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Big Quake Hits Bárðarbunga

Big Quake Hits Bárðarbunga

Big Quake Hits Bárðarbunga, Further Subsidence of Caldera

By Eygló Svala Arnarsdóttir

A subsidence of approximately 15 cm (5 in) occurred in the caldera of Bárðarbunga volcano in Vatnajökull glacier following a magnitude 5.4 earthquake hitting the northern caldera at 11:15 am yesterday, as indicated by the Icelandic Met Office’s GPS monitor in the caldera.

Big Quake Hits Bárðarbunga, Further Subsidence of Caldera

The eruption in Holuhraun continues at a similiar intensity. Photo: Geir Ólafsson.

The earthquake could clearly be felt in Akureyri, Northeast Iceland, ruv.is reports. The development of the caldera subsidence can be seen in this graph.

An earthquake above magnitude 5.0 had not occurred in the area since October 12 but the number of earthquakes has increased in the past days, almost 130 quakes have been measured in a span of 24 hours.

The volcanic eruption in Holuhraun, north of Vatnajökull in the northeastern highlands, continues at a similar intensity with the lava flow being stable. The fissure eruption is fed with magma from Bárðarbunga, channeled through an underground dike intrusion.

Sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas from the eruption is expected to drift to the west from the eruption site today and affect parts of North Iceland, the southern West Fjords, West Iceland and the capital region. Pollution levels can be monitored on airquality.is.

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Big Quake Hits Bárðarbunga

Pictures by Peter Hartree

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Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed

Fracking Earthquakes Confirmed (Again) in Ohio

by Kevin Samson
Activist Post

There has been an ongoing battle between researchers and the natural gas and oil industries over whether or not hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is definitively leading to an increase in earthquake activity.

Fracking Earthquakes ConfirmedOhio is already on the map as one of the In an article entitled “Oklahoma Breaking Records For Earthquake Activity – Fracking?” I presented evidence from the U.S. Army, U.S. Geological Survey, the Oklahoma Geological Survey and the Geological Society of America, which suggests that it is becoming conclusive that fracking causes earthquakes. Furthermore, studies also indicate that even when fracking is halted, earthquake activity can continue and earthquake magnitude can increase over time.

6 states where earthquakes are a new feature of reality. And it’s one state where mainstream geologists and seismologists are now confirming the link between fracking and earthquakes that we have been suspecting all along.

Earlier this year even the Associated Press had to report that:

Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

[…]

While earlier studies had linked earthquakes in the same region to deep-injection wells used for disposal of fracking wastewater, this marks the first time tremors in the region have been tied directly to fracking, Simmers said. The five seismic events in March couldn’t be easily felt by people.

[…]

Glenda Besana-Ostman, a former seismologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources,
confirmed the finding is the first in the area to suggest a connection between the quakes and fracking. A deep-injection wastewater well in the same region of Ohio was found to be the likely cause of a series of quakes in 2012.
(emphasis added)

These findings resulted in tentative action being taken in Ohio that included an indefinite moratorium on drilling at the affected site.

Now a new study appearing in Seismological Research Letters confirms that 400 small earthquakes were triggered in 2013 along a previously unmapped fault in Harrison County, Ohio, marking the first recorded seismic activity in the area.

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‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima

‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima

Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima

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Japan Times: ‘Records shattered’ at Fukushima — Radiation levels surge after typhoon — Tepco “doesn’t know why” this is happening — Warning “crisis could get worse” as 180 km/hr storm heading to area.

Original Japan Times headline: Tritium surges tenfold in groundwater at Fukushima nuclear plant; typhoon effect suspected

Altered Japan Times headline: Tritium up tenfold in Fukushima groundwater after Typhoon Phanfone Tritium up tenfold in Fukushima groundwater after Typhoon Phanfone

‘Records shattered’ at FukushimaJapan Times (Jiji Press), Oct. 12, 2014 (emphasis added): The radioactive water woes at [Fukushima] got worse over the weekend after the tritium concentration in a groundwater sample surged more than tenfold… [Tepco] said Saturday that heavy rain caused by Typhoon Phanfone probably affected the groundwater… [The] 150,000 becquerels… is a record for the well… [Beta ray emitters at the well] also shattered records with a reading of 1.2 million becquerels… close to the plant’s port in the Pacific… [Another well had] a record 2.1 million becquerels of a beta ray-emitting substance, nearly double the level from a week earlier… The cesium activity in the sample was 70 percent higher at 68,000 becquerels… Readings hit record highs at three points after the heavy rain caused by the typhoon, but the utility said it does not know why.

Perhaps it has something to do with this report just after the typhoon hit last weekend: Officials: Typhoon triggers alarm at Fukushima plant — Warning of leakage at Reactor No. 1 turbine building — Leak then detected at Reactor No. 3 — Camera captures images of water pouring in after “very heavy rain” — Powerful storm still packing gusts of up to 180 km/hr off Fukushima coast.

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