By Michael Snyder – End of The American Dream
Just within the past few days, one of the most dangerous volcanoes in Chile erupted for the first time in 42 years and the nation of Nepal was hit by the worst earthquake that it has seen in 80 years. Even though the crust of the Earth seems to be shaking more violently than ever, most of the experts continue to assure us that what we are witnessing is “normal” behavior. But the cold, hard numbers tell a very different story. As I pointed out in a previous article, the number of volcanic eruptions that are happening right now is greater than the 20th century’s average for an entire year. Our planet appears to be getting more unstable, and that is not good news for any of us. In fact, it was recently reported that 150 million Americans live in areas that are prone to earthquakes. No matter how advanced our technology becomes, the truth is that we are still very much at the mercy of the forces of nature, and what just happened in Chile and in Nepal are clear reminders of this reality.
When Chile’s Calbuco volcano erupted a few days ago, it was the first time that it had happened in 42 years. Scientists tell us that it was “a surprise” and that there weren’t really any significant warning signs of any sort. It is now being projected that this volcano could erupt “for months“, and the ash that this giant volcano releases could have a substantial affect on climate patterns and agricultural production.
When Calbuco first erupted last week, it was quite a spectacular eruption. If you can believe it, the eruption actually sent ash 11 miles into the air…
Ash from the Chilean volcano Calbuco, which erupted without warning this week, reached as far as southern Brazil on Saturday and prompted some airlines to cancel flights to the capitals of Chile, Argentina and Uruguay.
Calbuco, considered one of the most dangerous along Chile’s chain of around 2,000 volcanoes, erupted twice in 24 hours on Wednesday and Thursday, sending up a spectacular 17-km-high (11-mile) cloud and coating nearby towns in a thick layer of gray ash.
But most of the world quickly forgot about that historic eruption because of the great tragedy that struck Nepal. The earthquake that rocked Nepal was the worst earthquake to hit that nation in 80 years. It was originally reported to be a magnitude 7.8 earthquake, which would be about 16 times more powerful than the horrifying 7.0 quake that destroyed so much of Haiti back in 2010. But now authorities are telling us that it was probably a magnitude 7.9 earthquake (which is about 40 percent more powerful than a 7.8 quake).
It would be hard to overstate the power of this extraordinary quake. According to CNN, a sizable portion of India actually slid underneath Nepal “in a matter of seconds”…
About the author:
Michael T. Snyder is a graduate of the University of Florida law school and he worked as an attorney in the heart of Washington D.C. for a number of years.
Read his new book The Beginning of the End