Eruptive illusion

by Kevin Aditya

Did you know that the most famous painting of Edvard Munch, Skrik (The Scream), that also inspired the character Ghostface from the Scream movies, has the reddish sky background based on real-life red sky that had been all over Europe and Asia and some parts of the United States in 1883? The uniquely colored sky that lasted for 3 months was the result of volcanic ash spreading from the powerful eruption of our Krakatau in 1883 that destroyed the mountain itself and rained death from above to the islands surrounding it and their inhabitants. The eruption also messed up global weather patterns for years until 1888, reducing global temperature byΒ 1.2Β Β°C. And it’s not the first time such catastrophe coming from Indonesia had the world in pieces. The 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora in Sumbawa was so massive that the aftermath resulted in what is known as the Year Without a Summer β€” climate abnormalities that destroyed crops and caused famine in parts of Europe. Not to forget that 74,000 years ago, Mt. Toba raged in a supervolcanic eruption, the largest in recorded history that caused six years of volcanic winter and created the now famous Lake Toba, and hypothesized to have caused the abnormal reduction of human population around the globe due to extreme climate change.

We live in an archipelago where the mountains can possibly one day removed the human population off the Earth with a single supermassive eruption. The natural bombs are never continents away, they’re all around us. Just because Merapi has calmed down doesn’t mean it’ll never rage again, your safety is merely an illusion. (Merapi has been deemed the most active volcano in the world anyway.)

So do what you love when the sky is still clear, for nobody knows when the mountains will once again instill fear.

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12 Comments to “Eruptive illusion”

  1. I love this post due to its factual and in depth words. Your thoughts are amazing to read, dear stranger πŸ™‚

  2. I so totally agree with that πŸ™‚

  3. Interesting fact. Cooked with great writing and the choices of words of yours. You might get straight As in my English classes for 8 terms. Dude, I dig your writing skill.

  4. I read somewhere, some still have doubt whether it was the eruption or not. They say Munch is an expressive painter and not much a descriptive one. Well, who knows? πŸ˜‰

  5. Because of this entry I googled ‘most active volcano in the world’. they didn’t say Merapi, but hey, maybe they had changed it! lol. http://scienceray.com/earth-sciences/geology/the-three-most-active-volcanoes-in-the-world/

    I envy your writing ability. Already bookmarked this blog. :).

    • Well, people say don’t trust everything you read on the internet, and I have nothing to back my facts either since it’s also from the Great Internet… To each his own. Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

  6. this is a very interesting article. thank you for sharing πŸ™‚

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