Globe Trekker "Volcanoes, Ring of Fire"

Globe Trekker "Volcanoes, Ring of Fire"

Thu, 01/14/2010 - 10:00pm

Megan McCormick in Hawaii.

Join the Globe Trekkers as they explore the world's most spectacular volcanoes.

Globe Trekkers "Volcanoes: Ring of Fire" airs Thursday, January 14 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11).

Volcanoes have always both fascinated and frightened mankind. Often causing massive loss of life, they've been worshipped as gods, and feared as homes for the devil. They emit huge amounts of poison gas and ash, yet provide some of the most fertile land on Earth.

In this Globe Trekker Special – Volcanoes: Ring of Fire – travellers Megan McCormick, Ian Wright, Justine Shapiro, Alex Riley, and Sami Sabiti explore the world's most spectacular volcanoes, travelling from the heart of Europe, across the Atlantic and Caribbean, to the deadly Pacific Ring of Fire.

In Europe, Ian Wright visits the Italian island of Stromboli, which has been continually erupting for at least a thousand year. Justine Shapiro travels to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, which was destroyed in 79AD by an eruption of the nearby volcano Vesuvius. And Megan heads to the Greek island of Santorini, where 1500 years before the demise of Pompeii a cataclysmic eruption destroyed local Minoan cities, and caused a vast tsunami to surge across the Mediterranean.

In much more recent times, volcanic eruptions have also frequently had devastating consequences. Megan McCormick visits Krakatoa in Indonesia, which killed over 36,000 people when it erupted in 1883. We travel to Mont Pelée on the Caribbean island of Martinique, which erupted in 1902 causing the deaths of 30,000 people. Sami Sabiti climbs to the summit of Mount Saint Helens in the United States, and meets scientists and survivors of the massive eruption here in 1980 – casualties were fortunately few, with just 57 killed, as the volcano is located in a sparsely populated area.