Monday, April 19, 2010


I guess dire speculation that this Icelandic eruption would bring more than disrupted air travel and glorious sunsets was inevitable. (And, in LA, we nervously await our possible share of all this seismic activity.)

“The last time Eyjafjallajökull (pronounced ay-yah-FYAH-plah-yer-kuh-duhl, according to the Associated Press) began spewing ash and lava, in 1821, it went on until 1823. In one significant episode in Iceland, the Laki volcano erupted in 1783, sending massive amounts of lava, ash and poisonous gases into the air for eight months. Much larger than Eyjafjallajökull's eruption, the Laki blast killed half of Iceland's livestock and triggered a famine that, along with fluorine poisoning, killed one-quarter of Iceland's population. The ash and gases released caused extreme weather across Europe and contributed to a continent-wide rise in deaths from respiratory diseases. If this eruption lasts anywhere near that long, scientists say, there is a risk it could melt glaciers that now cap the nearby Katla volcano, allowing it to blow its top and potentially pump enough ash into the atmosphere to lower temperatures worldwide. The good news is that despite the difficulties caused for air traffic and commerce, volcanologists at this point don't seem overly worried about the chances that the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull will have long-term repercussions for climate or health.” (Click here for more – much more.)

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Ian said...

My money's on the planet-killing asteroid. Or the Yellowstone caldera blowing its top (way overdue).

Anonymous said...

I thought we had until 2012. Don't you just hate it when The End shows up early?