I was now thinking, 75,000 years ago is ancient history in the overall scheme of things and similar big volcanic events belong to that ancient history.
Off the southern end of Sumatra and wedged between it and Java lies a small disfigured island growing in stature at around a meter a month. It’s called Anak Krakatoa – Son of Krakatoa. This island was the home of Mt Krakatoa, a super volcano that exploded in 1883, during which 36,000 local people perished.
The explosion was equivalent to over 10,000 Hiroshima bombs and displaced 45 cubic km of debris. The region was cast into total darkness for three days up to 500km away, and the sound of the explosion was heard in Perth, Western Australia, 3,000 kilometres away. Again global temperatures dropped 1-2 degrees Celsius for five years. The ever-growing Son of Krakatoa is still active and its last major eruption was in 2014. Let’s hope it’s not a case of Like Father Like Son, or that the Gods of Krakatoa have yet to be appeased.
Around 200km east of Bali’s angry Mt Agung lays the Indonesian island of Sumbawa, as yet undiscovered by mass tourism. This beautiful island is the home of Mt Tombora - the world’s deadliest volcano. When Tombora exploded in 1815 global temperatures decreased by 5 degrees Celsius and the world experienced a year without summer. Crops failed all over the northern hemisphere resulting in a famine causing the death of well over 100,000 people, as well as the deaths of tens of thousands of local inhabitants. Its eruption is the biggest in recorded history with 150 cubic km of debris expelled into the atmosphere and surrounding area. Mt Tombora, an active volcano recently upgraded to Code Yellow alert, lies upon the same fault line as all the preceding volcanoes mentioned herein, and commencing in 2011 increasing levels of seismic activity are still being recorded on the mountain.
Scientists are exclaiming that the Ring of Fire is now exploding with 32 volcanoes currently erupting with many dozens more showing unrest or minor activity, and several strong earthquakes. In the western regions of the Ring off Fire (my region) seismologists and volcanologists are openly voicing their concerns at the sudden increase and severity of eruptions and earthquake activity along much of the Ring; from earthquakes in New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa and Taiwan, and volcanic eruptions in Vanuatu, New Guinea, Japan and throughout Indonesia.
The devastating March 2011 earthquake just off the east coast of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan – the strongest earthquake ever recorded on our planet, caused a deadly tsunami to smash into the east coast of Japan killing around 25,000 people. My son and his family were living and working in far north east Japan, on the edge of the tsunami ravaged area, when it struck and I was there shortly afterwards to assist them with various needy matters. I visited the tsunami coast and the images of the devastation that I witnessed first-hand will remain with me forever. Consequently, I have a deep respect for the awesome power of the forces of nature.
Japan is home to 110 active volcanoes which is extraordinary since it’s such a small country. Since their deadly 2011 earthquake and tsunami, 47 of those 110 active volcanoes have unexpectedly and dramatically increased their volcanic activity and most alarmingly Mt Fuji, Japan’s most sacred mountain and home of the highest level Gods, is rumbling so loudly that its status has been upgraded to critical, after 300 years of slumber – It’s primed to spew – say scientist. It’s a mere 50km from Tokyo’s suburbs. Some are saying the Gods here are angry because Japan, being at the juncture of four major tectonic plates has the highest ratio of nuclear power plants for such a small-sized nation anywhere on our planet. The nation is also crisscrossed with uncountable minor fault lines. Japan has 54 nuclear power plants with 6 of them sited upon the tsunami coast mostly centering on Fukushima: what could possible go wrong?
A simple Google search will reveal this information and the concerns and recordings of scientists.
So, what’s up with the Gods lately?
I do not claim to be able to read Godly minds and know what the Gods are up to lately, so I will leave that doubtful task to those with a more heightened sense of importance; or arrogance. But my recent experiences and research have certainly given me much to ponder. Because of these experiences and my extensive travels through various regions within the Fiery Ring, I have come to realise it is these very same forces of nature – call them Gods if you must, that both create and influence much of life here on planet Earth. But just as those Gods giveth life so too those Gods can taketh it away.
Garry Greenwood is the author of a very informative book full of great ideas and opportunities for all seniors: Stuff For Seniors.