Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On Possible Volcanic Plumes In California

Photo of Salton Buttes Volcano, Imperial County, Calif. Taken with a Holga 120 plastic toy camera.

Check out this interesting blog about volcanic plumes! Click here. Dutchsinse on Volcanic Plumes in California

In my words:

A group of 'plume chasers' are rushing out into the empty wastes of California's Mojave Desert, in the middle of the hot months, looking for signs of volcanic plumes at several sites, and many hope to actually capture images of an actual plume if one where to happen. Is there a government cover up of these possible plumes, or is this a hoax? Or, is this real? You decide.

This is very strange for me, and I want to share this. I had not known about Dutchsinse's videos and posts about possible volcanic plumes over California, Nevada and Oregon from July 23 to August 3 until the wee hours this morning. A thunderstorm kept me awake, and so I decided to surf the net on geologic things. I had already created the video on thunderstorms over the Mojave Young Volcanos, and posted that here in this blog a few hours before that. It is my previous post. During my later net surfing, I ran into Dutchsinse's videos on possible volcanic plumes.

Not knowing about the California volcanic plume question, I've suspected many of our volcanos are very much alive. Now I've just discovered that someone else has the same suspicions.

For years, I have been probing the volcanic nature of California. After the April 4, 2010, Easter Earthquake near Mexicali, my interest really perked up, for that 7.2 earthquake happened just south of the Cerro Prieto volcano. There was an odd pattern of aftershocks that drew of a lot of attention among researchers, and especially the heavy frequency of small 3 mag to 5.4 mag earthquakes within a 6 mile radius near Octotillo, CA.

I rushed out there with my professional camera equipment and starting filming things and local people, and caught a lot of cool shots. I caught on tape a bridge that's slowly being pulled apart as the ground spreads apart. The locals tell of rising ground in places, and of warm well water. This little dusty desert town is indeed within an active rifting zone, where the tectonic plates are spreading apart. But one can also consider that perhaps the ground water levels change alot do to fluctuations in rainfall amounts in the mountains above.

I still suspect that much of the rise of the ground in places is due to magma below. I suspect strongly that there is a magma chamber under Octotillo, and also feel that it had been disturbed by the 7.2 Easter Earthquake in 2010.

This lead me to start studying the three known active volcanos in Southern California that are indeed recognized by the USGS: Salton Buttes Volcano, Amboy Cinder Cone and Coso Volcanic Field.

I have observed clusters of micro-quakes and even all out earthquake swarms at both Salton Buttes and Coso, and sometimes see micro-quakes at Amboy.

And then just this morning, during the wee hours, I discover Dutchsinse's July and August 2011 posts about numerous volcanic plumes within a 12 hour period, those including Coso and Pisgah, and also a plume near where there has been an on-going earthquake swarm near Hawthorne, Nevada.

Now I'm led into some serious thinking. Is he onto something? That something being the something that I suspect, and that is - many so-called extinct volcanos are actually potentially active. There's possibly cooling semi-molten magma under these, and extensive volcanic plumbing around them.

It is indeed strange that I would observe repeated lightening strikes over my local slumbering or believed to be extinct volcanos, video some of it as best I could, and comment about thunderstorm-volcano interaction - and then discover what Dutchsinse has posted on plumes.

So watch his videos here, and go back to last nights post I made on thunderstorms and local volcanos, and then do some of your own homework and thinking. Here below he thinks its a wildfire:

And then this video where he suspects it's a volcanic plume:

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