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article imageSix Volcanoes Erupt Simultaneously in Russia

By Kevin Jess     Sep 21, 2009 in Environment
Six volcanoes are currently erupting in Kamchatka, a remote region in Eastern Russia. Experts say that volcanic and earthquake activity is increasing worldwide.
Volcanologist Yaroslav Muraviyev says it's been 55 years since the region had experienced much volcanic activity.
Right now, Shiveluch, Koryaksky, Bezymianny, Kliuchevskoi, Karymsky and Gorely are all actively producing plumes and/or erupting.
Muraviyev, Deputy Director of Science, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatka Institute, said in an interview with New Tang Dynasty Television, "We have seen two, three, up to five volcanoes erupting simultaneously, but we have six volcanoes erupting this year and it is not just happening here, this is a global trend."
Some scientists are pointing to global warming as the culprit.
Geologists are now gathering data in an attempt to understand how global warming will affect geological activity, reports Naturenews.
They say as the planet warms up, the resulting melted ice won't just raise sea levels, they will also un-cap volcanoes.
Bill McGuire from the Aon Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre at University College London said to NatureNews, "Climate change is not just the atmosphere and hydrosphere; it's the geosphere as well."
The Global Volcanism Program doesn't believe there is an increase in volcanic activity. They say that even though their own graphs show an increase over the past 200 years, it is due to increased human interest and reporting. They point to dips or valleys in the graph during WW1 and WW2 where volcanic activity seems to decline. They believe this is due to reporting on issues concerning the war and not reporting on volcanoes.
According to Earthalert there are 17 volcano reports along with three alerts in the world today.
In the last 30 days there have been 293 earthquakes registering 4.0 on the Richter scale or higher. Ten of the quakes registered over 6.0.
A USGS graph shows a definite increase in deadly and destructive geological activity over the last hundred years. The graph shows earthquakes registering between 6 and 8 on the Richter scale.
The earthquake strength and frequency appears to pick up around 1915 gradually increasing over the mid to late 20th century with a huge spike over the last 10-15 years.
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