June 29, 2013

  • June 29, 2013
Feel the volcano (Photo source: jamesmapope.wordpress.com)
Volcanoes... such a majestic creation of nature!

To me, volcanoes are always fascinating, mysterious and with a vivid spirit, either with cold magma or hot magma...

I cannot find enough words to explain the mixture and avalanche of feelings being around such a wonderful and magnificent "opera", somehow full of contradictions.

It is amazing to watch and be near any type of volcano, be it a dormant volcano or quite an active volcano lover, also?

Have you ever had the chance to see a one in real, to walk around, touch it, smell it?
Did you feel and sense the volcano spirit?

Resembling a volcanic eruption in a scenic video at Santorini Island, Greece

"Desire is storm, greed is whirlpool, pride is precipice, attachment is avalanche, ego is volcano. Discard desire and you are liberated." - Sri Sathya Sai Baba

In my opinion, any human being should take a trip to famous European Volcanoes:
- Mt. Etna Volcano - Sicily, Italy

- and Santorini Volcano - Greece, to Iceland, Mexico, Martinique, Java, Japan or to any other volcanic site in the world, and experience all those wonderfully mixed and triggering feelings...

Sicilia - Etna volcano (own photo)
While taking a trip to Etna Volcano - which was a guided tour with very short free time to take the chance and let myself surrounded by volcano's spirit, feel and enjoy its beauty - would be interesting to take the opportunity to speak with brave locals about their daily life near volcano, their perspective over important and mundane things.

It seamed to me that most people leaving around a volcano, especially close to an active volcano, are perfectly aware of their exposure to the danger but they become somehow addicted to it, volcano's spirit entering under their skin, building their stamina, making them watch their lives with eyes wide open... they do feel and sense the Volcano, eventually enjoying every single moment.

I think any person that was lucky enough to be born near a volcano gets a part of its wild spirit becoming somehow directly dependent and connected with its breath, as part of nature. When volcano breaths, you're doing the same, when its revolting, you understand its rage and, simply, follow it, when it is calm you're just living your life beneath its silent presence...

Let's feel and sense the volcano!
"So when I read this story, it unlocked a volcano of unanswered questions, because the questions had never been asked. It was an opportunity to come to terms with the lot of repressed history - and history of repression." - Phillip Noyce

Lava runned over the house - Mt. Etna, Sicily, Volcano (own photo)
Few words about volcanoes
There are about 485 active volcanoes on this planet.

The largest volcano is Mauna Loa and it makes up part of Hawaii. The volcano stands above ground, but it begins way below the ocean and is actually 9090 m high.

Magma is molten rock and it is comes from the center of the earth where the temperature can reach up to 10,000 degrees centigrade. That's extremely hot!

One third of all volcanic eruptions take place on the island country of Iceland
When the island of Krakatoa erupted in 1883, it caused a tidal wave that killed 40,000 people. The island sank after ejecting 18 cubic kms of lava. Santorini Volcano, Greece - facts & information/ VolcanoDiscovery 

Mt. Vesuvius, the active volcano that looms over the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, has erupted well over 30 times that we know of. And yet its most famous eruption took place all the way back in... At any time there are about 20 volcanoes actively erupting around the world, and about 50-70 volcanoes have erupted in the last year or so. There are a total of 550 volcanoes that have erupted in all of recorded history.

Volcanoes around the world give sleepless nights to those who live around its vicinity. If you want to know more about some of the world famous volcanoes, then read the following article - world famous volcanoes

"The Earth is God's pinball machine and each quake, tidal wave, flash flood and volcanic eruption is the result of a TILT that occurs when God, cheating, tries to win free games." - Tom Robbins


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