Volcanos, Nature’s Fury and the Journey to Self Reliance

Volcanos, Nature’s Fury and the Journey to Self Reliance

Mother Nature has been expressing her fury in a number of ways in recent months especially in and around the “Ring of Fire.”  The Ring of Fire is a particularly active region of tectonic activity running around the Pacific basin.  In addition to the earthquakes and the tsunamis that the earthquakes create there have been a number of volcanic eruptions in recent months including these two reports that caught my eye:

A volcano quiet for more than a century erupted in a New Zealand national park, spreading thick ash for several miles and causing some residents to evacuate their homes. Some domestic flights were canceled Tuesday.

Mount Tongariro spewed ash and rocks for about 30 minutes late Monday night after a few weeks of increased seismic activity. It didn’t cause any injuries or damage in the sparsely populated central North Island region. Tongariro National Park has three active volcanos…

via Volcano erupts with ash cloud in New Zealand park | Fox News.

Volcanic rock found floating in South Pacific near New Zealand

The Royal New Zealand Air Force have spotted a raft of floating volcanic rock in the South Pacific, covering 10,000 sq miles of ocean north of New Zealand. The rock, known as pumice, is created when lava from an underwater volcano comes in contact with seawater. New Zealand researchers say the source of the pumice is a seamount known as Monowai

via Volcanic rock found floating in South Pacific near New Zealand – video | World news | guardian.co.uk.

Can you imagine something powerful enough to emit enough debris to create a 10,000 square mile raft of stones up to two feet thick…

Maybe you’re not concerned about the threat of Volcanic eruption because there isn’t a volcano within 500 miles of your home…but the threat of volcanic activity can affect you anywhere in the world.  Read on to find out why severe Volcanic activity is one of the most important events you should be preparing for…According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) there is new volcanic activity at:

  • Galeras, Colombia
  • Tongariro, North Island, New Zealand
  • White Island, New Zealand

As well as ongoing volcanic activity at:

  • Bagana, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
  • Batu Tara, Komba Island, Indonesia
  • Cleveland, Chuginadak Island, Alaska, U.S.
  • Fuego, Guatemala
  • Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka, Russia
  • Kilauea, Hawaii, USA
  • Nevado del Ruiz, Colombia
  • Popocatépetl, México
  • Sakura-jima, Kyushu, Japan
  • Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka, Russia
  • Tungurahua, Ecuador

Many are concerned about global warming and rapid climate change but there’s no natural phenomena that I’m aware of (outside of severe solar activity) that has the potential to so rapidly change world climate.  The April 10, 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia erupted so violently that spewed an estimated 93 cubic miles of ash into the atmosphere which blocked so much sunlight that 1816 (it took a while for the ash to spread worldwide) was known as the ‘Year Without Summer’.  The resulting cold waves dropped a foot of snow in Quebec, Canada in June and resulted in frost and famine throughout the Northern Hemisphere in that summer of 1816.  With so many crop failures starvation ensued and the combination of odd weather and a weakened populace led to epidemics of cholera and typhus.

While only 10% of the Earth’s volcanoes are within the U.S. we should all be prepared for and consider worldwide volcanic activity while building towards self reliance.

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