(Credit: G.C.Barczynski.) In 2010, Volcanic eruption caused a total blackout in the country’s south, with about 2 million people in the southern and central regions still largely without electricity since late October. Most of this blackout occurred on October 27th, with the sun’s rays apparently breaking the water power lines, shutting off power distribution as far as 150 miles outside Volgograd, Russia. Unfortunately for the inhabitants of those areas, the sun doesn’t set and doesn’t rise for hours and hours, meaning that the whole blackout could have been averted if the sun had not interfered with electricity supply back in October. At around midnight on October 27th, at the height of a local lunar eclipse, the sun came directly over a nearby mountain range and slowly started moving eastwards towards it. (Credit: NOAA.) So how did Volcanic Eruption Doku Natakaya affect the local landscape? By providing a clear, unceasing light on what’s in store for the land. The eruption produced a thick dust cloud high into the sky. This stormy dust cloud swept across the South Caucasus, creating the same kind of dust “moss” that had previously been discovered from ash clouds. This cloud of dust coated the air and ground with layers of gray, dustlike particles. However, one area of the southern Tien Shan Mountains was completely enveloped by the clouds.
Another view of the smoke from the Volcanic Eruption. Image credit: NASA.
By some sources, this area of Tien Shan might have included the remnants of a large crater that caused the ash cloud to blanket Russia and eastern Tien Shan. Volcanic eruption has sometimes raised concerns in the Soviet era that an asteroid impact might have happened around such a nearby volcano. The same remains true today because of changes in the earth’s magnetic field and in the position of the sun as it comes closer to the earth. In the case of Volcanic Eruption Doku Natakaya, the volcanic activity is so strong, the sun’s light touches it (see this related article: “The New Siberian Volcano” (October 11, 2012), by Peter Seibel, Science in Science Books, p. 25). Many scientists believe that the Volcanic eruption will be much smaller than the Volcanic Eruption that happened in 1999, and therefore, much less destructive, though, the area could experience “severe eruptions” (meaning that the entire crater could completely collapse and spew ash far, far away). This is the image of Volcanic eruption Doku Natakaya from a May 2011 press release from the Russian Geophysical Institute. (Credit: K.N. Tsherkine.) Other events in 2011 such as the eruption of the Buryat-14 volcano that erupted at 11 am on May 26 may also play a role in the future of the solar system and in potentially creating a “ring around the sun”, not a solar eclipse, which may occur around the time of Doku Natakaya and other Doku Natakaya-like eruptions. A Russian scientist says that the future for the solar system is “unknown”. The Russian scientist is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, also known as the Russian Academy of Sciences. One of his own members called him an “obligatory” scientific idiot . Now, where is a geologist’s home?