The unpopular reality of Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano is in the spotlight this week as a persistent rumble from just below the surface has scientists scrambling.
This is by no means a new concern around one of the nations most beloved outdoor areas, but the idea that seismic action could indicate the impending doom that would occur should the enormous volcano erupt was recently featured in the 2009 movie “2012”, which centered around the end of the world as we know it. In the film, the Yellowstone super volcano featured prominently, enticing many Americans to look further into the subject, with a massive segment of the population shocked to discover that the threat wasn’t just Hollywood hullabaloo.
Science has no true prediction for then they believe that the eruption could occur, but they do understand what a devastating event it would be on a global scale. The sheer size of the geological powder keg would be enough to cover the entire continental U.S. under ash up to 3 feet deep. This, of course, would cause a host of extinction level events, drastically reducing the population of our nation and the world at large.
This week, those fears took center stage as Yellowstone’s ground danced to the tune of over 400 earthquakes.
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“The supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park has been hit with more than 400 earthquakes since June 12. Researchers say it’s nothing to be alarmed about, though.
“In a statement to the Star Valley Independent, scientists from the University of Utah — which monitors the volcano — said the earthquake swarms are nothing new.
“’This is the highest number of earthquakes at Yellowstone within a single week in the past five years, but is fewer than weekly counts during similar earthquakes swarms in 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2010,’ scientists explained.”
“The largest quake in the swarm hit was recorded on June 15, a magnitude 4.5 earthquake, according to the statement issued June 19. At that time, 464 events had been recorded since June 12.”
Scientists at this time believe there is no reason to panic, as the frequency and strength of these earthquakes is similar to past events, however, preparedness is a virtue in this day and age.
A gargantuan volcanic eruption in Yellowstone has long been considered one of the more probable catalysts for a “doomsday” type event in the civilized world, due to the alarmist promotions of many “prepper” retailers. While the shock value being peddled by these uncouth businessmen has certainly helped to stuff their own coffers, there are a number of legitimate sites available at which those who wish to be prepared can do so without the pedantic “sky is falling” routine.