Explosions are fraught with danger; they can damage property, people and nature. They can also be splendid, magnificent and majestic. The explosions I am considering here are those caused by volcanic eruptions. These explosions are nature’s way of reminding us that the earth is every changing, that primordial forces are still at work shaping our world. Throughout history we have heard stories of volcanic eruptions, films and books are written about the eruptions, Krakatoa, East of Java was one film I remember from my childhood. That eruption took place in 1883 and had widespread repercussions around the world. The four explosions were so loud they were heard over 3,000 miles away, hard to imagine isn’t it.
There has been plenty of recent volcanic activity throughout the world:
On the 26th January Mexico’s Colima Volcano erupted with huge ash plumes endangering life and the surrounding countryside.
The Pico do Fogo volcano in Cape Verde also erupted last year in November with again devastating results. This eruption larger than the previous one in 1995 caused the evacuation of islanders from their homes.
Hawaii has volcanoes that are constantly active producing dangerous lava flows that threaten housing and roads.
The volcanic explosion in Iceland seriously affected our aviation traffic for a while, as well as disrupting people’s lives.
Like many things on earth volcanoes are beautiful and dangerous, we study them and hope to be aware of future eruptions but nature has a way of surprising us.
If you are interested this video shows ten of the most active volcanoes on earth at the moment.