Sunday, August 28, 2011

Forgotten Brooklyn Volcano dormant for 3 million years back to life
Tornadoes. Earthquakes. Hurricanes. and Volcanos?

A long forgotten volcano grumbled on Sunday, much to the surprise of the neighborhood hipsters. While Tropical Storm Irene pounded the surface, magma churned away a few miles below.

Yes, minor seismic activity has been detected in New York City. The Brooklyn volcano was thought to be inactive and therefore long forgotten but it seems a volcano grows in Brooklyn

A full eruption is not expected for hundreds of years, geologists warn this can accelerate and be the next Eyjafjallajökull, referring to the Icelandic volcano that erupted twice in 2010 and disrupted air traffic across Europe.

The Brooklyn volcano is fed by a magma chamber that runs under the Gowanus Expressway, which in turn derives from the tectonic divergence of the Greenwood area. It is part of a chain of little known volcanoes spotting the New York region including North Beacon Mountain, Mt. Tremper and Watkins Glen. Geologists are keeping a close eye on this developing event. Expect volcano themed coffee, beer and tee shirts to follow.