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Ash from Laacher See, just 390 miles from London, would cover Southern England

Laacher See ash extent

A sleeping super-volcano in Germany is showing worrying signs of waking up, says this article by Ted Thornhill.

Lurking just 390 miles from London beneath a lake near Bonn, Laacher See erupts every 10 to 12,000 years, says Thornhill. Since it last exploded 12,900 years ago, it could blow at any time.

“Volcanologists believe that the Laacher See volcano is still active as carbon dioxide is bubbling up to the lake’s surface, which indicates that the magma chamber below is ‘degassing’.”

Video claims to show carbon dioxide bubbling from Laacher See

Did you notice that the volcano erupts every 10,000 to 12,000 years? I think it is no coincidence that Laacher See erupts in sync with the ice-age cycle.

The Laacher See volcano is part of the East Eifel volcanic field, which I mention in “Not by Fire but by Ice.” Scientists believe its eruption could pump enough ash into the atmosphere to lower temperatures worldwide.

See entire article and several photos:

Thanks to Caroline Snyder, Emma Corry, Stephanie Relfe, Elise Philipp, Michiel van de Goor, and Stephan Meijer in New Zealand for this link


19 Responses to Is German super-volcano about to erupt?

    • Tim says:

      You’re link quotes no REAL volcanologists……so the gas is also coming from Beano…..

    • Jules says:

      I actually liked the WIRED piece.

      Not only does it bring out some correct points BUT is shows why most MSM won’t get what is happening at the moment.

      The author of the Wired article is an assistant professor of geosciences specialising in volcanoes.

      More specialists miss the big picture by looking at their individual level so they come to their conclusions.

      They don’t see:
      – changes in magnetic field (see Tampa airport)
      – bird and fish deaths
      – increase in earthquakes (even eq’s over 6+, this is important as fracking only creasts 4 mag or less earthquakes for the most part)
      – dramatic increase in active volcanoes (compare to 5 years ago or even 20 years ago)
      – climate change!

      They will never see the forest among the trees because their view is so centred on a specific area which limits their view.

  1. John says:

    If you look at history it’s earth changes that has driven man. I think we watch too much tv.People are too comfy today. I think that will change soon.

  2. TomO says:

    Actually, having read the “wired” article, I see nothing that actually disproves the original article. I was equally amused that the pictures used in the article in Wired was taken in 2007, which though does show the bubbling in the lake, does not show an indication that the degassing is either greater. lesser, or the same. And I am not sure that he is a “REAL volcanologist” just because he is an assistant professor in geoscience and made a few field trips to volcanoes. Also don’t know if he isn’t. I agree that there isn’t much substance to support the original article, but his blowing it off as fearmongering tends to discredit his own article, since that is what you expect from “the establishment,” especially if there was substance to the claim. Personally, I expect something big this year, but I don’t know what, where, or when. The way the war drums are beating, it could be that the ash that fills the skies may be from nuclear explosions, but I don’t see any more “fearmongering” in the article about the German volcano then I do about the ones about “global warming,” especially as I see lowering temperatures everywhere I look.

  3. Steven Rowlandson says:

    I think one would need to see significant SO2 emissions and a increase in lake temperature before alarming the public or calling serious attention to the situation. Also the last time this volcano erupted was the end of an ice age and not the start of one.

  4. Laurel says:

    thanks Beano, now we need only wait a day or so for the claims about how that nasty CO2 gassing is killing something in the lake, seems its been bubbling for ages, be a good spot to do plant etc analysis in..if you dont have a warmist bias, anyway;-0

  5. J.A. says:

    Would be nice if this iceagenow site wouldn’t be so darned UK orientated…

    This super-volcano is only 390 miles from London….
    yeah… and much much closer to millions of other Europeans which obviously would be affected much more severely! Try to focus on a broader perspective and I would feel myself a bit better @ home at this site.

  6. Sonya says:

    –I see that you mention that ash would ‘cover southern England’. As an Englishwoman, I appreciae the mention, but I feel it wouldn’t do much good to Germany either. Mind you, as an Englishwoman, I wouldn’t mind France being under a ton of ash…

  7. Tom says:

    Has anyone taken samples of that gas and tested it? Marshy areas like that are famous for releasing methane from rotting vegetation.

    It could just be swamp gas!

  8. james says:

    Come on!!! Mr Felix this sort of reporting only damages your reputation. I come to your site for honest posts. The Daily Mail is a right wing tabloid that sells on sensationalism. They have such famous informative articles like: Why no child is safe from the sinister cult of emo

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-566481/Why-child-safe-sinister-cult-emo.html#ixzz1iRnMThuc

    Up your game or give up

    • TomO says:

      No offense meant, but no one forces you to read any article at all. You can pick and choose as you like, skipping the ones that you don’t. That’s what I do. I do find posts like yours somewhat narrowly amusing, however, leaning more to the narrow side.

    • Mirco Poletto says:

      Ok the Daily Mail does it to sell more copies but who’s paying you?

      If the lake water might seep into the magma chamber explosion would be DEVASTATING!

  9. Norm G Smith says:

    It looks obvious to me that trolls from RealClimate and CRU are using these forums to attack a widely respected author and intellectual.

    the fairy tale that “Human activity” causes “global warming.”

    When the message has been debunked, and you can’t attack the message…

    …attack the messenger.

  10. marf says:

    It’s a good article because a lot of people who live in this neigberhood never heard of it before.

  11. Kevin says:

    Most decay in the bottom of lakes and ponds produce gas that bubbles. Colder lakes will suddenly bubble alot when hit with warm weather.

  12. Billsocal says:

    This is just blowing my mine up. I was station in southern Bavaria just outside of Munich during the late 1970s. While I was in Germany. There no earthquakes or talks about a super volcano between Bonn and Cologne. What make this one real dangerous is that it is located at the bottom of a lake. That means if it goes it is going to be very bad.

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