Iceland’s Flaming Ash Hole.Posted: April 16, 2010
When I heard you had a volcano erupting under a glacier I had mixed feelings.
Part of me thought about how completely ingenious it was to put the glacier over the volcano so when the volcano erupted, the glacier would melt into it and put it out.
What wonderful strategic placement of natural features. Unfortunately, I guess that isn’t working out as planned and there is some flooding happening.
Once the floods started, another part of me thought…wait, lets step away from this parts of me thing. This is the same part, at different times. Anyhow, on further review, I thought it was really poor planning to put the glacier over the volcano.
Volcanos are bad. Flooding is bad. You know whats worse than flooding, Iceland? Yes I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now, being flooded with hot water. I want no part of that, I’m sorry you’ve got that on your plate. It would seem like the whole volcano thing would be enough for any one country.
Here in the US, we have this guy, Pat Robertson. He is kind of an ass. Usually, when things break bad for some people, Pat, or one of his ilk pipes up and makes it some sort of wrath of God thing. Eventually, he is not going to be able to resist the lure of your current situation and he will make a proclamation about some moral issue being related to the eruption. On behalf of the rest of us to the east of you, I am sorry. We don’t all feel that way. For what it’s worth, he is an ass to everyone, not just you.
I’ve also pointed out the folly of your glacier / volcano tandem. Please accept that as a tongue in cheek nod from someone who recognizes we all have our turn in the natural disaster spotlight. We both know that my country has built cities in flood plains and on fault lines. It doesn’t really absolve us from having to rebuild them when things go bad, but if we’d have just thought a little past the fact that those would be pretty places to build towns we might have avoided some issues now and again.
To my friends and readers in Europe, who are inundated with what Iceland’s Flaming Ash Hole is spewing, I feel badly for you. I hope things clear up for you soon. You’ve not put a glacier on top of a volcano, major metropolis’ on top of fault lines or, made a choice as I have – to live in a county with nuclear plants at its northern and southern boundaries. Your greatest sin has been being down wind. The wind brings it, the wind will take it away. Keep your windows closed.
Best of luck to all of you. We’re thinking about you. Be safe, I’m hoping things clear up for you soon.