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Is Yellowstone getting ready to erupt?

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Posted: 1/5/2009 3:04 PM

Is Yellowstone getting ready to erupt? 


As the article below states it last had a major eruption 640k years ago and averages one every 650k or so.  We are currently in the window for a major event and the caldera has been rising the past 70 years since measurements have been taken.  I watched a history channel special on 2012 last night and one of the end of the world scenarios they meantioned was Yellowstone.  Also, in the Bible Code, "earth detroyed" crosses with "2012".  The park is currently on heightened alert and vulcanologists aren't sure what the "swarm" means.


Yellowstone Shaken By Swarm Of Earthquakes

by Travis Larchuk

 
A hot spring at Yellowstone. Credit: Gerry Broome/AP
 

 

All Things Considered, January 3, 2009 · A few little earthquakes here or there is just a part of everyday life when you live on top of the largest supervolcano in North America.



But in the past eight days, there have been more than 400 earthquakes at Yellowstone National Park — where the volcanic system powers the geysers, mud pots and steam vents.


Hank Heasler, a National Park Service geologist at Yellowstone, says the constant quakes haven't caused any damage, but they can be a nuisance to rangers who live at the park.


"They have commented to me that they would appreciate it if the earthquakes would stop so they could get a good night's sleep," he says.


When a bunch of earthquakes occur in a concentrated area in a short amount of time, geologists call it a "swarm." They're not unheard of at Yellowstone, but rarely have the earthquakes reached the magnitude and frequency of the past week.


"Back in 1985, there was an earthquake swarm that lasted for three months and had a magnitude 4.7 earthquake associated with it. The current swarm has had a maximum earthquake of only 3.9," Heasler says.


Scientists don't know why this particular swarm is so intense, but Heasler says there's no need to worry about an imminent volcanic eruption. The last time the supervolcano erupted was 640,000 years ago.


"There will be many months of work after the swarm stops to try to figure out the precise cause of these earthquakes," he says






Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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Posted: 1/5/2009 3:09 PM

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If Yellowstone blows, in short we are f*****. Certainly where I live will be finished.

I've been to Yellowstone multiple times, it's just one huge volcanic spot. If there is a gigantic eruption from the entire park there is no telling what could happen. I wouldn't be suprised if it ended the world.

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Posted: 1/5/2009 3:22 PM

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Another from today - looks to me like it has been building since the 1920's.  Ohio would be covered in 5-10' of ash, the bread basket would collapse and the earth would be thrown into a perpetual winter due to the gas and ash in the atmostphere for years.  The last one to blow was Toba 75k years ago and geneticists have determined that the human race was down to less than 10k as a result - near extinction.  Guns, bullets and canned food.  My wife knows that if I call telling her to take out all of our cash and head to Save a lot to not ask any questions.  Only those who understand and are prepared will survive if this thing erupts.


Fears over earthquake 'swarm' at Yellowstone National Park

"The earthquake sequence is the most intense in this area for some years," said the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory. Some of the larger earthquakes have been felt by park employees and guests, according to the observatory.


The swarm is occurring beneath the northern part of Yellowstone Lake in the park. Yellowstone sits on the caldera of an ancient supervolcano and continuing geothermal activity can be seen in the picturesque geysers and steam holes, such as Old Faithful.


About 1,000 to 2,000 tremors a year have been recorded since 2004. The most devastating earthquake in recent history in the Yellowstone region occurred on August 17, 1959, when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit.


It was centered near Hebgen Lake, Montana and it caused landslides that killed 28 people and caused more than $11 million in damage.


Geysers in Yellowstone National park changed eruption times, and new ones began to erupt. On June 30, 1975, a magnitude 6.4 tremor hit the park.


Professor Robert B. Smith, a geophysicist at the University of Utah and one of the leading experts on earthquake and volcanic activity at Yellowstone, said that the swarm was significant.

"It's not business as usual," he said. "This is a large earthquake swarm, and we've recorded several hundred. We are paying careful attention. This is an important sequence."


The last full-scale explosion of the Yellowstone Supervolcano, the Lava Creek eruption which happened approximately 640,000 years ago, ejected about 240 cubic miles of rock and dust into the sky.


Geologists have been closely monitoring the rise and fall of the Yellowstone Plateau as an indication of changes in magma chamber pressure.


The Yellowstone caldera floor has risen recently - almost 3in per year for the past three years - a rate more than three times greater than ever observed since such measurements began in 1923.


From mid-summer 2004 through to mid-summer 2008, the land surface within the caldera moved upwards as much as 8in at the White Lake GPS station. The last major earthquake swarm was in 1985 and lasted three months.


The observatory said similar swarms have occurred in the past without triggering steam explosions or volcanic activity. However, the observatory said there is some potential for explosions and that earthquakes may continue and increase in intensity.


Joe Moore, director of the Wyoming Office of Homeland Security, said his office is tracking the events at Yellowstone on a minute-by-minute basis. "It's being followed very closely," Mr Moore said.






Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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Posted: 1/5/2009 3:36 PM

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There was a movie on the Dicovery channel about a year or two ago on the effects of a Yellowstone volcanic eruption. The effects that they showed were devasting. Pretty the Northern Central United States is dead, and will be so for a long time.
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Posted: 1/5/2009 4:05 PM

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the volcano erupts something like every 650K years and, as stated above, we are within 10 or 20K years of that.  Geographically speaking, 10 or 20k years is like a few weeks to a human.  We just don't know if these swarms of quakes are the begining of an imminent erruption or not.  Heck, I don't even think we know what the eruption cycle would look like - would there be a build up of activity over a thousand years or over a thousand days or just a few weeks.

Interestingly, we are also within the window for the start of a new Ice Age if I recall correctly - I think we are due in the next 20K years or so if I remember the cycles correctly.  (don't start a Climate change thread on this because I referenced the earths natural climate cycle. I was talking about natural cycles).

There have been some reports of near earth astroid misses lately or in the near future as well.

We always seem to be in the cross hairs of some natural disaster.  We walk around strutting how great we are as a society, but we forget that like the Agent says in Matrix - we are bugs.  The mighty Western Civilization or the epic Chinese civilization are not even blips on the geologic or universal timescale.  We forget we can be wiped out in a brief moment from space, from the ocean, from freezing, from volcano, from earthquake.  In short, we are doomed if Nature blows her stack.

Well, I'm off to cook a nice supper for my family now. 
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Posted: 1/5/2009 4:20 PM

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You should be watching the History Channel, it's Armagedon Week. Last night they had Nostrodamus 2012 on. I hate to say it guys, we all got just under 4 years left, and then boom, we die.
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Posted: 1/6/2009 10:54 AM

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Mega Disaster segment from the History Channell on Yellowstone from a year ago.  Pretty scary what they say the indicators are for a super eruption.  Hint - earthquakes.

Part 4/5 - warning signs:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=channel


Part 5/5 - simulation of eruption and what happens:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...feature=channel


Imagine snow in June and frost in August......for 6 years.  That is why I said canned food, guns and bullets.





Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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Posted: 1/6/2009 11:12 AM

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one of the best song lines ever....i woke up this morning and got myself a beer, 'cause the futures uncertain, and the end is always near.
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Posted: 1/6/2009 12:57 PM

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fsafety wrote: one of the best song lines ever....i woke up this morning and got myself a beer, 'cause the futures uncertain, and the end is always near.
Thorogood?
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Posted: 1/6/2009 1:00 PM

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Posted: 1/6/2009 3:34 PM

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if i'm not mistaken in 2012 there is a mile wide asteroid that is supposed to pass close enough to the earth that it would be between us and the moon.  Wouldn't take but a .000001 course change and BANG!

Or is that 2020?  I can never remember.

We're all gonna die!



"Why does stuff that happens to stupid people keep happening to me?"

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Posted: 1/6/2009 3:43 PM

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fsafety wrote: jim morrison
crap  

I should have known that.  Believe it or not, I haven't listened to the doors in over a decade.  I burned out on them in the 80's and into the 90's.  I really should have known that - I had the tune in my head but could not get the singers voice.  Stunning wath 10 or 15 years does to the memory banks.
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Posted: 1/6/2009 5:28 PM

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Looks like we better win it all this year then...
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Posted: 1/7/2009 1:13 AM

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I thought that 2012 was supposed to be the end of the world according to the Mayan Calendar?


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Posted: 1/7/2009 1:52 AM

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Most depressing thread.

Food for thought.

Reminds me of George Carlin and his take on mother nature doing it's business on us.
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Posted: 1/7/2009 3:14 AM

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Just so you guys know, In case this sucker blows, I love about 1/3 of you and wish incurable herpes on the rest of you. Not that it would matter you couldn't cure them or anything. Its the principle.


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Posted: 1/7/2009 6:51 AM

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for some reason i have this song stuck in my head

    Hide on the promenade
    Etch a postcard :
    How I dearly wish I was not here
    In the seaside town
    ...that they forgot to bomb
    Come, come, come - nuclear bomb

 

    Everyday is like sunday
    Everyday is silent and grey


    ironic choice for the nfl's eye and ear blasting marketing campaign...funny that they only use one line from the morrisey song

     now i may be one of the few dual fans of both the smiths and the nfl, but i think there is a conspiracy afoot...

    morrisey is a known wackaloon for animal rights, it wouldn't surpise me at all if the nfl paying rights to one of his songs is a quid pro quo funneled through morrisey to peta and other groups for the mike vick protests to go away. this is a guy who named an album meat is murder and has been know to donate quite a bit...it would be sneaky as hell. i wish i was like professionaly connected journalism wise...i would love to ask some questions.
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Posted: 1/7/2009 8:30 AM

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fellasheowed wrote:
     now i may be one of the few dual fans of both the smiths and the nfl, but i think there is a conspiracy afoot...

You're not entirely alone, fella.  Wife and I are both huge Morrisey and Steelers fans.  If you get the opportunity, see Morrisey:  Who Put M in...., which is a birthday concert he did in Manchester.  It's excellent.  He does 3 or 4 Smiths songs, which I totally did not expect.
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Posted: 1/9/2009 1:45 AM

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It's Nostradamus week on the History channel.

Got a question for the science geeks. If Yellowstone blew and even if you had a deep bunker stocked with all the supplies to last for years, wouldn't you still die from carbon dioxide poisoning eventually?

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Posted: 1/9/2009 8:45 AM

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MountVJackets wrote:

It's Nostradamus week on the History channel.

Got a question for the science geeks. If Yellowstone blew and even if you had a deep bunker stocked with all the supplies to last for years, wouldn't you still die from carbon dioxide poisoning eventually?


No.  You would probably die from someone killing you for your food.





Jim Wexell on us not being able to keep Lewis because he wanted to go home:

"I agree with most of this except Lewis wanted to stay.  Big mistake by the FO."


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