Is it just me, or does the Earth’s crust seem awfully fidgety these days? There have been earthquakes all over the place lately, it seems, and now air travel throughout Europe has been paralyzed by ashfall from Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
It might be getting worse. Apparently, as bad as the current eruption is, the real threat comes from Katla, another volcano nearby. According to this item in USA Today, should Katla let loose the cataclysm “would likely send the world, including the USA, into an extended deep freeze.”
(That would be bad, I guess, by most people’s lights, though with another New York City summer staring me in the face (see, for example, here, here, here, and here), it sounds to me like a pretty sweet deal.)
Meanwhile, if you’re starting up an End Of Days seismic-catastrophe pool at the office, I think the smart money is on the Cascadia Subduction Zone up in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve had a lot of action all around the eastern Pacific lately, and my sources tell me that sucker’s ready to rip.