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Earthquake Swarm At Yellowstone Just Confirmed To Be Longest On Record

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posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 01:55 PM
The problem is that Yellowstone is a hot spot with moving continental crust over it. You can trace the progress of past eruptions by looking at a map. The crust is heading South-West (albeit very slowly) so the calderas march North-East on the map. So therefore a new major eruption will be a caldera-forming one to the North-East of the current caldera.
Translation: Chill, people, chill.

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 01:56 PM

originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: intrptr

Yellowstone is far larger than Krakatoa and has a large lake sat on top of it , that's an explosive mix.

Krakatoa was a phreatic rather than super volcanic eruption. Which should give a slightly better idea of just how powerful a super volcanic eruption really is!

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 02:03 PM
a reply to: gortex

A nuclear submarine is always safe

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 02:39 PM
Lets not forget that 3 months ago Montana had its largest quake in 34 years. Its epicenter was @200 miles from Yellowstone and now we've just experienced the largest quake swarm on record.

The earthquake, which was the eighth largest ever recorded in Montana and largest in 34 years, comes just weeks after a flurry of smaller earthquakes hit the region. The swarm of activity began June 12, and by the end of the month nearly 900 earthquakes had been recorded near the Yellowstone supervolcano, along the western edge of the park.

The USGS puts the odds of a volcanic eruption at 1 in 730,000. Even if an eruption were to occur, it would likely result in lava flow rather than a cataclysmic explosion. Though this would have an effect on Yellowstone, it would not bring about the end of the United States as we know it.

I just can't help but think that the USGS is purposely downplaying the odds and the after effects of a major Yellowstone eruption. The government, IMO, wouldn't want the truth to be known anyway. The public panic and hysteria would be much larger than what occurred after the 1938 broadcast of “War of the Worlds.” People would be hoarding gas, perishable items, guns, ammo and cause massive traffic jams leaving the danger zone around Yellowstone park. It would be a nightmare scenario.

Some predictions say that enough magma would be released to fill the Grand Canyon more than 11 times. Enough ash would be released that several inches could accumulate even 1,000 miles from Yellowstone and lava released could reach as far north as Calgary and as far south as Los Angeles. Some even go so far as to say ash would block out the sun and cause a global cooling event. Scientists do agree that the effects would be catastrophic. Ash would likely blanket most of North America with ash cover in Wyoming and the surrounding areas being severe enough to smother many plants and animals. Breathing would become difficult due to poor air quality and many water supplies would be poisoned. Many scientists agree that a mass extinction would not occur. In the previous three eruptions there is no evidence that an extinction event took place.

When asked about another massive eruption occurring, Jacob Lowenstern, Scientist-in-charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, said, "If such an event were to occur today, it would devastate the global economy, halting most transportation within the US, paralyzing our electrical grid, killing millions of livestock, and cooling the planet for a decade or more."

Maybe I do like alittle doom porn afterall

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 04:12 PM
a reply to: shawmanfromny

That's a horrible article.

The Montana quake had nothing at all to do with anything happening in Yellowstone but Newsweek conflates the two in their rubbish bit of writing.

Lowenstern and Robert L. Christiansen coauthored this paper which states:

The aggregate annual probability of any volcanic eruption occurring from the Yellowstone magmatic system is ~1x10-4, an average recurrence of 10,000 years.

Continued monitoring by YVO is likely to enable recognition of premonitory indications before any volcanic eruption.

With the technology we have available to us at present, it is highly unlikely that any such volcanic eruption will be able to sneak up on us.
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posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 04:33 PM

originally posted by: gortex
a reply to: notsure1

The amount of crap it would spew into the atmosphere means you aren't safe anywhere.

The amount of crap spewing from that video is amazing! Doom porn if I ever saw it. Not saying it won't ever blow but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 05:58 PM
I am confused

Directly from the article

What we can say now is that through the end of September, the University of Utah has located 2475 earthquakes in the swarm. This puts the 2017 swarm on par with that of 1985, which lasted three months and had over 3000 located events.

Yellowstone Quakes

posted on Oct, 5 2017 @ 06:25 PM
a reply to: Gothmog

I agree. Newsweek initially said it was the longest on record, but retracted the original statement.

“This is the sort of work that will happen in the months to come, as we gather up all of the available data and start crunching numbers,” Poland says. “What we can say now is that through the end of September, the University of Utah has located 2,475 earthquakes in the swarm. This puts the 2017 swarm on par with that of 1985, which lasted three months and had over 3,000 located events.

This story has been corrected to reflect that the current swarm is one of the longest on record, rather than the longest. The swarm in 1985 was longer if the tail end of seismicity is taken into account.

posted on Oct, 6 2017 @ 12:06 AM
Great . . . now I gotta go read Turtledove's Supervolcano series (trilogy) again. And I'm already reading three other book series. . . thanks . . . just thanks.

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