Lava shooting as high as tree tops?
That’s what you’re looking at here and what scientists saw the first week of March, 2011 at the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii.
A new fissure (or crack) in the ground opened up and the lava shot out. The ongoing eruption is going great guns, again. The pictures and videos on the USGS Hawaii Volcano site are simply amazing!
String Of Quakes Off The Oregon Coast
And then there are the quakes. They started around lunch time on Sunday March 6, 2011. Here are the dates and magnitudes of this round:
- magnitude 4.8 – Sunday March 6, 2011
- magnitude 4.9 – Sunday March 6, 2011
- magnitude 3.9 – Sunday March 6, 2011
- magnitude 4.1 – Monday March 7, 2011
- magnitude 5.0 – Monday March 7, 2011
- magnitude 4.4 – Monday March 7, 2011
- magnitude 4.6 – Monday March 7, 2011
These happened about 200-300 miles offshore from places like Newport, Oregon, Yachats and the world famous Bandon Dunes.
The site of the quakes is a popular spot for seismic swarms called the Blanco Fracture Zone.
Most geologists are unsure about the impact these quakes are having on the Cascadia Subduction Zone which is a giant underwater fault as close as 75 miles offshore to the Oregon & Washington Coasts. Someday, scientists believe that fault will create a magnitude 8.0 or even 9.0 quake. Again.
With more to come, I’m sure!