WITH HURRICANE DEAN sweeping into Mexico, another even more deadly disaster appears to be waiting in the wings, and one that could zero in on the Pacific coastline of North America. And that's the devastating Ring of Fire.
Certainly, there was the recent 8.0 earthquake and its aftershocks which occurred in Peru, but the 'Ring' has the potential of erupting once again and most have forgotten its last occurence despite the fact it lashed out in December 2004.
In case, you've forgotten about it, this is what I wrote midway through 2005:
WARNING! : If you live on the west coast of North America, your life is in danger, for a mountain of molten lava and water is about to engulf your cities from San Diego to Los Angeles to San Francisco to Seattle to Vancouver to Alaska.
A plot for another 'disaster' movie for summer release in 2005?
Possible, but it could also become a reality.
An AFP story out of Mount Talang, Indonesia in late April reported that "massive quakes have stirred two huge volcanoes from their slumber and sent shockwaves reverberating along a vast and volatile region known as the Pacific "Ring of Fire."
One of those volcanoes is known as "Son of Krakatoa."
That "Ring of Fire" has caused grown men to quiver, for the history books recall the massive volcanic eruption of Krakatoa in 1883; and most recently the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980.
The Ring's arc stretches from Chile, north to Alaska and then west to encompass Japan, Southeast Asia and the Pacific islands. No one, or not one thing is safe.
Then, of course, in late December 2004, the Ring came to life with a 9.3 quake off Indonesia and the accompanying tsunamis which claimed upwards of 300,000.
Television was quick to react to such a massive disaster and in early April, 2005, a two-hour "docudrama" -- 'Supervolcano' erupted on the Discovery Channel. It was time to head for hills.
It happened in Yellowstone National Park, but before you rush out to buy disaster insurance, it did happen 2.1 million years ago. And that's a lot of zeroes.
However, it's not that far fetched to envision another cataclysmic event, perhaps not at Yellowstone, where in the movie such Montana cities such as Bozeman and Billings were buried under deadly ash.
I remember the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980 and the ash which covered cars and houses as far north as Vernon and Oyama. It took weeks for me to clean off my car.
'Yellowstone' and its 'Huckleberry Ridge' eruption blew out an estimated 600 cubic miles of lava and ash, enough to fill a cube measuring 8.4 miles on each side and enough to bury the state of Wyoming in 38 feet of debris. In comparison, the total ash and debris from Mount St. Helens would have filled a cube 0.6 miles on each side.
There are those that believe the Ring of Fire is just the shifting of plates in the Pacific. Then there's the Biblical point of view for such grave dangers facing the West Coast of North America and it has to do with former U.S. President George Bush and the Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon giving away "God's Chosen Land of Israel" to the Palestinians.
In Bill Koenig's 'Eye to Eye', a 384-page in-depth study of the consequences of dividing God's Covenant Land, citing the major "land for peace" efforts and the 29 corresponding catastrophes or events from October 30, 1991 to December 13, 2000 and then the 20 corresponding catastrophes from March 31, 2001 to November 4, 2003.
Koenig also explored the major catastrophes or events that transpired when Presidents Bush, Clinton and George W were in office, beginning with the Madrid Peace Conference of October 30, 1991 to November 4, 2003.
In addition, Koenig outlines the top 10 natural disasters ranked by FEMA relief costs; the three largest insurance events in U.S. history; four of the seven costliest hurricanes in U.S. history; plus three of the four largest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history.
Whether you believe such catastrophes are just coincidences or part of a divine intervention in man's decision to give away The Land, there's little doubt something earth-shattering is going on and that includes the Indonesian disaster of December 2004.
"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea." (Luke 21:25)