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Indonesian volcano erupts... Is it part of prophecy?

Picked up this article at Terra Daily

MOUNT TALANG, Indonesia (AFP) Apr 12, 2005
A volcano spewed into life Tuesday on Indonesia's disaster-blighted Sumatra island, spreading new panic after the recent tsunami and earthquakes and driving thousands from their homes.

Mount Talang, 40 kilometres (25 miles) east of Sumatra's coastal Padang city began pumping out volcanic ash shortly before dawn, prompting scientists to urge people to move away from the fall-out zone.

More than 20,000 people have been evacuated from the volcano's slope, the Antara news agency quoted local official Bustamar saying. It said the volcano's status had been raised to "beware", one rung below full-blown eruption.

Vulcanologist Gede Suwantika described Talang's activity as "serious" saying there was a risk of molten magma and clouds of super-heated gas that burn everything in their path.

"This is what I worry, that this activity will be followed by a larger eruption that is magmatic in nature," he said.

"Heat clouds could also descend, and this is what is risky as they can reach several kilometres" he said.

An AFP photographer at the 2,599 metre (8,680 foot) volcano said a narrow road leading to the mountain was clogged by people deserting the area, which was shrouded in thick fog.

The volcano issued another outburst at 11:30 am and another at 6:45 in the evening, accompanied by a loud bang, according to a police spokesman in Solok, 40 kilometres northeast of the volcano. He said the situation was calm.

Elfi Sahlan Ben, an official in Solok, told the Detikcom news website that ash was being carried by winds further down the slopes while strong gaseous odours were permeating the air around the mountain.

The volcano's activity comes just two days after the city of Padang was gripped with fear following a powerful 6.7 magnitude quake that caused only minor damage but revived memories of last year's deadly Indian Ocean tsunami.

On Monday the city's offices and schools were deserted, with many people having left the town to seek refuge on higher ground, their unease fuelled by rumours and scientific reports of another impending disaster.

A massive earthquake struck off the southwest coast of Sumatra on March 28, killing more than 600 people on the offshore islands of Nias and Simeulue -- most of the victims crushed by collapsing concrete structures.

On December 26 last year, a 9.3-magnitude shockwave from the same geological faultline unleashed tsunamis that destroyed vast tracts of coast in Sumatra's westernmost Aceh region and left more then 160,000 dead or missing.

The Indonesian archipelago sits atop a series of faultlines where three continental plates collide with immense pressure, causing almost daily earthquakes and frequent eruptions from more than 130 active volcanoes.

Though inured to seismic activity, thousands of Indonesians, particularly on Nias and Simeulue, have been spooked by the recent quakes and rumours of another imminent disaster and have sought refuge on higher ground.

Last month a prominent seismologist said he could not rule out the risk of a third big quake off Sumatra, although the exact timing of the event could not be predicted.

According to Fauzan, a geophysicist with the meteorology and geophysics agency, Talang's eruption is directly linked to the recent seismic activity off Sumatra's shores.

"Tectonically speaking, it is true that there are links between tectonic activities in the Indian Ocean and volcanic activities in Sumatra," he told

He said the massive December quake had activated Leuser Mountain, a volcano in Aceh province along the same range of peaks as Talang, while the Nias quake had sparked activity in lake Toba, an ancient crater in Sumatra.

Talang has had at least four major eruptions, all in the 19th century, and three smaller eruptions in 1981, 2001 and 2003.

The major earthquakes that have ocurred of late all contain some synchronicity. The two Indonesian quakes were after two very religious days, Christmas and Easter.

A sign? One blogger has an interesting take, even bringing in the famous Nostradamus quatrains for clarity...

This leads us to the issue of Supervolcanoes and Toba.

The Toba supervolcano is situated in the very same geologic region as the recent monster earthquake on the day after Christmas that killed hundreds of thousands in Indonesia and the Indian Ocean basin by the generated tsunami. This was followed by the second deadly earthquake, on the day after Easter. An Australian expert is now saying that these earthquakes may very well be precursors to the eruption of Toba, a supervolcano whose eruption would dwarf all previous catastrophes.

Professor Ray Cas of Monash University’s School of Geosciences (Australia) says the world’s biggest supervolcano at Lake Toba on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra sits on a faultline running down the middle of Sumatra where some seismologists say a third earthquake might strike following the killer quakes on December 26, 2004 and the more recent one in late March, this year. Both those quakes occurred along faultlines running just off Sumatra’s west coast and created seismological stresses which could, according to Dr. Cas, hasten an eruption of Toba. Toba’s “last eruption released 1,000 cubic kilometers (240 cubic miles) of ash and rock debris into the atmosphere, much of it as fine ash which blocked out solar radiation, kicking the world back into an ice age,” he says.

To get a handle on this, consider the following: Back in 1883 the volcano Krakatau (”Krakatoa”) in Indonesia exploded.

“The eruption was one of the most catastrophic natural disasters in recorded history. The effects were experienced on a global scale. Fine ashes from the eruption were carried by upper level winds as far away as New York City. The explosion was heard more than 3000 miles away. Volcanic dust blew into the upper atmosphere affecting incoming solar radiation and the earth’s weather for several years. A series of large tsunami waves generated by the main explosion, some reaching a height of nearly 40 meters (more than 120 feet) above sea level, killed more than 36,000 people in the coastal towns and villages along the Sunda Strait on Java and Sumatra islands. Tsunami waves were recorded or observed throughout the Indian Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, the American West Coast, South America, and even as far away as the English Channel.”

On the newly devised scale of volcanic eruptions, a “Supervolcano” is a volcanic eruption of a magnitude of “8” on the Volcano Explosivity Index, meaning that more than 1,000 cubic kilometers of magma are erupted. Krakatoa was only a “6″.

But then, there is also the slumbering Supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park. It has been “sleeping” for about 640,000 years and is said to erupt about ever 600,000 years. So, it’s a bit overdue. Scientists have recently begun to sound the alarm, saying that the global risk posed by a supervolcanic eruption somewhere in the world is between five and ten times greater than the probability of earth being struck by a giant asteroid

Quatrain 9,83

Sun twentieth of Taurus the earth will tremble very mightily,
It will ruin the great theater filled:
To darken and trouble air, sky and land,
Then the infidel will call upon God and saints.

I decided to check my ephemeris for when the Sun will be at 20 degrees of Taurus and noted that this year, it occurs on May 11. Funny that the number 11 keeps popping up in strange ways, such as September 11 and then March 11, both dates of so-called “terrorist attacks.