It's pretty serious stuff, too. Floods, fires, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, melting icecaps, mass species extinctions, hurricanes, tsunamis, other assorted and equally unpleasant disasters, all usually presented in a "this could be the beginning of the end, folks" kind of way. And located as we are in apocalyptic California, oftentimes we are the focus of much of this attention.
One of these guys goes by the name of Dutchsinse. He too scours the globe in search of events that could point towards a dinosaur-like demise of two legged sentient creatures such as ourselves. Which would probably be a cause for celebration amongst the 4 and 6 legged not so sentient ones. And his current concern is over what he believes is the return of volcanic activity, and not very far from here. All within the last 48 hours, and in places that haven't seen such excitement in eons.
A little bit of background. As you know, California lies within the much discussed Pacific Ring of Fire. Much discussed because it has been exceptionally unsettled lately. Here is how this angry natural phenomenon is defined on Wikipedia:
The Pacific Ring of Fire (or sometimes just the Ring of Fire) is an area where large numbers of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur in the basic of the Pacific Ocean. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or plate movements. The Ring of Fire has 452 volcanoes and is home to over 75% of the world's active and dormant volcanoes. It is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt or the circum-Pacific seismic belt ... About 90% of the world's earthquakes and 80% of the world's largest earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire.
So what our friend Dutchsinse has done is find proof of what he believes is a rapid return of volcanic activity to Eastern California and Nevada. Something possibly indicating that the tectonic plates we are all seated upon have begun to shift once again, and with that movement created a fiery heat way below the surface. Needless to say, the sight of volcanic plumes in an area that no living being has ever seen them before is not very good news. Because what it could indicate is the very real possibility of major earthquake activity to follow.
Here is his video report. Dutchsinse reads it all in the very matter of fact voice of someone not only comfortable with the materials he uses, but also completely certain about the correctness of his point of view. Click here. And then here.
This first video, posted July 29, has now gone viral. Since the first time I saw it the number of views has gone up exponentially. Official government organizations such as the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey have come up with various explanations for what is shown there. Thunderstorms was the first explanation, followed later by forest fires and the possible effects of missile tests from the military firing ranges that cover so much of that area.
I personally don't quite know what to make of it. Possibly it is all just some scary fiction designed to drive hits to Dutchsinse's YouTube and web sites.
Though I did go to Albertson's and stocked up on bottled water. Perhaps you should, too.
Late Afternoon Update: Somebody doesn't agree. "The Non-Eruption At Pisgah Crater: The Dangers Of Untrained Interpretation Of Real-Time Data." Click here.