This Saturday our series of sound stories iall about the four elements finishes with the most explosive of them; ‘Fire’ and we look at how safe the world is from Volcanoes.
Our journey begins in 1883 with the eruption of Krakatau which was one of the world’s largest ever recorded volcanic eruptions which claimed the lives of a staggering 36,417 people mostly from the giant waves it caused.
But how safe is the world from the next big eruption? Even though the Icelandic Volcanic eruption in 2010 didn’t cause any deaths it did cause travel chaos.
On this week’s episode we meet the Irish people working on predicting the next likely eruption. We meet Chris Bean from the School of Geological Sciences at UCD who is part of a European Initiative called ‘Futurevolc’ dedicated to a long-term monitoring experiment in geologically active regions of Europe prone to natural hazards. Chris works trying to figure out when we need to tell people that there is going to be an eruption. We also meet Damian Martin from the Centre for Climate and Pollution studies at NUI Galway who is working on a model of knowing how ash clouds will travel and how big they’ll be.
Tune in to Futureproof to hear more from 10am this Saturday.
The four elements is funded by The Environmental Protection Agency’s Research programme, “using knowledge to protect and improve our natural environment and human health”
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