Looking for that Blessed Hope

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Looking for that Blessed Hope

GIANT asteroids on course to hurtle past Earth

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And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: Act 2:19

Scores of GIANT asteroids on course to hurtle past Earth within the month, NASA reveals

Of almost 70 asteroids on the radar most are around 100 metres wide, the size of a double decker bus, and would be capable of causing significant damage……

According to NASA’s Near Earth Object Programme, there are 68 ‘close approaches’ forecast before the end of next month…..

Experts say although it is unlikely any of these will hit the Earth, there is always a chance they may veer off course or explode showering the planet with debris……..

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Bárðarbunga

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SKAFTAFELL, Iceland — Just north of here, on the far side of the impenetrable Vatnajokull ice sheet, lava is spewing from a crack in the earth on the flanks of Bardarbunga, one of Iceland’s largest volcanoes.

By volcanologists’ standards, it is a peaceful eruption, the lava merely spreading across the landscape as gases bubble out of it. For now, those gases — especially sulfur dioxide, which can cause respiratory and other problems — are the main concern, prompting health advisories in the capital, Reykjavik, 150 miles to the west, and elsewhere around the country.

But sometime soon, the top of Bardarbunga, which lies under as much as half a mile of ice, may erupt explosively. That could send plumes of gritty ash into the sky that could shut down air travel across Europe because of the damage the ash can do to jet engines. And it could unleash a torrent of glacial meltwater that could wipe out the only road connecting southern Iceland to the capital.

All of that could happen. Then again, it may not.

Such are the mysteries of volcanoes that more than four months after Bardarbunga began erupting, scientists here are still debating what will happen next. The truth is, no one really knows.

A Mystery Bubbling Just Below

             7 January 2015 10:00 – from geoscientist on duty

About 40 earthquakes have been observed in Bárðarbunga during the past 24 hours. A few were between magnitude 4 and 5. The largest occurred in the northeastern caldera rim at 13:36 yesterday of magnitude 4.4. A few quakes have been observed in the dike intrusion, all below magnitude 2. The eruption was visible on web cameras last night and seems to be of similar strength as during past days.

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Super Typhoon Vongfong

Will the Typhoon inflict further damage to the already badly crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant?

Super Typhoon Vongfong, in the western Pacific Ocean, is the Earth’s strongest storm so far this year. It’s also the planet’s most powerful storm since 2013’s Super Typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in the Philippines last November.

Vongfong’s winds are now about 170 mph, down slightly from a peak Tuesday of 180 mph. It’s still equivalent to a Category 5 hurricane.

Super Typhoon Vongfong menaces Japan

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Bárðarbunga and the drone

Amazing 3 minute imagery from a drone over Bardarbunga!

The Beauty of Bárðarbunga – update

While Bardarbunga is a possible disaster in the making, she also reflects the majestic beauty of God’s creation.

Stunning Icelandic lava flows illuminate desolate landscape

 

Amazing 2 minute video.

Picture shows magma along a 1-km-long fissure in a lava field north of the Vatnajokull glacier, which covers part of Bardarbunga volcano system

 Volcanologist Thorvaldur Thordarson, who is nearby, says clear that the eruption has changed; the eruption is now spreading to a new fissures, closer to the Dyngjujokull glacier. Large new surface cracks have been observed there in the last days, and a small rift valley (graben) has formed, which extends under the glacier.

New fissures erupting in Holuhraun

Bárðarbunga – Will She Blow??

There are about 20 super volcanoes on the earth and activity continues to mount at Bardarbunga with reports now of over 500 earthquakes hitting the area since midnight of yesterday. The swarm has continued since August 20th. As the molten rock pushes up between plates, they move causing multiple earthquakes and allowing the molten rock to move higher.

http://www.itv.com/news/update/2014-08-27/some-500-earthquakes-hit-iceland-volcano-within-hours/

Scientists in Iceland say they are examining several ‘cauldrons’ found near Bardarbunga volcano, which could potentially be a sign of an eruption.

The cauldrons, depressions in the volcano’s surface, each between 10-15m (49 ft) deep and 1km (0.6 miles) wide, were seen during a flight on Wednesday.

Iceland’s Met Office said they were formed “as a result of melting, possibly a sub-glacial eruption.”

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28966248

Fractures, about four to six kilometers long, have formed north of Vatnajökull outlet glacier Dyngjujökull, northeast of Bárðarbunga, as reported by RÚV, visir.is and the Icelandic Met Office. Small calderas (also known as lows or cauldrons) have formed in the glacier and it cannot be ruled out that an eruption has started.

http://icelandreview.com/news/2014/08/27/hard-explain-what-happened-if-not-caused-eruption

 A fracture in the ice

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