by Alan Caruba
November 3, 2010
The news is all about the Tuesday’s U.S.
elections, but some of us are concerned about the news on Monday
regarding a possible eruption of the
Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland. Never
heard of it? You will.
Grimsvotn is the most active volcano in Iceland. The one that made a
lot of news earlier in 2010 was
Eyjafjallajokull that, while
relatively small, generated such a huge cloud of ash that it
disrupted air travel across western and northern Europe for six days
Here’s why volcano watchers around the world are on high alert.
This past week, in Indonesia, after a tsunami killed several hundred
Mount Merapi rumbled to life
forcing thousands to flee back to evacuation centers as 38 lava
avalanches occurred with pyroclastic flows down the south and west
slopes running outward for seven kilometers. They incinerate
everything in their path.
In August, a volcano on Sumatra erupted for the first time in 400
There is a “Ring
of Fire” that stretches approximately 25,000 miles in a
horseshoe from eastern Asia to the western shores of North and South
America. It has 452 volcanoes of which 75% are the world’s most
active or dormant.
On August 25, Italy’s Etna volcano and Colombia’s
Galeras volcano both erupted.
In the U.S. the last major volcanic eruption was Mount St. Helens in
1980, but it is just one volcano in Washington State that includes
Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier, all part
of a Cascade Range that reaches down into California.
Mount Rainer is a massive
stratovolcano located just 54 miles southeast of Seattle.
In June 1991,
Mount Pinatubo erupted in the
Philippines sending millions of tons of ash and dust into the
Earth’s atmosphere. It caused the global temperature to drop at
least a degree or two for a few years.
Why talk about volcanoes in the aftermath of a historic election?
Because there has been a significant increase in volcanic activity
of late. That is never a good thing.
In his book, “Not
by Fire but by Ice” the foremost authority on ice ages
and magnetic reversals, Robert W. Felix, quoted Peter Vogt
of the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office who warned that,
“Almost all tectonic movement can be
linked to magnetic reversals. Seafloor spreading, sea level
changes, mountain growth, earthquakes, and volcanism all seem to
speed up whenever the frequency of reversals speeds up.”
Magnetic reversals are part of the
cycles scientists have determined existed over the 4.5 billion years
of the Earth’s existence.
They range from the most ancient, the
Devonian, to the
Holocene, from 10,000 years ago to the present.
“At least twelve (magnetic)
reversals can be linked to extinctions and climatic
deterioration during the last three million years alone,” says
Significantly, the aftermath of magnetic
reversals are linked to the emergence of new species in ways that
Charles Darwin never knew or dreamed of.
What we call “evolution” is far more
likely the result of magnetic reversals.
“Mass extinctions have been the
rule, rather than the exception, for the 3.5 billion years that
life has existed on this planet,” says Felix.
One of those species is Homo sapiens,
human beings, and we have existed for a mere 200,000 years.
Civilization as we know it is about 5,000 years old; a blink of the
eye in terms of the age of the Earth.
Thus, all this volcanic activity occurring around the world may be
signaling the advent of a new magnetic reversal and, as bad as
volcanoes are, a magnetic reversal is the very definition of a
cataclysm on such an order that it defies the imagination. Think of
the sudden end of dinosaurs.
I tell you this because of all the blather of biodiversity,
predicted species extinctions, and similar nonsense that is now
following in the wake of
the corpse formerly known as “global warming.”
It is the new deception.
The real action is that of the Earth and the Sun.
predictable solar cycle,
the Sun has gone “quiet” of late
with few sunspots, the popular name for gigantic magnetic storms
seen on the surface of the Sun. They almost always precede cooling
cycles of shorter or longer duration and the worst of these are ice
We are at the end of the latest interglacial period of 11,500 years
and the next ice age will come on with blinding speed.
When you tie volcanic activity, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other
natural events together, it behooves the human race to be far more
humble about our so-called affect on the Earth’s environment.
Our home is a small planet in a very