Monday, March 21, 2011
Yellowstone Supervolcano Ready to Blow? Now That is Something to Worry About
I have long argued that the "man is causing dangerous global warming that will doom the planet" is based on faulty, politicized science. If people want a real threat to be worried about they should take a look at Wyoming.
In Wyoming Yellowstone Park is the world's largest super volcano. It erupts every 600,000 years like clockwork. Only this time, it's 40,000 years over due. The ground above the volcano has been rising over recent years. Earlier this year volcano "took a breath," yet another sign of troubling activity. Of course predicting when a volcano is going to blow is an inexact science. It could blow tomorrow, it could blow ten thousand years from now. We do know the volcano will eventually erupt.
We do know from climate history what will happen when it blows. When the volcano goes off everyone in a 100 mile radius will be immediately dead. The volcano will dump as much as 10 feet of dangerous, noxious ash across the United States in about a 1000 mile radius of the blast. It will kill crops in the United States and people will breath in the dust that cuts their lungs and eventually kills them. The temperatures on the planet will plummet as much as 20 degrees, destroying crops worldwide. Millions of people will die and probably half the United States will be inhabitable for decades, forcing millions of people to relocate to the east and south. The United States will be crippled as a country.
What preparation has the United States taken for this event? None. At the very least, the U.S. should stock up on masks that would protect those out of the blast area from breathing the volcanic dust that will become a part of their daily lives.
While the earthquake and tsunami in Japan was a terrible thing, Mother Nature is capable of much, much greater devastation. That is something we should never forget. We're visitors here on this planet and only stay at the mercy of Mother Nature.