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!