Every now and then, nature reminds us who's in charge on this planet.
The latest episode — a volcanic eruption in Iceland shutting down air travel for a week across much of Europe — might be the most unexpected, though it's hardly the deadliest or most destructive event we've seen lately.
Earthquakes in Haiti, Chili and China. A tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Hurricanes wreak havoc almost annually, and tornadoes are part of our summers in this part of the world.
Even so, and perhaps because to date it hasn't been deadly, the ashes of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano seem to provide a perfect lesson: Our intricately connected modern world is more fragile than we like to believe.
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