Sudden volcanic eruption in Pakistan startles locals

Here is a roundup of seismic and volcanic activity that is not widely reported. Let’s start with the most unusual event of the day:

A mountain erupted in Pakistan today. A volcano erupting is not notable except…that this is a mountain that has never, ever erupted in its known history. It immediately created fear and panic among the locals.

Lava erupts in Ziarat
“Quetta—Volcanic emissions have surfaced at Wham in Ziarat district including burning rocks, ashes and other lava for the first time in the known history causing great anxiety among the people according to reports. Wham area was devastated in the last year’s severe earthquake destroying houses and causing colossal loss to human life. The residents in the vicinity of the area noticed flames of burning rocks on the top of the mountain over the last couple of days spreading alarm and scare among the people. The authorities took little notice of this unusual behaviour in earth crust. Headquarter of the Geological Survey of Pakistan is located in Quetta. The Director General of the department though present in the office did not attend phone calls for his comments on volcanic emissions in the region.”

The earthquake mentioned in the article above that struck in Oct. 2008 was a 6.4 that destroyed many villages, and caused a high number of casualties. The mountain that suddenly began spewing lava last night is 37 miles from that earthquake epicenter and authorities are wondering if the area is becoming even more seismically active than it has been, though no mountain ever suddenly turned into a volcano here before…

Volcano erupts in Ziarat
By: Bari Baloch | Published: February 03, 2010, Photo, European Press Agency
“QUETTA – A volcano has started spewing lava in Ziarat District of Balochistan, some 75 kilometres away from Quetta. According to reports reaching here, the volcanic activity occurred in Jhari area of Ziarat at Torghar Mountain on Monday night. Residents of nearby area claimed the fire fumes at top of the mountain in the night witnessed for last few days while on Monday night the mountain started spewing lava. Jhari area is located near Waam, which was badly affected in October 29, 2008, when a severe earthquake hit Ziarat.”

In all the articles, though, it is mentioned about the collective fear of remembering the devastating earthquake in Wham (Wam, Waam) in late 20008 and the massive loss of life. That this volcano simply erupted without warning as it had never done before went a long way to bringing to mind the scripture that says men will be “fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Luke 21:26) and also this:  “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth  distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25). Distress, fear, terror, indeed. I know how I would feel if the mountain I’d known all my life as benign suddenly started shooting molten rocks into the air.

Volcano Tungurahua in Ecuador
“Activity at Tungurahua volcano is increasing. It hasn’t really made it to much of the English-speaking news, but the current eruptive activity at Tungurahua appears to be on the up-tick.The Geophysical Institute of Ecuador suggests that a larger eruption is not out of the question, but right now the activity is confined to explosions and ash fall around the region. The Geophysical Institute is reporting 32 explosions, 30 long-period seismic events and 20 episodes of volcanic tremor in the last 24 hours. Government officials have issued a number of warnings for people living near the volcano and began preparation for evacuations.”

Andean village endangered by volcano
Last Friday, the local authories held a meeting for residents of Fabiola’s village, Puñapi, and surrounding villages. “You really need to leave,” they told them. “The volcano could have a massive eruption any day and this entire area would be destroyed. If you stay, you stay at your own risk.”
Tungurahua Is one of the many active volcanoes running down Ecuador’s spine in a row called “Valley of the Volcanoes.” The Ecuadorans are quite used to volcanic activity, they live with the constant rumblings. Villagers walk around with buckets on their heads to catch the volcanic rocks raining down upon them. However, they were taken aback when local authorities made an evacuation order this week. Tungurahua has been slowly erupting since 1999, but since December 21, 2009, it has increased dramatically. “Last Friday, the local authories held a meeting for residents of Fabiola’s village, Puñapi, and surrounding villages. “You really need to leave,” they told them.”

Earthquakes continue to rumble underneath Yellowstone
“It is one of the most intense quake swarms ever recorded in the park’s history and it still shows no sign of slowing down.  In fact, the activity increased during a six-hour period last night. During that time, two quakes, both nearly magnitude 3’s happened within a few minutes of each other.”

Yellowstone Earthquake Swarm Summary as of 4 February 2010

“As of February 4, 2010 9:00 AM MST there have been 1,771 located earthquakes in the recent Yellowstone National Park swarm. The swarm began January 17, 2010 around 1:00 PM MST about 10 miles northwest of the Old Faithful area on the northwestern edge of the Yellowstone Caldera. Swarms have occurred in this area several times over the past two decades. This swarm has been longer (in time) and with more earthquakes than last year’s swarm beneath Yellowstone Lake (December ’08/January ’09).” 
Seismologist Dr Klemetti explains here why the earthquakes at Yellowstone getting shallower is no big deal…(?) Ok, if you say so. Technical article. The interesting thing about the Yellowstone situation, of course, is that not only is the ground at Yellowstone seismically active, Yellowstone caldera is really a super-volcano. “A supervolcano or super volcanic eruption is a volcanic eruption with ejecta greater than 240 cubic miles, which is millions of times larger than any volcanic event in historic times.”

How much groaning the land emits! All of creation waits for the day when all things are made new, even the stones!! “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out”. (Luke 19:40) and Jesus meant it. “For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.” “How long is the land to mourn And the vegetation of the countryside to wither? For the wickedness of those who dwell in it, Animals and birds have been snatched away, Because men have said, “He will not see our latter ending.” (Jer 12:4)

These groans and sorrows are a prophecy of a time of deliverance when there shall be new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness (2Pe 3:13). The intense birth pangs continue.