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How do you feel about living on top of/near a volcano?
Lonnehart at 4:30PM, April 18, 2008
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I live on an island. The island is the summit of an ancient volcano. I usually take it for granted, but sometimes the idea that the thing will explode under my feet creeps into my mind. The fact that the island is right next to the deepest known ocean trench in the world doesn't help me sleep well when I start thinking about it…

Anyone else live near a volcano? :)

I keep forgetting that there's an active volcano on one of the northern islands… O_o
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Walrus at 4:44PM, April 18, 2008
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Nope. But I wouldn't want to anyway.
 
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kyupol at 6:42PM, April 18, 2008
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I'd never live near a volcano. I'd rather live on the street.
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Aussie_kid at 7:22PM, April 18, 2008
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Not many people know this, but there's actually a dead volcano under Sydney. I'm cool, as it's not active, so there's nothing to worry about.

But if it sprang back to life, I think I'd be a little worried
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DAJB at 10:56PM, April 18, 2008
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Frostflowers at 1:49AM, April 19, 2008
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No volcanoes, no risk of earthquakes - I'm starting to realise that I've got it pretty good where I live. o.O
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ozoneocean at 2:08AM, April 19, 2008
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No volcanoes, no risk of earthquakes - I'm starting to realise that I've got it pretty good where I live. o.O
…not that far away from Iceland though. ;)

There are no volcanoes here for thousands of kilometres, no major fault lines either. It's amazingly geologically stable. Well there are some extinct volcanoes in the outback that are prolly about 500 million or so years old, but… I'm not worried about those withered old little cores.

I think it'd be cool to live near an active 'cano. For a few days.
 
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lothar at 3:27AM, April 19, 2008
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that's exactly why i wont live in Tokyo ,that and the Earth quakes, and kim jong il
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spacehamster at 6:20AM, April 19, 2008
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Switzerland has no big earthquakes, no volcanoes, no tornadoes, just the occasional mudslide in the mountains, which is why I live in the city. The only natural “disasters” here are minor floods. And frankly, I couldn't live in a place with a serious danger of such things.
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usedbooks at 10:20AM, April 19, 2008
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No extreme weather here in mid-Atlantic US. None at all. I live right outside all the crazy weather, so we only get the residual/ripple effects of hurricanes and major blizzards – and nowhere near where earthquakes/volcanoes occur. All we get is heavy rain and heavy snow, neither usually super severe. There are floods every year but nothing catastrophic. Oh, and our soil and vegetation is well-adapted for lots of water, so we don't have mudslides or anything either.

I think the worst nature's fury I've seen have been blizzards. We don't get the *huge* ones, but it has been enough to cause blackouts, frozen gas lines, etc. for a week or so. And once, there was a really nasty hailstorm that destroyed all the cars in our high school parking lot and busted out all the windows in the school.

Frankly, I'd prefer not to live anywhere that falls in the “ring of fire,” “tornado alley,” or any other disaster-movie-inspiring place.
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Product Placement at 10:22AM, April 20, 2008
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Well…. on the plus side, it saves you money on the heating bill….





…..yeah…..
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lba at 12:49PM, April 20, 2008
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I live right smack dab in the middle of the Midwest so I'm in tornado alley.

I also live on the Mississippi River, which is always fun come spring time. Every year the river and all it's tributaries flood out which can cause some interesting detours when driving along with all the other usual problems. On top of that, because it's the edge of the Great Plains we get some really nasty winds and storms at times. A thunderstorm will roll in in about 10 minutes around here and you'd better start praying if you're stuck out in it.

I think about the only potential natural disaster we don't have around here is a volcano. But I wouldn't be halfway surprised if it turned out that there was one hidden around here somewhere.
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Product Placement at 3:38PM, April 20, 2008
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Well Iba. Using my great deductive skills, I have figured that you live in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri or Wisconsin. I checked the list of volcanoes in America and all those states came off clean so when it comes to burning horribly to death in a puddle of molten rock, you've got nothing to worry about. However you are still uncumfortably close to the yellowstone park(yes you actually are) which is clasified as a super-volcano… seriously, that's what it's called. When that baby goes, you can kiss you hide goodby. Well… actually everyone will probably do that since an eruption on that scale will probably block out the sun for years but you will be the first one to know.

I have to admit. I'm quite curious to know where Lonnehart lives. His situation is disturbingly similar to mine.
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seventy2 at 3:44PM, April 20, 2008
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hmmm….tornado alley….and i'm closer than iba to yellowstone…so i'll make sure to give him a call when that goes up….


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Product Placement at 7:16AM, April 21, 2008
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hmmm….tornado alley….and i'm closer than iba to yellowstone…so i'll make sure to give him a call when that goes up….


*ringtone* stay on the sunny side, always on the sunny side*/ringtone* “yellow?”
“hey iba, this is seventy2, you'll never guess what just happe—-” *dialtone..*

Alright. I admit. You got me to laugh. But unfortunately I'm not kidding.



Now I don't want any “bwahaha America is screwed” crap because this is a global killer. Also, Yellowstone is not the only spot on the world where something like this could happen, it's just the one that's closest to Hollywood. You see. I'm actually sitting on one of these bastards right now. If that one goes I'LL be the first to know and I won't be able to call you at all seventy2.
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shaneronzio at 10:26AM, April 21, 2008
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super volcano.

why isn't there a comic book named super volcano yet…sheesh.
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Product Placement at 11:38AM, April 21, 2008
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why isn't there a comic book named super volcano yet…sheesh.

Because they already made the movie.

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Neilsama at 4:54PM, April 21, 2008
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super volcano.
Awwww DAMN IT! You beat me to it! I was gonna say, there are literally thousands of people in the continental United States who are quite literally living right on top of a volcano.
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Lonnehart at 8:42PM, April 21, 2008
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I have to admit. I'm quite curious to know where Lonnehart lives. His situation is disturbingly similar to mine.

I live on Guam, the southernmost of the Mariana Island chain. I'm right next to the Marianas Trench, the so called “deepest point in the ocean”. The volcano that formed the island last erupted several thousand years ago. There's no reason to believe it won't erupt again. Um… how disturbingly similar is my situation to yours?

Oh… and according to the History Channel, the Yellowstone Caldera erupted about 630,000 years ago, and it's 30,000 years overdue for another eruption. If it does erupt, it'll mean the end of civilization as we know it. Not trying to scare anyone or anything….
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Product Placement at 1:23AM, April 22, 2008
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Um… how disturbingly similar is my situation to yours?

Well…. You practically described where I lived. An island formed from eruption. Nothing but deep blue see around us. Stuff like that. We're dead center in the Atlantic ocean and that's not exactly a shallow point either. My island is considerably larger though and was made from several hundred eruptions and we get an eruption on average every five years or so.
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seventy2 at 6:48AM, April 22, 2008
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so if you dont inform me…..how am i going to know??…maybe i could get a monitor with your temperature and heartbeat…yeah that'd work….as your body temperature increases, and your heartrate stops….i'll know…


by the way, were those circles in the picture above the crater area, or the dust area?
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Product Placement at 7:49AM, April 22, 2008
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But what if my temperature doesn't go up? Judging by the size of that explosion, I could be half way up in orbit.

Even still, I'm not worried. We're stubborn enough to figure out how to stop this. Where else will you find a group of people insane enough to challenge an erupting volcano…… and win.

Also. I think those circles is the area that suffered the heaviest dust fall. The picture calls it “Volcanic Debris Zone” so I guess if you consider fist sized lumps of glowing rocks to be dust fall then you're right on the money. I think the actual crater will be “only” the size of a state or so. Maybe smaller.
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Puff_Of_Smoke at 12:56PM, April 23, 2008
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super volcano.

why isn't there a comic book named super volcano yet…sheesh.
I lol'd when I first heard about that.

I have hurricanes and tsunamies where I live…
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bravo1102 at 7:42PM, April 23, 2008
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If I was living in a tropical paradise I wouldn't mind a nearby volcano.

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Warpedwenger at 8:56PM, April 23, 2008
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In Tennessee the weather is completely random. It can be warm and sunny today and then snow tomorrow. The weather is strange and unpredictable but not really dangerous.
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Lonnehart at 10:26PM, April 23, 2008
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If I was living in a tropical paradise I wouldn't mind a nearby volcano.



Hawaii is a good place to live then. I hear the volcanoes there don't explode violently. :)
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Product Placement at 1:12AM, April 24, 2008
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Hawaii is a good place to live then. I hear the volcanoes there don't explode violently. :)

Yeah but isn't that one like constantly erupting?
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bravo1102 at 8:05AM, April 24, 2008
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Hawaii is a good place to live then. I hear the volcanoes there don't explode violently. :)

Yeah but isn't that one like constantly erupting?

All it means these days is the occasional closing of roads. You drive up, take pictures and take the detour.

My niece lives on Maui and the wife and I have spent over a month in the islands on different occasions. :)
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ifelldownthestairs at 8:51AM, April 24, 2008
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i wonder if anyone would brag about living near a volcano, like at a bar or something, picking up on a chick.

tom jones, huey lewis, and boz scaggs all lived near volcanos.

then again, i don't really like any of them. plus i lied.
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Product Placement at 9:16AM, April 24, 2008
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You know. I've been hinting about it in this article but it's such a fitting event that I have to let you read it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eldfell

Pay special attention to the Lava-cooling operations. I think those who participated in that reserve bragging rights.
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