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originally posted by: JoseGarcia
originally posted by: generik
a reply to: JoseGarcia
well i'm up in the city and just under 70km from it. conditions of course are worse the closer you get. on the news it looks like areas much closer to the volcano have several inches of ash on the ground. made me think they need some good old pickups with snowplows for the roads.
they have requested a 17 km radius evacuation zone around the volcano. which does make sense. an area with about a half million people. and a tourist area to boot. in fact friends were having lunch in a restaurant which looked to be close to the lake on Sunday and took some video of the ash and steam being spewed out of it. and there are pictures and video from a wedding in the area which uses the plume for an interesting backdrop going around on Facebook and the news. and your suggestion about wearing eye protection is good. on the news tonight they showed video of someone who i believe was driving out of the area. his glasses were completely covered by ash.
some of the reasons for concern over this eruption is that there is apparently a significant lava pool below that has not yet come to the surface. as well as the fact that it is an island surrounded by water. which can have a rather dramatic effect when hot lava hits it. there is also concern about tsunamis that could be created by tremors caused by the eruption.
WOW--half a million people. Sounds like huge logistics problems, to me.
Yeah, Spokane at least had snowplows when Mt St Helens blew.
I saw the wedding pics with the volcanic plume in the background. What a memorable day to share with one's grandchildren. . . . assuming they are part of the half-million that survives in good shape.
I've read about the magma pool. The frightful prospect of water mixing with that must be greatly concerning to officials & informed residents alike. Do you know how fractured the rocks, caldera the island & lake bowl are? Sounds to me like it is kind of inevitable that the water will connect with the magma.
What are the projections about the size of the explosive result? I haven't found estimates about that.
What's the area covered by the worst eruption of this thing in history?
Anyway--I trust & pray that your good horse sense will help keep you & your family out of serious trouble. Do you have a rural escape area with family that you could go to if pressed to do so by unfolding circumstances? Not sure I'd want to be in a large city in a horrible catastrophe.
originally posted by: ketsuko
originally posted by: MichiganSwampBuck
I wonder if we are going to get some world weather changes like with Mount Pinatubo? The cloudy crap for a year or more, the mild nuclear winter scenario.
Taal definitely has that potential, but they don't think it's going there this time. They think it will stay in the VEI-3 range.