A new open-access paper by Lara Mani, Asaf Tzachor and Paul Cole in the journal Nature Communications presents seven global pinch points where a clustering of global critical systems converges with regions of volcanic activity, presenting a new landscape for catastrophic volcanic risk.
Author Lara Mani says, "We need to move away from thinking in terms of colossal eruptions destroying the world. Although valid, the more probable scenarios involve lower-magnitude eruptions interacting with our global critical systems & cascading us towards catastrophe.”
Globalisation supports the clustering of critical infrastructure systems, sometimes in proximity to lower-magnitude (VEI 3–6) volcanic centres. In this emerging risk landscape, moderate volcanic eruptions might have cascading, catastrophic effects. Risk assessments ought to be considered in this light.
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