From Volcanic Ash to Gigantic Crash?

To me, the recent Icelandic volcano is one of the most fascinating things to happen in quite a while because of the far reaching havoc it’s causing. It’s a supreme example of how our modern society can be brought down a notch or two by things we can’t control. It was unexpected and is impossible to predict. And it could go on for months to come.

Perhaps you’ve heard the expression “Death by a thousand cuts.” What if this is essentially what the ash cloud will do to our usual way of life? In other words, things won’t happen all at once. The effects could be slow, sporadic and painful.

Who’d have thought a volcanic event in far away Iceland could bring about such a diversity of consequences? It doesn’t merely affect air travel and tourism plans, but disrupts things like export of flowers and vegetables from Africa to European supermarkets. Companies relying on just-in-time deliveries are hit as well. Businesses are forced to come up with contingency plans for shipping their goods.

While it’s thought at this point that agriculture in continental Europe won’t be adversely affected, note that a volcanic eruption in Iceland in 1783 caused crop failures in France. According to Prof Steve Sparks, director of the Bristol Environmental Risk Research Centre at Bristol University, the resulting famines may have been a factor in the French Revolution.

Could the ash cloud’s disruptions to our normal modern life lead to anything that monumental? Could the already weak economy slide down into the greatest depression we’ve ever seen?

It’s anybody’s guess. Maybe things will return to normal before long. But whatever happens, think survival.


“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27-29, Holy Bible King James Version


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.

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