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What will it take
For man to wake

Volcanic flow
What do we know

Ah... Ohhh...

What will we make
Shake and bake
Lady of the lake
Please give us the tools
To release us as fools
Self-imposed Lady of Shalott
Let us choose not

The Lady of Shalott is a character from Tennyson Lord Alfie's King Arthur. She lives on an island upstream from Camelot. A magic spell was cast upon her. She is made to look at the world outside her castle window in a mirror and weave what she sees into a tapestry. She is forbidden to look directly at the outside world.

The Lady Of The Lake may be based on a Celtic lake divinity (similar to the Gwagged Annwn lake fairies of Welsh folklore). In the folk tale of King Arthur, The Lady Of The Lake gave Arthur his sword -- Excalibur.

The government of Congo has stated that a volcano near Virunga National Park has erupted. The director of the park says, “it is of great concern.” Though the area is not heavily populated with humans, the park is home to endangered animal species.

Recently, the Philippines had an eruption watch and evacuation around the Mayon Volcano. Though the alert level has been lowered, there is still a possibility of an eruption.

Environment concerns over the effects of volcanoes combined with human induced climate change are elevated.

Magnitude 7.0 - HAITI REGION
2010 January 12 21:53:09 UTC
15 km (10 miles) SW of PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti Quake-stunned Haitians pile bodies by fallen homes
By JONATHAN M. KATZ, Associated Press Writer
"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Haitians piled bodies along the devastated streets of their capital Wednesday after the strongest earthquake to hit the poor Caribbean nation in more than 200 years crushed thousands of structures, from schools and shacks to the National Palace and the U.N. peacekeeping headquarters. Untold numbers were still trapped.

It seemed clear that the death toll from Tuesday afternoon's magnitude-7.0 quake would run into the thousands. France's foreign minister said the head of the U.N. peacekeeping mission was apparently among the dead."

"The hospitals cannot handle all these victims," Dr. Louis-Gerard Gilles, a former senator, said as he helped survivors. "Haiti needs to pray. We all need to pray together."

"It would appear that everyone who was in the building, including my friend Hedi Annabi, the United Nations' Secretary General's special envoy, and everyone with him and around him, are dead," French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Wednesday, speaking on RTL radio.

"Everybody is just totally, totally freaked out and shaken," said Henry Bahn, a U.S. Department of Agriculture official visiting Port-au-Prince. "The sky is just gray with dust."

California: Earthquake Damage Climbs
The New York Times
"The damage estimate from the earthquake on Saturday in Eureka has climbed to $21.9 million, officials said. The figure reflects damage to 240 buildings...."

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