Volcano Explodes in IndonesiaJune 1st, 2014 at 12:27 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
There has been a significant volcanic eruption in Indonesia. Mt. Sangeang Api (see map – click to enlarge) erupted several times Friday and Saturday, sending smoke and ash tens of thousands of feet into the air. Here’s a satellite view of the eruption. Cool pics. here of the smoke/ash cloud expanding out. Dozens of flights were cancelled because of the ash cloud. There have been some gigantic volcanic explosions in the past in Indonesia, including Tambora in 1815 (1816 was the Year Without a Summer) and Krakatoa in 1883. A major eruption can put enough ash into the upper atmosphere to cool the Earth. A relatively short (6 mo.) and small bump downward in global temperature occurred after the Pinetubo eruption in the Philippines in 1991. While the mainland U.S. is relatively quiet when it comes to volcano eruptions (anyone remember Mt. St. Helens – May 18, 1980?), there is certainly the potential for an eventual major eruption. At some point the “supervolcano” beneath Yellowstone N.P. in Wyoming will erupt. Michigan is a state that is relatively free from natural catastrophe. Yeah, we get winter, an occasional severe storm or rare tornado…but we don’t get strong earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes or (in S. Lower Michigan) significant wildfires. For many years I told people that the biggest disaster in Michigan was the Detroit Lions. In 2008-09 that line really worked!