27 May 2008

China: a Nation Humbled Before a Greater Power

Both China and Chile are watching and waiting for the other shoe to drop. In China, strong aftershocks continue, adding to the already extensive damage and casualty list. The Olympics and Tibet must take a back seat for now.

In Chile, Mt. Chaiten's lava dome continues to build. More information at The Volcanism Blog. Chileans and Argentinians may not know for weeks whether this will be the big one for Chaiten in the modern era.

Al Gore might say that these signs of a restless Earth are due to manmade global warming (CAGW). But the rest of us know better. We know that the gods are restless.


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Blogger neil craig said...

The one I would worry about is Vesuvius because nothing is happening. It erupted last in 1945 & has since been blocked by a massive plug. The only effect is that the local sea level is dropping (or rather land rising). About 5 million people live in the Naples area only a little further away than Pompeii used to be.

Tuesday, 27 May, 2008  
Blogger al fin said...

I certainly do not plan to retire in Naples, or make a long-term residence there.

It is easy to understand why the ancients believed in volcano gods, earth gods, and sun gods. The human mind has always liked explanations, even if they were wrong.

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