one year on / 火山の混乱から1年

April 16, 2011


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.

Iceland has been supplying most of its required electricity by renewable sources – geothermal and hydro power. And also they are developing hydrocarbon exploration, as they are aiming to be energy-independent by 2050.





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