A volcano in Iceland spews ash in what analysts initially said was the worst disruption of air travel since 9/11. As the days go on, it has become the worst air travel disruption in modern history and since air travel is limited to modern history, it is also the worst disruption EVER. Despite our many advances, we can’t predict, control, or confine what will happen next.
Yesterday an earthquake in Afghanistan killed seven people and injured many more. Last week China had an earthquake, the death toll now at almost 2,000. There have been quakes in Chile, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Mexicali and of course Haiti. I have heard that the San Francisco area has been shaking like a leaf lately, with more tremors than usual.
What is going on? If you read my blog then you know that I think our world is headed for decline, and fast. But despite my faith-based predictions, I am generally a person of science. I graduated with a high GPA from a state university, with a B.S. in biology. I love spiritual explanations for natural events, but I also like to understand the science behind them.
So I have been searching for a good scientific explanation for the increased seismic activity and have yet to find one. Every now and then a media outlet finds some expert to dispel panic. And all experts are saying the same thing, as if trying to calm an inconsolable toddler, as if their soothing business-as-usual words will allay our fears.
Here is what they say: this is normal. It just seems like we are having more quakes and more geological events because 1) our great technology and equipment have the ability to better detect even the smallest seismic events, 2) media attention makes it seem like it is happening more when it really isn’t, and 3) the world is more populated and therefore seismic events have more probability of causing death or casualities.
These explanations make sense to my natural mind. I was buying it for a while, until the volcano disrupted air travel. Does anybody out there have a good explanation? Coincidence?
One of the best explanations I have seen comes out of the Business Insider, in a column titled “Wake Up People: This Volcano Is About More Than Flights, It’s About Agriculture, Energy, And Politics.” Centered mainly around the ecological and economic impact of the Iceland volcano, the final sentence is striking:
All in all it is a reminder that there is never a time that Nature, with a little nudge, cannot remind us of the risks of complacency.