Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Massive Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia Blankets Region in Ash

On February 14, Mount Kelud erupted, killing 3 people, and forcing tens of thousands more to evacuate. It also caused 7 airports to shut down as the volcano was starting to show activity. The volcano shot debris 12 miles into the air, and some debris even landed about 135 miles away from where the volcano even erupted. A 35 year old farmer described the sound of the eruption as "thousands of bombs exploding." Towns within 10 miles were covered in ash, and a lot of people were evacuated just hours before the volcano actually erupted. The total amount of people evacuated was around 76,000, and the amount of people that were affected was about 200,000.
URL: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/14/276836240/massive-volcanic-eruption-in-indonesia-blankets-region-in-ash

My Reaction: This reminds me of an article I saw a few weeks ago about a volcano in Yellowstone park, in Wyoming that may erupt for the first time in 600,000 years. It is the worlds largest super volcano, and if it erupts, it could potentially wipe out two thirds of the united states. Considering how much damage this volcano in Indonesia did, this volcano in Wyoming could not only destroy an entire country, but it could effect the entire continent, and the whole world.

4 comments:

  1. That is sad that the volcano erupted in Indonesia. It is hard to live in the islands in the pacific because of the earthquakes there. Hopefully people will clean up the mess are they will get back to normal.

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  2. Volcanoes are crazy , they erupt every now and then and when they do they usual kill people. I don't see how they don't erupt all the time. But besides the fact that it killed 3 people , i'm glad everyone was evacuated safely.

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  3. Volcanoes are all over the place... They always cause a lot of destruction whether they've been dormant for 20 years or have been active for the past 5 days. People have to sacrifice and leave their homes and other belongings when they evacuate their homes.

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  4. I wish the world never had volcano, all they do is kill and destroy things. Luckily it was only 3 people that died and not thousands of people that didn't die. They must of had evacuated really quick if 76,000 got out the town abd 200000 only got effected.

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