October 4, 2000
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Good God!
posted by Mocata (18 comments total)
Wow! If all that jiggling ocean water causes California to sink at the same time, I will have one of the last 1000 weblogs in existance! Of course Blogger will sink with California, and I will have to start coding and FTPing everything, and then my page will never get updated, so I really hope that volcano does not explode.
We'd lose MetaFilter if California goes too,damn. Now I have learned the last lesson about why redundency is a good thing.
posted by thirteen at 1:21 PM on October 4, 2000

See? This is a perfect example of the failure of the Clinton/Gore administration to lead in the area of promoting East Coast surf culture.

I've seent Deep Impact, and I'm feeling like the lead actor in the movie of life, so I'm not worried. I'll merely jog towards Kansas and survive.
posted by ethmar at 1:24 PM on October 4, 2000

Well, I live in New York, so I'm officially scared. The article notes that this event might not happen for decades, so instead of sitting on our rears, couldn't we organize some kind of project to slowly remove the dangerous areas of the volcano and set them gently on the bottom of the ocean?
posted by tomorama at 1:44 PM on October 4, 2000

Anybody want to buy a nice condo in Ocean City, NJ?

posted by fpatrick at 1:45 PM on October 4, 2000

People in California need not feel reassured. It turns out Hawaii can do the same thing to us. One of the islands has an active volcano on it, and along one side of the island is a crack which is slowly widening. Someday it's gonna break and a whole lot of the island is going to slip into the sea. The resulting tsunami will be a wonder to behold.

No-one knows when it will happen. It could happen tomorrow or it might take a million years.

When it does, the tsunami will take out all of the coastal cities of California, for instance, not to mention much of Japan and a whole lot of other places. I live in San Diego, on top of a hill, at least 300 feet above sea level and about a mile inland. The tsunami would take me out; it's gonna be higher than that when it gets here.

The entire Pacific Rim is in danger. And there's absolutely nothing which can be done about it.

posted by Steven Den Beste at 2:41 PM on October 4, 2000

I'm glad I only have to deal with tornados here in the midwest. You coastal people have a bit too much potential for natural disaster for my tastes. :)
posted by daveadams at 2:45 PM on October 4, 2000


Every year it's something. A big meteor, or a massive earthquake, or a tsunami, or enough lightning to set the atmosphere on fire, or killer bugs from outer space, whatever. Somebody publishes some doomsday report, everyone gets excited, Hollywood spews out a couple formula movies about it, everyone gets bored, and life goes on as usual.

Frankly, there's enough worrying to do and repair work to be done about the things that are actually known to be happening right now...

posted by Mars Saxman at 3:09 PM on October 4, 2000

welcome to arizona...it's prime land!!
tornados - no
earthquakes - no
tsunamis - no
hurricanes - no
monsoons - yeah, and they're great to watch (worst thing is that a few trees get knocked down)

if you can stand the heat, it's great =)
posted by pnevares at 3:10 PM on October 4, 2000

I say bring it on!
posted by milhous at 3:31 PM on October 4, 2000

I recently watched a special about tsunami on TLC... so I looked-up the show. Here's a link from the show and one from PBS. Enjoy! Er, or whatever.
posted by silusGROK at 3:54 PM on October 4, 2000

pnevares: you most certainly DO have earthquakes in arizona! ok, maybe not a lot of *big* ones, but if you do a search on arizona earthquakes you may be surprised. a friend recently moved to arizona, and was gloating about the lack of natural disasters there until i sent her this. (she wasn't thankful - imagine that)

also, living in northern california, it seems the biggest threat for a giant tsunami comes not from volcanic activity, but from a large earthquake somewhere on the pacific rim. regardless, my escape route is already planned...
posted by modge at 4:21 PM on October 4, 2000

With all these natural disasters and our own impact on the world, i'm amazed that there hasn't been more done to get of this little rock, and be a step closer to humans surviving for the next few thousand years.
posted by Zool at 4:49 PM on October 4, 2000

modge: thanks for the info. i know we recieve reprecussions from larger earthquakes in california, but that's usually on the western side of AZ...interesting that we still have potential for big ones nearby phoenix...

also, for some reason your second paragraph reminds me of the short story "The Hidden Saboteur" by David Braly
posted by pnevares at 10:49 PM on October 4, 2000

A good fiction book on disasters that wipe out coastal cities is "Lucifer's Hammer" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
posted by Mo Nickels at 2:54 AM on October 5, 2000

What, no link to the predictions of Edgar Cayce?!
posted by ethmar at 6:57 AM on October 5, 2000

Ahhhh I love living in Kansas! ;-)
posted by FAB4GIRL at 12:19 PM on October 5, 2000

That's not something you hear everyday.

Joe - where the action is
posted by CrazyUncleJoe at 1:56 PM on October 5, 2000

LOL! No, it isn't. It is great to be right smack dab in the center of the US though when you hear about tidal waves and earthquakes and all that though. Tornadoes don't bother me as much. I find them quite interesting.

Actually I'd rather be in Ireland.
posted by FAB4GIRL at 3:06 PM on October 5, 2000

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