Calysto du Masque (calysto) wrote in volcanology,
Calysto du Masque

What's to be Done

So, Mt. Vesuvius is covered in various excavation sites... whose physical needs and logistical support come from local communities living on top of the remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum despite Vesuvius having erupted 50 times since they were buried. When including the modern city of Naples, 3 million people live in its blast radius today.

Mount Ranier is a massive volcano and the most glaciated peak in the continental U.S... its massive Lahars have historically reached all the way to Puget Sound, putting parts of Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue in their deadly reach.

So, if money and political will were unlimited, what would you do about situations like these? (Check all that apply)

Educational Efforts
Financial Incentives to move
Forced migrations
Spend money and political will researching early warning systems
Spend money and political will researching radical ways to stop nature
Other (leave comment)
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Unfortunately the real result of "if money and political will were unlimited" would be:

I would funnel a bunch of that money into off-shore accounts, lavish expenses, and live happily on a tropical island with the other business men and corrupt politicians that took advantage of this windfall. This money is almost as good as the Monorail cash.

well, you get points for brutal honesty :)


December 4 2008, 17:16:19 UTC 8 years ago Edited:  December 4 2008, 17:16:39 UTC

But on a more serious note, Etna is proof-positive that the "financial incentives to move" method just doesn't work. The Italian government provided money for relocation and the residents simply took the money and returned in various capacities.
interesting. thanks, I hadn't heard that. I'll roam a bit for more info.
Just remember, most tropical islands also have a volcano or two. ;)

I live in Australia. I'm still itching to see an active volcano.
Ha! I've already got a head start:

Now to determine which ones don't extradite to the US.
The first one on my itinery is Arenal in Costa Rica.

Then I'd actually like to climb Ol Doinyo Lengai in Tanzania - but with my lack of fitness and chronic knee injury I'm not sure if I'll be able to.