Chile's Puyehue volcano erupted last summer for the first time in over fifty years.
Not to mention the obligatory shot of the Argentine front end loader cleaning up volcanic ash some number of feet deep, some number of miles away.
Thanks to Evan J. who evidently has even more time on his hands than we do, for sending us the link.
You may remember from some time ago our post discussing the coincidental or not alignment of the Earth, Sun, and Mercury along with the comet Elenin on the exact dates of the record breaking (among other things) earthquakes in Chile, New Zealand and Japan.
The bad news is that Elenin is about to make a new series of alignments, only this time it will be on our side of the solar system and very near Earth.
Despite the fact that it contains 6 to 8 minutes of discussion on the Hopi Indian prophecies concerning the Blue and Red Katchinas and the resultant destructions here on Earth following their passage through our solar system, the following video is the most serious scientific analysis I've been able to find concerning the possibilities regarding the passing of this comet.
Consider yourself warned.
If you're the impatient type, like we are, scroll forward to 1:00, or if you're the extremely impatient type, like we are, scroll forward to about 1:28.
... and the earth is strong.
We posted the aerial of this the other day, and don't usually go back and revisit, but .....
What we have here is just a spectacular opportunity for comparisons.
Yup, looks about the same to me.
We decided to spare you the shots of the stacked up bodies and forlorn survivors.
You can trust me when I tell you that those looked about the same as well.
We saw this first at our friend Charles G's facebook page, and have subsequently received emails from Brendan C., Cheryl W. and Kirk?
It already has well over 330,000 hits, so maybe you've seen it.
I've just been sitting here watching it over and over.
Near the end of this thing, somebody's little house just floats by with probably damn near their entire life in it.
You are small, and the Earth is strong.
Ken Ring at PredictWeather.com who claims over 5000 subscribers including farmers, corporations and government agencies, uses in his own words, "trends and cycles of Moon orbits to predict the weather", scored some notoriety lately for having tweeted a Valentine's Day prediction for a Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake between February 15 and 25.
Damn that was a convoluted sentence.
Be reminded here of the devastating magnitude 6.3 earthquake the hit Christchurch February 21, 2011.
Earthquakes correlate with kingtides - they are a function of the kingtide in the land deep under the ground.
The whole 2/3 of the planet that is beneath the Earth's surface has a moving egg-shaped bulge that, as the earth daily rotates, is always pointing to the moon, just as when a magnet is moved above a plate of iron filings and the area under the magnet is always more responsive.
The perigee (day that the moon is closest to earth each month) is in control of the timing of the kingtide. Sometimes new moon accompanies perigee (as on 4 Sept 2010), sometmes full moon (22 Feb 2011), so kingtide occurs around these dates as well.
Before new year kingtide days were new moon-related. From February onwards full moon has accompanied perigee, so kingtides were full moon-related.
It does not mean all full moons (or new moons) bring the biggest earthquakes.
Perigee (closest approach to the Earth) is also a factor.
I can find no other use of the phrase kingtide anywhere (I know you believe me when I say that I looked) that correlates in any way to Mr. Rings.
He predicts an second earthquake March 20, 2011 in Christchurch based on the astronomy of that day, namely the "Supermoon" on March 19, and the Jupiter, Saturn opposition which is exact on March 28, 2011, but is within a few degrees from mid March until mid April 2011.
Click on the below sketch of the Jupiter, Saturn opposition for a radically different way to look at both the world and the universe around you.
Remembering as always ..... head ..... swivel.
As always, click the photo to link up the entire piece.
Coming up later this month (March 19 to be exact) the moon will make its closest approach to Earth (called lunar perigee) in 18 years. A new or full moon at 90% or greater of its closest perigee to Earth has been named a "SuperMoon" by astrologer Richard Nolle. This term has been recently picked up by astronomers. An extreme "SuperMoon" is when the moon is full or new as well as at its 100% greater mean perigee (closest) distance to earth. By this definition, last month's full moon, this month's and next month's will all be extreme "SuperMoons".
Please visit Richard's website by clicking here.
I have read several "new age" forecasts that go something like this: "Extreme SuperMoon this month (March 2011) will bring strong earthquakes and storms and/or unusual climate patterns." Google the term 'extreme SuperMoon March 2011' and see for yourself what comes up. The validity of these types of forecasts can be debated ad nauseum.
There were SuperMoons in 1955, 1974, 1992 and 2005. These years had their share of extreme weather and other natural events. Is the Super Moon and these natural occurences a coincidence? Some would say yes; some would say no. I'm not here to pick sides and say I'm a believer or non-believer in subjects like this, but as a scientist I know enough to ask questions and try to find answers.
We obviously know that there are scientific laws that say the moon affects the Earth (i.e. tides). There are also less proven theories that propose that the moon affects the Earth in other ways (i.e. abnormal behavior during a full moon). Can the Super (full) Moon contribute to extreme weather and other natural phenomenon?
Here are Richard's thoughts on March's "SuperMoon" activity from his February 28, 2011 post.
Click on the map for the entire post.
Markets, geopolitics and history aside, you can’t get there from here if you don’t get out of Mother Nature’s way.
First and foremost, that means being mindful of the March 19 full moon 28° 48' Virgo.
It’s arguably the year’s most extreme SuperMoon, for a couple of reasons: it’s the closest SuperMoon of the year, occurring within an hour of lunar perigee (the Moon’s closest approach to Earth): the Moon will look huge when it rises at sunset.
And being so close to the vernal equinox, this SuperMoon occurs within hours of the moment the full moon crosses the celestial equator from north to south, just as the Sun crosses in the opposite direction. That makes this a major geophysical stress window, centered on the actual alignment date but in effect from the 16th through the 22nd.
Of course you can expect the usual: a surge in extreme tides along the coasts, a rash of moderate-to-severe seismic activity (including magnitude 5+ earthquakes, tsunami and volcanic eruptions), and most especially in this case a dramatic spike in powerful storms with heavy precipitation, damaging winds and extreme electrical activity.
Floods are a big part of the picture in this case, although some of these will be dry electrical storms that spark fast-spreading wildfires.
As always, keep your head on a swivel.