Increased Thermal Activity at Norris Geyser Basin Requires
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
The reports below are significant, but not exceptionally unusual (at least
at this moment). ECTV will be posting breaking news
events as they occur on our "breaking news" page.
As events 'heat up' (pun intended), you will see an escalation of
occurrences. For some, it may cause an unnecessary elevation
of concern. No, it is not a time to panic, but yes, it is time to pay
attention. As we enter the time period mentioned by our Mayan
Elder friends - August 16th to December 15th- there may be some who see
every report I present as "the one". This could
cause "alarm-fatigue" and will be counter-productive for your mental health.
View each report with 'discernment', and simply be aware of your
surroundings. Perhaps a check list would best serve you. Go
to our ECTV 'Survival Tips':
Having a general
foundation of 'preparedness'
will help minimize panic and over-reaction to each and every bit of news.
You will know you are reasonably 'aware and
prepared' and will be less likely to fall prey to shock and bewilderment as
Reminder...just because I make statements with passion and conviction does
not make it "the truth". It simply makes it "my
truth". Use your God given gift of discernment. You will need it. As our
journey unfolds, there will be con-artist coming out of
the woodwork yelling "follow me....follow me" as if they have some secret
mystical knowingness the rest of us just don't have.
My advise! as soon as you hear something to the effect of "I know something
you don't know", run like hell. If they follow you,
call me, I along with a fast growing community, will turn the tables on them
before they can say "I was just kidding"!
Yellowstone Park Closes Volcanic Basin
Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Suzanne Lewis announced that due to
high ground temperatures and increased
thermal activity that could affect visitor and employee safety, a portion of
the Back Basin at Norris Geyser Basin on the west
side of the park has been temporarily closed. Yellowstone's more popular
features within the Norris Geyser Basin, including
Steamboat and Echinus Geysers and all of Porcelain Basin, remain open to the
The temporary closure is clearly marked and covers most of the western
portion of the Back Basin trail starting at the Norris
Museum. There are approximately 12,500 feet of trails in the Norris Geyser
Basin-with approximately 5,800 feet affected by the
Norris is the hottest and most seismically active geyser basin in
Yellowstone. Recent activity in the Norris Geyser Basin has
included formation of new mud pots, an eruption of Porkchop Geyser (dormant
since 1989), the draining of several geysers,
creating steam vents and significantly increased measured ground
temperatures (up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit). Additional
observations include vegetation dying due to thermal activity and the
changing of several geysers' eruption intervals. Vixen
Geyser has become more frequent and Echinus Geyser has become more regular.
Park staff continue to monitor temperatures and thermal features in the
area. When conditions have returned to acceptable
ground temperatures and stable surface conditions have improved, the trail
will be reopened. Norris is another example of
Yellowstone's thermal features that are constantly evolving and changing.
Bezymianny Volcano - A large explosion at Bezymianny on 26 July at 2220
produced an ash plume that rose to a height of ~8
km a.s.l. and drifted W. KVERT raised the Concern Color Code from Green to
Red, the highest level. Prior to the eruption, a
weak thermal anomaly was detected on satellite imagery on 6 July, and two
shallow low-magnitude earthquakes were recorded
on 23 and 25 July. On the 25th and 26th a several-pixel-large thermal
anomaly and a gas-and-ash plume were seen on satellite
imagery. On the 26th the active phase of the eruption lasted for ~4 hours.
Leroboleng Volcano - Lesser Sunda Islands, Indonesia 8.358�S 122.842�E;
summit elev. 1,117 m; All times are local (= UTC
+ 8 hours) Based on an aircraft report, the Darwin VAAC reported that an
eruption from Leroboleng on 29 July at 0900 lasted
10 minutes and produced an ash cloud to a height of ~7.3 km a.s.l.
Popocat�petl Volcano - During 23-29 July, moderate emissions of mainly gas,
steam, and sometimes ash occurred at
Popocat�petl. Aerial photography taken on 21 July revealed than an external
lava dome was not visible at the bottom of the
crater. A significant explosion occurred on 25 July at 2053, throwing
incandescent fragments on Popocat�petl's slopes.
According to news reports, the loud explosion panicked some residents in
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