1920’s East Africa– “THE END OF EUROPE AS WE KNOW IT- AND WE FEEL FINE”
Kenyan colonists with friends in 1922 Europe had cause for alarm. According to a New York scientist, Dr. Milton A. Nobles, Europe was doomed.
Dr. Nobles was listed according to the Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922, as being “a geologist and student of volcanic disturbances.” His statements first appeared in the New York World, March 1, 1922, in which he claimed “that earthquakes would occur in Italy between March 4 and 15.” A humble enough prediction.
Then on March 5, Vesuvius erupted, blowing an “eruptive cone more than 200 feet high. Ashes, incandescent stones, and streams of molten lava were ejected and covered an area 100,000 square feet round the crater.”
There’s nothing like a predicted eruption to turn the media’s attention on the predictor. There’s nothing like a little media attention to make someone talk too much.
Dr. Nobles claimed that it is “possible to foretell earthquakes by the direction of the winds. He believes that the volcanic fires burning under the earth’s crust, heat the surrounding surface and cause columns of rising air.” This makes a vacuum which draws in surrounding air “and causes wind to blow in that direction from different parts of the earth.” So if a wind that has been “blowing towards Central America” suddenly shifts towards Alaska, “look for volcanic disturbances in the northwest.”
But that’s not all that Dr. Nobles claimed. He says that “when the coming eruption takes place, vast areas of Europe will disappear and new continents will arise.” The USA will feel these shocks as well, but “it will only destroy that part of the earth, including Europe, which has been worn out by volcanic fires.”
Oh, and the Earth’s axis might shift, too.
Next week: Kenya’s Elgon Caves and the inhabitants.
(text and image taken from The Leader of British East Africa, April 29, 1922)
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