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Why might a sudden increase of earthquake activity around a volcano indicate a possible eruption?
If those conditions exist, it’s possible that large tectonic earthquakes might cause dissolved gases to come out of the magma (like a shaken soda bottle), increasing the pressure and possibly leading to an eruption.
What causes sudden volcanic eruption?
Volcanoes erupt when molten rock called magma rises to the surface. Magma is formed when the earth’s mantle melts. Another way an eruption happens is when water underneath the surface interacts with hot magma and creates steam, this can build up enough pressure to cause an explosion.
Why are there so many earthquakes before a volcano erupts?
The earthquake record at Mount St. Helens in Washington shows how even during times before and after eruptions (2002-2012), the earthquakes deep under the volcano don’t stop—that’s because magma is always moving, cooling, degassing and recharging with new magma.
How are earthquakes used to monitor a volcano?
Most swarms usually don’t lead to eruptions, but most eruptions are preceded by swarms. Therefore, during any heightened periods of seismic activity at a volcano, seismologists work around the clock to detect subtle variations in the type, location, and intensity of seismic activity to determine whether or not an eruption may occur.
What kind of seismic signal does a volcano produce?
Seismogram signal examples from volcanic earthquakes: volcano tectonic (VT) Low Frequency (LF)/Deep Long-Period (DLP), hybrid (mix of VT and LF), very low frequency (VLF), and Tremor. (Public domain.) Volcano seismologists study several types of seismic events to better understand how magma and gases move towards the surface:
How are seismologists able to detect an eruption?
Therefore, during any heightened periods of seismic activity at a volcano, seismologists work around the clock to detect subtle variations in the type, location, and intensity of seismic activity to determine whether or not an eruption may occur.