AHHHHHH! FEAR MONGERING!

Now that Eyjafjallajökull is calming down what is left to report onefrom Europe? I have an idea, let’s start panicking over another volcano!

Katla is a volcano that sits close to Eyjafjallajökull. Historically, it’s eruptons have been larger than Eyjafjallajökull’s, but thankfully it’s name is a bit easier pronounce. Right now there is not a lot of evidence that anything will actually happen with it, but that’s not stopping major news outlets from spitting up nonsense about a possible eruption:

LONDON — An Icelandic volcano neighbouring Eyjafjoell, whose eruptions paralysed Europe’s skies last month, could come to life in the near future, according to experts.

“An eruption in the short term is a strong possibility,” experts said, referring to Katla, which is larger and fiercer than Eyjafjoell, in a report from the University College London (UCL) institute for risk and disaster reduction.

Go experts!

I’m glad we have these nameless, faceless people to count on for vague information. When is the short term exactly? What does a strong possibility mean? There is a high probability that in the near future a news outlet will write another bad piece of science journalism.

Look, I was right!

LONDON – A second, much larger volcano in Iceland is showing signs that it may be about to erupt, scientists have warned.

Since the start of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption, which caused cancellations of thousands of flights in Europe because of a giant ash cloud, there has been much speculation about neighboring Katla.

An initial research paper by the University College of London Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction said: “Analysis of the seismic energy released around Katla over the last decade or so is interpreted as providing evidence of a rising … intrusive magma body on the western flank of the volcano.”

This one invokes the vague magic of all knowing “scientists.” No names again, only the name of an institution in London, the same place mentioned in the first article. I guess interviewing real “experts” who might know a thing or two about volcanos would be too hard, or maybe reality dosen’t generate headline worthy news.

Instead of blithering on about something that might or might not happen, how about you cover a current eruption. One that is actually causing major problems. Pacaya in Guatemala is erupting, and has already killed three people:

Two villagers from El Bejucal and a reporter from CNN affiliate Noti 7 were killed as a result of Thursday’s eruption of the Pacaya volcano, said David de Leon, a spokesman for the national disaster commission.

The three victims were crushed by rocks strewn by the volcano.

Pacaya, located about 18 miles (30 kilometers) south of Guatemala City, began spewing ash and soot Thursday evening.

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared a state of calamity for 15 days and called for calm as the eruption spread ash over the capital, prompting evacuations and shutting down the city’s international airport.

There is no need to use made up sensational headlines when there are real things to report on.

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