When mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.
When Mamma Nature ain’t happy, it can get real ugly, or pretty depending on your perspective.
Alaska’s Mount Redoubt volcano erupted five times in one night. The volcano sent ash plume more than 9 miles into the air. It was the volcano’s first emissions in nearly 20 years. (Yeah, trying to hold your anger in for 20 years will make you blow your top seriously, eh?) Fine gray dust fell Monday morning on small communities north of Anchorage.
Alaska’s volcanos’ ash is used as an industrial abrasive. It can also injure skin, eyes and breathing passages. Ash can cause damage to engines in planes, cars and other vehicles.
There were reports of a quarter-inch of ash in Trapper Creek and up to a half-inch at a lakeside lodge near Skwentna.
“This morning we will have a half-inch snow, um, ash fall…”
“The heavier stuff drops out very quickly, and then the other stuff filters out. There’s going to be a very fine amount of it that’s going to be suspended in the atmosphere for quite some time,” said one meteorologist. “The finer ash is going to travel farther, and any ash can affect aviation safety.”
Redoubt Volcano is 10,200 feet high and roughly 100 miles southwest of Anchorage. It last erupted during a four-month period from 1989-90.
The last time Redoubt erupted it sent ash 150 miles away into the path of a KLM jet. The jet’s four engines flamed out and dropped more than 2 miles before the crew was able to restart all engines and land safely. It cost $80 million to repair the plane.
So, my question is – If we don’t start taking care of our planet and Mother Nature gets really really angry, what do you think might happen?
Perhaps we don’t want to find out.