Lost's 'Smoke Monster' & Volcanic Ash Plume: One & The Same?
Isn't there something oddly familiar about the volcanic ash spewing from that Icelandic volcano and a sinister TV character called the "Smoke Monster"? Any fan of the widely popular TV Show "Lost" might be thinking along these same lines. Might it be that John Locke finally escaped his fictional island and is free to cause havoc on other islands in the real world?
While TV's "Lost" Island is home to the mysterious monster and Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull glacier region is home to a mysterious volcano and its plume of volcanic ash, that's just one of the many similarities between these two clouds of smoke.
Both the Smoke Monster and the Plume of Ash are similar in appearance.
The Smoke Monster and Iceland's Volcano have been on the island since before the dawn of man.
Both the Smoke Monster and the Plume of Ash are trying to escape their respective islands.
The producers of "Lost" have repeatedly hinted that the Smoke Monster is NOT a monster in the traditional sense, but more like a "security system" that controls the island.
More than 80% of the Earth's surface is secured by volcanic rocks, including almost all of the ocean floors. Countless volcanic eruptions have produced mountains on Iceland, shaped into majestic, often fertile, landscapes by erosion and weathering.
Both the Smoke Monster and the Plume of Ash appear not to like airplanes. On "Lost," the smoke monster killed the pilot of Flight 815.
Iceland's Ash Cloud is prohibiting British Airways flights from crossing the pond in either direction, after they learned their lesson in 1982 when Captain Moody and BA's Flight 009 en route to Auckland ran head into volcanic ash that almost killed him and his crew.
The smoke monster's weakness seems to be electro-magnetism. The "Others" used huge sonar pylons to keep Smokey out of the Dharmaville barracks where Charles Widmore's team set up pylons around the docked submarine with nuclear reactors and pockets of electro-magnetic energy.
In an article about controlling volanic eruptions, titled, "Super Volcano: Can the Disaster Be Prevented," there is a rogue scientific theory that electro-magnetism can be used to detonate volcanos outside areas of high populations. This would be done by triggering events into the liquid magma underneath the surface. The question is: Is it worth igniting 50 Megaton nuclear detonations to save a city like Reykjavik, Iceland?
While the "Smoke Monster" has already come out with his own t-shirts, I'm sure someone will be selling Eyjafjallajökull merchandise, shortly after reading this blog.
So, I'll leave it up to you reader. Do you think I'm on to something and the next location we'lll find John Locke (once he escapes his island) is his new home in Iceland?
If you're not a "Lost" fan and this blog was completely 'lost' on you, you might want to read my more serious blog on how to cope with 'ash fall' from Iceland's recent volcanic eruption - see "Confronting Ash Fall From Iceland's Volcano, On Both Sides Of The Pond."
P.S. By the way, if you don't know how to pronounce 'Eyjafjallajökull,' either does the rest of the world!