The strength of a volcano is measured by the VEI, or Volcanic Explosivity Index. Rating an estimated 3 on the index, Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano that lost its cool in Iceland on April 14, 2010. Might be a good one for us to keep our spelling eyes on (although reporters tend to refer to it without bothering to try and spell or pronounce it) as history writes this page. Such massive explosions can slow down air travel and quicken pulses, but there may be something to be said for an event that, even temporarily, reverses global warming. The most powerful eruption in the past 1,000 years is said to have been Indonesia's Mt. Tambora in 1815. It lowered temperatures by five degrees and marked 1816 as the "year without a summer." Effects of the volcanic ash resulted in "brown snow" in Hungary and "red snow" in Italy. (Sounds a little bit like oobleck.) We found 27 hits for Reveiw* in OhioLINK, so let's all review our records for any possible eruptions of today's typo.
(Vesuvius Erupting, by Johan Christian Clausen Dahl, 1826, from Wikimedia Commons.)
Monday, June 7, 2010
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