Hot air or grave warning? Scientific report prompts talk of catastrophic ‘volcano season’

A volcanic eruption with the potential to “return humanity to a pre-civilization state” could happen within the next 80 years, according to a study by the European Science Foundation. Have we now heard the last argument in the debate the studyVolcano-season

Authors of the Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience say the threat from low-probability, high impact disasters is being “grossly underestimated”.

Presented to the European Geosciences Union General Assembly last April, the study looks at the extreme impacts of natural hazards like earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather and volcanoes.

It states that “extreme volcanic eruptions pose a higher associated risk than all other natural hazards” including asteroid impacts.

But it’s the mention of a centuries old super volcano in Indonesia that has people questioning whether the world’s population is about to be annihilated in a cloud of ash and molten lava in the not too distant future.

The report appears to indicate there is 5-10 percent chance of large scale volcanic activity happening before the end of the century.

The probability is mentioned in a section on significant volcanic eruptions, like the Lake Toba eruption 74,000 years ago, and the 1815 Tambora eruptions during the current Holocene period. read more

Revealed: King Arthur’s battles were not for gold or land but food for his people after volcanic eruption caused global famine 1,500 years ago

  • Massive eruption in El Salvador in 535 AD spread ash into atmosphere
  • Obscured sun and ruined harvests – meaning Britons were left starving
  • Arthur’s mission ‘was actually to rustle cattle from neighbouring tribes’
  • Andrew Breeze says he became hero for helping people survive famine 

King Arthur’s legendary battles were fought over food for his people – not land or gold – after a volcanic eruption caused a global famine 1,500 years ago, a Celtic history expert has claimed.

Andrew Breeze said a massive volcano eruption in El Salvador in 535 AD spread ash into the atmosphere, obscured the sun and ruined harvests – meaning that Britons were left starving.

The British academic claims Arthur’s mission was actually to rustle cattle from neighbouring tribes in Scotland, and he became a hero for helping the people of Strathclyde survive a famine. read more