Dec 30, 2008

We Are All Going To Die: Update

Well, this is a genuine scary one. We could actually all die. As a gentleman who received a degree in Earth Sciences, there was always on potential geologic situation that actually made me a little nervous: The Yellowstone Caldera.

The Yellowstone Caldera is basically a supervolcano. It blows every 600,000 years and devastates the United States. It can cover the entire US in 3 feet of ash and toss us into one of the nuclear winter situations. The last eruption was 620,000 years ago.
The eruption of a super volcano "sooner or later" will chill the planet and threaten human civilization, British scientists warned Tuesday.

"An area the size of North America can be devastated, and pronounced deterioration of global climate would be expected for a few years following the eruption," Self said. "They could result in the devastation of world agriculture, severe disruption of food supplies, and mass starvation. These effects could be sufficiently severe to threaten the fabric of civilization."
So, over the past few days, this has been happening.
A swarm of small earthquakes in Yellowstone National Park is the most intense measured there in years, leaving scientists puzzled.

The region is known for such swarms — 1,000 to 2,000 quakes occur annually in the park. Yellowstone's 10,000 geysers and hot springs, including the Old Faithful Geyser, may be the result of this geologic activity.

But the latest shaking is notable for the number of tiny temblors and their intensity, according to a statement yesterday from the University of Utah, where scientists monitor seismic activity in Yellowstone.

A total of more than 250 events large enough to be located have occurred in this swarm.
Uh oh. Prepare to eat your neighbors.

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