posted on Mar, 30 2014 @ 10:13 PM
reply to post by ketsuko
I'm not an expert but I've been watching it for years and reading assessments on this and other sites for just as long (since about 07/08). I know
that both scientists and some of the experts here are keeping track of the details and step back to look at it so it won't be the pot of boiling
water. But even with that effort it can't help much because the data is still so new (in the scheme of the grandfather of volcanoes).
If they had another caldera volcanic eruption to gauge precursors against or could get daily details going back to its last eruption - that would
help. The best that can be done is to look at what all other volcanoes do before an eruption and then find out what about this one would make it
behave differently. Thereafter they can get a pretty good estimate of whether they are looking at something that deviates greatly from a volcano or
matches it pretty closely. In this case, it is thought it's features are more like other volcanoes - more than they are different, so they use these
models for precursors (with caution since it does have differences).
Having said that - what if a 9 pointer hit suddenly and it went due to just the right conditions? That could happen. I don't think we would see it
just go off without something like that though. To suddenly erupt without steam breaking through a few spots suddenly at minimum. That would give at
least a few hours notice. Other than a major quake I believe we will have at least some warning.
I hope that made sense. Am getting tired