Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Films on volcanoes

Tsunami’s (which can be generated by volcanoes and earthquakes) will be presented separately.

The most famous film is Pompeii: The Last Day (2004, Discovery Channel, BBC, dir. Peter Nicholson), a docudrama of the destruction of Pompeii and Herculaneum, from the point of view of a character, Stephen, in August 79 AD. This film had great advertising in the Washington DC Metro and was shown Jan 30, 2004.

Supervolcano (2005, Discovery Channel, BBC, dir. Tony Mitchell, with Tom Brokaw as narrator) simulates what would happen if the caldera under Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana were to explode. This event seems to happen every 300000 to 600000 years, and we may be about due. There is apparently a caldera at Mono Lake in the northern Owens Valley along famous US 395 in California, and this could represent a threat for a massive eruption, too. Besides Mt. St Helens (1980), Mt. Rainier (with its glacier), Mt. Baker and Mt. Adams all represent possible threats in the Cascade Range.

Volcano (1996, 20th Century Fox, dir. Mick Jackson) as a small caldera appear within the City of Los Angeles and erupt.

Dante’s Peak (1997, Universal, dir. John Donaldson, starring Pearce Brosnan) has a volcano near a resort town reawaken.

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