10 January 2009

The Fallout Could Cover Half the United States . . . .

A drop in global temperatures of just a few degrees may not sound catastrophic but would have far-reaching consequences. The 1883 eruption of the Indonesian volcano Krakatau sparked a ten-year period of global crop failures. And compared to the Yellowstone super volcano, Krakatau is what a tea-warmer is to a blast furnace. _radionetherlands
Scientists are wondering whether the Yellowstone super volcano is preparing to erupt.
The super volcano in Yellowstone Park, which includes parts of the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, is making its presence felt. On New Year's Day, the situation was so alarming that geologists called for an immediate evacuation of an area within a radius of 325 kilometres around the national park. At a rate of four tremors per hour, an eruption appeared imminent. The tremors have subsided slightly since 1 January, but it would appear the beast is slowly coming awake. _radionetherlands

How bad would it be?
The eruption of pent-up energy will cover half the United States in ash, in some places up to 3 feet (1 meter) deep. Earth will be plunged into a perpetual winter that would last years. Some plant and animal species will disappear forever.

Even humans could be pushed to the edge of extinction. Anthropologists suggest it won't be the first time. Space

Video courtesy of Watts Up With That

Planes would fall from the sky, automobiles would stall, people would choke on the ash. Skies would go dark, croplands would die, and a cold chill would settle over the entire planet for years or longer. It has happened before -- the Yellowstone super volcano -- and it will happen again, someday. Even now, murmurs of future catastrophe emanate from deep under Yellowstone.

Potential for supervolcano eruptions exist at several spots around the globe. What are you doing to prepare?

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Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

How on earth are the papers and news networks going to blame that on Israel? Maybe a 'magma build up under the Bush administration' will be a suitable cause for them.

Saturday, 10 January, 2009  
Blogger SwampWoman said...

I think radionetherlands was taken in by a fake website. There wasn't any call to evacuate the park.

What am I doing to prepare? I'm working on building up an easily portable personal food supply that can be moved into a shelter at a moment's notice; i.e., I've put on a few pounds over Christmas.

Saturday, 10 January, 2009  
Blogger al fin said...

No, SW, the report is likely to be technically correct. But the opinions of individual geologists are not enough to trigger an all-out civil evacuation if pertinent civil authorities do not agree with the particular geologists' opinions.

Glad to know you are storing energy away for a long hibernation. ;-)

Baron, news media personnel are not well-liked by the public at large. They are valued just below garbage collectors and dog catchers. Since they are typically unqualified to do anything important, I suspect that in the event of an actual catastrophe, their opinions will not matter.

The people who matter want the facts, not opinions. All of the slanting of the facts the media engages in will eventually catch up to them.

Sunday, 11 January, 2009  
Blogger Snake Oil Baron said...

Greenhouses and urban agriculture technology might be options for dealing with post super-volcanic climates - especially if we used nuclear and coal to augment the lighting and temperature.

Monday, 12 January, 2009  
Blogger Bruce Hall said...

It's all about denial... not a river in Egypt.


The issue with the Yellowstone Cauldron is that, while overdue for an eruption, it is less regular than Old Faithful. We can be sure it will erupt, but maybe in the next millennium... certainly not ours, eh?

Monday, 12 January, 2009  

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