The enemy within

Bill McGuire

in Global Catastrophes

Second edition

Published in print August 2014 | ISBN: 9780198715931
Published online August 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780191784088 | DOI:

Series: Very Short Introductions

The enemy within

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‘The Enemy Within’ begins with volcanic super-eruptions and their devastating consequences such as the 1815 eruption of volcano Tambora in Indonesia, and ancient eruptions in Yellowstone, USA, and Toba, northern Sumatra. Volcanic explositivity index, eruption magnitude, and eruption intensity are explained. Volcanic landslides in Hawaii and the Canary Islands will, in the future, result in giant tsunamis wreaking havoc around the Pacific and Atlantic Ocean rims. But when will they happen? Finally, the fate of industrial cities, such as Tokyo, located near active fault-lines and in earthquake zone, and the resultant effects on the world economy are considered.

Keywords: carbon dioxide; global warming; index; Nuclear Winter; plate tectonics; Sumatra; Volcanic Explosivity Index

Chapter.  7789 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Natural Disasters (Environmental Science) ; Natural Disasters (Environment)

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