posted on Sep, 27 2005 @ 04:53 PM
Jeeze, can we get a break from all these impending natural disasters already. Mother Nature I know you're pissed, but it's overkill, one or two per
Gas threat grows from Cameroon's lethal lakes
Perched among the highlands of western Cameroon, bordered by green mountains and cliff faces, Lake Nyos is a scene of breathtaking beauty. But the
picture is deceptive. A detailed study reveals that without emergency measures, the lake could release a lethal cloud of carbon dioxide, capable of
wiping out entire communities around its shores.
The warning, from a team of scientists, comes nearly 20 years after the lake belched an estimated 80m cubic metres of CO2 into the atmosphere. Heavier
than air, the cloud of gas rolled down surrounding hillsides, engulfing villages. Silent, odourless and invisible, it starved the air of oxygen,
asphyxiating hundreds of cattle and claiming the lives of more than 1,700 people up to 26km away.
20 years isn't a long time for this CO2 to build up to these levels again and now the threat is on for these people. Perception makes it seems that
natural disasters are on an increase or building up but I'm not sure if that is really the case or just my awareness of these threats.
These pipes are brilliant if they work and I wonder if the same premise could be applied to other volcanoes to prevent the explosive type eruptions??