For about a decade, actually probably a bit more, I’ve watched Yellowstone. We visited there many years ago with the children and saw the wonders of the park, the activity because of the deep caldera under the earth.
In the past 5-7 years there has been an upswing in the activity there. Earthquake swarms. As of June 19th 2017 there have been 296 small quakes there. This indicates a massive amount of magma movement underground. As of June 29th the number was well over 800.
Over the last decade, the surface has been rising up. This means the caldera is filling with magma. The quakes are the movement of the magma rumbling through, and slight shifting in the ground around the area.
In the image above, you can see how the rising magma is pushing upward, slowly melting the area, causing the ground above to shift and rise as well. Obviously this is a very simplified drawing, but gives you an idea of what is happening.
Old Faithful is a geyser which, has been “faithfully” erupting every day about on average every 90 minutes or so (35-120 minutes). The geyser consists of a large void underground which fills with ground water, which becomes hot, builds up pressure and then eventually flows out an exit in the ground, shooting water and steam into the air. It goes in a cycle when starts all over again as soon as the pressure is released.
The whole of the caldera operates the same way. But the cycle is MUCH longer, on the order of thousands of years instead of minutes. At some point Yellowstone will release it’s pressure, and it will go BOOM in a BIG way.
Yellowstone is long over due.
There is normally a rise in seismic activity before a volcano erupts. And scientists currently believe there’s a 10% chance that a “supervolcanic Category 7 eruption” could take place this century, as pointed out by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.
An eruption, Kaku said, is long overdue: The last one occurred 640,000 years ago.
The grey haired physicist told Shepard Smith that the “danger” we are now facing with the caldera is that it’s long overdue for an eruption which Kaku said could “rip the guts out of the USA.”
Kaku stated that a “pocket of lava” located under the park has turned out to be twice as big as scientists originally thought. (https://youtu.be/swz7S2szids)
This might all be thought of as ‘fiction’ or “doom porn” as I saw one reader commented on an article, but it’s all true.
So how would a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone impact the regional ecosystem, and the US more broadly? Well, as Liberty Blog’s Michael Snyder points out, it would be nothing short of catastrophic.
Hundreds of cubic miles of ash, rock and lava would be blasted into the atmosphere, and this would likely plunge much of the northern hemisphere into several days of complete darkness. Virtually everything within 100 miles of Yellowstone would be immediately killed, but a much more cruel fate would befall those living in major cities outside of the immediate blast zone such as Salt Lake City and Denver.
Hot volcanic ash, rock and dust would rain down on those cities literally for weeks. In the end, it would be extremely difficult for anyone living in those communities to survive. In fact, it has been estimated that 90 percent of all people living within 600 miles of Yellowstone would be killed.
Experts project that such an eruption would dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away, and approximately two-thirds of the United States would suddenly become uninhabitable. The volcanic ash would severely contaminate most of our water supplies, and growing food in the middle of the country would become next to impossible.
In other words, it would be the end of our country as we know it today.
The rest of the planet, and this would especially be true for the northern hemisphere, would experience what is known as a “nuclear winter”. An extreme period of “global cooling” would take place, and temperatures around the world would fall by up to 20 degrees. Crops would fail all over the planet, and severe famine would sweep the globe.
In the end, billions could die.
So yes, this is a threat that we should take seriously.
There you have it. Not trying to scare people, but, seriously, the area within about 600 miles is deadly. Over the course of weeks, ash will rain down around the world, perhaps blocking the sun for weeks, and lowering the Earth’s temperature, perhaps a kind of “nuclear winter” will happen. Who knows? I don’t but I DO know, I am glad I live on a boat now on the East Coast and can make my escape as I wish.