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Well, okay then

Video clip.

We’re all in the 6+ hour band, yes? I wonder if we have an early warning system in effect.

They didn’t have for the 2004 “Boxing Day” Tsunami in Indonesia. There was a lag of several hours between the earthquake and the wave but, as people pointed out at the time, who’s going to pick up the phone and who are they going to call.

“Hello, Indonesia? This is scientists.”

Oh, look. The UK government is instituting a mobile-phone-based emergency alert system…erm, now.

Have a good weekend, everyone. Stay dry…?


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: September 24, 2021, 8:06 pm

Magnificent! Oh, yeah. And terrifying.

I’ve been asked a bunch of times how I can live in Florida where I’m subjected to hurricanes. My answer that there’s virtually no place to live that isn’t subject to being hit by one or more kinds of natural disaster: hurricanes, wild fires, earthquakes, land slides, tornados, blizzards, floods, Democrats. Hurricanes at least give us several days warning, and in that regard are much easier to live with.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: September 24, 2021, 8:07 pm

Nah, global warming is scheduled to melt the polar caps by Sunday, which will put out the volcano with flooding! So we don’t, uh, need to worry about, uh, a, tidal wave.


I imagine.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 24, 2021, 9:21 pm

That was a pretty serious shockwave on that Twitter video. Volcano live stream is still going:


…it’s showing a nice zoom in of bubbly flowing lava.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: September 24, 2021, 9:23 pm

I live at the north edge of Chicago, where there had never been a “natural disaster” worse than a heavy snowfall. Until three years ago, when a serious tornado tore right across the Rogers Park neighborhood, passing a few hundred meters from my apartment. One street was still blocked with fallen trees four days later, and some buildings were severely damaged.

Some places are relatively safe – but Nature can still come to get you.

(Speaking of tornadoes, did you know that a tornado hit Washington DC during the British occupation in 1815? It trashed their camp and flung a cannon 50 feet in the air. So they left.)

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 24, 2021, 11:43 pm

To be fair, we did set fire to the Canadian capital in York (now Toronto) first in April of the previous year.

Lately I think it might be good if they came back for a 2021 tour. Perhaps we could piss them off by having Joe call their President “that poutine guy up north” in his next speech pertaining to Canada.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: September 24, 2021, 11:50 pm

I turned off the damn emergency notification on my cell phone because the bastards alert for every bunny crossing the road. Uncle Al is right re: every place has some “event”. I’ve survived a direct tornado hit on my house in KS, hunkered down in the Texas panhandle during a blizzard, ridden out a hurricane in SC and FL and felt the earth rumble with an earthquake in CA. I’ve made it thru every event …..oh, wait….now I’m starting to wonder if I should make right with Jesus!!

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: September 25, 2021, 12:57 am

@durnedyankee: We’ll come down there and torch Washington DC for you if you promise to nuke Ottawa…win-win :+)

Comment from BJM
Time: September 25, 2021, 1:36 am

Why are those people standing around in the crispy critter zone? Have none of them read/heard about Mt St. Helens which flattened and killed everything for 230 miles?

A side note…I decided that day to stop smoking. I figured it would be easy to remember the date.

Comment from BJM
Time: September 25, 2021, 1:44 am

@Uncle Al, been there, done all that too…including Wilma in Davie, Loma Prieta at The Stick…and rode out a cat 5 typhoon in Kongers….Boston traffic during the Big Dig…but the absolutely most terrifying was the SF Bay Area Zombie Democrats.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: September 25, 2021, 2:35 am

The elevation in the center of my driveway is a comfortable 3635 ft. above sea level, so I’m not concerned about a tsunami. But like Armybrat, I’ve had my fair share of blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and occasional earthquakes.

We are fairly protected by firebreaks, but wildfire is an ongoing worry. Yesterday in Amarillo, the humidity was 17% and winds were 20 mph. That’s a bad combination.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 25, 2021, 3:33 am

And you people need to stop culturally appropriating the word Tsunami!
Cultural appropriation is wrong!

You must revert to referring to these things as tidal waves, white horses, tidal bore, rogue wave, giant sea swell or “woah! big F’ing wave dude!”

I’ll alert the media of course.

And if you REALLY want to be scared of something, the US Congress is going to establish a commission to see if UFO’s are a threat, and ‘captured or exploited’.


It would be funny if it weren’t so stupid.

Comment from Carl
Time: September 25, 2021, 6:02 am

I don’t know about your part of the south coast but when I was staying at Lee-on-Solent about 15 years ago there was an automated early-warning phone system for flooding in high-risk areas. You did have to sign up for it but it was free.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: September 25, 2021, 3:20 pm

I had to check a map for the Fagradalsfjall volcano in Iceland, and the La Palma volcano. They’re almost in a straight North/South line. Are you getting smoke and ash in the atmosphere from La Palma? Fagradalsfjall could have affected your summer crops, since it’s been pumping particulates into the air since last March.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: September 25, 2021, 7:05 pm

Fagradalsfjall could have affected your summer crops, since it’s been pumping particulates into the air since last March.

Well, there’s a sentence I never thought I’d read. I’m going to a party this evening and I shall try my damnest to work it into the conversation.

I must begin practicing immediately: “Fagradalsfjall, Fagradalsfjall, Fagradalsfjall….”

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 26, 2021, 2:00 am

Fagradalsfjall – is that a dragon?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: September 26, 2021, 4:56 pm

No effect that I know of, Deborah. We do sometimes find everything coated in a yellow powder after dust storms in Africa. And don’t get me started on Dutch farmers spreading pigshit!

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: September 26, 2021, 8:02 pm


Wrathful Weasel: Beyond Thunderdome!

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