Huge Volcanic Eruptions: Time to Prepare

Addressing vulnerability and promoting security
Sep 19, 2022 | Nature

The last magnitude-7 volcanic event occurred in Tambora, Indonesia, in 1815, causing the death of an estimated 100,000 people. The world is currently “woefully underprepared” for a massive volcanic eruption and the likely repercussions on global supply chains, climate and food, according to co-authors Lara Mani and Mike Cassidy. In their article from Nature, they suggest there is a “broad misconception” that risks of major eruptions are low and describe the paucity of governmental investment in monitoring and responding to potential volcano disasters as “reckless”. Over the next century, large-scale volcanic eruptions are hundreds of times more likely to occur than are asteroid and comet impacts put together. They call for increased attention to, and coordination of research aimed at forecasting, preparedness and mitigation and offer suggestions to achieve this.

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