Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Map of the Week-GOOD Volcano Map

GOOD is an online journal that asks the question "what is good right now?" One of the highlights is their "transparency" series of graphics and maps. The latest transparency shows how small the recent Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption in Iceland was compared to other historic volcanoes. The disruption to the economy and to air traffic was huge but as the graphic indicates we should expect much worse in the future.

The tall orange triangles on the map are "decade volcanoes." I've never heard that term either but according to the description page it means a volcano "currently noted to have a history of large eruptions and a proximity to populated areas."  In other words if one of those blows it's really going to mess things up.

1 comment:

OneLifeLiveIt said...

The Icelandic eruption was annoying but very interesting to see how small it is in the scheme of things.

Was in California last week flying over from Europe and studied the terrain on a flight which was clear for most of the length of the US. I am convinced California is close to a big event - the faultlines almost give it away. Will be weird to think of an underwater Silicon valley.