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#198593 - 03/21/10 07:00 PM Volcanic eruptions in Iceland
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Anybody else seeing news about this?

They seem to have been able to evacuate the danger areas fast.

Edited by scafool (03/21/10 07:05 PM)
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#198594 - 03/21/10 07:08 PM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: scafool]
Todd W Offline
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Registered: 11/14/04
Posts: 1928
Loc: Mountains of CA
Wow! Glad they got out of there QUICK!
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#198598 - 03/21/10 07:54 PM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: scafool]
BrianEagle Offline

Registered: 02/27/10
Posts: 27
Loc: Northern Texas
My understanding is that they take their volcanic eruptions seriously in Iceland. The superheated lava connects with the ice of the glaciers and BAM - instant megaflood.

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#198599 - 03/21/10 08:16 PM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: scafool]

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 1852
i followed that live on the Science Blogs last nite.guys over there going back and forth with science guys over here about what they were seeing on the graphs then one quick post "it erupted!!!' --lots more yack-yack and then links to news and webcam sites.it was better than any TV.

#198609 - 03/21/10 09:35 PM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: CANOEDOGS]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
Nice overview, pretty pictures, and lots of related links:

#198638 - 03/22/10 09:00 AM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: Art_in_FL]
MostlyHarmless Offline
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Registered: 06/03/09
Posts: 982
Loc: Norway
I just heard a news update on the radio. The main concern right now isn't this eruption - they don't think it will cause any further problems. But eruption at this site usually triggers a bigger eruption of the neighbor volcano - and THAT volcano is covered by several hundred meters of ice. Somewhat extreme version of "flash flood".

Trouble is - they expect this eruption, but don't know when. Could be days, could be months. And flood water could rush through populated as well as totally unpopulated areas.

Iceland is well organized and they are very though - and there aren't too many of them. Fewer people means less people in the way and less organization whenever something happens. As they just demonstrated, they've got their system up and running. Iceland is probably one of the best communities in the worlds to deal with catastrophes.

#198710 - 03/22/10 11:55 PM Re: Volcanic eruptions in Iceland [Re: MostlyHarmless]
Art_in_FL Offline

Registered: 09/01/07
Posts: 2432
Iceland is probably one of the best communities in the worlds to deal with catastrophes.

Much emphasis is placed on individual preparedness but there are few things as effective as good community emergency management. Short of what a dedicated billionaire much be able to do there are limits to what individuals can accomplish.


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