April 18th, 2010
|08:02 pm - The gods are livid|
More ash on the way according to the Times:
Iceland is preparing for an even more powerful and potentially destructive volcano ...
"Eyjafjallajokull has blown three times in the past thousand years... in 920AD, in 1612 and between 1821 and 1823. Each time it set off Katla."
Never heard of Katla but...
"It is thought that Katla is the source of the Vedde Ash (more than 6 to 7 cubic kilometers (1.4 to 1.7 cu mi) of tephra dated to 10,600 years BP found at a number of sites including Norway, Scotland and North Atlantic cores...At the peak of the 1755 eruption the flood discharge has been estimated at 200,000–400,000 m³/s; for comparison, the combined average discharge of the Amazon, Mississippi, Nile, and Yangtze rivers is about 266,000 m³/s."
There are some terrific pics linked from this metafilter post, showing the eruption surrounded by lightening flashes.
Katla's easier to pronounce! Could be interesting. As long as they don't decide to fly regardless because the loss of a plane is considered an acceptable risk until it happens vs the alternative. I'd love not to be that cynical, but I can't help considering it a possiblilty. Although maybe that's just paranoia until Dan's safely home..
I was thinking about you and Dan because I am scared of flying, but also I would be desperate to get home in his shoes, and wanting my husband back in yours.
What we really need is a decision today - and I think we will get one. That way it is either safe, and we can get people home, or not safe and people like Dan will have to go by train and boat to airspace which is flyable, such as Malaga or Tangier or somewhere. It will have to happen one way or the other.
I used to be afraid of flying until I read Iain Banks' "AirFrame". For some reason that cured me.
I think they'll fly - it's too important to the airlines commercially and to industry as a whole for it not to go back to some semblance of normal. Until a plane falls out of the sky with glass in the engine, hopefully in a near miss.
It's not getting the people home, it's the imports, particularly foods that we've come to expect as our right.