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Are we ready for the next volcanic catastrophe?

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posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:27 AM
Interesting article from The Guardian newspaper. I love my doom porn. Cant get enough of it. Is one about to erupt causing a world disaster.

The largest eruption ever recorded, in Indonesia 200 years ago, wreaked havoc across the world, causing hunger, disease and death for years afterwards. When a volcanic event on that scale happens again – and it will – we should be prepared for serious disruption to our climate and food production

If you were one of the 10 million air travellers shaking your fist at the departures board in April 2010, you will appreciate the fact that – even in this tectonically peaceful realm – we ignore volcanic threats at our peril. Despite being nothing to write home about in terms of size, the eruption from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano brought air travel chaos to the UK and mainland Europe when its ash cloud grounded an astonishing 107,000 flights in the biggest air traffic shutdown since the second world war. The eight days of mayhem brought airline CEOs to the point of apoplexy and, once the ash had settled, the air travel business was left with a €1.3bn bill. The threat posed by Icelandic eruptions has since been recognised and added, retrospectively, to the UK’s National Risk Register, in the hope that next time we will be better prepared. But what about volcanic explosions further afield? These, it appears, are still regarded as posing no threat to our country, and so can be safely ignored. But turn the clock back 200 years and there is at least one event that suggests we ought to think twice.

In April 1815, the biggest known eruption of the historical period blew apart the Tambora volcano, on the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, 12,000km from the UK. What happened next testifies to the enormous reach of the biggest volcanic blasts.

Top 10 to watch out for
1 Laguna del Maule (Chile)
Currently inflating at the astonishing rate of 25cm a year, above a growing body of magma just 5km beneath the surface.

2 Uturuncu (Bolivia)
A 70km-wide bulge that has been growing since the early 1990s could culminate in a gigantic eruption.

3 Alban Hills (Italy)
Just 20km south-east of Rome, this huge volcano has started to become restless following more than 30,000 quiet years.

4 Campi Flegrei (Italy)
The archetypal “restless volcano” on the edge of Naples has not erupted since 1538, but has shown worrying signs, on and off, since the 1970s.

5 Yellowstone (Wyoming, US)
No eruption for around 70,000 years, but congenitally restless.

6 Mount Fuji (Japan)
Quiet since 1707, but scientists recently warned that the volcano was in a “critical state” with a “high potential for eruption”.

7 Mammoth Mountain (California, USA)
In September 2014, up to 300 small earthquakes a day shook this part of the Long Valley supervolcano.

8 Askja (Iceland)
Swarms of small earthquakes and a crater-lake that was ice-free last winter hint at magma on the move for the first time since a major blast in 1875.

9 Mount Paektu (North Korea-China)
In 940 it hosted one of the greatest eruptions of the past 10,000 years; signs of unrest are again evident.

10 Cumbre Vieja (La Palma, Canaries)
A collapse of the unstable west flank could spawn a North Atlantic mega-tsunami.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:29 AM
a reply to: EnigmaAgent

I will be, as soon as I find my socks!

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:32 AM
I like high level doom porn. I think a super volcano erupting would be kind of interesting. But, of course, if I want it to happen it never will so we are all safe.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:37 AM
a reply to: rickymouse

Wow, thanks Ricky, for saving mankind!!

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:47 AM
Master of Disaster, Take it away Calvin…

The biggest, worstest, loudest ever…

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 11:50 AM
Will that be before of after the meteor slams into Puerto Rico? Either way, Yes I am ready- spiritually anyway. Praise the Lord.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 12:25 PM

a reply to: intrptr

I think volcanoes are the most fascinating of all the super disasters. Meteors a close 2nd, but its a one shot deal that we hope happens in Russia (because of the dash cam - person ratio). If I had to choose one to watch (either from a safe distance or in my final moments) I'd take the power of earth over space any day.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 12:51 PM
What is the average timespan between major cato eruptions? And when was the last one?

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 02:36 PM
a reply to: DuckforcoveR

Meteors a close 2nd, but its a one shot deal that we hope happens in Russia (because of the dash cam - person ratio).

Liked that one, too. Dash cam to person ratios are high there.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 03:14 PM
Ha! Of course we're not ready. There are some levels of catastrophe that we will never be ready for no matter how much we claim we're prepared.

Look at hurricane Katrina. Everyone knew, KNEW, what a hurricane of that magnitude hitting the city in that way would do to it. There were plans put in place. There were funds allocated for years to build up the levees to what people thought would be a manageable level.

Guess what? No one really believed it ever happen, not in their lifetime. So the plans were never fully carried out and the funds were abused and misappropriated by rampant corruption. And when the main event actually happened, the local officials on site were woefully unprepared to show leadership and incapable of organizing a coherent response.

Now consider that something like Yellowstone only happens in the tens of thousands of year interval ... and you tell me how many pols and local officials will actually take that threat seriously.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 03:54 PM
No we're not ready for a super volcano, but you can't be ready for something like that.

Unless you have a bunker with decades supplies worth of water and food and gas canisters full of compressed air so that you can breathe, because adding air tubes to your bunker will likely poison you as the air is full of deadly volcanic gases.

If you're far away enough, you'll still suffer an ice age and afterwards, extreme summers and severe winters if you survive after that.

It would be every man for himself at the point of survival, so you're just as likely to get a bullet or blade through your chest as you are to die of starvation, dehydration or poisoning.

I think a scenario like that won't happen for another 10,000 years at least though, so don't worry.

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posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 03:57 PM
a reply to: DAZ21

I think a scenario like that won't happen for another 10,000 years at least though, so don't worry.

And this attitude right here is part of why there will be no coherent response if we wake tonight to the actual sound of Yellowstone exploding.

No one wants to believe it could happen, at least, not in our lifetimes. So we all go on as though it will be some other generation's problem.

We treat our national debt bomb the same way. Sooner or later, it's going to explode too.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 03:58 PM
a reply to: ketsuko

As I've also said, there's not much we can do anyway.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 04:05 PM
a reply to: DAZ21

Oh, but the panic and break down would be so much worse if we Katrina'ed it. If your game is to try to ensure that at least some of humanity survives, then how you try to respond initially could make a huge difference even if the long game looks bleak no matter what.

And it's been shown that while the eruption of a supervolcano would cause major problems worldwide for a period of years, I think you're thinking of something more along the lines of the Deccan traps type eruption which is a whole different ball of wax than something like Yellowstone going off. The traps truly would be world-changing, but an explosive super caldera could be survivable.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 04:17 PM
a reply to: ketsuko

Don't worry, people will survive, there are already plans and systems in place, but not for the likes of me or you. Unless you've got the ability to finance your own survival plans you can forget it.

Trust me the human race will survive, but some of us are expendable. I don't blame the rich though or envy them, why should we expect them to pay and plan and build special structures for our survival?

Could the government help, with tax money? Probably, but it would be extremely expensive and unproductive for the economy and we'd all complain about them wasting money on such things that could be used to our benefit for the present problems and not future ones.

So you see? Unless you help yourself, no one is going to do it for you.
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posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 04:26 PM

originally posted by: DAZ21
a reply to: ketsuko

As I've also said, there's not much we can do anyway.

exactly...why worry over something you have no control over?

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 04:45 PM
the aftermath of a super volcano..i imagine..would be a lot like the movie "The Road".
i watched it once, will never watch it again.
if the world becomes like that i dont want to survive.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 06:10 PM
a reply to: DAZ21

LOL not to be rude, but I always laugh at people who quite firmly state, i dont THINK it will happen for another 10,000 dont worry. I mean that has about as much credence as the doom pron itself. Gosh Im going to rest so much easier now. lol

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 06:33 PM
a reply to: BlueJacket

Hahaha, okay, fair play.

Actually now you mention it Yellowstone's going crazy, Jesus, eruption is imminent, everybody run for the hills.

Stop thinking about your life and keep a watch of the activity it's gonna blow any day now!

Stay vigilant everyone and remember you're going to die a horrible death at some unforseen moment in your life.

Rest easy guys, especially you BlueJacket.

posted on Mar, 29 2015 @ 08:15 PM
a reply to: DAZ21

Whether we should give it any mind doesn't negate the fact Yellowstone is overdue for its next big eruption.

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