens attacks the Persians in Egypt but is defeated
450 BC: Temple of Zeus at Olympia
438 BC: the Parthenon is inaugurated in Athens
431 BC: the second Peloponnesian War between Athens and Sparta
431 BC: second Peleponnesean war
430 BC: Athens has about 200,000 inhabitants
430 BC: the temple of Concord is built at Agrigento (in Sicily)
415 BC: Syracuse with help from Sparta repels an invasion from Athens
410 BC: the temple of the Erechtheion is built at the Athens acropolis
404 BC: Athens loses the second Peloponnesian War and Sparta imposes the Thirty Tyrants, a group of aristocratic Spartans, which end the supremacy of Athens
395 BC: Athens, Argos, Corinth and Thebes revolt against Sparta and Persia attacks Sparta ("Corinthian war")
373 BC: the temple of Apollo at Delphi is destroyed
373 BC: the temple to Apollo at Delphi is ruined
371 BC: Athens, Thebes, Chios, Mytilene, Byzantium, Rhodes and others defeat Sparta which loses its supremacy (first defeat by Sparta in its entire history)
344 BC: Philip II of Macedonia conquers Thessaly, Illyria, Epirus,
338 BC: Philip II defeats Athens and Thebes at Chaeronea and unites several eastern Greek cities (League of Corinth)
336 BC: Philip II of Macedonia is assassinated and is succeeded by his son Alexander
334 BC: Alexander defeats the Persian army at the Dardanelles
333 BC: Alexander invades the Persian empire from Syria to Palestine
332 BC: Alexander conquers Egypt
331 BC: Alexander conquers Persia (battle of Gaugamela) and destroys Persepolis, ending the Achaemenid dynasty
329 BC: a new temple to Apollo is built at Delphi
325 BC: earliest papyrus written in Greek
324 BC: Alexander invades the Punjab in India
290 BC: the Colossus of Rhodos is built
279 BC: the Gauls invade Greece
277 BC: Antigonus II Gonatos defeats the Gauls and becomes king of Macedonia
274 BC: Pyrrhus invades Macedonia and Greece
272 BC: Antigonus II Gonatos defeats Pyrrhus
261 BC: Antigonus II Gonatos conquers Athens
168 BC: the Romans defeat Perseus and end the Antigonid dynasty
149 BC: the Romans annex Macedonia as a province
89 BC: Mithriades VI of Pontos leads a revolt against Rome
86 BC: Roman general Sulla defeats Mithridates and burns Athens
30 BC: the Romans conquer all of Greece
49 AD: Paul preaches Christianity in Greece

NOTE FROM DEE:  OBVIOUSLY AN EXPLODING VOLCANO DOES NOT STOP WARS FROM HAPPENING!

 

BUT BACK TO THERA:

 

IS THE ISLAND OF SANTORINI THE ISLAND OF ATLANTIS?

 

Any myth contains a grain of truth. This is also the case of Atlantis, the country swallowed by the sea. The myth of the Atlantis, first mentioned by Plato 2400 years ago, is about a real ancient civilization destroyed by the sea. The Atlantic Ocean got its name from Atlantis, as many subsequent civilizations placed its location in the middle of this ocean. But historical data say this civilization could have been located in the Crete Island or in a nearby island, belonging to the pre-Greek Minoan civilization.

3,500 years ago Minoans developed a complex civilization in the islands of the Eastern Mediterranean, while the rest of Europe was still in the Neolithic ("New Stone Age"), building palaces, paved streets and sewers when Greek tribes lived in shelters. This people was not Indo-European, but rather related to the Basque or Caucasus ethnic groups.

By 1500 BC the civilization of the Minotaur and the Labyrinth suddenly disappeared, being destroyed, it seems, by a gia
tsunami.

The ancient tsunami could have been as powerful as the 2004 Asian one that killed 250,000 people and was connected to the huge eruption of the volcano of the Santorini island, 70 km (43 mi) north of Crete, up to 10 times more powerful than the Krakatoa's eruption in 1883, volcanic stones even reaching the Egyptian shore of the Sinai peninsula and it was heard at over 3,000 miles (4,800 km) away. The eruption destroyed everything on a distance of 150 km (92 mi).

The Santorini's huge cone fell into the sea together with the western part of the island, provoking a big wave that flooded many islands in the Aegean Sea. The Atlantis, no matter if it was an island or a city (the continent variant is too fictional), could have collapsed due to earthquakes and tsunamis accompanying the eruption.

The stifling volcanic ash impeded for days the sunlight reaching the eastern basin of the Mediterranean. About 80 cubic km of Santorini either blew up or fell into the sea, and all nearby life forms were erased. In time, the island was repopulated and baptized Calliste ("The most beautiful").

Still, the island has erupted 14 times between 198 BC and 1950. The 1659 eruption killed 70 people. The inhabited part of the island was devastated again in 1956 by a massive earthquake. From time to time, the giant volcano spits smoke.

Today, Santorini (also named Thyra) keeps just the eastern half of the ancient volcano. Remains of the ancient Santorini are also the islands of Thirasia and Aspronisi (uninhabited), in the west. The island is like a rock wall volcanic caldera, 300 m (1,000 ft) tall, devoid of sand beaches and harboring two volcanic islets: Nea Kameni and Palaia Kameni. In Antiquity, the island was called Strongyle ("Rounded") because of its shape, before the 3,500 year old eruption.

Excavations made at Santorini in 1966-1967 revealed the presence of a rich royal city, buried in the volcanic debris and kept intact as it was when the eruption occurred. Probably its inhabitants did not want to admit that their splendid city was gone, so the legend of the Atlantis, still flourishing on the bottom of the sea, began.

3,500 years ago, the wave may not have destroyed Knossos, the inland Minoan capital, but the massive ash falls could have ruined the crop, causing famine. At the same date, Egyptians mentioned a huge invasion of the "People of the Sea", seafaring raiders that could have been chased away from the Crete Island by famine. In Canaan they mixed with local Hebrews, forming another civilization of seafarers, the Phoenicians. The Etruscans of Italy could have also rooted in the Atlantis collapse.

 

In the Mediterranean, Killer Tsunamis From an Ancient Eruption

 

By WILLIAM J. BROAD
Published: November 2, 2009

The massive eruption of the Thera volcano in the Aegean Sea more than 3,000 years ago produced killer waves that raced across hundreds of miles of the Eastern Mediterranean to inundate the area that is now Israel and probably other coastal sites, a team of scientists has found

 

The team, writing in the October issue of Geology, said the new evidence suggested that giant tsunamis from the catastrophic eruption hit “coastal sites across the Eastern Mediterranean littoral.” Tsunamis are giant waves that can crash into shore, rearrange the seabed, inundate vast areas of land and carry terrestrial material out to sea.

The region at the time was home to rising civilizations in Crete, Cyprus, Egypt, Phoenicia and Turkey.

For decades, scholars have suggested that the giant eruption, just 70 miles from Crete, might have brought

about the mysterious collapse of Minoan civilization at the peak of its glory. The remnants of Thera’s eruption today make up a circular archipelago of volcanic Greek isles known as Santorini.

Thera is thought to have erupted between 1630 and 1550 B.C., or the Late Bronze Age, a time when many human cultures made tools and weapons of bronze. Scholars say the tsunamis and dense clouds of volcanic ash from the eruption had cultural repercussions that rippled across the Eastern Mediterranean for decades, even centuries. The fall of Minoan civilization is usually dated to around 1450 B.C. Geologists judge the eruption as far more violent than the 1883 eruption of the volcanic island of Krakatoa in Indonesia, which killed more than 36,000.

 

The five tsunami researchers came from Haifa University, in Israel; Hunter College, in New York City; McMaster University, in Canada; and the University of Hawaii.

The team did its excavations off Caesarea, Israel, a coastal town dating from Roman and Byzantine days. The coastal region was only sparsely settled at the time of the Thera eruption, with no identifiable city.

The team sank a half-dozen tubes into the offshore seabed and pulled up sediment cores for analysis. It looked for standard signs of tsunami upheaval, including pumice (the volcanic rock that solidifies from frothy lava), distinctive patterns of microfossils, cultural materials from human dwellings and well-rounded beach pebbles that seldom appear in deeper waters.

 

Writing in Geology, a journal published by the Geological Society of America, the team reported finding evidence of three tsunamis — two historically documented ones dating to A.D. 115 and 551, and one from the time of the Thera eruption.

The Thera tsunamis, the team wrote, left a signature layer in the seabed of well-rounded pebbles, distinctive patterns of mollusks and characteristic inclusions in rocky fragments all oriented in the same direction.

The disturbed layer, up to 16 inches wide, came from a few feet below the seabed in waters up to 65 feet deep.

“These findings,” the team wrote, “constitute the most comprehensive evidence to date that the tsunami event precipitated by the eruption of Santorini reached the maximum extent of the Eastern Mediterranean.”

The team added that, if the giant waves were big enough to reach Israel, “then presumably other Late Bronze Age coastal sites across the Eastern Mediterranean littoral will likely have been affected as well.”

FROM: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/03/science/03tsunami.html

 

In the 1900s, British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans excavated and restored the ruins at Knossos. Beautiful and delicate frescoes of bulls and dolphins revealed a highly artistic civilisation and a people who apparently lived in harmony with nature.

Early 20th-century archaeologists knew of the devastating volcano and some concluded it must have snuffed out the Minoan civilisation almost instantly. But was it really as simple as that?

Beautiful and delicate frescoes of bulls and dolphins revealed a highly artistic civilisation and a people who apparently lived in harmony with nature.

For a start, they discovered little ash had fallen on Crete - as luck would have it, the prevailing winds took the volcano's ash in the opposite direction. Then archaeologists found clay tablets that proved the Minoan civilisation survived for about 50 years after the eruption. So if the volcano killed the civilisation, what accounted for this long gap?

Vulcanologist Floyd McCoy, from the University of Hawaii, has been inspired by volcanoes since his childhood on the volcanic islands of Hawaii. His passion is the most romantic volcano of all time - Thera. He went on a journey of discovery, gathering evidence from other scientists around the globe, to try answer this question: was there a connection between the eruption of Thera and the end of the Minoans on Crete?

His journey started on the island of Thera. It was home to thousands and a flourishing trading post for the Minoans until disaster struck. So massive was the volcano it had an extraordinary effect, preserving forever the town of Akrotiri.

Mysteriously, no skeletons have ever been found on the island. Akrotiri's chief archaeologist, Christos Doumas, believes the people of Akrotiri didn't survive, and that the bodies are still to be uncovered, huddled at the harbour where they were trapped by the eruption as they waited to escape. He believes it's highly unlikely that scores of boats were waiting in the harbour to save them.

 

CANARY ISLANDS DANGERS

 

Mega Tsunami and catastrophic effects if CUMBRE VIEJA VOLCANO Palma Canary Islands Collapse

Posted on March 16, 2011 | 23 Comments

 

Mega Tsunami and catastrophic effects IF CUMBRE VIEJA VOLCANO Palma Canary Islands Collapse..

Large-scale mass wasting is a natural part of the evolution of volcanic islands, where deformation and indications of flank instability, such as large-scale faulting and seismic and aseismic slip are common. The Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma (Canary Islands) provides an ideal setting to address fundamental questions about the structure, evolution and stability of island volcanoes. Read full article HERE

Scientists discover how huge blocks of volcanic rock can slide off a land mass into the ocean through heat and water pressure.

There is a potential for a devastatin­g Tsunami on the East Coast of the United States, having its genesis in the Canary Islands. If this event were to take place, it would devastate vast areas of the East Coast of America. According to experts, it’s not a question of IF this occurs, but WHEN… Read full article HERE

Mega tsunami is meant to refer to a tsunami with an initial wave amplitude (wave height) measured in several tens, hundreds, or possibly thousands of meters. La Palma is currently the most volcanically active island in the Canary Islands Archipelago. It is likely that several eruptions would be required before failure would occur on Cumbre Vieja. However, the western half of the volcano has an approximate volume of 500 km3 (5 x 1011 m3) and an estimated mass of 1.5 x 1015 kg. If it were to catastrophically slide into the ocean, it could generate a wave with an initial height of about 1,000 metres (3,281 ft) at the island, and a likely height of around 50 metres (164 ft) at the Caribbean and the Eastern North American seaboard when it runs ashore eight or more hours later.

Potential collapse and tsunami at La Palma, Canary Islands

 

Restless underwater volcano disrupts life on Canary island

November 20 2011 at 10:00pm

 

Madrid: Steaming magma is bubbling onto the sea surface. The earth shakes, and a smell of sulphur floats in the air.

For over a month, residents of the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro have lived with an active underwater volcano that not only poses a security threat, but also scares off tourists and endangers the inhabitants' livelihoods.

Volcanic eruptions could continue for weeks, civil protection science representative Carmen Lopez said.

However, the situation has been deemed safe enough for the 550 evacuated residents of the fishing village of La Restinga to return home, though the island was still being hit by earthquakes.

The earth began trembling on El Hierro on July 19, in a sign that magma was rising towards the surface of the smallest Canary Island.

The island of 11,000 residents has a large volcano and more than 250 craters. But its volcanic power had been dormant for centuries, with the last eruption reported in 1793.

El Hierro has now experienced more than 11,000 earthquakes since July. The vast majority were not noticed by the population, but grew in intensity.

Dozens of people were evacuated for fear of rockslides in September, and an army unit was put on standby to help in the event of a mass evacuation.

An underwater eruption occurred on October 10, following an earthquake of a magnitude greater than 4. Scientists observing seismic activity confirmed the eruption. Dead fish were seen floating on the water.

Volcanic activity has since continued intermittently, with witnesses reporting jets of gas and ash spewing several metres above sea level.

The eruptions have sent a large volume of greenish magma spilling into the sea.

An oceanographic vessel discovered a 100-metre-high volcano with a 120-metre-diameter crater located at a depth of about 200 metres.

It is thought possible that magma is also breaking through one or two other outlets. Some of the eruptions have been observed as close as 1.5 kilometres off El Hierro's southern coast.

The nearby La Restinga has been evacuated several times. There has also been concern over a possible eruption off Frontera, the island's economic capital in the north, following strong earthquakes in the area. More than 50 people were evacuated.

“The worst scenario would be an eruption on land,” Canaries security chief Juan Manuel Santana told the daily El Pais.

There is even a remote possibility of eruptions resulting in new land. Possible names for a new Canary Island have already been suggested on the internet, such as Atlantis or Discovery.

For the moment, however, experts are most concerned about the presence of toxic gases, though there is practically no evidence so far of health damage to the population.

Most El Hierro residents are more worried about their livelihoods than about the simmering volcano.

The earthquakes and eruptions have brought fishing and touristic diving to a standstill in La Restinga, some of whose residents had to resort to emergency food aid.

Life is now returning to the village while two nearby coves still remain closed to the public.

The authorities are also maintaining some of the traffic restrictions imposed earlier. Traffic will remain limited in a key tunnel linking Frontera with the island's capital Valverde. The traffic problems have sparked more protests over economic losses.

There were initial hopes that the volcano would draw more tourists to the island, which receives about 7,000 visitors annually.

But the opposite happened, with more than 1,500 cancelling their holidays and causing losses worth hundreds of thousands of euros for the local tourism industry, its representatives said.

Magma now covers some of the island's rich underwater flora and fauna at the Mar de las Calmas marine reserve, which was a favourite among tourists.

Some El Hierro residents are preparing demonstrations, accusing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government of abandoning them.

“Other emergencies only last a certain time, but that is not the case now,” Santana said. “What people want is a return to normality, to routine.” -Sapa

 

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Restless volcano a ticking time bomb

November 18 2011 at 09:38am
By SINIKKA TARVAINEN

 

Madrid - Steaming magma is bubbling onto the sea surface. The earth shakes, and a smell of sulphur floats in the air.

For over a month, residents of the Spanish Canary Island of El Hierro have lived with an active underwater volcano that not only poses a security threat, but also scares off tourists and endangers the inhabitants' livelihoods.

Volcanic eruptions could continue for weeks, civil protection science representative Carmen Lopez said this week.

However, the situation has been deemed safe enough for the 550 evacuated residents of the fishing village of La Restinga to return home, though the island was still being hit by earthquakes.

The earth began trembling on El Hierro on July 19, in a sign that magma was rising towards the surface of the smallest Canary Island.

The island of 11,000 residents has a large volcano and more than 250 craters. But its volcanic power had been dormant for centuries, with the last eruption reported in 1793.

El Hierro has now experienced more than 11,000 earthquakes since July. The vast majority were not noticed by the population, but grew in intensity.

Dozens of people were evacuated for fear of rockslides in September, and an army unit was put on standby to help in the event of a mass evacuation.

An underwater eruption occurred on October 10, following an earthquake of a magnitude greater than 4. Scientists observing seismic activity confirmed the eruption. Dead fish were seen floating on the water.

Volcanic activity has since continued intermittently, with witnesses reporting jets of gas and ash spewing several metres above sea level.

The eruptions have sent a large volume of greenish magma spilling into the sea.

An oceanographic vessel discovered a 100-metre-high volcano with a 120-metre-diameter crater located at a depth of about 200 metres.

It is thought possible that magma is also breaking through one or two other outlets. Some of the eruptions have been observed as close as 1.5 kilometres off El Hierro's southern coast.

The nearby La Restinga has been evacuated several times. There has also been concern over a possible eruption off Frontera, the island's economic capital in the north, following strong earthquakes in the area. More than 50 people were evacuated.

“The worst scenario would be an eruption on land,” Canaries security chief Juan Manuel Santana told the daily El Pais.

There is even a remote possibility of eruptions resulting in new land. Possible names for a new Canary Island have already been suggested on the internet, such as Atlantis or Discovery.

For the moment, however, experts are most concerned about the presence of toxic gases, though there is practically no evidence so far of health damage to the population.

Most El Hierro residents are more worried about their livelihoods than about the simmering volcano.

The earthquakes and eruptions have brought fishing and touristic diving to a standstill in La Restinga, some of whose residents had to resort to emergency food aid.

Life is now returning to the village while two nearby coves still remain closed to the public.

The authorities are also maintaining some of the traffic restrictions imposed earlier. Traffic will remain limited in a key tunnel linking Frontera with the island's capital Valverde. The traffic problems have sparked more protests over economic losses.

There were initial hopes that the volcano would draw more tourists to the island, which receives about 7,000 visitors annually.

But the opposite happened, with more than 1,500 cancelling their holidays and causing losses worth hundreds of thousands of euros for the local tourism industry, its representatives said.

Magma now covers some of the island's rich underwater flora and fauna at the Mar de las Calmas marine reserve, which was a favourite among tourists.

Some El Hierro residents are preparing demonstrations, accusing Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero's government of abandoning them.

“Other emergencies only last a certain time, but that is not the case now,” Santana said. “What people want is a return to normality, to routine.” - Sapa-dpa

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10/27/2011

Underwater Lava

Eruptions Could Create New Island in the Canar

 

What would the island be called? And who would own it? Spewing magma and growing in height, an underwater volcano off the Canary Island of El Hierro has captured the imagination of locals in recent weeks. It could eventually rise from the sea to create a new part of the archipelago.

 

It hasn't yet reached the surface, but residents of the Canary Islands have taken to the internet to suggest names for a potential new islet. There are already more than 500 suggestions. Favorites include "The Discovery," "Atlantis" and "The Best." Meanwhile Spanish newspapers are taking a different approach to the subject, debating who would take responsibility for the new territory.

It's an underwater volcano off the coast of El Hierro, the southern-most Canary Island, which has caught the imagination of locals. For three weeks it has been spewing magma into the sea in the first volcanic eruptions on the Canary Islands for 40 years. The lava is already towering 100 meters above the seabed -- another 150 meters and it will protrude above the Atlantic Ocean, creating a new island. For Canarians, it's a welcome new attraction.

Whether the eruption near the archipelago off the northwest coast of Africa will ever actually result in new land remains uncertain. But it's clear that the magma reservoir under El Hierro is simmering unchecked, constantly pouring out magma and causing the ground to shake several times a day. Since July, there have been more than 10,000 earthquakes -- mostly imperceptible -- on El Hierro. Volcanologists expect more eruptions, but they don't know where the lava will be released. Even small eruptions on land are possible. The volcanic activity will "probably last for some time," said the Mayor of El Hierro, Alpidio Armas.

Dead Fish

The effects of the underwater volcanic events are clearly visible: powerful eddies result from explosions in the deep. A sea of ash bigger than El Hierro itself is floating off the island, with gas bubbling up and dead fish scattered in the water.

Politicians and scientists are offering daily advice on possible risks to the local population, but their understanding of events under the seabed is far from complete. "Recent volcanism in the Canary Islands is not well known," says a report in the "Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences" journal by researchers at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Barcelona, led by Rosa Sobradelo. Nonetheless, advice on the potential dangers is being dispensed by the authorities on El Hierro as well as in the rest of the Canary Islands.

Scientists have stepped up their monitoring; there is even a submarine taking pictures of the ocean floor, showing the new undersea mountain, already 700 meters (2,300 feet) wide. A 150-meter (490-foot) crater can also be seen. There is also fissure three kilometers (two miles) long that is clearly gushing magma.

Disturbing Measurements Recorded

To the south of El Hierro, the earthquakes suggest persistent outbursts of lava, according to the ITER research institute on Tenerife. They show a pattern that is typical for flowing liquid, a so-called harmonic volcanic tremor. Presumably, there are constant small eruptions on the ocean floor. But the lava usually clogs the fissure quickly after such eruptions, forcing further magma to seek new channels -- exactly what seems to be happening now.

In recent days, however, some unsettling measurements have been recorded: The shaking has moved to the north. Because most of the earthquakes in that area have, up until now, occurred at depths of more than ten kilometers, an eruption is not expected in the area, the local authorities have said. The magma seems to be contained in the depths thus far.

If the lava was being spewed in shallower water, there would be a danger of large steam explosions, says to Ramon Ortiz, the science advisor to the local government. But there are no fears of large eruptions on land according to Spain's National Geographic Institute (IGN). The only risk is in the immediate vicinity of the eruption site, where there may be lava flows and rocks flung into the air. Still, many of the nearly 600 residents of the fishing village of La Restinga on the southern tip of the island have now returned home after being evacuated two weeks ago.

A Major Eruption?

The risk of large, explosive eruptions in the Canary Islands, however, "should not be neglected," Sobradelo and her colleagues insist in their study. The frequency of their occurrence cannot currently be estimated. But even the most momentous outbursts of the past few centuries remained localised. In 1706, lava from the Pico del Teide volcano hit Tenerife, burying the port town of Garachio in the northwest of the island where massive black boulders now form the remnants of the lava flow. On Lanzarote, lava poured through villages in the north of the island from 1730 to 1740 and again in 1824. La Palma has experienced more than a hundred eruptions in the past 20,000 years; most recently in 1971 when a flow of lava ran into the sea.

El Hierro is the youngest of the Canary Islands, appearing above the surface of the sea just over a million years ago. As such, it is likely its magma reservoir may still be very large; geologists suspect it is around ten kilometers below the seabed -- most of the tremors have occurred at this depth. The last confirmed eruption was in 550 BC, although there are also disputable reports of an event in 1793.

In the eastern Canaries, on the other hand, supplies of lava have largely run out; they have already been far removed from the magma source. On Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, volcanic activity has already lasted 15 million years, on Fuerteventura 20 million. Although there has not been an eruption on Fuerteventura in the past 20,000 years, the volcano is still considered active -- unlike La Gomera, which seems to have run out of fresh magma. The island is expected to be spared from any future volcanic eruptions. It pays a price for this, however -- without any new lava, La Gomera will be washed away by rain and sea, and eventually, over the course of millions of years, will gradually sink back into the ocean.

Only fresh magma secures the existence of the Canaries; it was volcanic eruptions which allowed the islands to grow above the water in the first place. The sea is already at work trying to reclaim the land. Coastal roads have repeatedly had to be moved inland after being battered by floods. But the recent underwater lava eruptions could be creating new land near El Hierro, and residents are waiting eagerly to see if it will grow beyond the surface.

 

 

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