One of my favorite movies to watch to pass the time is Dante’s Peak with Pierce Bronson. It is a pretty good movie but I have to admit I watch it because of Bronson. The other one with Bruce Willis is a better movie. Neither of them however can compare to the real deal.
The Calbuco Volcano in Chile has remained dormant for decades until it blew its top twice in the last twenty four hours. More than 4000 people were evacuated an the news reports that there were runs on the markets and the Bank ATMS. This eruption took every one by surprise and, boy ,the movies can learn a thing or two about the special effects from Mother Nature. Check out this time lapse video uploaded on You Tube
Here are some pictures of the volcano
The scary part is that according to the USGS:
“There are about 1500 potentially active volcanoes worldwide, aside from the continuous belt of volcanoes on the ocean floor. About 500 of these have erupted in historical time. Many of these are located along the Pacific Rim in what is known as the ‘Ring of Fire.'”
AND what should you do in the case of an Eruption, beside kiss your booty good bye? The California Seismic Safety Commission has some pretty good ideas. Many of them are the same one would follow in an earthquake with the addition of what to do with ash fall.
I grew up in Hawaii where the largest active Volcano, Mauna Loa is located. Honestly never gave it much, though, the eruptions. Lava did not seem to flow fast.I was young, and had a bit of a so what attitude. After looking at this eruption in Peru and surfing the net, though, I change my mind. Those Volcanoes are pretty nasty stuff, from spewing Hydrocholoric Acid into the air that helps thin the Ozone Layer to the famous Mt. Vesuvius entombing the citizens of Pompeii in ashy graves.