Farouk Araie
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29 Jun 2022
06:04

Letters | Seismic eruptions

Farouk Araie

The earthquake that killed over 1 000 people in Afghanistan last week is a grim reminder that many parts of our planet are locked in seismic grips that erupt without warning.

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The earthquake that killed over 1 000 people in Afghanistan last week is a grim reminder that many parts of our planet are locked in seismic grips that erupt without warning.

The latest quake was felt as far as India and Pakistan. Geologists have, over the past 20 years, warned us of approaching catastrophes such as mega earthquakes landslides and devastation.

The latest quake was felt as far as India and Pakistan. Geologists have, over the past 20 years, warned us of approaching catastrophes such as mega earthquakes landslides and devastation.
Farouk Araie

Among several other fault lines, Yellow Stone National Park in the U.S. is in the cross-hairs of a future mega seismic event. The whole park, 85 km by 45 km, is a reservoir of magma. It erupts about every 600 000 years. The last eruption was 640 000 years ago. It will erupt in a cataclysmic event. Magma will be flung 50 kilometres into the atmosphere. Within 1 000 kilometres, all life will be killed by falling ash, lava flow and the force of the eruption. It will be the loudest noise heard by humankind. What will follow will be called a nuclear winter.

FAROUK ARAIE

Johannesburg

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