Okay, so I don’t usually post anything too sciency on Lamellae, but here’s a small exception. Seeing as the 15th June 2011 was the 20th anniversary of the eruption of Mt Pinatubo I just can’t resist… (I really like volcanoes.)
In 2011 where we’re having such a run of earthquakes and eruptions, including of course Puyehue from just a few weeks back, it’s kind of interesting to remember some of the facts of Pinatubo such as it was…
- One of the most successful examples of how volcanologists helped to predict the eruption and saved many, many lives.
- That it hadn’t erupted for hundreds of years before this very explosive eruption.
- It spewed 10 cubic kilometres of material into the air.
- Ash from this eruption went up very high and travelled all around the world…
- …and because it was heavy in sulfur dioxide it led to a short-term global cooling event (only small but still measurable).
- And let’s not forget the wonderful sunsets that we had for ages afterwards.
The power of the earth. Cool and terrifying all at the same time.
I now return you to your usual word-nerdery…