40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire

By Michael Snyder

You may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable.  According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire.  If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.

As I have written about previously, there were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century’s average for an entire calendar year.

And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend.  Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating.  The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that’s because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world’s super-volcanoes.

Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy’s Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world’s active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally.

Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho and Washington.  In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.  Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way.  Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.

For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event.  But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time.

And right now, just about every other part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

For example, a magnitude 6.8 earthquake just hit Japan on Wednesday

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on Wednesday was an aftershock of the devastating 2011 quake that triggered a massive tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown.

“We consider this morning’s earthquake to be an aftershock of the 2011 Northeastern Pacific Earthquake,” said Yohei Hasegawa, an official at the Japanese meteorological agency.

The temblor, which struck just after 6 a.m. local time (5 p.m. ET Tuesday), was sparked by the Pacific tectonic plate “subducting,” or moving under, the main land plate, he added.

Hasegawa warned that more tremors may be on the way.

One Japanese expert is warning that Japan “might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions,” and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.

Meanwhile, a series of very strong earthquakes have struck Papua New Guinea recently as well.  The following comes from the Washington Post

A powerful earthquake rattled Papua New Guinea on Thursday, the fourth strong quake to hit the South Pacific island nation in a week. The temblor prompted officials to issue a local tsunami warning, but it was lifted shortly afterward with no reports of damage.

The 7.1-magnitude quake struck about 150 kilometers (94 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 23 kilometers (14 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Once again, just because things have always been a certain way does not mean that they will always be that way.

As Americans, we are not accustomed to being concerned about major earthquakes and massive volcanic eruptions, but that could soon change in a big way.

The truth is that our planet and our sun are changing in ways that are unpredictable and that our scientists don’t completely understand.

For example, a recent LiveScience article discussed the fact that scientists are deeply puzzled by the fact that the magnetic field of our planet is getting weaker 10 times faster than previously believed…

Scientists already know that magnetic north shifts. Once every few hundred thousand years the magnetic poles flip so that a compass would point south instead of north. While changes in magnetic field strength are part of this normal flipping cycle, data from Swarm have shown the field is starting to weaken faster than in the past. Previously, researchers estimated the field was weakening about 5 percent per century, but the new data revealed the field is actually weakening at 5 percent per decade, or 10 times faster than thought. As such, rather than the full flip occurring in about 2,000 years, as was predicted, the new data suggest it could happen sooner.

And in a previous article, I discussed how one scientist has discovered that activity on the sun is declining at a faster pace “than at any time in the last 9300 years” right now.

I don’t pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.

So what do you think?

Do you believe that you know why our planet and our sun are experiencing such dramatic changes?

Please feel free to add to the discussion by posting a comment below…

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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12 Comments on "40 Volcanoes Are Erupting Right Now, And 34 Of Them Are Along The Ring Of Fire"

  1. snyder are you ringing the doom gloom bell again? Ya know you could do some actual work and put together a graph or map if you are so interested in presenting your speculative hype, instead of quoting propaganda sources or speculative opinions of unscientific sources. BTW….what drugs are you taking?

    • Bruce Hayden | May 15, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Reply

      Obviously Michael Snyder is not on the same drugs as yourself, dogismyth. By the way, what drugs are you on? The drugs that flow from the government teat? Why don’t you put together a graph or a map to disprove his information presented in this article since you feel so strongly about it? You are one ignorant monkey. My apologies to the monkey.

      • do you know this Snyder guy? So you accept is word verbatim? What gov teat are you referring to? I don’t put together evidence to refute speculators. Are you an idiot? Maybe you need an analcephalectomy!!

  2. It’s called the end times!

  3. One of the signs of the last days, God will use nature to preach repentance to the people, turn to God, live the ten commandments, he will use nature to destroy the wicked, will spare the obedient. J. Clark

  4. Watch “Best Nibiru Documentary” on YouTube to understand what is happening and why it will get much worse.

  5. I would be really surprised if volcanoes & earthquakes did not increase. All the redistribution of weight (fracking/oil removal, heavy buildings, bridges, etc.) and the intense vibrations from all the underground nuclear tests is affecting the Earth a lot more than people realize.

    Matthew 24:7 doesn’t talk about an increase in earthquakes, it just says there’ll be earthquakes, like there’s always been. Even if Bible history writers did think there would be an increase, this just means they had common sense. It’s not hard to predict what happens when city weight is added.
    You can’t remove countless pounds of oil from the crust & expect nothing to happen.

  6. Emotion is energy in motion. The subconscious mind is below the surface and it is rising to the surface to be released – makes sense that the planet is now purging itself of the emotional dross held in the subconscious mind the part of an iceberg below the water line. Unless people begin to transform their emotional wounds then yes we will see more and more of this. WE as a humanity absolutely MUST heal our inner selves – we are all interconnected as we are connected via energy to the planet.

    • The volcanoes are the natural result of Mystic Earth Mother Gaia ridding herself of the plague that is humanity spreading across her surface.

  7. This might actually be a blessing in the skies. Volcanoes release sulfur dioxide into the atmosphere which increases the earth’s albedo, meaning it will reflect more of the heat from the sun back into space. Volcanoes might be the solution to global warming

  8. A possible reason. The Tibetan plateau rose quite suddenly, attributed to ice melt but another reason was put forward, a big piece separated from under Tibet and sank into the asthenosphere. This would have cooled down the plastic magma increasing viscosity. The knock-on effect on the mantle through drag and or reducing viscosity could be responsible for slowing the spin rate of the core, maybe symptomised by the weakening magnetic field and relocating pole. A slower spin certainly would reduce the magnetic field, the core functions like an electric motor.
    More tenuous, were the separated piece of continental crust still be going down due to the initial momentum or rising back up due to being less dense than the planet’s innards the consequence may be what the article is describing. Earthquakes and volcanoes near to Tibet and far away.
    Other thoughts, rising sea levels, reduced ice thickness over Greenland and Antarctica, changing lunar orbit, reducing solar magnetic field strength (wouldn’t that cause the core to increase rotation speed?), underground nuke tests, geoengineering drying out California, the planet going through a growth spurt, it was 40% smaller when it had a much thicker atmosphere 200 mil years ago.
    On the Sun, it has cycles. The last minimum of sunspots (that are a symptom of reduced magnetic activity) the planet got cooler and there were big volcanoes. Longer cycles have been detected in ice and sea floor cores.
    Or maybe there is a Nibru or even a god’s finger.

  9. James Bennett | May 17, 2015 at 3:45 am | Reply

    I’ve read that ONE active VOLCANO effects ‘Climate Change’ more than all of our actions combined.

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