Yellowstone Officials: There “Could be a Supervolcano Eruption Imminently”

Underneath the quiet nature preserve of Yellowstone lies the most powerful and largest supervolcano on the planet. The fear of it erupting in our lifetime has put many on high alert, and recently, the Steamboat Geyser of Yellowstone gave another indication that the area is under strain.

‘More than 20 police, fire, and rescue vehicles descended upon the area around Yellowstone supervolcano this week to prepare for what could be a “life or death” emergency. Earlier this week, it was reported that there were a series of eruptions at the Steamboat Geyser, the worlds tallest and active geyser and they are expecting more minor eruptions to come. 

Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs confirmed that there could be a supervolcano eruption imminently – and that they were putting themselves through their paces so that they were ready for any eventuality.’

Source: Express News

Steamboat Geyser, Yellowstone

Seismologists who have monitored the area have warned for years that the area is under strain and have observed deformation in rocks occurring under Yellowstone. This deformation causes a change in pressure and magma underneath the surface.

In fact, last month, the same geyser produced similar activity giving cause for concern. Dr. Wendy Stovall, the deputy scientist in charge at the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, a branch of the United States Geological Survey, said, “There is a lot of seismicity, or earthquake activity, and deformation around the geyser basin.” She also said, there is no cause for concern at this time. “Volcanoes all over the world have hydrothermal systems. “Because all the water goes away from the heat coming up. As long as there’s water and the geysers and hot springs and mud pots are still boiling, everything is fine.”

That said, Yellowstone National Park Public Affairs are not wasting any time and have begun preparations and training exercises. In fact, the emergency services associated with the National Park are discreetly performing training exercises to minimize local disturbances and to ensure that if the volcano erupts, they will be able to act decisively.

Morgan Warthin, a Yellowstone spokesman also discussed the challenges his team will face if there is a supervolcanic eruption at Yellowstone.

He said: “You know, the number one challenge is we are remote, so it takes a while to get to Yellowstone.”

During the simulation, family members of park employees, Xanterra employees and residents of Gardiner gave up their time to play the role of victims in the exercise.

When the test run began, responders from eight different agencies inside and outside the park dealt with the situation well.

Source: Express News

What Would Happen if the Yellowstone Supervolcano Erupted?

  • An eruption would have 2,500 times the force of Mt. Saint Helens in 1980.
  • Would be larger than any nuclear bomb ever tested.
  • The eruption would blast 240 cubic miles of rock, dust and volcanic ash into the sky. This would spread throughout the world and lower global temperatures by up to 28 degrees for years.
  • 620 cubic miles of lava would flow out of the volcano. This is equivalent to coating the entire United States in 5 inches of lava.
  • States surrounding Yellowstone would be wiped off the map (Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Utah).

Moreover, the amount of ash dispersed from the eruption could be so great that it could literally crush buildings, foul water supplies, clog electronics, ground airplanes, and irritate lungs. If that wasn’t enough to be bothersome, the toxic gases and chemicals would enter our atmosphere and cause toxic rain thus killing more humans, animals, and plants.

Given these facts, it is understandable why so many are trying to prepare for this. Be it preparing for a quick getaway or sheltering in place, there is much to prepare for. Luckily, there is still time to get some reserves in order.

How Much Warning Would We Have?

 An example of what an ash cloud would look like after an eruption from a supervolcano.

So, will supervolcanoes give us any type of warning before they erupt? It turns out that supervolcanoes would provide a few warning signs that would give us a fairly definite timeline before they go off, but unfortunately, it’s not a very comforting timeline. According to a recent study, you’d have about a year or less to prepare.

Right before any super eruption though, there is one final stage — the decompression stage — characterized by the release of gas bubbles at the eruption site.

So, the study researchers decided to analyze quartz crystals at the site of one of these massive eruptions that erupted in California about 760,000 years ago, creating the Long Valley Caldera. Quartz crystals cover surface rims of eruption sites, so by analyzing them, the researchers were able to determine the rim growth rates times of the volcano based on the concentration of titanium in the crystals. By measuring the size and growth rates of these rims, they were able to determine the length of time it took for an explosion to happen once the decompression phase had begun.

Their analysis showed that more than 70% of rim growth occurred in less than a year, indicating that the quartz rims grow mostly in just the days or months prior to an eruption.

At first glance, most preppers would find that kind of warning to be a relief. After all, if someone told you that say, a nuclear war was going to happen in a year or that a tsunami was going to wipe out your home in a few months, you would have plenty of time to either get ready or get out of dodge.

But with a supervolcano, you’re dealing with an epic disaster that people and governments would need more time to prepare for.  That said, having these officials decide on when to sound the alarm will be the biggest struggle. “It’s going to be hard for scientists to convince themselves just because of our only partial understanding of the complexity of the processes that are taking place,” Jacob Lowenstern of the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California, the scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory says. Source

 How To Prepare for the Long-Term

How does one prepare for a supervolcano? Survivability in this type of disaster is slim if you live in the surrounding areas. Suffice it to say, there would be mass casualties any way you look at it. This is the type of disaster that would be considered an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it event and would change the way we live life on this planet for years to come. It is essential to understand this before you begin prepping for long-term survival.

Areas to concentrate your efforts on are preparing your vehicle for a last minute evacuation, having supplies to shelter in place for up to 6 months or more, having a way to protect yourself from breathing in toxic chemicals, having a long-term food source, and having a way to grow your own food.

Based on research on your part, find out if your location will be immediately affected. At this time, you must make a decision whether to bug in or bug out. Because you never know when the supervolcano will erupt, it would be wise to have bug out bags in multiple locations (the workplace, home, and the vehicle).

If you evacuate:

Depending on where you reside in relation to the supervolcano, millions of people may need to be evacuated, which even with a year’s heads up could turn into a massive humanitarian disaster. Similar to how officials plan localized evacuations, they will likely zone out the affected area and allow certain zones to leave one at a time. When it is your time to leave, make sure you have a clear plan on where you are headed, including where you will stay, etc. Moreover, make sure you keep your vehicle evacuation-ready.  This includes ensuring the vehicle is well-maintained with a full tank of gas, has the essential bug out supplies, has essential maps and navigational items. Follow the designated evacuation route and expect heavy traffic and delays.

Before you leave, prepare your home by turning off the gas, electricity, and water. Disconnect appliances to reduce the likelihood of electrical shock when power is restored.

If you are out of immediate impact and plan to shelter in place:

To supply the home for a supervolcano disaster, you need to plan for the long-term.  That ash will clog the atmosphere enough to block out the sun, disrupting the global climate enough to cause food shortages and mass famine. Therefore, your food sources may be all that you have to get your through. If you are lucky enough to have a hydroponic growing system, make sure you have a lot of seeds to support your dietary needs.

It’s not only essential to have long-term food reserves, but also know how to pack your food properly for the long-term.

Due to the toxic rain that would cause mass extinction in the area, you want to concentrate your efforts on storing as much water as possible, as well as, food and supplies to live off of for a long-term emergency. As a starting point, fill sinks and bathtubs with water as an extra supply for washing and get a good water filter with extra filters stored for future use. This is a great week-by-week preparedness course you can use to get your supplies organized and prepped for the longevity.

You can also expect to be without power and alternative light sources will need to be prepared. To keep toxic dust from entering the home, ensure that any holes in windows are repaired and close off the fireplace and furnace dampers. In addition, consider setting adding plastic sheeting to the entrance of the home to minimize any toxic dust from entering the home.

Communication will be limited, therefore add new batteries to your radio, contact family members and let them know your plans and backup plans before the disaster. Remember that communication and emergency services may be overwhelmed or damaged during this type of emergency. Have medical supplies prepped and extra prescription medications,

Another concern you should consider is the toxic air that will be present after the eruption. Two years ago, after the volcano eruption in Indonesia, thousands complained of lung irritation shortly after the eruption. At the time, a local official urged the government to send out medical teams to areas most affected by volcanic ash, as the health awareness of local people is low and they might not consider coughing fits or flulike symptoms to be very serious. He added that ongoing exposure to the ash will destroy the lungs of people inhaling it.  Having a way to protect your airways will greatly improve your health during this disaster. If you do not have access to a gas mask, have extra respiratory masks, handkerchiefs or cloth to cover your nose and mouth.

 After the eruption:

Once the eruption has ceased, stay indoors until the ash has settled. There could be a danger of roof collapse due to excess ash. If this is the case, seek emergency shelter elsewhere. To prevent toxic dust and ash from entering the home, close and seal all windows with duct tape and keep all heating, and air conditioning units and fans turned off. As well, because volcanic ash can clog engines, avoid running your vehicle. Otherwise, you could damage moving parts and stall vehicles. During this time, you should avoid driving in heavy ash fall unless absolutely required. If you need to drive, keep the speed down to 50 km per hour or slower.

If you have proper body protection, begin clearing ash from flat or low-pitched roofs and rain gutters. Protect yourself from ash by wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, using goggles, and a respiratory mask.

To conclude, seismologists at Yellowstone will continue to monitor the area in hopes of learning more and gaining a better picture of the supervolcano below. Until then, their preparations and training will ensure their reaction times are spot on in order to help others get to safety. All we can do at this point, is hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

 

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  • Cynical Old Bastard

    It can never be “if AND when.” it can only be if it or when.

    • Tess

      Thanks for pointing out that mistakes, it’s been corrected.

      • Cynical Old Bastard

        You are most welcome. Thank you for not taking offense. Good article.

  • Todd Burgess

    BOO!
    Scared yet?
    Helluva sales pitch!

    • Archie1954

      Sales pitches should be good if they’re based on truth!

  • Matthew Edwards

    There is no preparing for such an event.
    I live in the 9 meter zone.
    That means an estimated 27 feet of ash could fallout here if the volcano erupts.
    If there is a flash of light followed by a boom and a cloud of ash.. I will open a bottle of scotch.

    • Cynical Old Bastard

      Ain’t a whole helluva lot we can do about that one, huh?

      Maybe curl up in the fetal position under a school desk. That should do it.

      I’ll pop a beer with you.

    • Jeremy Winters

      it wont erupt

      • Certainly usually indicates deception.

      • Archie1954

        Wrong, it most certainly will erupt, just hopefully not in our lifetime or the lifetimes of our children.

  • Jim

    They have been saying Yellowstone could erupt at any time for about the last 20 or more years. I would much rather see the big one dump Kalifornia into the ocean first. At least if that happened, it would help rid the country of the liberal menace that is destroying us.

    • Anonymous Maximus

      This ^^^^^^!!! Litteraly egzactly whut I’m sayin !

    • How would it do that with the liberal menace being headquartered on the other coast?

    • Aaron

      There is no them and us. There is only we. Wishing millions dead is not the Christian way.

      • Wayne Scott

        These “killers” are not Christian.

      • Aaron

        You talking about the people in California or the one’s that want them dead? Not much of Christ’s love to be seen either way.

      • Nor is there much of Christ’s love seen from most avowed Christians.

      • Aaron

        It’s not easy, and it takes commitment.

      • Do you know them? Are the medical doctors that murder large numbers of human fetuses every day Christians?

      • You should read the Constitution.
        Article VI, paragraph 3, ends with a provision that “no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.” Should unelected citizens be held to a higher standard?

      • Aaron

        Mathew 7:1-3 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you.

        Should unelected citizens be held to a higher standard? As I understand it, there’s only one standard and it isn’t my place to hold anyone to it. And wishing people dead also seems contrary.

    • Christopher Carr

      No one who knows what they are talking about is actually saying that an eruption is imminent.

      • What is your standard for recognizing “who knows what they are talking about?”

    • America First

      Will human sacrifices alleviate the threat? If so, we’ll start with Jimmy Kimmel.

      • sdguy

        So you’re wanting to piss off the gods by throwing a turd at them? Shirley U jest.

      • Skip

        I have a list too

      • Shouldn’t you start with a confirmed human being?

    • Wayne Scott

      You know that abut 35% of Californians are conservative Republicans, which is about 12 million people. Probably more than in any other state, and more than in many western states combined. But you want to kill us. Are you a “Progressive”?

      • Skip

        The other 65% are ILLEGAL ALIEN Democratic voters.

      • Most of the liberals in Wyoming came from California.

    • What about the greater liberal menace on the east coast?

  • Miguel Torres

    It’s time to pray and Let Jesus in your heart that’s all that matters it close to your families Stay Together start praying in the name of Jesus Christ Our Lord amen

  • Kenneth E. Lightcap

    If and when Yellowstone does become a super volcano, there is no surviving something like this. First problem is how do you move over 11,995,087 people out of the effected states surrounding Yellowstone National Park; Idaho (1.7m), Montana (909,453), North Dakota (755,393), and South Dakota (855,454), Nebraska (1.9m), Colorado (5.5m) and Utah (3.1m). Further, you would have millions of tons of rock, and ash blown into the sky and traveling around the world. This does not include the contamination of our water and land and approximately 620 cubic miles of lava. Granted there will be survivors, but what quality of life will they have if they are not prepared and how do you prepare for something like this.

    • Why are you not considering it to be a supervolcano already, as are all of the other fearmongers?

  • NowHardToStarboardSheerAway

    Where is the “Unless we change our ways AGW will kill us all” obligatory warning.
    :laugh:

  • Anonymous Maximus

    Good mabye we can eradicate all the anti rights brainwashed liberals and.hopefully the politicians b4 they have a chance to escape !then mabye we can rebuild this world correctly without all these evil pcs of sht!

    • Tara Prete

      You’re an idiot!! The ONLY ones that would survive is the scum politicians with money enough to buy their way into a bunker. You’re dead too dufus!

      • Wayne Scott

        Simpleton. They would just fly to a well prepared distant land, like Argentina. Bunkers would be a fool’s grave.

      • Why wouldn’t they use a submarine like Hitler did?

    • What should we do with all the “anti rights brainwashed” conservatives?

  • StLMike

    Emergency services should put on a high school musical, say, Peter Pan. It will be more effective should YS erupt and it’s more believable than the fantasy they’re spinning now.

  • North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, and Utah do not surround Yellowstone National Park, just Montana, Idaho, and of course Wyoming.

    • David Colwell

      Fallout. Also the surrounding area is bigger than just the sates that touch it.

      • Nailbanger

        Drilling core samples from wells off the east coast show a layer of ash that corresponds to one of the more recent eruptions of yellowstone,

      • In whose well-supported opinion? Ash is ash.

      • Just remember that these forecasts come from the same kinds of scientists that lied for the IPCC so they could keep their sinecures.

  • Jeremy Winters

    stop trying to scare us!

  • Well, the silver lining for me is Houston would cool down during the summer! WOOHOO!

    I have plenty of warm clothing. Cant say the same for the degenerates here. No big loss anywhere to be honest…

    • Skip

      Last time I was in Houston, I thought I was in Zimbabwe or Zaire

      • I thought I was in a town that needed to hire a more competent highway reconstruction planner.

      • Skip

        LOL I forgot the terrible roads there, one can really appreciate nice roads when on a motorcycle….which I most always am.

      • The part I hated was dragging a tractor-trailer around corners that were narrower than a straight truck.

      • Skip

        And all the big holes in the highway, beside which was a big pile of rubble, all surmounted by one of those sawhorse things with a yellow blinking light. A girl friend there told me that was to absolve the city of responsibility for vehicle damage…Well! they get what they vote for and I think the controllers of Houston are mostly black, as usual in most American cities now.

      • You were doing a pretty good job with that post until you took an unnecessary turn into unjustified racism.

      • Skip

        You must not live around them, I move away any time to many move near me, they’re dangerous and incompetent

      • I went to a high school that was pretty evenly divided between blacks and whites, with neither having a clear majority, by choice. There is no provable correlation between any race and incompetence. The most dangerous people in any population are the most ignorant. I guess I’d have to move away from you, that being the case.

      • Skip

        I won’t say goodby but I will say you have no real life experience with or knowledge of blacks.

      • Yea, that’s how all the gulf coast normally is, but if the poles flip it’ll be beautiful!

  • John Backes

    I seem really hard pressed to scare common folk into buying your survival gear. One question: How you going to spend your millions when Earth goes into Arnarchy death and destruction, not to mention the wackos with thier paranoid gun freaks hunting you to make hamburger out of. Say your prayers accept Jesus Christ and send all your money to me so I can give it back to all the innocent people your scared to death. Ass Hole.

  • Sam Son

    Great article!!!!

  • Ru Anzunder

    Googles is not body protection. Nice ad but its not going to work. We are screwed.

    • Skip

      What you mean WE paleface?

    • “Googles is not body protection?”

  • Christopher Carr

    This headline is bullshit.

  • lilred

    I sat in an excavation and trenching class and that topic came up. It was potentially said to be up to a 9.5 for about 5 minutes.

    • If you are talking about 9.5 Richter, you are talking about something that has never been observed by anyone who lived to tell.

  • America First

    If the volcano erupts, it will be Putin’s fault.

  • And he will tell you that his information came from a god that he believes in without evidence.

    • Skip

      Mark Twain said “Faith is believing in something you KNOW ain’t real”

      • He also said, “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.”

      • Skip

        Lots of cool stuff said by this smart man

      • As well as making some of us believe he is/was a travelling interdimensional.

  • Clamb

    EARF QUAKE!!!

  • Dave from San Antonio

    A good movie to watch on YouTube is ‘SuperVolcano'(2004). It’s done more like a docudrama and is really informative.

  • walcon

    I bet it just goes- RUMBLE………….. PzzzzzzzzzzzzzzTTTT pop! All for not!

  • sdguy
  • BillyBob Sowbreath

    One Bogeyman after another… Let me guess… gasoline prices will rise because of this…

    Oh Wait…

  • Fed Up

    Let it happen. Better that than what our liberals want for America and for a War with Russia.

  • Mixt Context

    When was this written?

  • patriot4ever

    Six years I have been seeing this ! Yes I’m certain that at some point in time it will erupt but I promise you no one will know when but preparation doesn’t hurt anybody. Study about the magnetic pole shift as this could maybe trigger an eruption. Still, when is a big guess….

    • Solar flux is more important than magnetic pole shift.

      • patriot4ever

        The weakened field allows for this flux to penetrate deeper into our atmosphere !

  • Kathy Walker

    Would this cause Longs Valley and Vallee Grande to also erupt?

  • magic1114

    I feel an impending FART! Thank you for listening…

  • Skip

    MY GOD I’ve only got a billion years to prepare, whatEVER will I do?

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