a reply to: CornishCeltGuy
Vigilance will, in fact, be very useful.
If the US government, through its environmental agencies and supplementary support networks, is able to keep abreast of the situation well enough,
they might be able to give a little time to those whose task it is to perform rapid disaster response, relief planning, and evacuation. It won't be
much, but even a few minutes warning of a developing situation can at least get resources moving a little faster, and accurate data as to what is
going on with the regions seismology will aid in targeting the relief efforts which need to be made. If the event is large enough to threaten nuclear
reactors in other locations in the States for example, or damage other critical infrastructure, those pieces of equipment can be at least shut down
ahead of time, assuming sensible precautions are taken as a result of observance of data.
Furthermore, if PEOPLE, not the government, but people who live within the potential radius of effect for any large event at Yellowstone are clued up
and tuned in, they can at least give themselves the best possible chance of coming out of whatever goes on, with all their limbs and organs intact.
Keeping aware means that those who have the capacity to do so, can observe long term trends, compare current with historical readings, and if they
feel concerned, get out of dodge.
On the international front, if the worlds seismic recording systems are watching this situation closely enough, the responses of other nations to
potential fallout from any extreme eruption or other event at Yellowstone, can be immediate, rather than taking hours to put into effect. Money can
be freed up ahead of the actual event, or right as it happens, to make possible all the protections necessary to survive whatever comes next. For
example, getting flights cancelled or diverted with minimal fuss, getting aid efforts going where they need to, protecting assets at risk from
airborne debris, and so on.
There ARE things that can be done to minimise casualties and losses. There may be nothing that can be done to avert a very serious disaster, but you
can be damned sure that there is something that can be done to ensure that what can survive, does survive.