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(CNN)   The Tonga volcano eruption was a once-in-a-millennium event. Haven't we had enough once-in-a-millennium events in our lifetimes?   (cnn.com) divider line
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2022-01-18 12:48:31 PM  
Experiencing multiple once-in-a-millennium events during your lifetime is itself a once-in-a-millennium event.
 
2022-01-18 1:32:39 PM  
Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

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2022-01-18 1:34:53 PM  

AlgaeRancher: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

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When my art failures imitate life
 
2022-01-18 1:37:38 PM  
Wait until the Vogon Constructor Fleet shows up next month
 
2022-01-18 1:37:46 PM  
Damned millennials.
 
2022-01-18 1:37:47 PM  
I blame the Millennials.
 
2022-01-18 1:39:59 PM  
Apparently firefox 91.4.0  can't play most video formats, unlike 78.0.
 
2022-01-18 1:40:56 PM  

AlgaeRancher: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

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"Ugh, I've got such a splitting headache..."
 
2022-01-18 1:43:16 PM  
I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption
 
2022-01-18 1:43:53 PM  
It's only a millennial event for that particular volcano - TFA says some volcano somewhere in the world blows up this big roughly every ten years
 
2022-01-18 1:44:01 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Experiencing multiple once-in-a-millennium events during your lifetime is itself a once-in-a-millennium event.


Except it isn't really.  It was a once in a 1,000 year event for this particular volcano.  Most people will experience multiple low probability high consequence events over the course of their lifetime.  Heck many of us on Fark probably experienced a much larger and more damaging eruption in our lifetimes with the Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_eruption_of_Mount_Pinatubo
 
2022-01-18 1:44:02 PM  
And you may ask yourself "How do I work this?" - Talking Heads
 
2022-01-18 1:48:09 PM  

pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption


my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.
 
2022-01-18 1:49:20 PM  

aungen: Feet first into the lava, I figure.


Just don't expect to sink.  It's liquid rock, it's much denser than your body.
 
2022-01-18 1:49:43 PM  
There are an infinite number of once in a millennium events that can occur each day.
 
2022-01-18 1:50:24 PM  

aungen: pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption

my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.


Not ground zero for the fusion bomb explosion that starts the Human/Machine War?
 
2022-01-18 1:50:42 PM  
We should be grateful, 'cause now we can rest easy.
 
2022-01-18 1:51:52 PM  

aungen: pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption

my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.


Feet first, jeez, you must like pain.  You want to go head first or cannonball into that sucker.
 
2022-01-18 1:52:07 PM  
You've left out a Hunga Tonga. You've left out the main one, too. Thought you could slip one over on me, didn't you, eh?

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2022-01-18 1:54:05 PM  
That's the thing that people don't understand about probability. Each day has an equal chance to spawn a once-in-a-lifetime event.

/ And you may ask yourself, "how did I get here?"
 
2022-01-18 1:58:35 PM  

OkieDookie: Wait until the Vogon Constructor Fleet shows up next month


Sweet relief.
 
2022-01-18 1:58:35 PM  
In fairness the millennium is only 21 years old so far.
 
2022-01-18 1:59:25 PM  
There's a once in a lifetime probability that I'll type "rabbit juice". Rabbit juice
 
2022-01-18 1:59:56 PM  
That article was very informative. All this time I thought volcanoes were caused by  acid rain falling into a cone filled with baking soda laden rocks. Mind blown.
 
2022-01-18 2:00:34 PM  
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2022-01-18 2:05:29 PM  

Unsung_Hero: aungen: Feet first into the lava, I figure.

Just don't expect to sink.  It's liquid rock, it's much denser than your body.


So you stick your feet in, then steam/broil yourself as you fall over trying to get away, and lava/fire slowly crawls up your body as it expands, fusing you to the rock?  It seems about the same as sleeping pills and a gas explosion.  but you do you, guy.  This is my easy way out.

Other options include crotch-first on a belt-fed saw, and falling in love, having kids, and dying surrounded by those little shiats and their crotch fruit on your death bed.
 
2022-01-18 2:07:22 PM  
As an Oregonian who evacuated for wildfires last year, sold my house and moved to the Oregon coast only to be woken by tsunami warnings on Saturday I'm getting a kick out of these replies.
 
2022-01-18 2:07:47 PM  
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Hunga Tonga volcano.
 
2022-01-18 2:08:47 PM  

Daedalus27: aungen: pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption

my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.

Feet first, jeez, you must like pain.  You want to go head first or cannonball into that sucker.


Soak yourself in rum first
 
2022-01-18 2:12:28 PM  

aungen: Other options include ... falling in love, having kids, and dying surrounded by those little shiats and their crotch fruit on your death bed.


Keep your horror-porn to yourself.
 
2022-01-18 2:13:04 PM  

Chaghatai: It's only a millennial event for that particular volcano - TFA says some volcano somewhere in the world blows up this big roughly every ten years


Exactly.. Stupid clickbait articles
 
2022-01-18 2:18:59 PM  

Kolg8: There are an infinite number of once in a millennium events that can occur each day.


Remembering the story of Richard Feynman going into his office with the news that [3 cars with license numbers a,b,c]  were parked next to each other.
 
2022-01-18 2:18:59 PM  

AlgaeRancher: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

[Fark user image image 425x566]


You meant to do that...

Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai, mind blown.
 
2022-01-18 2:24:39 PM  
If you're older than 21, then once in a millennium events will statistically occur twice in your lifetime.

/Bad at math
 
2022-01-18 2:25:03 PM  
Once in a millenium?

Events of this magnitude occur roughly once a decade around the world, but for this volcano an eruption of this scale is a rarity.

CNN's doomsayer game is strong.
 
2022-01-18 2:26:45 PM  

aungen: pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption

my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.


May I interest you into a helmet constructed like the conventional explosives of a nuclear implosion device?

The blast wave is about 60 times faster than nerve conduction speed.  You wouldn't even know anything happened.  From your perspective, you exist one moment, and then you don't.

Granted, it's messy, but that's not your problem.
 
2022-01-18 2:28:57 PM  

iToad: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Hunga Tonga volcano.


That was a good read. Thanks.

/Going to be in the area in a couple of months, hoping that the trip isn't cancelled. In part because we're doing some work on the tsunami alarms.
//Last trip to the region was cancelled at the last minute when Covid broke out. We didn't want to get stuck on a remote island for however long it would take before we'd be allowed back to BNE.
///Wait a minute... am I the Jessica Fletcher of natural disasters?
 
2022-01-18 2:29:52 PM  

Blathering Idjut: As an Oregonian who evacuated for wildfires last year, sold my house and moved to the Oregon coast only to be woken by tsunami warnings on Saturday I'm getting a kick out of these replies.


Welcome to the coast!   We had a wildfire right on the coast, north of me.  It wasn't huge, but it burned a farkton of homes...within spitting distance of the ocean.  We woke up to a nearly scarlet sky and a strange rust colored dust that I'm still finding in the dark corners of my home.

https://www.oregoncoast.org/blog/reflecting-on-echo-mountain-fire/

We also get the occasional huge windstorm.  One forty years ago took out an entire dock of the port.  Big Alaska boats pushed up against a seawall.  Roofs torn off, etc.

Oh and the earthquake, the big one, that could happen any day now.

Depending where you are, have your exit east planned in advance, on most of the coast there a few roads that had east.  One wreck and that's it.   Have a chainsaw and big bolt cutters or metal saw to get out and up in the back woods, logging roads.

Yeah, we've thought a lot about this.   If it is a really huge tsunami coming (we are 120 feet above the bay), there is no "going up", we have an emergency supply of vodka.  :)

But I love the Oregon Coast.  It's home and a beautiful place to live.
 
2022-01-18 2:31:16 PM  

AlgaeRancher: AlgaeRancher: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

[Fark user image image 425x566]

When my art failures imitate life


That's a cool failure.  Just build a metal frame that holds the two parts in that same relative position.  It blew its top.
 
2022-01-18 2:45:35 PM  
I'm just a Hunga Tonga burning love!
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2022-01-18 2:51:12 PM  

Pocket Ninja: Experiencing multiple once-in-a-millennium events during your lifetime is itself a once-in-a-millennium event.


Given enough events being tracked, it becomes inevitable.
 
2022-01-18 2:53:26 PM  

Kraftwerk Orange: AlgaeRancher: AlgaeRancher: Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha'apai volcano 🌋

63,000 lightning strikes in 15 minutes,

[Fark user image image 425x566]

When my art failures imitate life

That's a cool failure.  Just build a metal frame that holds the two parts in that same relative position.  It blew its top.


I will try, it's too nice of a piece to just sit on a shelf collecting dust.
 
2022-01-18 2:58:30 PM  
May 20th, 1883?

Are we just ignoring the exact same thing when Krakatoa went off?

This is a Once-Every-Two-Centuries event.

But keep building those massive populations, Jakarta, no worries.
 
2022-01-18 3:05:51 PM  
Just like the yearly once-a-century floods.
 
2022-01-18 3:22:50 PM  
Does it really matter how rare something is as long as it keeps happening far away/
 
2022-01-18 3:28:06 PM  

aungen: pastramithemosterotic: I'm already making preparations for the Yellowstone eruption

my preparations include making sure its easy to die comfortably.  Like ... really nice.  Feet first into the lava, I figure.


That's not going to feel as quick as it will be.
 
2022-01-18 3:48:54 PM  
Volcano: "More virgins, or the islands get it!"
 
2022-01-18 4:01:31 PM  
The largest eruption in 30 years was a once in a 1000 years event?  Um, no.

What they mean is, it is a once in a thousand year event for that particular volcano. It will take that o Iing  for it to build up enough magma to erupt that powerfully again, if ever.
 
2022-01-18 4:42:42 PM  

Pointy Tail of Satan: Volcano: "More virgins, or the islands get it!"


how about a 35 year old man with a brain cloud?
 
2022-01-18 5:29:04 PM  
Has anyone blamed climate change for the eruption yet? Greta?
 
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