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Yellowstone Go Boom Now....?

Marc was talking about this a week or two ago.

At the time I didn't really think anything of it as Yellowstone can have up to 3000 earthquakes in an average year. So having a hundred or so across a day or two, whilst a lot, was not anything too out of the ordinary for the area - especially as all of them were very, very low rankings.

It seems to have continued though with a 3.9 having now been recorded and slightly worrying authorities.

Guess Marc's Doomswatch Counter can carry on ticking!

Yellowstone Quakes Raise Explosion Fears (New Scientist; Tuesday 6th January 2008)


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Jan. 6th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
I know this is terrible and I don't mean in terms of loss of life, and destruction, but in terms of the most amazing natural phenomenon, and my sheer geomania, I've been waiting for yellowstone to blow my whole life.
Jan. 6th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I would not worry about this much.

A small event like a few hundred meter wide crater happens fairly regularly, every few centuries. This would have local impact only, is a relatively small event, way smaller than St Helens.

A major blow, as in the supervolcano exploding, is a "once in a geological age" event of which there is no real sign.

There are many far more dangerous volcanos out there, those capable of a Krakatoa or even a Thira type event.

Caldera volcanoes really are not a threat in this way, so no matter how large this one is there is no realistic probability of catastrophe.

Jan. 7th, 2009 03:22 am (UTC)
Watched a documentary on Yellowstone and the fact that it is on a supervolcano. Basically if that volcano went off we could kiss a few states goodbye within an hour or so. Even more burried under ash in a few days. Most of this continent being wiped out in a month or two. Plus throwing the entire world geosystem into whack.

Gotta love it.
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