Thursday 18 August 2022 02:10 AM One-in-six chance of a massive world-altering volcanic eruption this century, ... trends now

Thursday 18 August 2022 02:10 AM One-in-six chance of a massive world-altering volcanic eruption this century, ... trends now
Thursday 18 August 2022 02:10 AM One-in-six chance of a massive world-altering volcanic eruption this century, ... trends now

Thursday 18 August 2022 02:10 AM One-in-six chance of a massive world-altering volcanic eruption this century, ... trends now

There's a one-in-six chance of a massive world-altering volcanic eruption this century and humanity is NOT prepared for it, scientists warn A magnitude 7 eruption is a possibility for this century, a new study determined Similar eruptions have caused abrupt climate change and wiped out civilisations But one of the UK's leading volcanologists says we are 'woefully' underprepared 

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Scientists believe there is a one in six chance of a major volcanic eruption this century which could dramatically change the world's climate and put millions of lives in danger.

When the Hunga Tonga–Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted off the shore of Tonga in the South Pacific Ocean in January, the blast was so huge that tsunamis hit the shores of Japan, North America and South America and Tonga itself suffered damage equating to almost a fifth of its entire GDP.

But an analysis of ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica by a team at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen found that a magnitude 7 volcanic eruption - which could be 10 to 100 times bigger than the one recorded in January - is a distinct possibility for this century. 

Eruptions of this size in the past have caused abrupt climate change and the collapse of civilisations.

Yet one of the UK's leading volcanologists today warned that the world is 'woefully' unprepared for such an event.

Michael Cassidy, associate professor of volcanology at the University of Birmingham, told Nature: 'There is no coordinated action, nor large-scale investment, to mitigate the global effects of large-magnitude eruptions.

'This needs to change.' 

Scientists believe there is a one in six chance of a major volcanic eruption this century which could dramatically change the world's climate and put millions of lives in danger

Scientists believe there is a one in six chance of a major volcanic eruption this century which could dramatically change the world's climate and put millions of lives in danger

An eruption occurs at the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai off Tonga, January 14, 2022

An eruption occurs at the underwater volcano Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai off Tonga, January 14, 2022

Satellite image shows showed the rapid expansion of a volcanic cloud following an explosive eruption near Tonga

The eruption was clearly visible from satellites and dstributed ash across hundreds of square kilometres

Satellite image shows showed the rapid expansion of a volcanic cloud following an explosive eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in Tonga that blasted into the stratosphere and sent a pressure wave rippling around the globe on Jan 15, 2022

NASA said that ash from 15 January's underwater volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific nation of Tonga made its way thousands of feet into the atmosphere and was visible from the ISS

NASA said that ash from 15 January's underwater volcanic eruption in the remote Pacific nation of Tonga made its way thousands of feet into the atmosphere and was visible from the ISS

Cassidy reasoned that NASA and other agencies receive hundreds of billions of dollars in funding for 'planetary defence' planning, in other words, to prevent an asteroid or other cosmic projectile from slamming into the earth.

But there is no global programme dedicated to protecting against the devastation that could occur following a large-scale volcanic eruption - something which is hundreds of times more likely to occur than are

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