The Daily Volcano Quote: prophecies of volcanic doom 27 September 2010Posted by admin in daily volcano quote.
It is September 12, 2001. The sky is a menacing iron grey, and has been so since the explosion several months ago. Snow lies two feet deep in Oxford Street, and on the frozen Thames heavily clad crowds jostle at stalls to barter for unidentifiable meat morsels to supplement their government rations. Ice has stopped production of North Sea oil, and few vehicles attempt to negotiate the snow-bound avenues. Across the planet tens of millions of people have already frozen to death, while billions starve as the harvests fail. A combination of the freezing conditions and civil strife has triggered the breakdown of society in many countries, and the global village has fragmented into a million isolated hamlets. This isn’t the aftermath of a nuclear war, nor the start of a new ice age, but the possible consequences of a long-overdue cataclysmic volcanic eruption on a scale never experienced by modern humans.
Bill McGuire, ‘The fire next time’, The Guardian, 12 September 1996, p. B2. As if the use of the phrase ‘long-overdue’ was not enough, this article actually ends with the words ‘living on borrowed time’.
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