Tuesday, January 12, 2016

"Hot air or grave warning? Scientific report prompts talk of catastrophic ‘volcano season’"--UPDATED

Update below.
Original post:

First up RT with their approach to the story:
A volcanic eruption with the potential to “return humanity to a pre-civilization state” could happen within the next 80 years, according to a study by the European Science Foundation. Have we now heard the last argument in the debate the study triggered?

Authors of the Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience say the threat from low-probability, high impact disasters is being “grossly underestimated”.

Presented to the European Geosciences Union General Assembly last April, the study looks at the extreme impacts of natural hazards like earthquakes, tsunamis, extreme weather and volcanoes.

It states that “extreme volcanic eruptions pose a higher associated risk than all other natural hazards” including asteroid impacts.

But it’s the mention of a centuries old super volcano in Indonesia that has people questioning whether the world’s population is about to be annihilated in a cloud of ash and molten lava in the not too distant future.

The report appears to indicate there is 5-10 percent chance of large scale volcanic activity happening before the end of the century....MORE
And from Britain's Daily Express:

Yellowstone about to blow? Scientists warning over SUPER-VOLCANO that could kill MILLIONS

Volcanoes are the biggest threat to human survival, claim scientists
Volcanoes are the biggest threat to human survival, claim scientists

Update: Here's the European Science Foundation's Extreme Geohazards: Reducing the Disaster Risk and Increasing Resilience (72 page PDF)