Dramatic footage of rare volcanic lightning as Mt Sinabung spews river of fire
Multiple eruptions send lava and searing gas tumbling out of the volcano in North Sumatra, Indonesia
4:01PM GMT 21 Jan 2014
Dramatic footage captured pyroclastic flow, a fast-moving current of hot gas and rock, glowing red and rare phenomenon like volcanic lighting as Mount Sinabung inIndonesia's North Sumatra province erupted again on Sunday.
The volcano was seen spitting clouds of gas and lava as high as 13,000 feet in several eruptions.
The 8,530-foot Mount Sinabung has sporadically erupted since September. More than 26,000 villagers have been evacuated since authorities raised the alert status for the volcano to the highest level in November 2013.
An eruption in 2010 killed two people and caught scientists off guard because the volcano had been quiet for four centuries.
Mount Sinabung is among about 130 active volcanoes in Indonesia, which is prone to seismic upheaval due to its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin
A sizable earthquake has struck off the NW coast of Puerto Rico... a 6.4 magnitude accompanied by several aftershocks in the 4.0 range.
This is a sign of greater pressure , which has built over the past several days, showing up via multiple earthquakes along the edge of the North American Craton, such as mid 2.0M events along the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ), also seeing a 3.4M event reaching northwest to Yellowstone Super Volcano .
Add in the earthquake swarm in north central California (along the deformed western edge of the craton/plate).
We've also seen MULTIPLE man made (fracking) earthquakes, in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. (again along the edge of the craton/plate).
Put it all together with the cluster point activity in the West Pacific, causing the initial excessive plate boundary unrest, and we can expect further movement , larger movement at the cluster points in the near term (week or so).
We will be discussing this recent earthquake uptick on our next radio show (Friday 8-10pm ET):