South Sandwich Islands – Penguins, Glaciers, Earthquakes and volcanoes

NASA satellite photograph of Montagu Island

Nasa Image of Montagu Island and erupting Mount Belinda via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
All elements of nature are constantly hammering on this volcano island arc, the South Sandwich Islands.
This is the purest nature one can find on our planet. Located in the influence of Antarctica, an eternal icecap is covering the volcano archipelago.  Those who have traveled to Antarctica (like me) know the places very well. An abundance of birds and thousands of all species of Penguins. The South Sandwich islands are not often visited because of its distance (a limited number of cruises are inserting South Georgia ( a little … to the northwest) but the beaty of these places is astonishing. Purer than pure !
Today’s earthquake is a moderate normal one in this area of the world. It struck near Montagu island. Montagu island is home for Mount Melinda, a stratovolcano who erupted in 2005 leaving a 3.5 km lava flow on the virginlike ice and snow. The volcano only came awake in 2001.

Wikipedia explanation on Mount Belinda
Mount Belinda is 1,370 meter high stratovolcano located on Montagu Island, in the South Sandwich Islands of the Scotia Sea. Belinda was inactive until late 2001, when it erupted. The eruption produced large quantities of basaltic lava, melting the thick cover of ice that had accumulated while the volcano lay dormant, and “producing a marvelous ‘natural laboratory’; for studying lava-ice interactions relevant to the biology of extreme environments as well as to processes believed to be important on the planet Mars.” Mount Belinda has been in a persistent state of eruption since 2001. Far from slowing down, the activity throughout 2005 marks the highest levels yet. An increase in activity in the fall of 2005 has produced an active 3.5-kilometre-long lava flow, extending from the summit cone of Mount Belinda all the way down into the sea. The flow spreads northeast from the volcanic vent, and then becomes diverted due north by an arête.

Some text : courtesy wikipedia, the great Internet encyclopedia

Wikimedia picture of colonies of roosting penguins in the South Georgia and Sound Sandwich islands archipelago

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :
Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 09:51:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km
Geo-location(s) :
55 km (35 miles) E of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map (as penguins cannot send a message, no Felt signal will arrive from here, but the maps are automatically generated 🙂
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

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