Friday, January 28, 2011

Volcanoes erupt

On Wednesday, the volcano on Mt Kirishima erupted, sending a tower of smoke 5,000 feet into the air. Although volcanic activity is regular in the region, this eruption was the largest in the past 50 years.

On Tuesday, Mount Bromo in East Java erupted and is disrupting flights from Indonesia to Australia and other destinations until now.

Meanwhile authorities in Colombia have raised the alert level of the Galeras volcano, expecting the volcano to erupt in as soon as a number of days.

And looking forward, the SF Chronicle reports that the eruption of a volcano in Yellowstone could make 2/3 of US land uninhabitable. Although an eruption is due, scientists cannot issue a formal warning because they do not have an exact date.

In the age of human dominance, Hashem shows his might. We are not all-powerful; only God is all-powerful; in fact, ein od milvado, there is nothing other than Him.

גַּע בֶּהָרִים וְיֶעֱשָׁנוּ - תהילים קמ"ד touch the mountains, and they will smoke

הַמַּבִּיט לָאָרֶץ, וַתִּרְעָד. יִגַּע בֶּהָרִים וְיֶעֱשָׁנוּ -תהילים ק"ד
who looks at the land, and it shakes, touches the mountains, and they smoke

שו"ע: הרואה הר געש מתפרץ צריך לברך ברכת שכוחו וגבורתו מלא עולם
according to the shulchan aruch, one who sees a volcano erupting should say the blessing 'whose strength and might fill the world' (same for thunder)

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