Earthquake Swarm Signals Yellowstone Supervolcano Could Blow

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296 earthquakes have been recorded in the Yellowstone caldera, a massive supervolcano which is past due for a major eruption.

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The recent earthquake swarm could be a sign of an impending eruption on a scale not seen by humans.

There is normally a rise in seismic activity before a volcano erupts, and according to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, a long overdue eruption at Yellowstone could “rip the guts out of the USA”…Scientists currently believe that there’s a 10% chance that a “supervolcanic Category 7 eruption” could take place this century, as pointed out by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku who appeared on a segment for Fox News.

The grey haired physicist told Shepard Smith that the “danger” we are now facing with the caldera is that it’s long overdue for an eruption which Kaku said could “rip the guts out of the USA.”Kaku said that a “pocket of lava” located under the park has turned out to be twice as big as scientists originally thought.

A Yellowstone caldera eruption would be classified as an ELE or extinction level event with huge consequences for not only the Western United States but the entire globe.

I would like to try to describe for you what a full-blown eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano would mean for this country.Hundreds of cubic miles of ash, rock and lava would be blasted into the atmosphere, and this would likely plunge much of the northern hemisphere into several days of complete darkness.

Virtually everything within 100 miles of Yellowstone would be immediately killed, but a much more cruel fate would befall those that live in major cities outside of the immediate blast zone such as Salt Lake City and Denver.Hot volcanic ash, rock and dust would rain down on those cities literally for weeks. In the end, it would be extremely difficult for anyone living in those communities to survive. In fact, it has been estimated that 90 percent of all people living within 600 miles of Yellowstone would be killed.

Experts project that such an eruption would dump a layer of volcanic ash that is at least 10 feet deep up to 1,000 miles away, and approximately two-thirds of the United States would suddenly become uninhabitable. The volcanic ash would severely contaminate most of our water supplies, and growing food in the middle of the country would become next to impossible.In other words, it would be the end of our country as we know it today.

The rest of the planet, and this would especially be true for the northern hemisphere, would experience what is known as a “nuclear winter”. An extreme period of “global cooling” would take place, and temperatures around the world would fall by up to 20 degrees. Crops would fail all over the planet, and severe famine would sweep the globe.In the end, billions could die.

This is the worst case scenario.  A smaller but still devastating eruption could knock millions of people into a state of survival. Take the May 1980 eruption of Mt. St. Helens for example. This eruption cost $3.03 Billion in damages, killed an estimated 60 people, and released more than 1,600 times more energy than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

Even bigger than Mt. St. Helens, was the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa.  This volcanic event was one of the biggest and deadliest in recorded human history. It was so powerful, the sound waves from the eruption were heard around the globe 5 times. It caused over 37,000 deaths, created Tsunami waves as tall as football fields and released 4 times more energy than the largest nuclear device ever detonated on planet earth, the Tsar Bomba. It also caused global weather changes that lasted for nearly 8 years, impacting farming and transportation routes.

Worried yet? Here’s a quick chart to show you the difference in ejection volume between Mt. St. Helens, Krakatoa and Yellowstone.

Better start prepping!

  • Norbert

    Can’t prepare. No way to delay or prevent. Forget about it. Worrying will do no good.

  • Ardvark

    Should begin the proces of holding the next DNC meeting there!

  • jackel

    Very real threat. Just like San Andres fault in California, and, little know information that there is major fault in Mississippi Valley areas—-ALL past due for earthquake and eruption. Maybe the west coast won’t fall into the sea and/or maybe the central west will collapse into itself!!! It is beyond our control and beyond any system of response to them. Maybe not a meteor afterall???? Sobering. But, no need worry about politics then; won’t be any if they all go.

  • Dixon Ermouth

    The way this sounds, it might be best to die quickly, than linger, suffer, and die slowly of starvation. I think I will move to West Yellowstone.

  • Dixon Ermouth

    Just like all the Kalifornia Demonrats should have to live between the San Andreas fault and the ocean.

  • will

    I have been watching yellow stone and La Palma for over a decade. While the rise in the caldera surface is a bit scary, the earthquakes 40 some a day has not changed much, normal IIRC. It could blow in our lifetime or be another 100 thousand years. When it starts there will be no doubt. The damage ranges from bad to global disaster. If its really bad we are looking at a 5 billion dead and all you who wanted to see the earth saved from man will get your wish

  • will

    A bullet would be better than your lungs slowly turning to glass

  • will

    rich people can survive the planet will start to recover in 10 years

  • steven

    Feces occurs!

  • C. LeSaint

    Better accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life for all of God’s people will be raptured before the explosion!

  • Norbert

    Oh, I forgot. There are people who advocate lowering the pressure by venting it, you know, the way a pressure relief valve works. No comment.

  • Traveller62

    California will not break off and fall into the ocean. The San Andreas is not set up to act that way. The SA has a side-to-side motion–the plates rub up against each other called a “slip-strike” pattern. Look up how the SA works. Right now, everyone is watching the New Madrid and its rumblings.

  • Traveller62

    How about right up on top of the SA! A “whole lot of rumblin’ goin’ on.”

  • Traveller62

    Rumor has it that if the Yellowstone caldera blows, Ohio will be the new “West Coast”. I say RUMOR.

  • Traveller62

    How do you know that? No one knows when Jesus is coming back. Do you have a direct line to Heaven, telling you when HE is coming back? I don’t think so. Even Jesus doesn’t know when HE is coming back. How about re-wording your opinion, reflecting on whether or not an explosion will happen. All of us who are saved will be taken if and when HE comes back. But “before the explosion”? Kinda jumping the gun, huh?

  • Traveller62

    Agree.

  • Norbert

    C. LeSaint,
    He’ll forgive me. He’ll have no choice. Compared to the rest of humanity these days, I should end up as a high-ranking Angel. That seems reasonable to me.

  • Buck

    In my 60 years on this planet (40 of which were in the communist state of Kaleephonia) I have been through hundreds of earthquakes, in the middle of a couple of wildfires, including the largest recorded wildfire in Kaleephonia history (nearly 300,000 acres) one tornado and a number of wicked snow storms! I remember St. Helens and the ash quite well. And I also remember when the “scientists” said that Mammoth mountain, in Kali, was going to erupt….with certainty!….It didn’t!…but the real estate in that small mountain town tanked like a democrat candidate! It came back a few years later and now real estate in that ski town is obscenely expensive. My point is, science is “practiced” not “executed”. Case in point, the climate change cry babies. Does Yellowstone present a clear and present danger to life on earth? Maybe?…Maybe not?….no scientist or clairvoyant has that answer. If you are a person of faith, you know that ALL life is in God’s hands. So rather than get sucked into these science “ghost stories” remember, science AND the media have an agenda. And usually we “uninformed” are viewed as noting more than ignorant rubes and bacterial infections!

  • Had Enough

    That should end the problem of global warming but I bet the climate changers will really get cranked up now. My suggestion to them is to get a really big cork to plug up that volcano. Makes as much sense as the other stuff they talk about.

  • Hugely thought out! Everything feels nice.

  • Bradley Strong

    There goes all the bull about manmade pollution being the leading cause of global warning. I wonder if Yellowstone has accumulated enough carbon footprint credit?