Wednesday, 15 June 2011

An Inconvenient Truth, falling from the sky

Friend John L. remarked with dry humour, in regard to the held-up airline passengers whose planes have been cancelled and who - or some of them - complain of the no doubt great inconvenience, that few things in air travel are as inconvenient as your plane falling from the sky with engines seized and shutdown by volcanic ash.

I have the luxury of remaining ground-bound with no immediate plans for being airborne.

On Wikipedia I read through the article on the geology - or volcanology - of the Chilean volcano (Puyehue) which is causing all the damage. It puts matters in better perspective. This is not just a single-vent volcano. More like a multiple complex of vents converging near the surface. A veritable four-for-the-price-of-one. No wonder it's a big 'un.

Its previous blow-out in 1960 triggered the BIGGEST earthquake in recorded history, not so much reported at the time only because of the combination of remoteness, deaths of any nearby witnesses, lack of media access and hence absence of TV coverage which we nowadays take for granted, plus this was all pre-internet and pre a lot of things.

Here's to mere inconvenience.

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