This is the award winning Megatsunami documentary written, produced and directed by Thom Goddard.
The island of La Palma in the Canary Islands is at risk of undergoing a large landslide, which could cause a megatsunami in the Atlantic Ocean. Volcanic islands and volcanoes on land frequently undergo large landslides/collapses, which have been documented in Hawaii for example. A recent example is Anak Krakatau, which collapsed to cause the 2018 Sunda Strait tsunami, claiming hundreds of lives.
Steven N. Ward and Simon Day, in a 2001 research article, proposed that a Holocene change in the eruptive activity of Cumbre Vieja volcano and a fracture on the volcano that formed during an eruption in 1949 may be the prelude to a giant collapse. They estimated that such a collapse could cause giant tsunamis across the entire North Atlantic and severely impact countries as far away as North America.
Twenty thousand years ago our planet was an icehouse. Temperatures were down six degrees; ice sheets kilometres thick buried much of Europe and North America and sea levels were 130m lower. The following 15 millennia saw an astonishing transformation as our planet metamorphosed into the
temperate world upon which our civilisation has grown and thrived. One of the most dynamic periods in Earth history saw rocketing temperatures melt the great ice sheets like butter on a hot summer’s day; feeding torrents of freshwater into ocean basins that rapidly filled to present levels. The
removal of the enormous weight of ice at high latitudes caused the crust to bounce back triggering earthquakes in Europe and North America and provoking an unprecedented volcanic outburst in Iceland. A giant submarine landslide off the coast of Norway sent a tsunami crashing onto the Scottish coast
while around the margins of the continents the massive load exerted on the crust by soaring sea levels encouraged a widespread seismic and volcanic rejoinder.
In many ways, this post-glacial world mirrors that projected to arise as a consequence of unmitigated climate change driven by human activities. Already there are signs that the effects of climbing global temperatures are causing the sleeping giant to stir once again. Could it be that we are on track to bequeath to our children and their children not only a far hotter world, but also a more geologically fractious one?
Bill McGuire is an academic, science writer and broadcaster. He is currently Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL. Bill was a member of the UK Government Natural Hazard Working Group established in January 2005, in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and in 2010 a member of the
Science Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE) addressing the Icelandic volcanic ash problem. His current research focus is the climate forcing of geological hazards. His books include Natural Hazards & Environmental Change, A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know, Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet and – most recently – Seven Years to Save the Planet. He presented the BBC Radio 4 series, Disasters in Waiting and Scientists Under Pressure and the End of the World Reports on Channel 5 and Sky News.
Bill McGuire is a volcanologist, broadcaster, activist and popular science and speculative fiction writer. He is currently Professor Emeritus of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at University College London, a co-director of the New Weather Institute, a patron of Scientists for Global Responsibility, Special Scientific Advisor at WordForest.Org and on the advisory board of ScientistsWarning.
His books include: A Guide to the End of the World: Everything you Never Wanted to Know; Surviving Armageddon: Solutions for a Threatened Planet; and Seven Years to Save the Planet. His current book is Waking the Giant: How a Changing Climate Triggers Earthquakes, Tsunamis and Volcanoes; ranked at number five in The Guardian’s Top 10 ‘eco’ books. His debut novel, Skyseed – an eco-thriller about climate engineering gone wrong – was published in September2020.
Bill is a volcanologist by inclination and training. In 1996, he was a Senior Scientist at the Montserrat Volcano Observatory and in 2010 a member of the Science Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE) addressing the Icelandic volcanic ash problem. He was a member of the UK Government Natural Hazard Working Group established in January 2005, in the wake of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and a co-author of its report: The Role of Science in Natural Hazard Assessment. His later work focused on climate change and its impacts, particularly upon the solid Earth, and he was a contributor to the 2012 IPCC report on climate change and extreme events.
Bill now works full-time as a writer and blogger. He has written for many newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Times, The Observer, New Scientist, Focus and Prospect, and blogs for the New Weather Institute, Scientists for Global Responsibility, Extinction Rebellion and Operation Noah. Bill is co-editor of the anthology: Knock Three Times: Modern Folk Tales for a World in Trouble, published in October 2019.
Bill presented two BBC Radio 4 series, Disasters in Waiting and Scientists Under Pressure, and the End of the World Reports on Channel 5 and Sky News. He has also contributed to many other television and radio programmes and was consultant and main contributor for the lauded BBC Horizon films; Supervolcanoes and Megatsunami – Wave of Destruction, as well as for the BBC drama, Supervolcano. Other TV credits include The Big Breakfast, Richard & Judy and The Terry & Gabby Show. Most recently, he was series consultant for the National Geographic series, X-Ray the Earth. He also co-presented Project Doomsday live with comedy duo, Robin & Partridge. Bill lives, runs (sometimes) and grows fruit and veg in the Peak District, where he resides with his wife Anna, sons Jake (12) and Fraser (17), and cats Dave, Toby and Cashew.
Beginning on September 12th, 2021, one of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet began to shows signs that it was waking up from its dormancy. A series of several hundred earthquakes began at the La Palma Volcano, also sometimes referred to as the Cumbre Vieja volcano. This ongoing earthquake swarm hints at the movement of magma beneath the volcano. Due to how shallow the earthquakes are occurring at, the chance of an eruption in the next several months has vastly increased in the Canary Islands. Because of this, the volcano alert level was just changed from green to yellow, which is a major development. This video will discuss this volcano, and what is likely to happen next.
Because of this, the volcano alert level was just changed from green to yellow, which is a major development. This video will discuss this volcano, and what is likely to happen next. Social media link(s) of a scientific organization which can provide more up to date information: http://www.involcan.org/ https://www.facebook.com/INVOLCAN
VOA NewsSep 25, 2021
Scientists on Saturday warned that another volcanic vent had opened up on the Spanish island of La Palma, exposing residents to possible new dangers.
READ MORE: Fresh volcanic eruptions in Spain’s Canary Islands prompted the cancellation of flights, airport authorities said Friday, the first since the Cumbre Vieja volcano came to life again.
New evacuations were also ordered as large explosions and new openings were reported Friday at the volcano on the island of La Palma.
A large cloud of thick, black ash spewed into the air, forcing several airlines to call off flights.
La Palma had six inter-island flights scheduled for Friday operated by Binter, Canaryfly and Air Europa, while the national carrier Iberia had a single service from Madrid to the mainland. All were scrapped.
They were the first flights to be canceled since the volcano erupted on Sunday.
“It is not yet possible to say when we can resume flights,” Spanish carrier Binter said on Twitter.
Authorities also ordered new evacuations, adding to the 6,100 people forced to leave to area this week, including 400 tourists.
She told BBC Scotland: “It’s been a rollercoaster year, but a much better one than I was on before. It’s a complete 360.
“The amount of energy, the amount of things I’m doing – before Kaftrio I was just existing as opposed to living. Now I’m living. It’s a totally different life.
“I feel like I’ve been given a second chance at life.”
Ms Mann said she tries to do something every day to to make the most of things “because you don’t know what’s around the corner”.
She explained: “Even with the pandemic I’ve been able to do so much more in this last year. The difference is unreal.
“I’m back to work, working from home. I love my job. In between all that, trying to do things all the time. Even just little things like going to the park with my little sister. Something as little as that I would have never been able to do before.
“I’m climbing up and down the stairs which were like a mountain beforehand. I don’t require any oxygen anymore and just not having to depend on anybody. It’s a complete U-turn.”
She added: “I think last year when I was so ill, it just feels like a blur. I wasn’t myself. I’m usually full of energy and doing things and usually quite positive. Last year was hard. I’d almost lost sight of all that. I’m now back to my old self.”
She said she had stayed in touch with a transplant team and that they were happy with her progress, with her lung function going up and stabilising.
“So they’re just keeping me on their radar so if there was to ever be any issues, they know who I am and where I’m at, but for now I’m happy with where I am,” she said.
“Just to try and live everyday like it’s your last. I’m hoping to go to Mexico with the family. That’s our ultimate holiday destination.”
As many as 300 people in NI are diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) every year
By Louise Cullen
BBC News NI Published 5 hours ago
About 1,200 people are living with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) in Northern Ireland.
But not everyone who is diagnosed can get access to the same support and treatment.
Jim Balmer has a competitive streak.
Bagpiping competitions were where he first met his wife. And when he moved on from piping, he took up squash and played for Ulster.
Now, his lungs don’t work.
“Two years ago, I started feeling a bit breathless walking up hills, slight cough – persistent cough actually – very dry,” the 52-year-old father-of-two recalled.
“And in showers, I would have coughed with the steam.”
He went to his GP and was sent for an x-ray. Initially, shadows on his lungs were treated as pneumonia.
But when a follow-up x-ray showed no improvement, a CT scan was ordered, which the pandemic delayed until July 2020.
He was diagnosed with IPF, a condition that causes scarring of the lungs and has no cure.
“Complete life change,” Mr Balmer said.
“Not only for me, but for my wife, my sons. I can’t really do anything, go anywhere.
“I had to sell my company last week, I’ve worked for myself for 21 years and I can’t do anything.”
A growing problem
On top of the roughly 1,200 people who live with the condition in Northern Ireland, as many as 300 more are diagnosed every year.
“Data over the past 20 years shows that more and more people appear to be developing fibrosis in the lungs,” said Northern Trust respiratory consultant Dr Eoin Murtagh.
“It is important that we now change the type of health service we provide, to make sure patients have access to the services they need for early diagnosis and an accurate diagnosis, and then availability for appropriate treatment.”
According to a British Lung Foundation report in 2016, Northern Ireland has the highest prevalence of IPF of any region in the UK.
But after diagnosis, not everyone here can get access to the same support and treatment, according to Dr. Murtagh.
“There’s great variability depending on where you live, which trust you’re in, as to which services you may have access to and the waiting time to avail of assessment and investigations,” he said.
“So we would like to see co-ordinated, dedicated services available to patients across Northern Ireland.”
Currently, only the Northern Trust has a dedicated multi-disciplinary lung disease team with five consultant and nursing staff.
Belfast Trust says it has a consultant and a specialist nurse, the Western Trust has a dedicated pulmonary fibrosis nurse, and the South Eastern has a nurse specialist and a part-consultant who lead their unit.
“The ‘idio’ is ‘idiot'”
Anti-fibrotic drugs can prolong and improve the quality of life for sufferers. In Europe, the US, Canada and New Zealand, they are prescribed on diagnosis.
But current guidance in the UK says they should only be prescribed when a patient’s lung function is within a certain range and they may be stopped if lung function drops below that range.
The guidance is currently under review.
“Although they don’t cure the condition, we know that they slow down the progression of the disease,” said Dr. Murtagh.
“On average, they extend life by an additional three years for patients who are on those medications.
“So if we identify patients earlier in the course of their illness, we could have a bigger impact with that medication.”
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