posted on Oct, 23 2013 @ 08:25 AM
Source: NBC News Science
Karymsky Lake, with the peak of Karymsky volcano steaming in the background. ©Mikhail Zelensky
Grandma's death by acid is a highlight of the 1997 camp classic "Dante's Peak." The disaster epic chronicles the race to save a small town
from a deadly volcanic eruption.
In the movie, volcanic gases quickly turn a placid lake into an acidic death trap as a family escapes burning-hot lava by boat, aided by a
volcanologist played by Pierce Brosnan. Grandma sacrifices herself and jumps into the lake to push their dissolving aluminum boat the last few feet to
It seems however that there is some truth in the scenario
In 1996, volcanic blasts at Karymsky Lake in Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula created a toxic chemical soup in the formerly pristine lake, according
to a study published Oct. 1 in Geophysical Research Letters. The eruption decimated the lake's ecosystem, killing off thousands of fish and
So how did this happen?
But unlike "Dante's Peak," the acidity didn't kill the thousands of salmon living in Karymsky Lake, Taran said. Death did come from below, but
life in the lake first cooked to death, then was torn apart by tsunamis.
Here's what happened: The lake water steamed and boiled as superheated gas and lava broke through vents beneath the surface. Tsunamis up to 32 feet
(20 meters) high pounded the shore with each new outburst, tearing out trees. New hot springs appeared. A small volcanic crater formed near the outlet
of Karymsky River on the northern lake rim. Eventually, everything was covered with a layer of mud.
Some of you may be aware that Karymsky is actually one of the 16 (or 17) volcanoes in the world that are considered to be always erupting. You can
find some more info here.
Google "volcanoes always erupting" for the others.
I just thought folks might be interested in the fact the the film was not quite as far fetched as some may have imagined.