A few weeks ago Mount Tavurvur erupted. What made this eruption particularly interesting was the initial explosion was captured on video, which is very rare. We all know volcanoes are powerful, but this video gives a front seat experience into just how powerful they are. Pay special attention to blast wave.

Mount Tavurvur’s eruption is incredibly interesting to watch. Obviously no person would want to be much closer to this explosion. The power of this volcano is immense. However, Tavurvur’s eruption was actually very puny as far as volcanoes go. Volcanoes are measured on a scale of 0-8 on the Volcanic Explosivity Index (or VEI). With each increase of 1 on the index, the eruption becomes 10 times more powerful. Scientists have not yet classified Tavurvur’s latest explosion, but it will likely be somewhere around a class 2-3.

As a point of comparison, the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens was a class 5. This eruption was equivalent to “24 megatons of thermal energy…or about 1,600 times the size of the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima” (U.S. Geological Survey). Since Mount Saint Helens is a class 5, it makes a class 8 extremely difficult to imagine. As one source explained, “When a volcano of this magnitude erupts, the climate of the whole planet is affected for extended periods of time, and mass-extinctions can be expected” ( If we were to try to imitate the release of this much power, both the US and Russia would have to detonate their entire nuclear arsenals at the same time, and this still might not reach the power of a class 8 volcano (idib). Thankfully, class 8 eruptions are extremely rare.

The power of volcanoes is enormously vast, and yet even the eruption of a class 8 volcano can’t even compare to a mere sliver of God’s mighty power. When we look at something like a volcano, the words of Scripture come alive. Consider the following:

“No one is like you, O LORD; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. …But the LORD is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King. When he is angry, the earth trembles; the nations cannot endure his wrath” (Jeremiah 10:6-7).

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Our God is mighty and immeasurably powerful. This is clearly seen when we look at the world around us. No one is more powerful than the Lord. Therefore, let’s make sure we give Him the honor and praise He deserves!

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