We now reached midweek and there has not been much new going on in the volcano world, but some earthquakes happened. One of which was really close to a volcano.
Michael Ross informed us that he had a tweet saying something seems to be going on under Miyakejima volcano in Japan? Earthquake swarm in last 3 hours M2.9, 3.2, 4.7, 4.1, 3.0, 3.0, 4.6, 4.4 per JMA
Diana and others immediately started trying to find information on this volcanic island. http://staff.aist.go.jp/a.tomiya/miyakeE.html “A human view of an amazing community living on the edge of a lethal time bomb.. This Island is not a place you would expect to find “happy dancing natives” WRONG!
http://all-that-is-interesting.com/the-town-where-everyone-wears-a-gas-mask Hats off to the Japanese Tourism industry and government bodies who have, like Iceland and other Volcanic areas, utilised the danger, the beauty and the power and turned potential disaster into a lucrative industry for the locals. Authorities of El Hierro take note! Here is the most brilliant piece of advertising copy ever. It turns around the images and real threat of death and destruction and encourages would be holidaymakers that this is the ideal place for a Vacation of all vacations. It looks beautiful…….. Please read all 3 sections……” ( Thanks Diana Barnes)
Miyakejima – Part 1
Miyakejima – Part 2
Miyakejima – Part 3
There was a 5+ earthquake close to the volcano. GFZ has it as 5.6
An of course Earth Quake Report covers this event too! GVP on Miyakejima
The volcano itself is called Mt. Oyama: Wikipedia Info
Another quake just happened. GFZ has it is 5.7. Others sources place it as 6.2
Summary made out of comments on VC on yesterdays earthquake in Iran:
Iran has a rocky, mountainous soil, while the hard hit Pakistan region is built on a dry lake. That may be the reason why there are more victims to mourn in Pakistan.
Earthquake Report is attributing the death toll in Pakistan to building on lake sediment: http://earthquake-report.com/2013/04/16/massive-earthquake-iran-pakistan-border-region-on-april-16-2013/
From BBC news website. “Tuesday’s earthquake was about 180 times stronger in energy release than a 6.3-magnitude quake that struck on 10 April near the nuclear plant at Bushehr in south-western Iran. That quake killed at least 37 people and wounded 850.” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22168202
The shake map has been upgraded to VIII:http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000g7x7#shakemap
According to John Search, the Iran 7.8 EQ was 100km SE of Taftan Volcano: http://www.volcanolive.com/news.html
Earth Quake Report on the Papua New Guinea quake.
BBC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-22178765 ( thanks Diana Barnes)
KarenZ: “M6.8 – 19km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-16 22:55:26 UTC 8km http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000g8my#summary
Can’t find a volcano in its immediate vicinity. The nearest seem to be Doma Peeks, Crater Lake and Blup Blup.
I think i can add another odd volcano name to my list of favorites: Blup Blup!
Here is what Volcano Discovery has on it.
And just so this does not get lost! dfm gave some info on seismic signatures http://www.iris.edu/hq/programs/education_and_outreach/animations/17