Friday, January 6, 2012

European Volcano Awake?

I really would like to see all volcanoes properly located and aged.  This is long and time consuming work, but every university that has a geology department needs to make this its mission.  I never knew that a specific recent volcano existed right in the centre of Europe and from the look of it, whatever earlier peak existed was blown completely away.

More startling is that the last eruption took place 12,900 years ago which coincides with the time and place we have identified in which the pole was impacted by a targeted comet that induced a thirty degree crustal shift.  This can hardly be a coincidence.

It is plausible that a shifting crust would accelerate weak points around the globe and trigger or at least seriously disturb a number of festering volcanoes.  Thus those affected volcanoes should show a period of major activity around the 12,900 BP date.  Again we need really good dates which should be fairly easy to recover as we are looking for ash fall that knocks out vegetation some distance from the volcano itself.   The resultant carbon is quite datable to a decent level of accuracy, at least for this time period although the indicated range must be fairly large and be measured in centuries.

At the same time, I suspect an earlier crustal shift took place which was induced naturally.  It could turn out that the major induced volcanic activity took pace then and that a much reduced sequence took place in 12,900BP.  Only carefully dating eruptions from hundreds of volcanoes will properly test the conjecture.  This date is merely coincidental for the moment.

Is a super-volcano just 390 miles from London about to erupt?

It's similar in size to Mount Pinatubo, which in 1991 gave us the biggest eruption of the 20th century 

Billions of tons of ash and magma would be ejected

Southern England would be covered in ash

Last updated at 1:39 PM on 2nd January 2012

A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up.

It's lurking just 390 miles away underneath the tranquil Laacher See lake near Bonn and is capable of ejecting billions of tons of magma.

This monster erupts every 10 to 12,000 years and last went off 12,900 years ago, so it could blow at any time.

Hidden menace: Laacher See looks tranquil, but beneath its waters lies a volcano that could devastate Europe

It covered 620 square miles of land with ash and rocks and several small earthquakes in the region last year indicate that it could be awakening from its deep sleep.

Experts believe that if it did go off, it could lead to widespread devastation, mass evacuations and even short-term global cooling from the resulting ash cloud blocking the sun.

The effect on the UK is hard to predict but it’s possible that large parts of southern England could be covered ash.

If the Laacher See eruption is as powerful as the last one, volcanic material could land over 600 miles away

It’s thought that the volcano is similar in size and power to Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, which blew in 1991 and became the biggest eruption of the 20th century.

It ejected 10 billion tons of magma, 20 billion tons of sulphur dioxide 16 cubic kilometres of ash and caused a 0.5C drop in global temperatures.

Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake’s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is 'degassing'.

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