Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Super Volcano celebrates the New Year!

Check out this scary article that's been bouncing around the internet from monday's
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Yellowstone National Park was jostled by a host of small earthquakes for a third straight day Monday, and scientists watched closely to see whether the more than 250 tremors were a sign of something bigger to come. Swarms of small earthquakes happen frequently in Yellowstone, but it's very unusual for so many earthquakes to happen over several days, said Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah.
"They're certainly not normal," Smith said. "We haven't had earthquakes in this energy or extent in many years."
Smith directs the Yellowstone Seismic Network, which operates seismic stations around the park. He said the quakes have ranged in strength from barely detectable to one of magnitude 3.8 that happened Saturday. A magnitude 4 quake is capable of producing moderate damage.

This news makes anyone who's ever seen The Discovery Channel's SuperVolcano: What's Under Yellowstone? want to reach for an extra helping of whatever is left of the holiday-cheer-spiked Egg nog.  This hyperventilation inducing docudrama speculates on world events during an eruption of one of the world's biggest volcanos that sleeps underneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  The film's premise is based on scientific evidence that reveals that the park is a massive volcanic caldera that could potentially erupt.  According to an article by Larry O'Hanlon from "Discovery News", the last eruption by Yellowstone sent out 8,000 times more ash than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens (but of course we'd all be warned first by "swarms of earthquakes in specific areas").


OMG!OMG!OMG!  With all the talk of the "New Great Depression" I totally thought I was gonna starve from joblessness, now it looks like a we might be in for a chilly Volcanic Winter this spring, summer, and fall.  Boo.  I hate being cold. :(.  Maybe I can find shelter somewhere inside a newly foreclosed housing development.  Are there any companies that provide "volcanic ash-removal" services I can invest in?  Seems like a fairly safe investment...

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