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With more than 250 quakes recorded in less than a week at Yellowstone Park, should we be concerned?

As most are aware, Yellowstone Park is the site of a "Supervolcano" which hides an enormous caldera measuring about 55 kilometers (34 miles) by 72 kilometers (45 miles).

The last supervolcano/VEI 8 eruption on our planet was 26,500 years ago at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. However, a much larger eruption occurred about 75,000 years ago at Lake Toba, Sumatra, Indonesia which plunged the Earth into a volcanic winter, eradicating an estimated 60% of the human population.

Hypnosis Downloads can help you in so many ways. CLICK HERE to find out moreAlthough the last Yellowstone eruption (640,000 years ago) was less than half the size of that at Toba, Yellowstone is capable of matching Toba, and did so 2.1 million years ago.

Apart from the recent quakes seen at Yellowstone, the caldera has been rising at a rate of approximately 3 inches every year since the middle of 2004, three times faster than any previous measurements. But does this mean we can expect an eruption?

Experts have pointed out that "the Yellowstone caldera has inflated and deflated about six to eight times without a volcanic eruption during the last 14,000 years" and that earthquakes are frequently recorded in the area.

This is of course very true, Yellowstone can experience thousands of quakes over the course of a year. In the last 30 years the quakes can be as few as 800 a year, to more than 3,000.

On taking a closer look at the records for the last 30 years, we will see that there have been more than 20 "years" where earthquakes of magnitude 4.0 or higher have occurred. The highest in the latest swarm of quakes so far at Yellowstone has been magnitude 3.9, which is not the highest you would expect to see in an average year.

However, that is not to say that an eruption will not take place, this is almost certain to happen at some time in the future, the question is when?

Some experts have described the recent activity at Yellowstone as "unusual" and whilst the strength of the quakes so far have not been of a dangerous level, this might be the start of something much bigger.

As with most volcanoes (big or small), they are very unpredictable, but should we see quakes of a magnitude of 5.0 or higher develop in the region, this might be a good time to consider taking the signs more seriously.

Even though a large earthquake could cause considerable damage in the area, this does not necessarily mean an eruption will result. And even if it does, it may not automatically produce a VEI 8. But if it does, on the scale of that seen at Toba 75,000 years ago, I don't think we need to worry too much about the present financial crisis. Our main concern will be fighting for our survival!

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(QUOTE) " When should we start to worry? "

640,000 years ago !!! :D: OK, Seriously? Why worry,it happens or it doesn't,this isn't really something you can prep very well for,unless you're able to fly out at a moments notice to your mountain compound in New Zealand.
 

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i think preparing for a natural disaster weather this or any type,should be #2 on the list of SHTF that we all should be getting ready for. once our primary prepeing is done it shouldnt be a very big step to prep for. just a few more prep items and an alternate plan of action and there ya go.:thumb:
 

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i think preparing for a natural disaster weather this or any type,should be #2 on the list of SHTF that we all should be getting ready for. once our primary prepeing is done it shouldnt be a very big step to prep for. just a few more prep items and an alternate plan of action and there ya go.:thumb:
Sounds good crypt.
What do you feel is #1 on the hit list ?
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If if blows, you've got nothing to worry about--because that "impact scenario" written about in the book "The Journey" will be de-regur.
Everything will be over, all over the world--perpetual night for years.

If it doesn't blow--you've got nothing to worry about. lol

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its impossible to predict. the thermodynamics of the entire subterranean basin is dynamic- always changing.
The magma chamber will need some big quakes to uncork, so instead of a multitude of small temblors- look out for a regular series of larger ones, followed by a failure in the geyser system as the water superheats and steams off.
 

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Its not at all unusual for earthquake swarms to be precursors to eruptions. The question here is whether its a small eruption or whether the the whole caldera is going to go boom.

The odds are always in favor of a small event. But that doesn't mean the large ones don't happen.

If I set my own schedule and were financially able, I'd go on vacation to Munich until this all settled back down (particularly if I lived within 500 miles of Yellowstone). And covert all my dollars into Euros. Then if Yellowstone really let loose, I'd try for Switzerland.
 

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I think it would be prudent to be concerned. The Yellowstone caldera is overdue for an eruption, and with the current population in the area that would be affected, it would be nothing short of disastrous.
 

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Based on the map provided, I have little to worry about. BUT if I lived close to the area, I would be VERY concerned.
 

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If if blows, you've got nothing to worry about--because that "impact scenario" written about in the book "The Journey" will be de-regur.
Everything will be over, all over the world--perpetual night for years.

If it doesn't blow--you've got nothing to worry about. lol

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all it would take is 1 growing season and most all people/animals will be dead.
 

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We all get carried away with what we are doing from time to time :)
 

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The map posted is underestimated.

Actually the entire North Amercan Continent would be burried in ash 5 to 10 feet deep or much, much deeper.

The ash plume would encirle the earh in a few weeks--and then it's Twilight Time.

Burrr. Cold. Dark. Canibals. Scavengers. Zombies.

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Seriously what is the point of worrying about this or anything? Worry does no good. Concern does good. Just prep for what you can. Worrying only hurts you.
 

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Its not at all unusual for earthquake swarms to be precursors to eruptions. The question here is whether its a small eruption or whether the the whole caldera is going to go boom.

The odds are always in favor of a small event. But that doesn't mean the large ones don't happen.

If I set my own schedule and were financially able, I'd go on vacation to Munich until this all settled back down (particularly if I lived within 500 miles of Yellowstone). And covert all my dollars into Euros. Then if Yellowstone really let loose, I'd try for Switzerland.
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I would go to Australia. I have a Kung Fu Brother there who is a senior in the same style as me anyway.
 

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If Yellow Stone is NOT an extinction level event, the best place to be is on the other side of a mountain range, with the mountain between you, and the Blast.
 
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