“If Mt. Baekdu repeats the great eruption which took place in the 10th century, the pillar of volcanic ash and smoke will rise approximately 15.5 miles (24.9 km) into the upper atmosphere and enter the stratosphere. The volcanic ash in the troposphere and the stratosphere will be propelled by the easterly jet stream and westerlies, pass Hamgyong and the East Sea and the volcanic ashes will rain down on the northern regions of Hokkaido and Honshu in Japan.
The fine volcanic ash that enters the stratosphere will block the solar radiation from the sun and lower the average summer temperature in the northern hemisphere more than 32.9℉ (0.5 Celcius). A Cold weather or a small glacial epoch will come in the northern hemisphere and since the volcanic ashes and sulfur dioxide will block the sun’s energy, this will greatly lower the temperature which will turn specific regions into a cold environment.” (Mt. Baekdu expert Yun Seonghyo)
If Mt. Baekdu erupts, not only will there be disaster in the Korean Peninsula, but throughout the world. We cannot cool down the magma deep inside the earth, but we can at least make some “efforts” to minimize the damages after the eruption. For this, the geological field experts in Korea and China are co-operating to prepare for Mt. Baekdu’s eruption.
On the 2nd of April, according to the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, both Korea and China agreed to dig a 4.3 mile (6.9 km) exploratory hole and examine the magma movements around 2018. The two countries agreed to this matter in the “Mt. Baekdu Volcano Korea-China Joint Workshop” which took place on Jeju Island from March 23 to 24. Ahead of this plan, they also decided to create an underground 3-dimensional map of Mt. Baekdu until 2017. Around July they will meet again to decide the drilling point and then pitch in the research.
The researchers are showing their ‘resolution’ with active participation because of the damages that will occur if Mt. Baekdu erupts. The experts say, if Mt. Baekdu erupts, not only will the volcanic ash cover the entire Northeastern area of Asia but it will definitely affect Asia and even Europe. Mt. Baekdu’s eruption will severely affect the security of the Asian region, which may also be the reason that has influenced China’s decision.
Reporter Lee Seul [firstname.lastname@example.org]