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Super volcanoes...

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DazedConfused Report 28 Apr 2013 20:45

GHeather - just what could the government do.


We are all going to die some day. So worrying about this is pretty pointless... :-D


GHeather Report 28 Apr 2013 18:26

I think the government should made us more aware of this massive V problem that could happen anytime... perhaps they don't want to panic us! Also, people would probably panic buy food items.


GHeather Report 28 Apr 2013 18:24

Florence, Yes, it would cause a massive tidal wave!!!


Florence61 Report 28 Apr 2013 17:58

Well as i said the last time one erupted, the clouds of ash were blown our way and the planes couldnt fly. This was because the ash could get into the planes engines and shut them down causing as you can imagine disaster. So with the planes cancelled this affected all sorts of things for us. Hospital app in inverness and glasgow were cancelled, no post as it comes by air.

As for affecting us in other ways, you mentioned that a large piece of the volcano could fall into the sea. Now depending on how large, could this cause a tidal wave or something like that?

Thinking also, if the cloud of dust was bigger than before, it would be a health hazard to go outside and breathe it in. I am astmatic so definately wouldnt want it to upset that.
Anybody else have any ideas?

Sun is now out here but still very windy.

Florence in the hebrides


GHeather Report 28 Apr 2013 16:51

So, if the Icelandic Volcano did go off... how actually would it effect us ?


Florence61 Report 28 Apr 2013 16:30

Lol kay?? Yes the last time one erupted in iceland, i didnt put out my washing because there was an orangy cloud all the time hovering over us and some dust was found on cars etc.

But you did make me laugh. Once I put out the washing(I was newly wed) and came home to find it wasnt there!!! A gale had blown up and blown my washing up the croft and out of sight into the drain!!

I know better now after 20 years but still look down the village and if mil has hers out then I put out mine!

Hope this vulcano doesnt erupt because its not just washing etc but last time it affected our planes which are a lifeline.

Florence(with wings) in the hebrides. :-D :-D


GHeather Report 28 Apr 2013 15:04

Andrew, you made some good points, however, I think if the V in Iceland or Yellowstone Park did erupt there is no doubt we would be in a serious situation.


Andrew Report 28 Apr 2013 11:24

The trouble with these type of programmes is that they always take the the most extreme end of the world as we know it scenario. If one of the volcanoes does decide to erupt, it won't matter where it is as we can't do anything about it. Also 'overdue for an eruption' in volcano terms can be anything from ten to a hundred thousand years.

I put them in the same class as all the doomsayers predicting the end of the world in December 2012. And these programmes are still been shown!



Huia Report 28 Apr 2013 03:12

When was that programme made? I googled Mt Katla Volcano and there were several things from 2010 suggesting the possibility that it would erupt soon.

Here in NZ we have several active volcanoes and quite a few dormant ones. Auckland is built on a large field of volcanoes. A new one 'could' erupt any time. Or Rangitoto Island out in the gulf could erupt again. It is not too far from Auckland and I think it was the last eruption in the area.

The Taupo Cauldera erupted violently about 25000 yrs ago (I think). There is still some activity there (hot water bubbling up in the lake, etc.). Then we have the 3 volcanoes just south of Taupo, which were apparently originally one big volcano. Ruapehu, Ngaruahoe and Tongariro are still active. So is White Island, off the coast. Rotorua is a thermal/volcanic area, Mt Tarawera having erupted in 1886.


LadyScozz Report 28 Apr 2013 03:09

My cousin's son has almost finished his Master's Degree in Vulcanology!

Must email her, ask where he is!!!!!!!


maggiewinchester Report 28 Apr 2013 00:45

Oh well, if we're going to get sulphuric rain - the garden (?) can look after itself (again :-D)


GHeather Report 27 Apr 2013 19:02

Let's just hope they keep rumbling for many years yet... but they do say, 'it's not a case of if, but will happen sooner or later... ' :-( Suppose they ALL went off at the same time... :-( :-( :-( Try not to have nightmares... lol


GHeather Report 27 Apr 2013 18:57

Thanks very much for the name of the Icelandic V. :-D


GHeather Report 27 Apr 2013 18:56

All don't sound too good! :-( But not much we can do about it, even the Americas can't save us this time... lol ;-) :-(


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 27 Apr 2013 16:02

The programme last night was interesting.

One of the Icelandic volcanoes was responsible for 10s of thousands of deaths across Europe (1738?) due to burns and respiratory problems caused by acid rain or sulphuric fog. The eruption coincided with a high pressure system sweeping the fall out across Britain and mainland Europe.

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 27 Apr 2013 15:33

OFITG certainly looks like it today, just when I thought I could get out and garden big hailstones fell here :-(


OneFootInTheGrave Report 27 Apr 2013 15:30

We get years without a summer in the UK without any help from volcanoes :-D

Rambling Rose

Rambling Rose Report 27 Apr 2013 15:10

If Yellowstone caldera went up it would be horrendous, it is in historical terms 'overdue' for an eruption.

"There have been no recent eruptions from caldera volcanoes- Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes was the last and before it there was Krakatoa (1886) and Tambora (1815)- which caused the year without a summer"


eRRolSheep Report 27 Apr 2013 14:51

Thank you OFITG and Alan - much appreciated


Alan Report 27 Apr 2013 14:50

The name of the volcano is Katla.