Mitigation is one of those words that we who are volcano aficionados do not think about normally. It is though one of the words that is foremost in the head of the volcanologists that actively work with active volcanoes.
A couple of days ago I got hit by the importance of the word as I was talking to my dear friend who sent the picture above. “Thank you for the beautiful picture of the Amatitlán Caldera!”, “No, that is Lake Amatitlán”.
Here I was stuck with the conundrum, should I explain things or not. I chose to explain, I just can’t stop myself from teaching after all. So, after telling her that she lived on the edge of a huge volcano that has had at least 7 Ultra-plinian eruptions, ranging from Baekdu sized to the Campi Flegrei Yellow tuff range I got the distinct feeling that she did not really trust me on this one. But, a few days later she had read up on it and came back with a bunch of good questions about things happening down at the caldera floor.
This had me thinking, here we have a highly educated person living in the area, and not even she knew about the fact that the capital of Guatemala is partly within a huge volcanic structure capable of doing a lot of damage. It is an epic failure of volcanic mitigation and public hazard education.
What compounds things even worse is that she would (if she survived) be one of those who would have to treat those who had gotten injured in the eruption. When even those working in the hospital business does not know about it something is wrong.
In the end I think we do a bit of good work writing about volcanoes around the world, we give a fairly unbiased view on the volcanoes, and help to spread knowledge. And knowledge is always the first step towards surviving an eruption; Knowledge is the center point of mitigation.
WEEKEND NtV RIDDLE (1) 14th – 16th June 2013
From today we are starting a brand new NtV series!
We’ll run this latest competition till the end of the year, with an updated points table being published every week.
Whenever possible I will DING each correct answer as it appears but no hints or clues will now be given until Saturday morning at the earliest, this gives those who come to VC late on Friday evening a chance to get involved!
1 point for each volcano … except Nos 4* & 5* which are worth 3 points … enjoy!
No 1 – Only the pure of spirit are believed to be able to see the saint’s light source. SOLVED Mount Aragats
No 2 – Earthly subject of comparable study during NASA’s planetary (Martian volcano) research. SOLVED Emi Koussi
No 3 – Even so King George’s wife didn’t join the island’s knitting community. SOLVED Queen Mary’s Peak
No 4* – Festivals, Holidays and Trains … all linked by a major, UK based company. SOLVED Tres Virgenes
No 5* – A purrfect location for a spa day … so, think of a volcano named ‘cat’ in English with significant geothermal activity. SOLVED Paka
No 6 – The Russians could’ve taken any train in order to reach it first. SOLVED Yantarni
No 7 – Its big, its bad and the wild goats should be very afraid. SOLVED Mount Wolf
No 8 – The hat wearing State Governor’s tea time treat. SOLVED Mount Lamington
CARL & KILGHARRAH