Volcano Explodes in Indonesia

June 1st, 2014 at 12:27 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

Volcano Sangiang wikipedia  Volcanoes Indonesia  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!

5 Responses to “Volcano Explodes in Indonesia”

  1. Bob So. of Fennville says:

    I followed the story. Forest were flattened. Rivers of mud. People could about shovel the ash off of their cars. One man refused to leave his home. Big mistake! My cousin At Walla Walla said that they were driving just south of it going too Oregon when it went. Said the car shook and he could watch in the rear view mirror.

    When I was six went went to Yellow stone. NP. 1951 Ford. When we pulled in cars were stopped. A bear stuck his paw in moms vent window looking for a treat. Mom didn’t know what to think. My dad stuck his thumb into a pool to see if it was as hot as a cup of coffee. IT WAS!Stopped at Mt Rushmore!
    I would love to go back. It is about 2K miles. Amtrak has a stop there. Bob

    1. Mark (East Lansing) says:

      I hear ya. I prefer 70s over the 80s we’ve had the past few days.

    2. Rodey (Rockford) says:

      Fantastic WARM weather we are having. I love it. Bring it. Get used to it. Fantastic summer weather ahead. Plenty of 80′s and some 90′s. I love it. Bring it. Who knew?

  2. Bernie (At da Lakeshore) says:

    There are several faultlines on the other side of Lake Michigan running north/south. One of them follows the Fox River in Wisconson. Another one follows the west shore of Lake Michigan to Escanaba. If a quake were to occur on that fault there would be the possibility of a small tsunami on Lake Michigan. It is unlikely but not impossible.
    If there ever is a major earthquake in Michigan soil liquidification will do the greatest damage. Concrete block foundations common in Michigan would not stand up to soil liquidification. The electric transmission grid would be wiped out.

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