Current volcanic activity shows a record number of newly active or erupting volcanoes.
5 in 95
10 in 96
19 in 97
20 in 98
12 already in 99 as of March 20, 1999
Offered by Liela.
Just thought I would update you on some news that I've just come across. It involves the number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions we've been seeing lately. I'm not intending to provoke any alarm, but they really do seem to be on the increase. Could we be seeing the initial phases of the polar shift, and a new cycle in the Earth? The US Geological Survey reports that for the period of January 1 though July 10 of 1999, the Earth had 16 quakes of a 6.0 or greater magnitude. In that same period of 2000, by comparison, we had 28 quakes of 6.0+ magnitude. (This does not count the three that have occurred from last Sunday to Wednesday.) As you can see, there's been a sharp increase in quake activity - nearly double - and it has gone unreported in the press. Volcanic activity seems to be up too, also doubled. I don't have quite as good a resource for this information as the USGS, but the site I referenced is at least supported by NASA. According to the information posted on this website, we have the following upward trend occurring over the last five years. Year # Eruptions 1996 10 1997 13 1998 16 1999 14 2000 26 - so far (as of Aug 10, 2000) As I understand it, this is counting only eruptions that have begun in a particular year, not ones that have continued through multiple years. The site I used for the volcano info is: http://volcano.und.nodak.edu/vwdocs/current_volcs/current.html If anyone out there has a better, more authoritative source, please let me know - I'd like to have an accurate count. Scott Grady
Volcano Eruption Data
Southwest Volcano Research Centre, Apache Junction, Arizona USA
Compiled by R.B. Trombley, Ph. D, Principal Research Volcanologist
Number of Volcanoes Erupted in Past 11 years (data does not include submarine volcanoes)
1989=46, 1990=32, 1991=40, 1992=50,
1993=44, 1994=44, 1995=45, 1996=35,
1997=33, 1998=36, 1999=48, 2000=51 (so far*)
*Last count made3 on October 9, 2000
I thought you all might like to see the volcanic activity (eruptions and activity) for the last 6 years. The Chart I am referring to does not go back any further.
1995 - 4
1996 - 9
1997 - 13
1998 - 13
1999 - 11
2000 - 22
2001 - 23 (YTD as of August 13, 2001)
Offered by Kevin.