Scientists Fear "Supervolcano" Eruption As Earthquake Swarm Near Yellowstone Soars To 800

More than 800 earthquakes have now been recorded at the Yellowstone Caldera, a long-dormant supervolcano located in Yellowstone National Park, over the last two weeks - an ominous sign that a potentially catastrophic eruption could be brewing. However, despite earthquakes occurring at a frequency unseen during any period in the past five years, the US Geological Survey says the risk level remains in the “green,” unchanged from its normal levels, according to Newsweek.

The biggest earthquake in this “swarm” - which registered a magnitude of 4.4 – took place on June 15, three days after the rumblings started. That quake was the biggest in the region since a magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck close to Norris Geyser Basin in March 2014. This magnitude 4.4 earthquake was so powerful that people felt it in Bozman Montana, about eight miles away.

A scientist from the University of Utah said the quakes have also included five in the magnitude three range, and 68 in the magnitude two range.

“The swarm consists of one earthquake in the magnitude 4 range, five earthquakes in the magnitude 3 range, 68 earthquakes in the magnitude 2 range, 277 earthquakes in the magnitude 1 range, 508 earthquakes in the magnitude 0 range, and 19 earthquakes with magnitudes of less than zero,” the latest report said.

An earthquake with a magnitude less than zero is a very small event that can only be detected with the extremely sensitive instruments used in earthquake monitoring.”

The 'Sunset Lake' hot spring in Yellowstone National Park.

There is normally a rise in seismic activity before a volcano erupts. And scientists currently believe there’s a 10% chance that a “supervolcanic Category 7 eruption” could take place this century, as pointed out by theoretical physicist Michio Kaku.

An eruption, Kaku said, is long overdue: The last one occurred 640,000 years ago.

To be sure, the swarm has slowed down considerably this week, and larger swarms have been recorded in the past, according to Jacob Lowenstern, the scientists in charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory.

Yet the possibility that the volcano could be on the verge of what’s called a “supereruption” should be enough to give the government pause. But scientists have said recently that there’s some evidence to suggest the next one could occur this century.

"Grand Prismatic" Hot Spring at Yellowstone.

So how would a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone impact the regional ecosystem, and the US more broadly? Well, as Liberty Blog’s Michael Snyder points out, it would be nothing short of catastrophic.

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 living 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.

So yes, this is a threat that we should take seriously.


wisehiney Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:13 Permalink

And I thought this Alpha Fucking Beaver out here was gonna kill me a while ago.Actually made me drop my solo cup.My kingdom for a hickory stick!

Sanity Bear Took Red Pill Thu, 06/29/2017 - 07:30 Permalink

Snyder, Salvo et al have turned malicious stress inducement into a business model.

Can't wait until people wise up to the likelihood that the doom-mongering is already so far over the top as to constitute a real tort. With the amount of clickbait they produce and the amount of time they've been at it, there's probably something worth suing for.

So, any ZH reader who has had any sort of stress-related medical issue recently, if you can confirm that you have been reading articles from these clowns, you should call your lawyer.

That's what finally got CNN to pause their malicious behavior, and it may be what it takes to get these characters to do the same.

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Derezzed The_Juggernaut Thu, 06/29/2017 - 00:45 Permalink

Couldn't agree more.Zh impersonating CNN ?«The activity at the caldera (seismicity, deformation, degassing etc) remains at normal levels. Despite continuing rumors and fear-mongering media (unsupported by facts), there is currently no sign to believe that the so-called "supervolcano" is about to erupt violently anytime soon. The USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory (YVO) who monitors the caldera's seismic activity, its ground deformation and other geophysical parameters very closely maintains therefore Yellowstone's current status level at "green" = "normal" - actually, the most typical state of any of the world's thousands of active volcanoes. Yellowstone's current observed activity underground and at the surface (mostly hydrothermal in nature, e.g. its hot mineral springs and geysers) falls well within this normal activity state and should not be sign of worry.»…

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michelp Derezzed Thu, 06/29/2017 - 11:14 Permalink

"«The activity at the caldera (seismicity, deformation, degassing etc) remains at normal levels. Despite continuing rumors and fear-mongering media (unsupported by facts), there is currently no sign to believe that the so-called "supervolcano" is about to erupt violently anytime soon." Do you actually believe that 'authorities would let you know in advance if these were uncontrolable dangers afoot?Dream on.m.

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PUNCHY Derezzed Sun, 07/09/2017 - 01:18 Permalink

I seem to recall the same was said about Mount St Helen's in 1980. There were even a few Eruption Tourists who felt so unconcerned about events that they got within 5 miles of the site to get some REALLY GREAT pictures for their albums, sadly that is the last REALLY GREAT pictures or anything else they put in their collection as they are all currently, late Eruption Tourists in that great big gallery in the sky.Oh, and seeing as this ZH, which is chock full of relentlessly optimistic Financial Planners, here's some cheer-us-all-up-noos: "There's never been a better time to be in equities"Have a nice July.

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Sanity Bear The_Juggernaut Thu, 06/29/2017 - 06:51 Permalink

I was just thinking to myself that this article is the straw that broke the camel's back in terms of whether the signal to noise ratio here is high enough to be worth my time.

As long a road as it's been, it's becoming harder and harder to avoid the conclusion that the average credibility and seriousness of what is published here is similar to what you see on the sidebar at the Daily Mail.

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Lore Sanity Bear Fri, 06/30/2017 - 22:29 Permalink

Tyler, this kind of thing, removed from context, is the stuff of tabloids, televangelists and power-seeking doom pornographers who prey on the ignorance of undereducated sheeple. Give an inch, and they take a mile, so please, let's avoid encouraging them, right?  It's important to maintain perspective.  Case in point: the Olympic Peninsula experiences several earthquakes daily, but we don't see panic in the streets.  Small earthquakes can be GOOD to the extent that they indicate cumulative pressure release.

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Just Another V… sushi Thu, 06/29/2017 - 02:01 Permalink

EARTHQUAKE SWARMS.........!!!!!!!!!!!Yep, its the damn Russians Collusion with Trump, again....  And Its all Trumps fault cause he is not wacked out about global warming. AND .....THE BEST PART......These articles FREAK the SHIT out of SNOWFLAKES..........They love to project diaster in the future. Maybe they will move far far away.

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