(editor's note: Volcanos and lightening continue to intrigue us with their magnificent power. As Gaia's changes continue, we can expect more of this activity. Today I bring you three stories of seismic activity that may surprise you. And lastly, a view of our home you may not have seen before - colors of Mother Earth that will astound you - enjoy :)
I hope that you are now reading / listening to mainstream media with a more discerning eye; seeing the subtle truths and the possible implications for your future. This is my last "Healing Earth" news segment. I'm making way for a new provocative focus which will be introduced after the 5.20.12 alignment.
There are people all over this beautiful jewel we call Gaia working every day to correct the damage we have done. They are doing the physical clean up work, or putting the intellectual thought into solving these problems. Please join me in sending them all energies of love and support.
~All my Love, Boo)
Underwater Volcano Erupts in Pulses
When the crew aboard the research vessel Sonne set out on a cruise last spring, they were expecting a routine mapping expedition in the South Pacific. But they were in for a big surprise.
They ended up witnessing one of the fastest episodes of volcano growth ever documented on Earth. The Monowai seamount, an underwater volcano located north of New Zealand, erupted during the expedition and added about 300 million cubic feet (9 million cubic meters) of rock to its summit — a volume equal to 3,500 Olympic-size swimming pools — in just five days.
"Terrestrial volcanologists get very excited when they see differences of 10 or 20 centimeters," he said. "What we've seen here is on a scale that has rarely — if ever — been repeated" said Anthony Watts, a geologist at the University of Oxford who led the study.
Fault in Alaska a Tsunami-Maker Candidate
That fault, known as the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone, marks where the edge of the earth’s tectonic plate carrying the Pacific Ocean plunges beneath another plate to the north. Sudden slip between those plates produced the Good Friday Earthquake (also called the Great Alaska Earthquake) of March 27, 1964, which was the most powerful earthquake in U.S. history. That magnitude 9.2 temblor resulted in 145 deaths, many of them hundreds of miles away—and 90 percent of them due to the resulting tsunamis.
In Alaska, scientists have zeroed in on one particular section of the Alaskan-Aleutian subduction zone near the Semidi Islands. This locked section of the fault has not ruptured since 1788 (or perhaps even earlier), and geodesy measurements reveal that strain is accumulating rapidly. And just like the portion of Tohoku that slipped last year, this severely strained section Alaska’s subduction zone lies beneath four to five kilometers of water.
Clearly, Alaska has potential for similarly large earthquakes. But that is not what has scientists on alert. The precise location of the earthquake is even more important than its size when it comes to tsunamis. Even a super-strong quake won't cause more than a ripple if it happens in shallow water, but a moderate earthquake can generate a serious tsunami if it strikes where the water is deep. Indeed, the Tohoku tsunami attained its great height because the portion of the seabed that moved lay beneath five kilometers of seawater.
Lucky Strike: Lightning Brings Seismic Surprise
A seismometer in Bensberg, Germany, recorded a lightning strike that hit a nearby tree, the following thunderclap, and then the tree's explosion. The tree exploded most likely due to the energy of the lightning strike heating the water and sap in the trunk and turning it into steam.
Klaus-G. Hinzen, a seismologist at the University of Cologne in Germany said,
"The main experience that we seismologists have with lightning strikes is a very bad one, because it often causes a lot of damage in the equipment. But the equipment didn't fail this time," Hinzen told OurAmazingPlanet. "It's a rare instance that you have a lightning strike so close to so many different seismometers and get a complete record of it."
Hinzen's seismic equipment recorded the lightning strike and its effects in shocking detail.
Breathtaking View of Earth by Russian Satellite: Big Vid
A timelapse of Planet Earth from Electro-L, a geostationary satellite orbiting 40000km above the Earth. The satellite creates a 121 megapixel image every 30 minutes with four visible and infrared light wavelengths. The infrared light appears green in these images, and shows vegetation. The images are the largest whole disk images of our planet, the resolution is 1 kilometer per pixel. The images are "masked" by a circular barrier that blocks out the light of the Sun and other stars. This is to prevent damage to the camera by exposure to direct sunlight. City lights are not visible because they are thousands of times less bright than the reflection of sunlight off the Earth. The images have been interpolated (blended) to create a smooth animation.
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