Reminder: Volcanoes are dangerous

Mendalla

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Following this story in New Zealand today. It hits a bit close to home because, just four or so years ago, my family stood at the edge of an active volcano in Nicaragua. While geologists have made great strides in predicting volcanic activity since the Mount St. Helens eruptions in the eighties, they are still a force of nature that is far beyond our control and still not 100% understood. So, while I will be first to admit to being thrilled to have stood close to one, I'm also wondering if it was such a wise idea. We actually drove to the crater through the lava from an eruption in the seventies so it's not like it had been dormant for decades.


Oh, and there is some spectacular photos and footage floating around social media right now, taken by tourists whose boats were leaving as the volcano blew. I saw some from a New Zealand engineer named Michael Schade who had left around 20 minutes before but whose boat went back to help with evacuations.
 

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As for why there wasn't any warning, it has to do with the type of eruption, one that volcanoes in New Zealand are evidently prone to. Scientific American has the full story.

 

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As for why there wasn't any warning, it has to do with the type of eruption, one that volcanoes in New Zealand are evidently prone to. Scientific American has the full story.

Reading your original article it did seem there were some warnings....
 

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Our Aussie P.M. addressed us this morning -seems most of the casualties were Aussies.
(We're rather partial to holidays across the ditch).

Bur, regardless of where they're from, many families will sit down to a sad Christmas this year.....
 

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One might wonder about Yellowstone National Park. After all,Old Faithfull is also just water. Aybe it is not such a good idea to go close to anything “ active”.
 

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One might wonder about Yellowstone National Park. After all,Old Faithfull is also just water. Aybe it is not such a good idea to go close to anything “ active”.
Scientists study the hell out of that beast and in spite of what you might hear on the Internet, no eruption is imminent.

These steam eruptions are unique to cone volcanoes it seems. I will have to research this, but I imagine Old Faithful is exactly why it wouldn't happen there: The geothermal energy releases continuously through the geysers and other hydrothermal features rather than building up. Same with other hydrothermal regions like Iceland.
 

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Dense stuff is so unpredictable as it rips through space ... returning us to the great mystery ... "what's space?" When thought and emotions are free to depart ... thus that out there sensation as one lears up at night in a heavenly state of mind! The bulk, body, or mass being out of it naturally or artificially ... restive? Some can't"
  • Caul drone boil
  • Caldron bubble
  • M'n toil
  • MU trouble!
And we ask about troubled what Urs? What one can do with it ... amazing ... and yet the mystery goes on! I.E. what's under stood? Post holes ... these may appear as devoid in the messo substance ... the means! Listen up ...
 
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And from CTV. This one suggests that increases in activity are fairly common and usually go nowhere, hence the failure to close the island to tourism. People figured it was another such cycle, not an imminent blast.

 

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There was something about volcanoes in Canada on CBC this morning, but I missed most of it. Only heard that there are 200 of them in Canada and one, Mount Meager (?) in BC(?), is also somehow unstable because of climate change and melting ice cap? Wish I had listened to the whole thing, but I was in the shower.
 

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There was something about volcanoes in Canada on CBC this morning, but I missed most of it. Only heard that there are 200 of them in Canada and one, Mount Meager (?) in BC(?), is also somehow unstable because of climate change and melting ice cap? Wish I had listened to the whole thing, but I was in the shower.
I will try to hunt it up. We certainly have them, though not many are considered active IIRC. They probably aren't our biggest geological threat in any case. The Cascadia Fault likely holds that distinction.
 

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An Uncle was with the Federal Mines and Geological Department, whatever name it went by at the time, and said that Mount Baker was part of the Mt. St. Helens system. He lived in the Shadow of Mount Baker!
 

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An Uncle was with the Federal Mines and Geological Department, whatever name it went by at the time, and said that Mount Baker was part of the Mt. St. Helens system. He lived in the Shadow of Mount Baker!
I guess, luce, we are lucky here on the east coast
 

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I guess, luce, we are lucky here on the east coast
We just have differing shadows ... everywhere you go are established piles and posts that are unmovable ... in other traditions alter Nathan with wisdom of the tumbleweed variety ... goes with great winds for illuminating the curiosities. It too is a deep myth ... building Pie'rs out into the Sea ... penetrating depths ...
 
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