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Earthquake and volcano news: OK swarm continues, volcano discovered in ME, Yellowstone magma lake larger than thought

I've chronicled that earthquakes (up until this year) had been been on the rise. For a steady number of years, using the United States Geological Survey's own benchmark, the number of quakes had been increasing.

As far as 2013 data, we still have 8 weeks to go, but this is the running tally of number of quakes in the world in each of the four magnitudes I track. Data as always from USGS. The red means the number of quakes have met or exceeded USGS averages.

5.0-5.9 – 1169
6.0-6.9 – 110
7.0-7.9 – 15
8.0-9.9 - 2

The type and location of the quakes had also been diverse from times in the past. There were earthquakes at a deeper level than ever, or large quakes in places there had never been one (Svalbard, Norway).

USGS reported last week,

Earthquake Swarm Continues in Central Oklahoma
"Since January 2009, more than 200 magnitude 3.0 or greater earthquakes have rattled Central Oklahoma, marking a significant rise in the frequency of these seismic events. "We've statistically analyzed the recent earthquake rate changes and found that they do not seem to be due to typical, random fluctuations in natural seismicity rates," said Bill Leith, USGS seismologist. "These results suggest that significant changes in both the background rate of events and earthquake triggering properties needed to have occurred in order to explain the increases in seismicity. This is in contrast to what is typically observed when modeling natural earthquake swarms."

What they are saying there, is that there was a sudden and inexplicable change in at least two variables, presenting an unaccountable statistical anomaly, and that they dunno why.

As far as volcanic eruptions go, the Smithsonian Global Volcanism Program counts them. I searched the database from January 1, 1930 to December 31, 1939, and did the same for each decade through December 31, 2010. The plain number of eruptions is up. Click to enlarge.

Raw data here
1930s - 312
1940s - 269
1950s - 467
1960s - 537
1970s - 562
1980s - 703
1990s - 574
00-10 -950

In some volcano news, KURL8 out of Montana reports today that the lava pool under the supervolcano at Yellowstone is much bigger than thought.

"The lava pool beneath Yellowstone National Park is more than twice as big as scientists previously believed, that's according to new research from the Geological Society of America. Scientists from the University of Utah say the lake of molten lava is nearly 50 miles long and 12 miles wide."

For all that, scientists say that the real danger in that area is not from an eruption, since the geysers let off steam and pressure. It's from the earthquakes.

"Researchers analyzed, get this, 4,500 earthquakes in and around Yellowstone from 1985 to 2013. ... The last major earthquake in the area measured 7.3 and was in 1959. It was the most destructive earthquake ever recorded in the Rocky Mountains."

In other interesting volcano news, it was reported at a geology conference this week that remnants of a supervolcano have been found in Maine.

Maine's volcanoes (yes, Maine) among world's biggest
"Maine has supervolcanoes. Wait, Maine has volcanoes? Yes, and their eruptions could have been among the biggest ever on Earth, geoscientist Sheila Seaman reported here Tuesday (Oct. 29) at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting. ... Since they formed, the ancient volcanic layers have been tilted up by tectonic forces, providing a top-to-bottom slice through a supervolcano. For example, Isle au Haut, part of Acadia National Park, exposes the heart of a volcano. "The whole magma chamber is lying on its side," Seaman said."

The Most Active Volcano You’ve Never Heard Of
"In the extreme northeast region of Russia is the Kamchatka Peninsula. Familiar to people who play the board game Risk, Kamchatka is a huge mass of land sticking out into the north Pacific, and sitting on the peninsula is a cluster of volcanoes, some of them among the most active on the planet. The biggest of these is Klyuchevskaya Sopka, a monster stratovolcano towering over 4750 meters (15,500 feet) high. It’s also the most active, having been more-or-less erupting continuously since the late 1600s. It’s erupted a dozen times just since 2000! On Oct. 20, 2013, the Landsat 8 Earth-observing satellite flew over Klyuchevskaya, capturing a tremendously long plume of ash as well as two separate lava flows moving down the volcano’s flanks:
Isn't earth so interesting!!
I can't wait until we see it from that vantage point!
Ever since the fall of man and the curse that was given by God over man, beast, and earth, the creation has been groaning. Though the dates in this scientific article are no doubt off, it is interesting to see that man has been living with a restless earth since the beginning of the curse

9,000-year-old painting of volcano linked to a  real eruption
"A 9,000-year-old painting of an exploding volcano, the oldest ever found, can now be linked to a real-life eruption in Turkey. The towering Hasan Dag volcano erupted 8,970 years ago, plus or minus 640 years, according to a new dating technique that analyzes zircon crystals in volcanic rock, geochemist Axel Schmitt of the University of California, Los Angeles, reported here Wednesday at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting. Turkish scientists long suspected Hasan Dag was the source of the painting's dramatic scene, but never had a precise date for its volcanic rocks, Schmitt told LiveScience. The volcano is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) from the ancient village of Çatalhöyük, where the painting was discovered in 1964 during an archaeological dig."

(FMI on the painting itself, here is the article from Daily Mail)

Daily Mail Caption: "A mural, pictured, found on a wall in the Turkish settlement of Catalhoyuk depicts a village in front of a volcano. The painting is thought to be a warning about the danger of nearby stratovolcano Mount Hasan, located 70 miles northeast from where the mural was found."

Turkey is interesting. The world's most mysterious and stunning archaeological site is there, Gobekli Tepe. I wrote about it in 2011 here.

I'd posted from the article, "The elegant bas-reliefs of vultures, scorpions, and other creatures found on the T-shaped pillars had to have been created by skilled artisans, evidence that hunter-gatherers were capable of a complex social structure. Pillars at the temple of Göbekli Tepe—11,600 years old and up to 18 feet tall—may represent priestly dancers at a gathering. Note the hands above the loincloth-draped belt on the figure in the foreground."

Some believe that the area of the Garden of Eden was in southern Turkey. Here is a map showing the nearby village of Catalhoyuk  to the Turkish volcano Mount Hasan, and Gobekli Tepe's location. They are about 250 km apart or about 158 miles.

Horatio said, 
O day and night, but this is wondrous strange!
Hamlet replied,
There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

Volcanoes being discovered, restless earth, unknown paintings of long ago eruptions, and mysterious monoliths by disappeared rivers...there is so much we do not know but even as we partially know now, later we will fully know, by His grace. (1 Corinthians 13:12).

"How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out." (Job 36:26)


  1. Showing this to my wife, who is very, very interested in volcanic activity in these end times.

    1. thanks! I love data! Can't argue with it, lol! Data's data. I thought it was very interesting that the USGS benchmark-average number of earthquakes had remained the same since 1901 but in 2009, 2010, and 2011 for the first time ever, each of the major quake averages were met or exceeded in four tracked magnitudes. Evah!

  2. I am very interested in earthquakes and volcano's as well. One of the "mysteries" is the idea that is always injected into the information presented by scientists, is the one that the earth is millions of years old. I do not hold to any of that and I do think that from the scriptures we can see that at the time of the flood a lot of cataclysmic events happened fairly quickly and the time record in scripture supports that.
    Dr. Jeffrey Goodman and his research that supports a comet striking the earth and bringing with it enough water and force to have left the world looking very geologically different than when it was created is much more plausible.

    The other thing that I have wondered about is as these earthquakes occur, is it a physical manifestation of something being brought from the heavenly or spiritual realm into the world?
    The one big thing that happened at the resurrection was a great earthquake.
    The promise of the end times being as it were in the day's of Noah. It does look as though there is a growing evil presence in the world and is that not a result of lack of restraint from God? Men are being allowed to practice and even federally "mandated" to embrace homosexuality.
    So this hail that will rain down from heaven. Could it be a comet(s)? These earth quakes and volcanoes are a responses to changes in the earths mantle with is basically a lake of fire that the earths crust is floating on.
    I would say that again, the bible seems to have on the surface and in depth a much more believable record of earth events than those who would like us to believe otherwise.
    Thanks for the information and reminder that the earth is travailing and time is growing short. It is also very interesting that some of the confusion that the enemy has been able to create is overcome by some of these archeological discoveries. That volcano in Turkey would be dated by some as being millions of years old.

  3. Hey Elizabeth, I read a really good article the other day on some of these events. It was written by Dr. Ron Bigalke and is posted at the Pre-Trib Research Center. The title is "A Comparison of the Olivet Discourse with the Book of Revelation". If you get time to read it, I'd love to hear what you think.


    1. Hi pam,

      Sure. I'm headed to work but I'll d it when I get home tonight. My understanding is that the Olivet Discourse is a summary in short form of the entire span of the Tribulation/Great Tribulation and parallels Rev 6 which is the same. (Not that the seal judgments are opened over the whole time but that their judgments after opening in rapid succession are ongoing and overlap and fold into the remaining series of judgments from the Trumpets, Thunders and Bowls.) I'll read carefully and consider though, tonight with the material you shared.


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