A “swarm of earthquakes” is currently happening in close proximity to one of North America’s most potentially dangerous natural features: the massive volcano at Yellowstone, Wyoming, known as the the Yellowstone Caldera, or the Yellowstone Supervolcano.
Over 60 earthquakes occurred on Friday alone.
According to Express:
“A 4.5 magnitude trembler struck Yellowstone, according to data from the US Geological Survey.
Scientists said Thursday’s earthquake was part of a swarm hitting the area since Monday.
Yellowstone volcano, located in the US state of Wyoming, is one of the most feared on the planet and described as a “ticking time bomb” – with various scientists claiming its eruption could be catastrophic.
Experts have long claimed an eruption there could have world-changing catastrophic impacts.”
Here is a map of the 300+ recent earthquakes.
(Image credit: Imgur/USGS)
So what would happen if it actually erupted? Though science these days often is closer to dogma than actual conclusions made through analyzing evidence, let’s see what scientists have to say. According to Live Science:
“Yellowstone Volcano’s next supereruption is likely to spew vast quantities of gases such as sulfur dioxide, which forms a sulfur aerosol that absorbs sunlight and reflects some of it back to space.
The resulting climate cooling could last up to a decade. The temporary climate shift could alter rainfall patterns, and, along with severe frosts, cause widespread crop losses and famine.
But a Yellowstone megablast would not wipe out life on Earth. There were no extinctions after its last three enormous eruptions, nor have other supereruptions triggered extinctions in the last few million years.”
Simply the notion of talking about the possibility of life on Earth being severely affected by the volcano is a testament to how powerful it is.
However, this is the type of disaster that cannot be prepared for: if it happens, it happens. I don’t know how people would prepare for such a thing, unless they want to move far away from the volcano.
Life has a way of disrupting plans to avoid the inevitable.
(Image credit: MSNBC)