Global geophysical events so why doesn't anybody care?: The Gaurdian

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Ivan Seeking
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A huge chunk of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, on the Canary Island of La Palma, is on the move. In 1949, this mass of rock - perhaps as large as the Isle of Man - dropped 4 metres seawards and stopped.
Monitoring in the mid-90s suggested that it was continuing to creep downslope, though only at a centimetre or so a year. At some time, however, and we don't have a clue when, the landslide will plunge into the north Atlantic, generating gigantic tsunamis - sea waves likely to be 50 metres high or more - that will devastate the Caribbean and eastern United States, as well as the Canaries themselves, southern Europe and western Africa.

Without evacuation, the destruction will end the lives of tens of millions and bring the global economy to its knees overnight.

You might expect that this landslide would be one of the most closely studied on the planet, but that would be far off the mark. In reality, nobody is monitoring the situation, and the island's authorities are reportedly allowing new building developments to go ahead.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/naturaldisasters/story/0,7369,1068213,00.html

I think this author lacks perspecitive in that many scenarios offer little hope, or much that can be done, but I found the article to be interesting.
 

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Well, in the late 80's they said we're gon'na loose
the Ozone layer pretty soon and die from radiation
poisoning. Did anyone care ? Today they say that a
few more degrees up and ten years later we'll bring
back the Ice Age. Do people not drive their cars because
of that today ?
Nope, because nobody gives a damn.
Why ? Because people in general are just a huge stupid mob. :frown:

And BTW, there are just too many of us, unfortunately.

Live long and prosper.
 
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What I think is funny is that terrorism is alot less likely than alot of the 'doomsday' predictions, but we pay more attention to it...more proof that the terrorists are winning.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
What I think is funny is that terrorism is alot less likely than alot of the 'doomsday' predictions
Really ? It's like I said before then, you and some other people
here just won't care until it happens to you. There are places
on Earth where terrorism claims victims almost every day.
Before 9/11 there was a great amount of attacks - some of them
with hundreds of victims on US citizens alone(if that's all you
care about at least a little). But, it didn't happen to you or
people you know, right...

Live long and prosper.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
What I think is funny is that terrorism is alot less likely than alot of the 'doomsday' predictions, but we pay more attention to it...more proof that the terrorists are winning.
Dunno about that: How many Americans have been killed by volcanoes in the past 3 years? 10 years? 20 years?
 
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Zero
Originally posted by russ_watters
Dunno about that: How many Americans have been killed by volcanoes in the past 3 years? 10 years? 20 years?
Uh huh...how many have dies in earthquakes and tornados, though? :wink: Or car crashes, being struck by lightning, choking on food, etc? We (sometimes) correctly don't worry about things that we don't think we have any control over and that happen by accident. We focus alot on things that we pretend to have control over, or are guided by human hands.
 
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Originally posted by Zero
Uh huh...how many have dies in earthquakes and tornados, though? :wink: Or car crashes, being struck by lightning, choking on food, etc? We (sometimes) correctly don't worry about things that we don't think we have any control over and that happen by accident. We focus alot on things that we pretend to have control over, or are guided by human hands.
Tornados? Car crashes? [?] [?]

Focus Zero, the article was about volcanos.
 
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Originally posted by russ_watters
Tornados? Car crashes? [?] [?]

Focus Zero, the article was about volcanos.
Quit being a smarta$$, Russ...
 
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Originally posted by Zero
Uh huh...how many have dies in earthquakes and tornados, though? Or car crashes, being struck by lightning, choking on food, etc? We (sometimes) correctly don't worry about things that we don't think we have any control over and that happen by accident. We focus alot on things that we pretend to have control over, or are guided by human hands.
Originally posted by Zero
Quit being a smarta$$...
Russ appears to be a very polite person, his insult, that
was certainly provoked, was masked so well you actually missed
it, Zero. I on the other hand have less tolerance for BS.

Peace and long life.
 
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Zero
Stay on topic, or this thread gets locked...you all know better.
 
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Originally posted by russ_watters
Ehh, he's hocking a book. The threat he sees doesn't actually exist (at least in any meaningful level of probability or predictability) but its a sexy one: that dumbass movie did pretty well.
No, the threat of this event happening is well known, though whether it is quite as diasterous as some say it could be is up for debate BUT it certainly should not be ignored.
 
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Originally posted by jcsd
No, the threat of this event happening is well known, though whether it is quite as diasterous as some say it could be is up for debate BUT it certainly should not be ignored.
We also know that building a house on the San Andreas fault, or on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, is a lousy idea, but people do it anyways.
 
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I only read the first page and the article @ the beginning...

but the issue is for real. I think I saw something along those lines on the discovery channel here in the U.S. Worst case scenerio, this mass of land crashs the Atlantic... Mega-tsunamis destroy huge area of the east coast(U.S.) and kills thousands of people. Its not to be taken lightly for its better to be prepared, forewarned and live than the other eventuallity.
Mega-tsunamis are three to five times more destructive than the normal ones. I'm out.
P.S. Did I mention the entire east coast is at stake from Florida to Maine.
 

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