Friday, October 6, 2017

Yellowstone: The World prepares for the Mother of All Natural Disasters, but only few are paying attention

        It might be difficult to imagine Hurricane Harvey to be relatively not more than a storm in the tea cup, but scientists are all agreed that far more devastating catastrophes await planet earth.  It’s only a matter of time.  One of these anticipated disasters is the chance of some asteroid colliding with planet earth (see CA! Vol 16 Q1).  But as the NASA involved itself in brainstorming on how best to prepare against such hazard from outer space, it recognized that there is an even more urgent, and much more potentially devastating hazard right here on the planet: Eruptions of super volcanoes.
 There are clear records of just what fair-sized volcanic eruptions can cause.  Known examples include the eruption of Mt Vesuvius in the year 79 and Mt St Helen, more recently in May 1980.  The eruption of a supervolcano, such as Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming, US, will dwarf all these catastrophes (See 1400-Quake Swarm Prompts Question “If Yellowstone Erupted, What Would Be Left?”)   What is amazing is that, despite the reports of increasing activities at the supervolcano Yellowstone, the world should still devote virtually all attention and resources debating “global warming” while leaving unaddressed the fire on the roof.
Not that the issue is entirely left unaddressed.  The NASA is currently tinkering with a number of game-plans  to avert, or at least delay, the coming eruption from Yellowstone.  The easiest of these plans, so far, is designed to run for some hundred thousand years!  Ridiculous as that may sound, it’s the best plan to date. The real complication is that Yellowstone is reckoned to erupt every 600.000 years (according to conventional dating techniques). And by those same reckoning, the last eruption occurred some 600.000 years ago, meaning another one is due literally any time from now.  And with ongoing rumbles in the volcano, the handwriting on the wall is clear enough. The real problem is that most people are simply unaware that this grave problem exists at all!

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