August 12, 2012 – 3,762 Years of Global Volcanic Eruptions: I queried the NOAA volcanic database, for the years 1750 B.C. to 2012 A.D.; for all volcanic eruptions greater than or equal to VEI 5. A world map layout, of those 51 events, is shown above. The VEI (Volcanic Explosivity Index) is a way to measure the power of volcanoes, much like the Richter Scale is for earthquakes. The scale goes from 0 to 8. A VEI 7 or 8 would be a world game changer, such as Tambora (1815) or Krakatoa (1883). Graphed below, are those 26 volcanoes for which a month was given for the eruption:
The query produced 51 powerful and often deadly and costly, global eruptions. The most costly was Mount St. Helens on May 18, 1980; at $2 Billion and 57 deaths. The most deadly was Mt. Ilopango in 536 A.D. in El Salvador, which killed an estimated 30,000 people.
The first on the list was Mt. Veniaminof located along the Alaskan Peninsula, which occurred in 1750 B.C. Last on the list was Mt. Pinatubo in Luzon, Philippines, which occurred on June 15, 1991 (pictured above). Both were extremely powerful VEI 6 events.
Where and when will the next VEI 6 to 8 volcanic event take place? The location is likely to be somewhere on the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” as 70 percent of the world’s significant volcanic eruptions occur here. When is unknown, however, I favor sometime between 2012 and 2015; during the seven transiting Uranus in Aries square transiting Pluto in Capricorn aspects. The first aspect occurred on June 24, 2012 and the next will take place on September 18, 2012. The aspect on April 21, 2014 looks particularly harsh. Looking at an Astro*Carto*Graphy map of the 4/21/2014 event, the following areas look particularly vulnerable: (1) Eastern Indonesia, (2) the North Island of New Zealand, (3) East Central Africa and (4) Northern Europe.
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