Thursday, February 7, 2013

Nine Catastrophes Worse Than Snow: #4

4. Volcanos

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Besides studying igneous rocks or researching a trip to Hawaii, you don't hear so much about volcanoes these days.  But lack of discussion is no reason to believe that winter weather is worse than experiencing a volcanic eruption.  

Even if there is opportunity to evacuate, which is more likely today than back in the time of Pompeii, what about your house melting or all that ash in the atmosphere?  It wasn't too long ago that a huge plume of ash from Eyjafjallajokul (a volcano in Iceland) cut off direct air travel to Europe for days.  Even ignoring the effects on international travel, all that stuff floating around in the atmosphere sounds like an unhealthy mess.

~Sarah Jane

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