one year on

火山の混乱から1年

3 December 1947, Iceland
Mt Hekla in Eruption
design: S. Jónsson

Just a year ago, people in Europe started to realise that an event of nature can cause great disorder to our modern society.  I was in Milano last year today, looking for an alternative route to get out from Milano – it took 25 hours to get back to London through Euro-tunnel.

This set of stamps are showing an eruption of Helka, one of Iceland’s main volcanoes, in 1947.  The close-up below shows great needle work by the engraver, signed SJ, depicting erupting volcanic ashes both near and far.

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一年前、火山の噴火が飛行機を止め、いつもの便利な生活をあっと言う間にかき乱すことをヨーロッパの人たちは体験しました。わたしもミラノからパリへの夜行列車で眠り、車でリールまで迎えに来てもらって25時間かけてロンドンに戻りました。

この2枚の切手は、同じアイスランドで1947年に噴火したヘクラ火山を描いています。凹版印刷の彫り師が、吹き上がる火山灰が遠くでかすんで地上に降る様子を丁寧に描いていて、火山に対する畏敬の念を感じます。

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