Gorgeous 4k footage of a volcano erupting

Whenever I see an epic volcano explosion, such as this one of Volcano Calbuco in Chile exploding for the first time in 40 years, from the comforts of my own home through a glorious time lapse video shot in 4K, I can’t help but wonder about a time without video cameras and the Internet and cities and light pollution and imagine what I would feel if I saw mountains literally explode with lava and ash for the first time.

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I’m already impressed with them through these wires and pixels, I think I’d start worshipping them if I saw them in real life hundreds of years ago.

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DISCUSSION

I thought this was awesome, but was curious if volcanoes are currently more active or less active. I grew up in the 90s and seem to remember more volcano eruptions being covered in the news so I decided to pull some data...because I’m a nerd. And holy crap was I wrong.

I pulled data from the USGS. From their records, in a year you’ll observe an average of 3.5 eruptions a year dating back to 1958 t0 2006 with a standard deviation of 1.89. That means anything from 1-5 eruptions a year is the norm.

In 2007 we get 9 eruptions, then 14, then 11, 11, 12, 19 in 2012, 14 in 2013, 34 in 2014 and in 2015 we have 40. To put that in perspective, there have been nearly as many observed eruptions in the last 6 months (40) as there were in the entire 1990s (42).

In the last 18 months, there have been 74 eruptions aka more than 1980-1999 (72). I don’t know what to make of this data...but I’m going to watch the basketball game so my brain doesn’t start thinking about super volcanoes.