The Big Island of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has a lot going on. Down one of its sides (or flanks), plumes of gas steam out of cracks, known as fissures, directly under Leilani Estates, an orderly residential area. Houses, cars, and beloved mailboxes have quickly become engulfed in cooling lava flows as the ground trembles with seismic activity.
This month has been marked with a staggering number of geological and meteorological catastrophes. Powerful hurricanes have pummeled the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, and a spate of earthquake events rocked Mexico. Now, geologists worry that seismic activity in Indonesia will lead to a powerful volcanic eruption.
Authored by Mac Slavo via SHTFplan.com, California could be even closer to a major natural disaster than ever before. With eight active volcanoes and a high state population, the United States Geological Survey says that the Golden State is in desperate need of very close monitoring. “I call them the watch-list volcanoes,” said Margaret Mangan, Scientist-in-Charge at the California Volcano Observatory.