So many of these long dormant volcanoes are roaring back to life

by Michael Snyder

March 1, 2017

A note from Pastor Kevin Lea follows this article.

Is Something Strange Happening Inside The Earth?

Why are “great fountains of lava” suddenly pouring out of some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the entire planet, and why are so many long dormant volcanoes suddenly roaring back to life?

The spectacular eruption of Mt. Etna in Italy is making headlines all over the world, but it is far from alone.  According to Volcano Discovery, 35 major volcanoes either are erupting right now or have just recently erupted, and dozens of others are stirring.  So what is causing this upsurge in volcanic activity?  Is something strange happening inside the Earth?

According to the USGS, magma is “molten rock underground”, and lava is molten rock “that breaks through the Earth’s surface”.  Right now, something is pushing magma up through the crust of the Earth at a number of key spots around the planet.  On the island of Sicily, the “giant fountains of lava” that are coming out of Mt. Etna can be seen 30 kilometers away

Giant fountains of lava could be seen sprouting from the volcano, located on the isle of Sicily, as far away as Catania, around 30 kilometres away, and the resort town of Taormina.

The Meteorological Observatory in Nunziata said: “You can clearly see the lava fountains, although currently modest, as it escapes from the crater in the southeast.”

An orange air alert has been issued, meaning that airspace will remain open but authorities will continue to monitor the situation.

On the other side of the world, a constant stream of molten rock has been springing out of Guatemala’s “Volcano of Fire” since February 25th

Guatemala’s Volcano of Fire erupted Saturday (Feb 25), spewing lava and sending up plumes of ash that rained down on nearby communities and could eventually reach

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Note from Pastor Kevin Lea:

Earthquakes and Volcanoes are directly related. The key to understanding the observed increase in crustal instability and volcanism is to understand how these changes can be related to deep earthquakes (greater than 220 miles down), which have also increased recently (go to USGS earthquake site, then click on setup icon at top right, then “search earthquakes catalog”, and enter 354 kilometers (220 miles) for minimum depth 900 km for maximum and compare year to year as far back as you want – If you do, you will see that a major increase has taken place starting about two years ago).

When rock melts at pressures below 220 miles (as happens whenever there is a “deep” earthquake) it shrinks rather than expands. Therefore, magma produced by earthquakes greater than 220 miles becomes denser and therefore wants to sink through faults in the mantle down towards the liquid outer core.

Magma above 220 miles is working its way up through faults to the earth’s surface (volcanoes). But as magma compresses at great depths, it causes an increase in stress all over the earth in the same way shrinkage of dirt under a house (think sinkhole) undermines its foundation.

Most deep earthquakes are along the western ring of fire, especially around the Island of Fiji (see USGS map after above query). But this inner earth shrinkage affects the entire sphere of the earth, and because this instability will someday have a runaway affect, we haven’t seen anything yet. For those wanting a detailed scientific explanation, see or google on “earthquakes 2012 update”.