Record Number Of Volcano Eruptions In 2013 – Is Catastrophic Global Cooling Dead Ahead?

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Volcano Eruption

Have you noticed that this December is unusually cold so far?  Could the fact that we have had a record number of volcanoes erupt in 2013 be responsible?  Certainly an unusually calm solar cycle is playing a significant role in producing all of this cold weather, but as you will see below the truth is that throughout human history volcanic eruptions have produced some of the coldest winters ever recorded.  In fact, there have been some major eruptions that have actually substantially reduced global temperatures for two to three years.  So should we be alarmed that the number of volcano eruptions this year was the highest ever recorded?  Could it be possible that we are heading for a period of global cooling as a result?  And if the planet does cool significantly, could that lead to widespread crop failures and mass famine?  Don’t think that it can’t happen.  In fact, it has happened before and it is only a matter of time until it happens again.

I knew that we were seeing an unusual amount of volcanic activity around the planet so far this year.  In fact, I wrote about it in my recent article entitled “Why Have 10 Major Volcanoes Along The Ring Of Fire Suddenly Roared To Life?”  But I had no idea that we were on the verge of a new yearly record.  So I was shocked when I visited the Extinction Protocol today and discovered that we have witnessed a record number of volcano eruptions in 2013…

This year will go down on record, as seeing the most volcanic eruptions recorded in modern history. The previous number was set in 2010, at 82 volcanic eruptions for the year. The number of volcanoes erupting across the planet has been steadily rising from a meager number of just 55 recorded in 1990. While most scientists may readily dismiss any significance to the latest figures and may be quick to say the planet is just experiencing normal geological activity, it does raise other concerns about just what may be transpiring within the interior of our planet. The average number of volcanic eruptions per year should be about 50 to 60; as of December 5, 2013, we already at 83. Volcanic eruptions are one way the planet dissipates a dangerous build-up of heat, magma, and pressurized gases. The planet’s outer core is thought to flirt with critical temperatures in the range of around 4400 °C (8000 °F). Any rise or major fluctuation in interior gradient could have profound and disruptive effects on processes whose very properties are government by convective heat emanating from the planet’s outer core: magnetic field propagation, tectonic plate movements, sea-floor spreading mechanics, and mantle plume activity. Mantle plumes or hotspots are thought to be the central mechanism which fuels the vast underground chambers of many of the world’s supervolcanoes.

So why is this happening?

Is this the beginning of a trend?

And what is going to happen if the number of volcanic eruptions continues to increase?

According to climatologist Cliff Harris, we “are seeing an increase in volcanic activity worldwide” and this could easily lead to a period of significant global cooling if it continues…

If volcanic activity continues to increase, and there is an eruption big enough to send millions of tons of ash and dust into the upper layers of the atmosphere, then the Earth’s temperature would likely drop at least a degree or two from present levels. This happened in June of 1991 when Mount Pinatubo exploded in the Philippines. For the following year, the Earth’s temperature dropped about 1-2 degrees before recovering several years later.

A degree or two may not sound like a lot, but on a global scale it can be absolutely catastrophic.  And this kind of thing has happened many times before.  The following list comes from Wikipedia

The effects of volcanic eruptions on recent winters are modest in scale, but historically have been significant.

Most recently, the 1991 explosion of Mount Pinatubo, a stratovolcano in the Philippines, cooled global temperatures for about 2–3 years.

In 1883, the explosion of Krakatoa (Krakatau) created volcanic winter-like conditions. The four years following the explosion were unusually cold, and the winter of 1887-1888 included powerful blizzards.  Record snowfalls were recorded worldwide.

The 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, a stratovolcano in Indonesia, occasioned mid-summer frosts in New York State and June snowfalls in New England and Newfoundland and Labrador in what came to be known as the “Year Without a Summer” of 1816.

A paper written by Benjamin Franklin in 1783 blamed the unusually cool summer of 1783 on volcanic dust coming from Iceland, where the eruption of Laki volcano had released enormous amounts of sulfur dioxide, resulting in the death of much of the island’s livestock and a catastrophic famine which killed a quarter of the Icelandic population. Northern hemisphere temperatures dropped by about 1 °C in the year following the Laki eruption.

In 1600, the Huaynaputina in Peru erupted. Tree ring studies show that 1601 was cold. Russia had its worst famine in 1601-1603. From 1600 to 1602, Switzerland, Latvia and Estonia had exceptionally cold winters. The wine harvest was late in 1601 in France, and in Peru and Germany, wine production collapsed. Peach trees bloomed late in China, and Lake Suwa in Japan froze early.

This is by far the greatest “climate change” threat that we are facing.  Something appears to be happening to the crust of the earth, and if the number of volcano eruptions continues to rise, we could be in store for absolutely catastrophic changes to our climate.

In a previous article, I listed 10 major volcanic eruptions that we have witnessed along the Ring of Fire during the past few months.  Since then, there have been even more major eruptions around the globe.  The following are just a few examples…

Shiveluch on the Kamchatka Peninsula: The Shiveluch Volcano erupting in Kamchatka has spewed ash nine kilometers high, the Kamchatkan territorial emergency situations department reported on Tuesday.

Twin Volcanoes in Vanuatu: Steam and ash stream from the twin volcanoes on the island of Ambrym in the Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, as seen in a picture captured from the International Space Station as it passed overhead. “Not every day you get to see an active volcano, let alone two,” NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins tweeted on Monday.

Mt. Etna in Sicily, Italy: The New SE crater remains restless. As the following time-lapse video of the past 24 hours shows, there is occasional weak lava extrusion from effusive vents on the upper flanks, and rarely glow from the summit vent suggesting that the magma column is relatively still high inside the vent and sometimes produces deep-seated strombolian explosions.

So should we be concerned that there has been a record number of volcano eruptions this year?

Is catastrophic global cooling dead ahead?

Or could it be possible that this is just an anomaly and that things will return to normal next year?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below…

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  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    What do you guys think?

    Am I making too much of this?


    • Luis

      You are definitely not making too much of this. Thank you for bringing it to our attention. I believe you are helping Christians follow Jesus’ advice in Mark 13:32-37, where He repeats Himself three in the span of thirty seconds, telling His people to “watch” for the signs of His coming. To the discerning Christian, the increase in natural disasters around the world is certainly a sign that He is “even at the doors” (v. 29).

    • Uh-huh

      A few years ago i researched global warming/global cooling because I was curious…and found a direct correlation with warming of the planet (natural warming), glaciers melting, etc., and then inevitably increased volcanic activity, which then precipitated global cooling/freezing, etc…it’s cyclical on an Earth scale cyclical….we just happen to be going along for the ride…interesting times we live in.

    • Armel

      No, it’s the MSM that’s making too little of it. Which is a shame, because most people don’t know what kind of a problem this really is. And it’s not something you can see, smell, touch or otherwise notice right away. The cancers and diseases and syndromes that will result from this will take place over months and years, not just days. I don’t remember who said it, but it’s totally true: we know how much radiation is too much….but we don’t know how LITTLE radiation is too much. Or maybe we do, and it’s just not politically correct or would be a detriment to pharmaceutical sales to make that public/common knowledge. Chronic exposure to radiation is what insights mistakes within genes. From there, replication after replication, the mistakes are slowly amplified until, after enough time has elapsed, a visible cancer is present or detectable. The main variable here is time. There are many other variables, but that’s the most critical, and it’s what those responsible for this disaster are BANKING on to deflect the majority of the blame from them.

      • Armel

        oops, thought this was the fukashima alaska article I was replying too…too many environmental disasters here lately!! this comment was meant for that page, but still, there’s not enough said in the MSM about all of this, really, so it’s great that writers like you take the time to research news articles and try to educate people about it.

    • Teddy

      Based on your title and and numerical evidence, I’d say yes, you did make too much of this.

      Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cool article, but you didn’t take into account the size of the eruption.

      Half the Volcanic eruptions are VEI2. in 1991, Mt. Pinatubo was a VEI6. (VEI – Volcanic Explosive Index).

      A VEI 3 is 10 times bigger than a VEI 2, so 5 VEI 3s = 50 VEI 2s. You see the problem with straight counting. in 1991 we had a VEI 6 – the only one in the last 50 years. Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 alone probobly released more gas than the 83 volcanoes of 2013 combined. As somebody once said. Size matters.

      Now, it’s entirely possible that the earth could see an uptick in volcanic activity but to measure a baseline, you’d probobly want to go back a few centuries and not just count the number or eruptions but add up the size based on the VEIs. Like the Richter Scale, VEI goes up by a factor of 10 with each number, so each 2 is worth 10 1s, each 3 worth 10 2s and so on. It would take a lot work unless you can find somebody who’s already done it.

      Something else to keep in mind with Volcanoes and cooling, the cooling tends to be temporary. The largest volcanic eruption in the last 1,000 years – Tambora in 1815, (VEI 7), only cooled the earth for a couple years, The summer of 1815 (called the year without summer) and winter 1815-1816 were particularly brutal but a few years later and the climate effects were gone. Even very big volcanoes tend to only affect the climate for a few years. You’d need a combination of a really big volcano and one that threw gas into the atmosphere over an extended period of time – probobly a couple decades, to have any hope of triggering an ice age. Events like that are rare. Like, once every million years or so.

      Are volcanic totals worth tracking – sure, absolutely. Making future predictions based on a few year’s numbers – might be hit or miss. But predicting an ice age, you may as well predict the cubs will win the world series.

  • “Or could it be possible that this is just an anomaly and that things will return to normal next year?”

    Geologically speaking, there is no such thing as “normal” as we humans would understand the term. Our miniscule lives are but ticks of the clock to the changes in the surface of our planet caused by undetectable cosmic forces as the Earth orbits the Sun and as the Sun rides the roller coaster path of its orbit on the outer edge of the Milky Way Galaxy.

    We humans have only been on this planet for a short time and probably only have a shorter time before our species goes extinct, either due to our own belligerence or because nature has determined our time is up. The secret to survival is a lot like surfing – learn to ride the wave and don’t try to fight it…

    • chaddoboy

      If the ‘cosmic forces’ are undetectable, how have we detected them?

      • Hmmm. Let me clarify. They are undetectable to the human senses at the regular speed of life but can be detected by sensitive instruments that have the advantage of paying attention longer than the average human would want to. Think of time-lapse photography as an example…

  • Kim

    Corium from Fukushima Daiichi’s three melted reactor cores could be generating an enormous amount of heat at subterranean levels triggering some of these eruptions. Just speculation. As for the science of climate and weather – that’s out of my league. I can tell u it is brutally cold here in Portland, Oregon. We’re not used to this.

    • Teddy

      Not that much heat. The earth is big and with the fission process basically grinding to a halt once the reactor shuts down. On a regional scale the heat from Fukushima is pretty much negligible. The poisonous radioactive elements – more troubling though even those get disbursed and weaker over time as the shorter half life and more toxic stuff decays into less radioactive but longer lasting elements. Let me give you a practical example. We all use energy to heat our homes, but if everybody in a neighborhood was to open up all their windows and doors – it wouldn’t get much warmer outside. Heat dissipates pretty efficiently in an open environment.

  • NowAlive

    It is interesting. As a kid, I remember that there were theories about tsunamis but there wasn’t verifiable evidence that they actually happened. Today, there are millions of eyewitnesses from two absolutely devastating tsunamis in less than 10 years. If you look back over this same time period, there have been enormous earthquakes and other large volcanic explosions (Iceland seems to come to mind). Is it possible that with technology we’re just noticing things more? That may be the case but it’s hard to say, yea, we just didn’t notice all of the large 7.0 and greater Richter scale earthquakes over the last 100 years, we didn’t notice several HUGE volcanic explosions, and everyone missed the tsunamis. These large scale natural disasters do seem to be a bit more concentrated over the last 10 years. I think all things are in God’s control, so I prepare as led by Him, but I try not to worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34). Although we are not to worry, it doesn’t mean we can’t prepare.

    • 2Gary2

      were you a kid in the 1800’s then?

  • K

    What was referred to as the little ice age, part of which occurred during the Revolutionary War. Was during a time of increased volcanic activity. It has happened before, and could indeed happen again.

    • Eileen Kuch

      This event also precipitated the French Revolution, since that country’s crops had failed due to unusually cold and wet conditions.

  • 2Gary2

    dude this is Magog and Gog tussling. nothing to worry about.

    • Bryan

      it’s coming Gary read Ezekiel 38-39 in your Bible my friend Russia is so imbedded with all the islamic countries is absolutely incredible to see! ESPECIALLY Iran 2 more nucluer reactors that they may be getting soon….psalm 83 war comes first. I know it’s hard to believe right now but that’s why the just shall live by faith, we believe by faith, no seeing but believing it will happen and come to pass so much is happening according to end times Bible prophecy, this article is shouting at people about it! just take some time to Learn God loves you!!! died for you and rose again I’ve experienced the Goodness of God in my life if it wasn’t for him I wouldn’t be here today!!! all you have to do is to ask him to forgive you of your sin and repent and he will give you a new heart For I will take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh, and I will put my Spirit in you to cause you to follow my decrees

      • 2Gary2

        isn’t Ezekiel the guy who told a bunch of skeletons to come to life and lo and behold they did?

        • Carl_Rooker

          No, he saw a vision of skeletons come to life, which was told to him to represent Israel becoming a nation again, as happened in 1948.

  • Guillaumé

    If you have not studied Astrology then
    please don’t make any negative comments as you are not qualified to do so.

    To those who are open-minded about Astrology I give you this:

    Pluto represents implosion and subsequent

    Pluto also represents something seething
    below the surface before exploding into being like a planted seed as it
    germinates this is ruled by Pluto, similarly a secret coming out into the open.

    Pluto moves very slowly and has in recent years moved into Capricorn. Capricorn
    is the cardinal earth sign of the Zodiac. The planet is the actor and the
    constellation is the back-drop or props of the play.

    When Pluto was previously in Sagittarius which rules religion or higher minded
    philosophy, the secrets of the R.C church messing with young children became
    universally known (Pluto). The Vatican
    is very tightly cloistered but Pluto levered the secret out. You can’t fool
    with a powerful planet in the solar system, the truth will out.

    Capricorn is the policeman and upholds the
    law, think of your closest Capricorn friend or family member, this is why we
    are seeing prosecutions of these dastardly and heinous moral crimes.

    Now one is seeing the effect of Pluto in
    Capricorn. Sinkholes (implosion), Volcano’s explosion. Earth-(Capricorn)-quakes.
    Lava seething (Pluto).

    Uranus represents sudden happenings and is geometrically square to Pluto, this
    represents a boxing match between the two.

    Uranus has recently moved into Aries the cardinal sign of fire. Sudden (Uranus)
    fires (Aries) like bush fires or molten lava (seething) glowing red (Aries).

    Methane ready to burn (Aries) coming up from the earth.

    I could go on and make some startling future predictions which will become

    ♫ “U jus ain’ sin nothin yet”♪

  • Guillaumé

    Oh, and by the way Pluto also rules Plutonium. We have seen the effect of Pluto in Capricorn (also governs concrete structures), with Fukushima, just watch the remaining nuke stations in the ring of fire.

    • odballs2u2

      Oh lord, another “has been”, he knows not what he talks about, we are influenced by electromagnetic forces from our surrounding galaxy.

  • JeanniB

    it’s 1.24am in sunny Florida and 71*!! no, i don’t think this “winter” is going to be colder!!

  • DJohn1

    Most weather on this planet is determined by how much the Sun gives us in the way of heat and light. The heat is in the form of infrared and ultraviolet. Mostly the former.
    I think of the planet as a living entity. Though not the same as the animals living on it. What I mean is that it reacts to various things that effect the surface. One of those things was a really bad thinning of the ionosphere in the last 50 or so years due to spray bottles using the wrong chemicals getting into the atmosphere. A lot of companies that just do not give a care whether they destroy us or not. They knew! They did it anyway. They should have been sued. No one should profit at the expense of the planet.

    What do the volcanoes do? They restore the atmosphere to its previous condition. Though it will take a lot more than we have seen before. That change increases the filter we need in the atmosphere to keep radiation from destroying most life on the planet. A lot of this is complicated and interactive with the magnetic field around the planet.
    I would warn that this calm Sun we are seeing is like a calm before the storm.
    When the calm is over we might be faced with an intense radiation storm from the Sun never seen before in recent history. Something is really disturbing things and the recent observations of the Sun are very strange behavior for our Star.
    The volcanoes are a direct reaction to magnetic forces deep in the planet. We are probably very near to a pole reversal. That means all kinds of trouble.
    The good news is once it is over with what is left will be very well protected from radiation from space. Until it really happens, the planet is exposed.
    As for the astrology thing, I am versed in that pseudo science. Pluto is so small and insignificant as to be non-existent.

    This astrology thing has gone from science to a con job.
    The real science behind the half truth is different. It is based on the positions of heavenly bodies and gravity. The idea is personality is formed by the positions of heavenly bodies at the time of birth. This in turn is based on the position of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth’s relationship to those bodies.
    The theory is that there are three different factors effecting personality formation at birth. The position of the Earth when you were born(translated: the time you were born.) The position of the Moon when you were born. The position of the Sun when you were born. The combination of these is supposed to form personality.

    There is substantial evidence that every life form on the planet is effected by the positions of the Moon. We have cycles of life dependent on the position of the Moon. We have tides that are regular as clockwork. So some very bright scientists in ancient times figured that cycle out and applied it to human beings.
    Any police department on the planet will tell you all about the human cycle concerning the moon. Between the 22nd and 26th of any month the police department goes into overtime dealing with all the people effected by the Moon.
    Even the Bible refers to this form of astrology.
    The problem is the con job. Elaborate Astrology depends on heresy and the legendary gods of ancient times. It is totally false. But like all good lies it is based on enough truth to convince many people it is all true.
    If true science wanted to put together the real facts concerning gravity and how it effects people, I think we would come up with something remarkable.

    Buried within this con job is a form of psychology that is remarkable. Part of the con is that all personality is based on the four elements. Water, Fire, Air, and Earth. Again there is enough true facts in the lie to convince a lot of people that it is all true. Haven’t we all had people in our lives that seem directly opposite to ourselves? That is where fire and water do not mix. But it is all a very good con job.
    Where all of the truth might be thrown out is if the magnetic poles reverse. Because everything that really is true will be thrown out the window.

    The magnetic forces on the planet are changing. That might be causing most of the earthquakes and the volcanoes to suddenly come alive.

  • mleblanc138

    In Orem, Utah it went down to single digit temperatures and we’re not even in the calender winter yet.

  • Caroline Carter

    One has to wonder just how many underwater volcanoes are also erupting, the sea is heating up, could underwater volcanoes be the cause? If they are I think we could be in big trouble.

    • Teddy

      not likely because the underwater volcanoes have always been there. The earth’s surface, on average, gets about 5 degrees C of heat from heat from the core and volcanic activity. Compared to about 250 degrees C from the Sun. Even if volcanic activity was twice normal, it would still be 1/25th of the solar heat. The consistent (year in/year out) increase in Heat trapping from from the atmosphere is a far more likely explanation than volcanic variation. It’s a good question and worth study – don’t get me wrong, but the answer is probobly no.

  • Teddy

    It’s not the number it’s the size. Most volcanoes are too small to measurably affect climate. Volcanoes are measured in VEI, similar to the Richter scale for earthquakes, where a VEI 5 is 10 times as large as a VEI 4. Since 1960 there’s only been 3 VEI 5 or larger volcanic eruptions, 2 of them in 1991 which led to about a 1/2 degree of cooling for the year. Volcanic cooling is also quite short lived. Volcanic ash and sulfur oxides rarely lasts for more than a few months in the atmosphere. The 80 something volcanic eruptions in 2013 were too small, combined, to significantly impact climate. Now, if the trend continues and if there are a few VEI 5s, maybe we can start thinking about cooling but so far (knock on wood) – we’re not even close to cooling, much less “catastrophic global cooling”.

    There’s also the problem with establishing what “normal” is. It tends to fluctuate.